They still have Belichick and Brady so a winning record is a no brainer. The big question here is Wes Welker. Will he be back for the start of 2010? Will he be able to play at full strength? Can he be the player that he was last year? All of these questions surrounding Brady’s favorite target won’t be answered until Week One or later so taking a gamble on Welker could be risky.
The Running Back committee of Laurence Maroney, Fred Taylor, Sammy Morris, and Kevin Faulk means that there won’t be many points generated from one specific back, but for now Maroney seems as if he is the starter and will get the majority of the carries. Maroney is the youngest of the group at age twenty-five and if the others get injured he could be in for a decent year. Maroney is worth a late round flier while any other New England Back should not be drafted.
In the passing game Tom Brady will rule again. Brady is worth a high draft pick and so id his favorite red zone target Randy Moss. If Welker misses the first few games of 2010 look for Moss to step it up big time. The Patriots also drafted Tight End Aaron Hernandez in the fourth round of this years NFL draft, and he could produce almost immediately. If you’re looking for a TE late Hernandez has sleeper written all over him and is going undrafted in almost all leagues.
The Patriots have some notable high profile fantasy producers on their roster and a great passing game. Stay away from their run game (except Maroney) because to say the least it is very unpredictable.
Notable Players ADP’s
Tom Brady – 33.0*
Randy Moss – 12.3*
Wes Welker – 53.5*
Laurence Maroney – 117.8*
Aaron Hernandez – NA*
*ADP courtesy of FantasyFootballCalculator.com