Evaluating the Fantasy Relevance of the Patriots
Foxborough, MA - One of the most fun aspects of the NFL season (in addition to watching the New England Patriots make another run at the Super Bowl) is playing along with fantasy football. Fantasy football gives NFL fans an added reason to learn more about other players and teams around the league. It also gives those fans a taste of what it's like to manage a football team. Typically, the Patriots have more fantasy relevant players than most teams, but this year, this status is definitely in question. The Patriots have a lot of players with the potential to be on many fantasy teams, but can they actually boast as many as they have in previous years?
For one, Tom Brady is obviously a fantasy relevant quarterback. The forty-one year old is the greatest to ever play the game and ESPN's fantasy expert, Matthew Berry, has Brady at number two on his list of quarterbacks. Brady is unquestionably the Patriots' top entry in fantasy.
Wide receiver Julian Edelman is frequently being selected in mock drafts, but he will not enjoy as fruitful a season as usual thanks to his four game suspension. Instead, the top Patriots receiver in fantasy football is Chris Hogan, who is likely going to play in the slot. Hogan, for the first four games at least, will be Brady's top target and this is a valuable asset in any fantasy format.
Kicker Stephen Gostkowski is also one of the top kickers in fantasy history and he is always one of the first off the board. The Patriots' high octane offense gives Gostkowski plenty of opportunities to rack up field goals and extra points.
Rob Gronkowski, the starting tight end, is always a fantasy juggernaut, as well. It's hard to remember a time when Gronk was not the first tight end off the board. He puts up stellar numbers and the tight end field is weak, making Gronk's value even more palpable.
Lastly, Sony Michel seems like the running back to draft from the Patriots, but he is still an unproven rookie. Patriots fans in point per reception leagues should be looking at Rex Burkhead instead, as he will get a lion's share of the touches, at least at first.