July 17, 2024


Rhamondre Stevenson is broadly considered the perfect wager on the roster.

Rhamondre Stevenson is poised to construct on a powerful 2022 season. Barry Chin/Globe Workers

The NFL common season is sort of right here, which additionally means it’s nearly time for fantasy soccer.

Likelihood is you’re in approach too many leagues as soon as once more, convincing your self that “that is the 12 months” you lastly win one.

For individuals who like to perform a little research forward of their draft, right here’s a have a look at the place Patriots gamers stand. Does it make sense to draft Mac Jones as a backup? How about Rhamondre Stevenson as an RB1? Will Hunter Henry bounce again within the pink zone?

Right here’s what Yahoo and ESPN consultants should say:

Rhamondre Stevenson

Yahoo rating: thirty first total, 14th amongst operating backs

Yahoo projected stats: 1,146 dashing yards, 7 dashing TDs, 338 receiving yards, 1.1 receiving TDs

Yahoo remark: “Stevenson’s fashion breeds elusiveness with the ball in his palms, and he’s confirmed to be a superior pass-catcher as effectively.”

ESPN remark: “Maybe new playcaller Invoice O’Brien will lean extra on a committee assault, however 25-year-old Stevenson’s flooring needs to be that of a mid-range RB2.”

JuJu Smith-Schuster

Yahoo rating: 111th total, forty third amongst huge receivers

Yahoo projected stats: 81.1 receptions, 866 receiving yards, 4.3 receiving TDs

Yahoo remark: “The Patriots noticed match to seemingly swap out Jakobi Meyers for Smith-Schuster, presumably setting as much as deal with the same big-slot function, which does bode effectively, however manufacturing could also be more durable to come back from whereas catching passes from Mac Jones as an alternative of Patrick Mahomes.”

Ezekiel Elliott

Yahoo rating: one hundred and twenty fifth total, forty fifth amongst operating backs

Yahoo projected stats: 429 dashing yards, 3.9 dashing TDs, 68.5 receiving yards, 0.7 receiving TDs

Yahoo remark: “Rhamondre Stevenson is the lead again, however Elliott might not less than minimize right into a share of his carries, particularly in brief yardage.”

Hunter Henry

Yahoo rating: 153rd total, nineteenth amongst tight ends

Yahoo projected stats: 37.6 receptions, 436 receiving yards, 3.2 receiving TDs

Yahoo remark: “New offensive coordinator Invoice O’Brien might spark some life into the passing recreation, although the contemporary arrival Mike Gesicki might threaten Henry’s domination of offensive snaps.”

ESPN remark: “Henry has restricted upside (his finest fantasy end was ninth in 2019), and the 28-year-old is not more than a fringe TE2.”

Patriots protection

Yahoo rating: 168th total, seventh amongst defenses

Yahoo projected stats: 396 factors allowed, 41.4 sacks, 13.8 interceptions, 8.9 fumble recoveries, 3 TDs

Yahoo remark: “Coach Invoice Belichick’s capacity to take advantage of out of his expertise on protection is past reputation.”

Mike Gesicki

Yahoo rating: 203rd total, twenty sixth amongst tight ends

Yahoo projected stats: 40.3 receptions, 434 receiving yards, 3.3 receiving TDs

Yahoo remark: “Gesicki is a uniquely athletic pass-catcher for a good finish, however for the primary time in his NFL profession, he’ll should deal with one other competent No. 1 choice on the similar place.”

DeVante Parker

Yahoo rating: 214th total, 78th amongst huge receivers

Yahoo projected stats: 41.3 receptions, 561 receiving yards, 3.1 receiving TDs

Yahoo remark: “The 30-year-old is the perfect contested-catch choice in New England’s huge receiver room.”

ESPN remark: “Parker is effectively off the fantasy radar.”

Nick Folks

Yahoo rating: 242nd total, twelfth amongst kickers

Yahoo projected stats (may very well be changed): 5.8 additional factors made, 4.2 subject targets made

Yahoo remark: “Regardless of his achievements, the staff didn’t appear too impressed and opted to make use of a fourth-round decide in 2023 on Maryland kicker, Chad Ryland, who possesses a stronger leg and will ultimately take over Folks’s function.”

Mac Jones

Yahoo rating: 262nd total, thirty first amongst quarterbacks

Yahoo projected stats: 4,042 passing yards, 24.8 passing TDs, 16.2 INTs, 130 dashing yards, 1 dashing TD

Yahoo remark: “If Jones is to succeed, it could should be with effectivity reasonably than quantity as a result of his pass-catching corps.”

ESPN remark: “Maybe the arrival of latest playcaller Invoice O’Brien will reignite Jones’ profession, however he’s an extended shot to search out his approach into the QB1 dialogue this season.”

Pierre Robust Jr.

Yahoo rating: 274th total, 79th amongst operating backs

Yahoo projected stats: 306 dashing yards, 3.1 dashing TDs, 93.9 receiving yards, 0.8 receiving TDs

Yahoo remark: “To overhaul Elliott for the No. 2 gig, he’ll have to show he’s developed a extra full deal with on the place.”

Tyquan Thornton

Yahoo rating: 282nd total, ninety fifth amongst huge receivers

Yahoo projected stats: 43 receptions, 570 receiving yards, 3.2 receicing TDs,

Yahoo remark: “Neither newcomer JuJu Smith-Schuster nor holdover DeVante Parker can stretch the sector fairly like Thornton, which means he might additionally see play in two-TE units.”

ESPN remark: “The 23-year-old has a path to main the Patriots in targets (JuJu Smith-Schuster is his high competitors) and is an apparent candidate for a step ahead in 12 months 2.”