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NE Patriots: 2015 Season Preview

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by Phong Ta

Brady is back for a full 16 games, and that has rocketed him from outside of the Top 10 in QBs to, for me, firmly in the Top 5. Brady and the Pats feel disrespected, and the last time that happened, they came out FIRING. That’s good news for everyone on the Pats from a fantasy perspective
Now let’s take a look at the regulars, the guys who will likely be drafted in all of your leagues from the Pats:
Brady will be a great bargain for all of you who have already held your drafts and took him in the mid-to-late rounds. I think he’ll be in the Top 5, maybe even Top 3. I really can’t see a slow start happening here, not with the amount of nonsense that went on in the offseason. I think you can safely take him in Round 4 and feel confident he’ll repay you for the belief.
My final prediction for Brady is 65% completion rate, 4600 Yards Passing, 36 Passing TDs, 10 Ints.
Gronk meanwhile, will continue to be Gronk. He was gonna be a beast in Fantasy even if Brady was gone for 4 games, but having Brady will increase his value a bit. If there’s not a RB you’re all that confident in taking in the backhalf of Round 1, you should feel confident in taking Gronk there instead. He’s a HUGE advantage at TE week-in and week-out, and will likely put up numbers comparable to WR1s like Julio Jones and AJ Green
My final prediction for Gronk is 95 catches for 1400 Yards and 14 TDs.
Edelman is a bit more of a mystery. He’s been slightly hurt each of the past 2 years, and never has quite reached Welker numbers in 2013 or 14. It doesn’t help that he’s been hurt and hasn’t played or practiced in weeks now, with still no word on if he’ll be ready week 1. Edelman will still be a PPR darling however; provided he misses no more than 1 or 2 games, he’s practically a lock to flirt with 100 catches. Just don’t count on him to score all that many TDs.
My final prediction for Edelman is 102 catches for 1050 Yards and 5 TDs.
LaFell is another tricky case. On one hand, you would think that he’ll grow from a fantasy perspective, as he and Brady will be in sync from Week 1, but he also hasn’t been practicing at all, and he’s still on the PUP list. Still, Brady is more at a point in his career where he trusts certain guys and doesn’t trust others, and LaFell has gained that trust, so I think he can be a valuable late round pick
My final prediction for LaFell is 75 catches for 975 Yards and 8 TDs.
LeGarette Blount isn’t really gonna help you that much in fantasy. I’ll be honest here. Blount isn’t exactly all that talented at RB, and while he can have some big weeks, that’s more dependent upon scheme than anything else. He simply isn’t gonna be a 250+ carry guy, and that’s what he would need to be in order to have any real fantasy value as an early down RB. He’s certainly worth a look in the middle rounds, but don’t expect him to consistent at all. He’s solely a matchup based play or a bye week replacement
My final prediction for Blount is 200 carries for 750 Rush Yards, 7 Rush TDs.
Patriots Sleepers:
Dion Lewis has shown his mettle in the preseason and in practice, and that will translate to the regular season. I think he’ll inherit the role that Vereen has left behind and do it even a little bit better, as he’s better between the tackles. Bear in mind, this a very valuable spot for those in PPR leagues, so keep an eye him as you draft. He’s currently not well known, so hopefully you can get him late and have a nice steal.
Final prediction for Lewis: 100 carries for 450 Yards, 50 catches for 450 yards, 9 Total TDs.
Scott Chandler should fit in just fine for the Pats. He’s essentially Gronk-lite, not to take anything away from Chandler himself. He’s another big body for Brady in the red zone, which can only be a good thing, especially since opponents will so focused on double teaming Gronk that close to the Red Zone. He’ll likely be TD dependent to score his points, but he should get plenty, I’m thinking 8+, likely more
Final prediction for Chandler: 60 catches for 700 Yards, 10 TDs.
That’s my Patriots 2015 season Fantasy Preview! I hope you enjoyed, and feel free to post in the comments where you think I’m wrong or right.
May the odds be ever in your favor!
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