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Training Camp Notebook: Julian Edelman Is Your Bargain Bin Victor Cruz

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Julian Edelman

This training camp update reports:

Julian Edelman continues to put together a very impressive camp. The Patriots receiver obviously has a good thing going with Tom Brady, but on Tuesday Edelman showed his impressive hands…

Before last season, there wasn’t much to like about Edelman from a fantasy perspective. And he’s not the typical RotoViz wide receiver. Or is he? He finished last season as PPR WR14.1 But he’s drafted this season as WR25 – and dropping. We like bargains.

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What’s happening? It’s true that Edelman posted fewer fantasy points per game when Rob Gronkowski was in the lineup last season. But how certain are we Gronk will be healthy all season? The same training camp reports that Gronk has not been cleared for contact yet, and current reports have him as “50/50” for Week 1.

The WR Sim App gives Edelman a median PPR projection of nearly 15 points/game. That would put him at roughly WR17 based on last year’s results. But there might be some upside from that. In addition to Gronkowski, Aaron Dobson is no lock to be healthy all season either.

I’m not necessarily rushing out to get Edelman–there are a few receivers with similar ADPs like Torrey Smith that might be more enticing. On the other hand, the ADP Arbitrage App likes Edelman to provide similar value as Victor Cruz (ADP WR13). If Edelman’s ADP continues to drop, he gets more enticing. I also think he’s worth picking up near his current ADP, if some of the better similarly-drafted players have already been scooped up. In short, he’s a solid mid-round target.

Jeff Janis

Don’t look now, but Janis is making a push for a roster spot. Rotoworld notes:

He got some run with the Packers’ first-team offense earlier this week, and has made highlight catches every day. According to beat reporters, Janis hadn’t had a dropped pass in team drills before Monday’s practice. 

If the prospect of an athletic freak catching passes from Aaron Rodgers doesn’t entice you, perhaps our extensive coverage of him will. Janis should be rostered in dynasty formats.

Martavis Bryant

After some erratic play in his first preseason game, Bryant has strung together some strong practices. If he makes the Steelers’ roster, he’s worth a bench spot in a deep dynasty league. He offers size and red zone potential that most other Steelers receivers lack.

Joseph Fauria

The Detroit News reports

So far in training camp, Fauria has split time with the first- and second-team offenses, and he’s earned reps everywhere on the field. The Lions have also shown more trust in Fauria’s ability as a blocker by putting him on the kickoff return and field goal units.

The article goes on to report on Fauria’s improved blocking and route running, and notes that he’s “earned reps everywhere on the field.” The Lions showed off some new looks in last week’s preseason game. In that article you’ll see Fauria lined up as a wide receiver, with Brandon Pettigrew in the slot. It’s also worth noting that Fauria (35) got nearly the same number of snaps as Eric Ebron (38).

It’s interesting to see that, so far, the Lions appear committed to getting multiple tight ends involved in the game at the same time. This bears monitoring throughout the preseason of course, but one potential outcome is that the trio of Lions’ TEs cannibalize each others’ fantasy usefulness. Is it possible Fauria outproduces Ebron this season? Sure. The average stat line for a rookie TE–even a first-rounder–isn’t that high. I projected Fauria and Ebron with similar production here.

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