New England Patriots Fantasy Camp Storylines

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In recent fantasy football seasons the New England Patriots have been certain to provide some high draft picks. While we will still see those names on the top half of lists, questions linger that have caused some fantasy owners to look in the direction of other players with comparable rankings. Let’s have a look at some of these storylines to keep an eye on during training camp…

Quarterback: It wasn’t long ago that Tom Brady was touted as the top fantasy football Quarterback, but he has fallen in recent years (Ranked #6 currently in Football Jabber’s Redraft Rankings). Speculation of a possible hold out while seeking a contract extension has been the talk of the offseason. Brady is in a contract year and there appears to be some friction in getting a new deal done. Aside from that, you can be certain that when Tom is on the field you should be able to put your worries into your other positions and trust he will score for you at QB.

Running Back: New England has not been a very trustworthy provider of fantasy football running backs in recent years. Laurence Maroney is in the final year of his contract and didn’t have a favorable end to the 2009 season. Only topping 15 carries in six games doesn’t make an attractive option. Maroney should not be anything better than a third or fourth RB on your team, and that could be a stretch. Fred Taylor and Sammy Morris are in a similar situation. Just go another direction if you can unless two of these guys go down.

Wide Receiver: The most talked about Patriot in fantasy football circles this offseason is Wes Welker.  ACL and shoulder surgeries have been possibly pointing Welker in the direction of the PUP list to start the 2010 season. Now word is Welker is on schedule to participate in camp. At the last update of our WR rankings, Welker’s Average Draft Position is 5.02. You can bet if Welker shows for camp that will change real fast.

Randy Moss appears to have come to terms that his time is running out in New England. In the last year of his contract, Moss may be on his last stop on a Super Bowl contender. Moss ranks #2 for our Wide Receiver’s and will still  be a safe bet to be your top wide out.

Watch out for Brandon Tate in camp. A possible sleeper, Tate has not made much noise since being drafted as he was injured for his rookie season. Due to the injuries, Tate fell to the 3rd round in the 2009 draft, but he was felt to be one of the better talents at the position. He could be worth a late pick if his camp proves worthy of more playing time.

Julian Edelman was thought to be the inside man if Welker did not return. Owners who have already drafted may have a similar sinking feeling as Edelman upon hearing the news Welker is likely to return. Like Tate, Edelman’s stock would rise fast if there were an injury higher up on the depth chart.

Tight End: After Ben Watson’s departure, the Pats used two 2010 NFL Draft picks on the Tight End position as well as bringing in Alge Crumpler. If you plan to use a Tight End from the Patriots it may be better to pick up who is getting the most playing time to fill your bye week. Although Rob Gronkowski was drafted earlier, it appears that Aaron Hernandez may win out the pass catching TE role. Crumpler will likely get the start until unseated by one of the kids.

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Lee created Football Jabber in 2007 as a sounding board for a love of the NFL, Fantasy Football, the NFL Draft, and College Football. He may or may not be responsible for the fall of the breakfast drink Tang. Lee tagged this post with: , , , , , , , , , , , Read 130 articles by Lee
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