Monday, August 20, 2018

2018 Fantasy Football Projections: New England Patriots

In addition to viewing our 2018 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2018 fantasy football projections for the New England Patriots.



Tom Brady589.1384.1474231.59.426.737.40.32.1298.22
Wanting to play until "cuarenta y cinco," Brady recently turned 41 yet he has shown no signs of slowing down. That said, the Patriots traded away 1,000-yard receiver Brandin Cooks and trusted slot receiver Julian Edelman returns from a torn ACL but not until Week 5 due to a PED suspension. Finishing as fantasy's QB4, Brady threw for a league-high 4,577 yards in 2017.
Brian Hoyer63.8400.

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Running Backs


Rex Burkhead160.6690.66.9383232.70.8157.36
Burkhead scored eight touchdowns (in 10 games) as he rushed for 264 yards and added 30 catches for 254 yards in his debut season with the Patriots. Even though the Patriots used a first-round pick on Sony Michel, Burkhead currently tops the depth chart and has been my highest-ranked Patriots running back all summer. Dealing with a "slight tear" in his own knee, Burkhead's ADP has been on the rise given that Michel had a procedure on his knee earlier in camp.
Sony Michel158.9762.75.424.1221.71.21.2135.64
Expectations would be through the roof for most running backs selected in the first round. For the Patriots, however, it's anyone's guess how the workload will be allocated in any given week. Given his draft pedigree (and talent, of course), Michel figures to be heavily involved more often than not and it wouldn't surprise me if he finished as the team's most productive fantasy back (although I have Burkhead ranked ahead of him).
James White45.4188.4150.2426.740.191.31
White hauled in 56 receptions for 429 yards and three touchdowns last season after posting a 60/551/5 receiving line in 2016. With Michel added to the mix, the Patriots have a versatile group of backs, but I'd expect White to get 50 receptions for a third consecutive season.
Jeremy Hill24.9104.610.53.700.116.63
Perhaps neither make the roster, but Hill and Mike Gillislee could be battling each other for the same roster spot with Hill appearing to be the favorite at the moment.
Mike Gillislee12.551.30.50000.27.73
James Develin0004.22900.12.7
Brandon Bolden3.

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Wide Receivers


Chris Hogan64.8913.
Hogan played only one regular-season game (Week 14) in the second half, but he posted a 33/438/5 slash line in his first eight games. During that span, he was the WR7 in standard-scoring formats with the 13th-most on a per-game basis. With Brandin Cooks now in L.A. and Julian Edelman suspended for four games, Hogan has a chance to get off to another hot start in 2018.
Julian Edelman80.5901.64.85.329.20.11.3121.08
Missing all of last season with a torn ACL, Edelman will serve a four-game suspension to begin the season. In 2016, Edelman had 98 catches for a career-high 1,106 yards and three touchdowns. With Brandin Cooks traded to the Rams, Edelman figures to be peppered with targets when he is on the field (Weeks 5 to 16). In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if Edelman set per-game career highs across the board.
Phillip Dorsett22.4356.21.3000043.42
The former (surprising) first-round pick, Dorsett has underwhelmed in three NFL seasons and set career lows (12/194/0) in his first season with the Patriots. Getting some starts in the preseason, he figures to be involved in 2018 but he remains off the fantasy radar.
Eric Decker15.9178.11.60000.127.21
Guaranteed only $75,000, it's possible that Decker doesn't make the 53-man roster although having experience playing in a Josh McDaniels offense helps his cause. Having an issue with drops early in his New England tenure, Decker had just 54/563/1 (10.4 Y/R) last season for the Titans.
Kenny Britt12.6166.31000022.63
Cordarrelle Patterson5.3530.
Braxton Berrios0.87.800000.20.38

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Tight Ends


Rob Gronkowski66.51070.7100000.1166.87
Aside from his eight-game 2016 season, Gronk has 1,000-plus yards in three of the past four years and he has scored double-digit touchdowns in five seasons over his career. As long as he can stay on the field, he's a sure thing at a position with many question marks.
Dwayne Allen10.1109.11000016.91
Jacob Hollister3.537.10.300005.51

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