Edelman worth having on your fantasy team

The Patriots are trying to get the ball in Julian Edelman’s hands more, and his increased role is not just a fantasy.
The Patriots are trying to get the ball in Julian Edelman’s hands more, and his increased role is not just a fantasy. –jim davis/globe staff

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Two weeks ago, I scored the highest amount of points (133) in one of my fantasy leagues. The next week, I posted the lowest amount (55).

I’m trying to figure out what this means. My bench is weak, but that’s not a factor this early. My flex position has been terrible, because I fell in love with Titus Young during the preseason. That was a fun two weeks, with Young in my lineup, providing nothing.

But am I going to base my team’s performance on the flex position? My problems centered around my kicker (Dan Bailey of Dallas) and my defense (San Francisco) providing me with a combined 6 points, and my quarterback (Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay) posting a quiet 13.


Combine that with my tight end (Aaron Hernandez of New England) getting injured in the first quarter, and it all adds up to an embarrassing weekend.

Obviously, I need depth. Here are some options to consider, and to avoid.

Three up:

Andre Hawkins, WR, Cincinnati: The second-year wide receiver has been a playmaker in the first two games and will be a quality bye-week option. This week, he’s worth a look as a starter against the Redskins, who allow more than 400 yards per game and have a banged-up defense.

Julian Edelman, WR, New England: Edelman’s increased role means he’s worth owning. Plus, as a former college quarterback, it’s not outrageous to think at some point he could get a couple of Wildcat goal line carries.

Brandon Myers, TE, Oakland: He doesn’t have a touchdown yet, but he does have 11 catches for 151 yards.

Three down:

Deion Branch, WR, New England: He is a proven commodity in the Patriots offense, and if you have Hernandez on the shelf, the temptation is obvious. Still, he’s not worth adding to your roster.

Jackie Battle, RB, San Diego: There’s a reason Battle is available: Ryan Mathews is due back this weekend. Battle is worth keeping because Mathews is injury-prone, but activating him with Mathews on the horizon is too risky.


Matt Schaub, QB, Houston: Schaub’s downfall is Houston’s running game is too good. Why throw when you can control the clock with Arian Foster? The Texans can win it all with Schaub, but I don’t think you can win your fantasy league if he’s your starter.

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