Aaron Dobson vs. Julian Edelman: Fantasy Outlook After Danny Amendola's Injury

Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIIOctober 13, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 29:   Tom Brady #12,  Josh Boyce #82,  Julian Edelman #11 and  Aaron Dobson #17 of the New England Patriots talk during their game against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on September 29, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Against the New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola suffered a helmet-to-helmet hit that led to the veteran slamming his head into the field. Per Will Brinson of CBS Sports, Amendola needed to be helped off and was showing concussion symptoms.

The question is, what does this mean for Patriots receivers Aaron Dobson and Julian Edelman?

Dobson caught six passes for 63 yards on 10 targets against the Saints, continuing his development as a trusted possession receiver for Brady. Edelman, meanwhile, had five catches for 57 yards on 11 targets with a long of 15 yards.

In the end, Edelman is the reliable fantasy football option and Dobson is the calculated risk.

Through six weeks, Edelman has 41 receptions for 411 yards and two touchdowns. He won't pick up too many points in standard leagues, but for those involved in point-per-reception formats, Edelman is a player that should be started with every week.

Amendola's injury improves Edelman's odds of posting strong numbers.

Dobson has 19 catches for 230 yards and a touchdown on 39 targets through five appearances in 2013. It hasn't been stellar, but the former Marshall star has proven that he has upside in New England's relatively starless receiving corps.

Starting him would be premature, but at this stage of the game, Dobson should be signed and added to your fantasy football bench. Upon doing so, every owner should monitor his status as his role is further defined.

Start Edelman, monitor Dobson and keep a close eye on this developing Patriots offense.