As long as football is around, fantasy football will be around as well. Although, we are going to be cautious as fantasy owners this year in who to draft. But anybody can be out of the lineup due to COVID at any point. The Patriots have a much different look this season. So it’s really a wild card who to pick with this team for the 2020 season. Here’s my guide on who to go after and who to avoid.
James White – White is always consistent in his role. James White has been very happy in this system, and is still on a team friendly deal. He’s the perfect RB2/FLEX player in PPR leagues. Chances are he’s going to get his, and maybe even more with the murky QB situation. It will be dump off city no matter who plays. This means White could average 4-8 catches a game, and he makes things happen with the ball in his hands. White is always going to be a chain mover, and he’ll get his way into the end zone a fair amount of times as well.
Julian Edelman – Edelman isn’t going to stop being the receptions machine he has always been. He has been building rapport with his QBs since Brady left, and he seems ready to prove he can win without Tom at the helm. Edelman worked with Stidham early on, and has been working well Cam since he was signed. He even has past experience with Hoyer, and any of those QBs are going to rely on him heavily. As long as he stays healthy, he’s a WR4 and can produce like a WR2.
Pats D/ST – One of the things that has taken a hit due to the coronavirus is the Patriots defense. That shouldn’t make you take your attention away from them as one of the best defenses in the league still. They still have their main leaders intact in Stephon Gilmore and Devin McCourty, and almost the whole secondary stayed minus Pat Chung. Although through the offseason they lost a lot in the front 7, they still have a lot of young talent up front and this is going to be the year they step up. The AFC east is still pretty terrible, and they’ll be able to force a lot of turnovers.
Any QB – I know Cam Newton is going to be a hot commodity because he is a flashy new name, but nothing is set in stone yet on this team’s depth chart. They may even take an approach where they switch off from Newton to Stidham and maybe even Brian Hoyer. A mix of QBs will not give the production you need for fantasy. Not to mention there is going to be a big learning curve with anybody starting at QB, especially with no preseason. No matter who the starter is, I’d rather take a chance on scooping them up mid season and not waste a draft pick where a serviceable veteran could be drafted for your fantasy squad.
Mohamed Sanu – There have been a lot of videos of Sanu and Cam working well together this offseason. You shouldn’t buy into that hype. I’m willing to bet that N’Keal Harry is a more productive receiver in the coming season. Sanu just doesn’t look fast, and it doesn’t look like he would separate well from a professional cornerback. He might even get cut.
Sony Michel – Michel has so much potential that I would love to see come into fruition this season. He just can’t seem to keep his name off of the injury report. And even if he manages to stay healthy, it just seems like there’s too many cooks in the kitchen at this point. James White is going to get his reps, and they still have Rex Burkhead who is successful in this offense. Throw in veteran Lamar Miller, and maybe even some reps for Damien Harris, and you’ve got a recipe for not enough touches. Michel could finally come out of his shell. But he just won’t get the production you need in an RB3 spot, especially with a lack of receiving ability in this offense.
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-Jake Kobierski (@TheRealKobe83)