New England Patriots: Fantasy Preview

Jeff SockContributor IIJuly 16, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots drops back to pass against the New York Giants the second half of Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Giants defeated the Patriots 17-14.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Day 3 of my series takes us to the New England Patriots.  Each starting fantasy position will be examined.  Hopefully, you enjoy the comments and can provide some counter-comments along the way.



QB- Tom Brady is coming back from a severe leg injury, and everyone is wondering what Tom Brady we will get this season.  I for one feel he will be the best fantasy QB in the league this season. 


He has had a full year to recover from his injury and should be able to work any rust off during a full training camp.  Plus, the team added Joey Galloway for the WR3 slot.  It doesn’t get any better than that.



RB- Fred Taylor, Sammy Morris, Laurence Maroney, Kevin Faulk—take your pick with which of these backs will have the best season in this confused RBBC. 


I think the team signed Fred Taylor for a reason and that was to use him, so I see him playing most of the first and second down carries. Taylor should finish as a solid RB3.


Kevin Faulk will be featured in passing situations and makes a decent selection for low RB3 or RB4 in PPR formats.


The others could be on the outside looking in this season. 



WR – Randy Moss, Wes Welker and Joey Galloway should lineup as the starting wideouts for 2009.  Moss and Welker were Pro Bowl caliber receivers, even with Cassel at QB.


Now for 2009, the team added the speedy veteran in Galloway as a third receiver.


Moss should finish as the top receiver in 2009 in all formats.


Welker should be a top ten finisher in PPR leagues and a solid WR2 in standard leagues.



TE- Ben Watson and Chris Baker serve as the tight ends.  Watson is one of Brady’s favorites in the red zone.  He will probably finish with somewhere around 400 yards receiving and six TDs. 


Baker should also see some spot duty for the team as well.



K- Stephen Gostkowski is probably in a position to be the leading point scorer at the kicker position.  With the Patriots prolific offensive attack, he should see plenty of opportunities to kick extra points and field goals in 2009.



DEF/ST – The New England defense and special teams unit finished 20th in fantasy points in the basic Yahoo! scoring setup for 2008.  The team added some younger talent to help the team in the future in the draft. 


They did not address their greatest need however, and that was a pass rusher off the edge (Julius Peppers anyone?).  The defense will probably fall in the middle of the pack again for the 2009 season.


Tomorrow I will examine the New York Jets.


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