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Julian Edelman has emerged as Tom Brady's most trustworthy receiver, which is a good thing to be in fantasy.
Wide Receivers to Add
Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
It isn't as much Edelman's production of late—which has been elite—as it is the lack of snaps and targets for supposed primary receiver Danny Amendola. Edelman has been getting more snaps in the slot than Amendola.
Edelman has even earned the nickname "Minitron" from Tom Brady, who praised the receiver on WEEI's Dennis & Callahan, via ESPN's Field Yates:
Minitron had a good game [Sunday] and he's been consistent and dependable, and you know, he's always had a great skill set. It's just been a matter of him getting the opportunity, and then, staying on the field. ...
This year has been a good year for him; he's really taken to a leadership role; he's just done a great job really cementing his dependability, which is really what you're looking for on offense.
If he's good enough for Brady, he's good enough for us. Pick him up in the 27 percent of CBS Sports leagues where he is available.
Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
Everyone added Percy Harvin (hip) on hype—and we have all failed to recognize Baldwin as a viable fantasy option. After Baldwin's four catches for 77 yards and a touchdown Monday night, you have to add him if you need a wide receiver this week. It was his third touchdown in four games and the fourth consecutive time he has gone over 60 yards. Russell Wilson is hot, and Baldwin is a big reason right now.
Wide Receivers to Monitor
Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins
Hartline is on pace for a second consecutive 1,000-yard season, but his production has come in bunches and is difficult to project on a weekly basis. The Steelers have given up some big performances to wideouts of late, but we would expect Mike Wallace to be the Ryan Tannehill receiver of choice in his return to Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Brandon LaFell, Carolina Panthers
He was able to find the end zone Sunday, but LaFell shouldn't be anyone's first choice against the Saints secondary—especially coming off that Monday night loss.
The Saints have the fourth-best pass defense in football, and LaFell is still a third option in the Cam Newton-led passing game behind Steve Smith and tight end Greg Olsen. Heck, you might even consider Ted Ginn an option over LaFell.
Greg Jennings, Minnesota Vikings
He has been a free-agent bust, but it is more of a function of poor quarterback play most would assume. Jennings did manage a touchdown in the fourth quarter with Matt Cassel under center, so perhaps you take a flier here if Cassel gets the start in place of Christian Ponder (concussion) this Sunday at Baltimore.
Wide Receivers to Ignore
Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings
Unless you're in a keeper league, there is no reason to own this long-term talent. Sure, he scored a touchdown via the run Sunday, but he had just one catch for four yards. There are far too many more frequently targeted receivers out there.
Andre Holmes, Oakland Raiders
Hopefully you were passed out from stuffing your face with turkey when Holmes was going off for seven catches for 136 yards against the Cowboys. Holmes is a journeyman who is behind Denarius Moore (shoulder), Rod Streater and others for the Raiders. Undrafted rookie quarterback Matt McGloin isn't good enough to support even one starter-worthy fantasy wideout in crunch time.
Junior Hemingway, Kansas City Chiefs
He got in the end zone against a suspect Broncos secondary in a shootout Sunday, but you should still own Dwayne Bowe, Donnie Avery, Dexter McCluster and perhaps even A.J. Jenkins over this no-name reserve receiver.