The Patriots were unfazed by Tom Brady’s suspension, winning the Super Bowl with an amazing comeback. For some reason, the rest of the NFL teams continue to make trades with the Patriots. With even more weapons to work with, how good can Brady and the Patriots be?
It didn't matter where on the field he was throwing it, Tom Brady was lights out last year pic.twitter.com/Q3A535XBNh
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) July 22, 2017
Tom Brady was suspended to begin the season so his yardage totals weren’t as high as usual. But with 28 touchdowns and only two interceptions, Brady is still one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL. Brady should be the second or third quarterback drafted after Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. With the return of Rob Gronkowski and acquisition of Brandin Cooks, Brady should have another strong season.
Rob Gronkowski is one of the most dominant players in the NFL when healthy. The end of that last sentence is the problem, he hasn’t been healthy. Gronkowksi is head and shoulders the best tight end in fantasy but injuries have changed his value. Drafting Gronkowksi in round one or two is too risky, but he provides extreme upside. If Gronk slips into round three, don’t hesitate to grab him.
Leaving Drew Brees and joining Tom Brady is unfair. DeAndre Hopkins has to be jealous of Brandin Cooks, who gets to play with potentially another Hall of Fame quarterback. Cooks is an electrifying talent but his role in New England isn’t exactly clear. Cooks should be viewed as a WR2 but is being drafted in early round three. That value is not great for Cooks, but he provides a lot of upside.
BUST: Julian Edelman
With Gronkowski and Cooks in the lineup, Julian Edelman can’t continue to provide WR2 numbers. With less catches and yardage combined with his lack of scoring ability, Edelman is more of a FLEX in standard leagues. But he can still provide WR2 numbers in PPR as the short yardage target for Brady. Edelman is being drafted ahead of Golden Tate and Larry Fitzgerald, who both provide equal value in PPR but more value in standard. Almost anytime you’re deciding between a team’s WR1 versus another’s WR2, always take the top target.
The biggest DLF dynasty ADP riser of the offseason is Patriots RB Mike Gillislee, up 151 spots since February.
— Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23) July 23, 2017
SLEEPER: Mike Gillislee
LeGarrette Blount led the NFL in rushing touchdowns last season but is now in Philadelphia. Mike Gillislee was able to score nine total touchdowns despite LeSean McCoy having a strong season. As the goal-line back for an elite offense, Gillislee could see value as an RB2. Being drafted in round five, Gillislee sounds like a risky pick but you need running backs that can find the endzone. Don’t expect 18 touchdowns from Gillislee, but double-digit touchdowns are almost inevitable.
James White was the hero in the Super Bowl and is passing down back to own. With so much competition in the Patriots backfield, White only has value in PPR as a FLEX.
If you’re staring at sheets of stickers late in your draft looking for a lottery ticket, look at Dwayne Allen. After competing for snaps with Coby Fleener, Allen struggled with injuries again, derailing his season. He is worth a late pick with Gronkowksi’s injury issues as a rare tight end handcuff.