When it comes to fantasy football, the receiving corps in New England is almost as annoying as the running back committee.
This group is busting at the seams with fantasy potential and it's a great thing for a football team, but not for our personally drafted fake teams. There is so much talent here that the players begin to lessen each others value because the ball often gets evenly distributed in this offense.
Wes Welker will be a full year and full offseason removed from his ACL tear and is a fantastic buy low candidate. He's always been a monster in leagues which award points for receptions and with health I expect him to return to form in 2011, he's a legitimate WR2 with health.
Beyond Welker it gets a little hazy.
Julian Edelman and Taylor Price could eventually develop, but you're safest bet until that happens is Deion Branch (WR3) who posted over 700 yards receiving and five touchdowns in just eleven games with the Patriots.
Brandon Tate (KR) will continue to be very valuable in the kicking game, but his ceiling as a potential wideout appears very stunted.
Tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski will likely see more defined roles in 2011.
Hernandez is the better bet for receptions and yardage while Gronkowksi has developed into a lethal redzone threat. Neither one of these guys is ever going to be a clear cut TE1 while they're both on the same team though.