[Edelman’s] most recent foot surgery, the second on his left foot within the past year, was considered a “cleanup procedure” that is not expected to impact his 2016 regular season.
Edelman initially broke his left foot in November against the Giants, underwent surgery at that time to have a screw inserted in his foot and missed the rest of the regular season. He returned for the playoffs, but knew that a second foot surgery was possible all along.
Edeman had a screw inserted into his foot following an injury in November. He put in two classic Edelman performances in the playoffs, totaling 153 yards on 17 receptions. Edelman should be available for training camp, but foot injuries are unpredictable, and the Patriots are notoriously discrete about player health.
Meanwhile, fellow Patriots receiver Danny Amendola’s contract details surfaced yesterday. His new contract is basically a $1.6 million deal with an invitation to renegotiate in 2017. In contrast, Chris Hogan’s three-year, $12 million deal includes $7.5 million guaranteed. The only other notable addition to the Patriots’ WR corps is fourth-round draft pick Malcolm Mitchell. And even Mitchell’s supporters recognize him as a limited player.
Even though we touted Hogan as a free agent winner to target in March, he’s no more than a late-round flier in MFL10s. As the apparent WR2 in the Patriots’ super-sad wide receiver group, Hogan is a value anywhere after the 12th round. And you can get him there in almost every draft.
Hogan is an underrated athlete, and the Patriots’ offseason moves show they plan to feature him after snatching him from the division-rival Bills. I’ve been quietly acquiring him wherever I can in dynasty as a dirt-cheap fourth or fifth wide receiver. Brandon LaFell shattered his career highs in receptions, yards, and touchdowns in 2014 playing alongside a healthy Edelman and Rob Gronkowski. I’m confident LaFell’s 2014 numbers (125 targets, 75 receptions, 1,000 yards and 6 touchdowns) are within the possible range of outcomes for Hogan this season.
Sure, Tom Brady is likely to miss the first four weeks, but fantasy titles are won in December. And at Hogan’s price, you won’t have to rely on him as a starter until injuries and bye weeks kick in. By then, Brady and the Patriots’ offense will be able to support multiple receivers as viable fantasy starters. And if Edelman suffers a setback (or Gronkowski gets injured), all bets are off.