Most NFL fans love to play fantasy football during the season. We love watching our team, but it is exciting to keep up with other players’ games to see how our fantasy players are doing. I had a great day last year, or so I thought, but I was playing against the guy who had RB Doug Martin from Tampa, and he was rushing for 251 yards and four touchdowns.
Today, we are giving away fantasy advice for which players from New England that could give you great fantasy numbers throughout the season.
1.QB Tom Brady: A sure fire draft pick in fantasy football. You know what your going to get from Tom Brady every season, and don’t worry about the fact Wes Welker has left the stadium, he still has his tight-ends. Rob Gronkowski is Tom Brady’s favorite redzone target on the whole team, and when Gronk is out there, rest to sure Brady will toss a couple touchdowns. My advice is if you draft Tom Brady you never bench him unless he is on a bye week, but feel good about Brady getting you close to 30 points in games Gronk plays. Brady will also have a deep threat in the rookie WR Aaron Dobson, which if this kid is as good as he currently looks, expect Brady’s numbers to go way up. Brady will probably post up big numbers in the first two games of the season vs Bills and Jets. Against the Bucs, it is tough to say, since the Bucs added Revis, but their pass defense was so horrible last year, I’m not sure if that will fix it but Brady will be good for a TD or two regardless. Falcons, Saints, Jets, Dolphins, Panthers, Broncos, Texans, Browns, Dolphins, Ravens, and Bills should all be good games for Brady and Gronk. If the Patriots can protect Brady against the Falcons, he should be successful through the air. The Broncos and Saints defenses are not great, and the Broncos gave up a lot of passing yards to great quarterbacks last season, and I don’t see how them or the Saints have fixed that. Brady has already proved the Texans defense can’t stop him with one great pass rusher, and the Ravens lost a lot on defense. Basically, Tom Brady is a first round draft pick, and you should feel good about him every week.
Projected numbers: 35 TDs 9 INTs.
2. TE Rob Gronkowski: When he plays, he is scoring touchdowns. The only knack on Gronk is his health, and if he will make the season. I believe Gronk will be ready for the first game of the season, although I’m not sure New England should start him versus the Bills, and let him rest another week, but knowing New England, if Gronk is ready to play, he is playing. Gronkowski has been a top fantasy tight-end since he was drafted by the Patriots. Gronkowski should be taking in the first round. Gronk will get you double-digit touchdowns, because he will play enough games to make it happen. He has a big body that gives defenders fits, great hands to make all the catches, and his size is a nightmare matchup in the redzone.
Projected numbers: 15 Touchdowns.
3. RB Stevan Ridley: He rushed for over a thousand yards last year and 12 touchdowns. I’m not exactly sure how well Ridley will do this season, but I believe in him. I think the Patriots are going to try to score quickly on teams with great Qbs like Denver, New Orleans, Atlanta, and even Cincinnati with their high scoring offense, and then try to ground out a win by running the ball more to keep it out of those QBs hands. Ridley has shown he can be the runningback that can control the game, and help New England run the clock out, and he will be called to do that this season. Depending on what happens behind him I expect him to still get most of the touches around the goal line. I think he will grind out most of the yardages he will gain this season which makes him a solid fantasy back. If you can draft a Peterson, Martin, or a Foster, and grab Ridley in the second, you have a heck of a runningback fantasy team. The only thing I would worry about slowing down another big rushing season for Ridley is if Blount makes the team and gets more then a few carries a game, or if Bolden does. Even then, I think Ridley should post good fantasy numbers in certain games though.
Projected numbers: 1, 120 yards rushing, and 8 TDs.
4. TE Aaron Hernandez: Mainly because we know he will be out there and getting some looks from Tom Brady. Hernandez is targeted by Brady on average 7-9xs a game, but he usually doesn’t rack up the touchdowns like Rob Gronkowski does, or even the yardage. I would make him the third or fourth tight-end overall, and if he is there in the 3rd or 4th round then take him, but make sure you have a really good tight-end with him.
Projected numbers: 5 Tds
5. WR Danny Amendola: He was a yardage machine for the Rams, and that was with Sam Bradford as his QB, but also he was their number one target, with New England, Gronk is. The thing about Amendola is he can perform against the best defenses in the NFL, some of his best games were against the tough, physical defenses like the 49ners, which should help Brady out, since New England has been struggling with the more physical teams in the NFL. Amendola’s best games will probably come against the better defenses of the NFL for New England. The biggest question for Amendola is his health, of course, he has to stay healthy, if he does, I expect good fantasy numbers for him with Brady. There is no question about his talent, he has great hands, and speed, but his durability is questionable. I would take him anywhere from the 5th -6th round. If Amendola stays healthy your going to get a really good fantasy value.
Projected numbers: 800 receiving yards and 4Tds.
Sleepers: WR Aaron Dobson: The rookie makes the list because of his big upside. He is a legit deep threat, has great hands, great size, good speed, and great leaping ability. He is a redzone threat, and I think he will go great with Rob Gronkowski. If Dobson steps in, and steps up, and is the first legit deep threat New England has had since Randy Moss, then expect big things from the rookie out of Marshall. I think he will have a good season, but I’m a little nervous about saying he will come out with an A.J. Green type of rookie year, but he has the skills to make it happen. He should be there late and I would take a chance on him.
Projected numbers: 5TDs (If he has a good first game expect 8 TDs).
I will wait on other sleepers, if Jenkins makes the team then he is a sleeper. He is a good solid route runner, with reliable hands, and a chain mover. He has great size to be a redzone threat, but he isn’t fast enough to be a legit deep threat every down. I think he is a sleeper if he makes the team and sees playing time. I would hold off on him until I know if he gets snaps or not.
Projected numbers: 2 Tds (If he gets plenty of snaps then expect 3Tds and 500-600 yards).