Fantasy Football Quarterbacks to Own -
Tom Brady is an elite fantasy football quarterback. He finishes among the top passers in the league year in and year out and should put forth another top ten fantasy effort in 2012. If you want Brady this season you will have to take him in the first round of your fantasy draft in all common formats. When you consider some of the running backs being offered in the latter part of the first round, one can see why the relative safety and consistency Tom Brady offers might be enticing. Expect Brady to Finish in the top three among all passers in 2012. For those in dynasty leagues, feel free to take a flyer on Ryan Mallet. I doubt he gets on the field this season but if you have the roster space, stash him away for when he eventually inherits Brady’s job or when the Patriots build him up and trade him off.
Fantasy Football Running Backs to Own -
The only head coach in the NFL who frustrates fantasy football owners more than Mike Shanahan is Bill Belichick. To own a New England running back is to know no sense of security. Shane Vereen and Steven Ridley would be the top two to own, followed by their third down back Danny Woodhead. I would not advise counting on any of them week in and week out but feel free to draft one of them as a flyer. One of these guys should inherit Benjarvus Green-Ellis’ goal line touchdowns, the question is which one? If you happen to select the right guy you could have a top 15 fantasy football running back on your hands with a very low draft day price tag.
Fantasy Football Wide Receivers to Own -
Wes Welker has been among the top three players in targets 2 out of the past 3 years. Expect Brady to look to his favorite wide receiver early and often in 2012. Welker may miss out on the touchdown looks but he should still gain around 1,200 yards through the air. One of the biggest splashes this off season was Brandon Lloyd reuniting with Josh McDaniels in New England. Lloyd had his breakout season with McDaniels as his head coach in Denver back in 2010 and finished top 5 in targets with McDaniels as his offensive coordinator lat year in St. Louis. The bottom line is McDaniels loves Lloyd and will try to get him in position to score. Lloyd could be the real deep threat New England has lacked since Randy Moss’ departure. The Patriot’s deep threat in 2011 was Deion Branch. Branch is still hanging around this season along with Jabar Gafney. Both should cannibalize off one another making neither startable options in standard fantasy football leagues.
Fantasy Football Tight Ends to Own -
Rob Gronkowski was an absolute beast in 2011. He set the record for touchdowns by a tight end with 18 while gaining 1,327 yards through the air. There is no reason to think Gronkowski wont repeat his success in 2012, but what if he doesn’t? If you own Gronkowski this season you will likely have spent a top 20 draft pick on him meaning if he does not repeat last year’s success he could very well be a poor value. I’m not saying you shouldn’t draft Gronkowski this season, but with Tight end being so deep in 2012 fantasy football drafts, he may not be the best value. His counterpart Aaron Hernandez may very well prove to be one of the most frustrating selections at the tight end position in 2012. If he can maintain his high level of targets he could be a top 4 tight end (which is how he is being drafted in mock drafts thus far) I for one have a hard time selecting the team second fiddle at the position for my starting fantasy tight end. I could be wrong but I bet that improved receiving corps steals a lot of Aaron’s value in 2012. Considering how high you will have to take him if you want him, I do not think Hernandez will provide good value again in 2012. If Gronkowski goes down, Hernandez is an instant top 5 fantasy tight end. I think both will be very good, just not good values this upcoming season.
Fantasy Football Defense / Special Teams -
As a team this defense is a mess. Belichick was starting wide receivers at times in the secondary and the front line was unable to generate any sort of consistent pass rush. For IDP purposes Pat Chung provides a ton of tackles and Jerod Mayo should still have some gas in the tank, the rest can be found on the waiver wire any given week.
Fantasy Football Kicker to Own -
Stephen Gostkowski is probably fantasy football’s top place kicker this season. He is on a high octane offense providing plenty of scoring opportunities, and yes extra points add up rather quickly. Expect Gostkowski to be one of the first kickers to come off the board in your 2012 fantasy football draft.
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