Why Your Fantasy Team Should Focus Around the Patriots
Take a second to disregard your bitter emotions towards the Patriots because your city’s team isn’t coached by Bill Belichick and quarterbacked by Tom Brady, and listen to some logic. There is a flaw with the way people draft their fantasy teams: everyone drafts stud quarterbacks, receivers, tight ends, and running backs based on their past season production and expected production, but disregard the most important aspect–the offense they play for.
A perfect example of this, in my opinion, is Reggie Wayne. He was a projected 30th rank and has 99% ownership, but has only put up 24 points this season after 3 weeks. On the contrary, Wes Welker was a projected 53rd rank receiver, and has already has 77 points this season. The reason: the offense they work for.
Let me break down why it would be much better to use the Patriots, and their various sleeper players, as a draft outline rather than the typical Top 30 studs you see on fantasy teams.
Throw some Deion Branch, who hasn’t picked up yet but rest assured will, and maybe their goal line running back Benjarvis Green-Ellis, as a late round steal and you have a solid team all ready. Not to mention the fact that every one of these players, with the exception of Brady, is underrated, and therefore can be used in later draft picks.
To put into perspective how good this lineup is, if you have Brady, Welker, Gronkowski, and Green-Ellis, you are averaging 91.2 points a game for the first three games on four players alone! And the only significant draft pick used was Brady in the first round. The rest of your picks can be used to load up stud sleepers like Ryan Matthews of the Superchargers, and Calvin Johnson, who was clearly going to have a great season with a long awaited healthy Lions team.
The point of this is as follows: Draft is over this season, but next year, don’t pick Arian Foster or Adrian Peterson as your first pick–be smart and draft along the Patriots. They are underrated and put up out-of-control numbers.