2021 Fantasy Football New England Patriots Preview

by Bobby Shepherd
2021 Fantasy Football Patriots Team Preview

The 2021 Fantasy Football New England Patriots Preview and the season for the Patriots, in general, is quite interesting this year. With so much uncertainty and change in the offense, the team has a range of possibilities. From a 15-3 Cam Newton playoff run to a 3-15 Mac Jones flop, anything seems possible for the Patriots.

The reigns of the AFC East have seemingly been officially handed to the Bills. But with the biological clock of Bill Belichik ticking away the Patriots have made big moves to revamp their struggling offense.

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  • Cam Newton
  • Mac Jones

Cam Newton was bad last year, but there is reason to be hopeful this year. Between having no weapons, catching Covid, and having no off season Cam had been set up for failure. While I don't expect him to rocket into the top 10 this season, as a late round option in a two-QB league, he has serious potential.

On the other hand he could end up being as bad as he was last year. But with his ADP in 2QB leagues being somewhere in the 11th round he's worth rolling the dice if you like to wait at the position.

Mac Jones is an interesting long-term option. In keeper leagues and dynasty he's the quarterback to have. Jones' play style and the weapons on the team seem very well suited for the slow paced precision football that the Patriots have been known to favor. While most if not all the other rookie QBs will have a more immediate impact Jones is worthy of your consideration.

But in your one QB work league, don't bother taking either on draft day.

Running Backs

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The backfield has too many usable parts to really have any real significant contributions to your team. Damien Harris' ADP in half PPR scoring is somewhere in the sixth-round which creates great value. He won't catch many passes and Cam newton limits his touchdown potential. But his touches and efficiency were consistent and with new tight ends to block and receivers to spread a defense I expect him to perform admirably.

Sony Michel only played half a season last year and seems to have fallen a bit out of favor. He'll get a few touches here and there but his main fantasy role will be a handcuff to Harris.

And as for James White, expect the best third-down back to stay in his same role as always. With the addition of all of the new receivers, White likely won't be too productive. More than anything he'll be a DFS dart throw.

Wide Receivers

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This offseason we saw just how annoyed Belichik was with a sub par offense. He went out and added Agholor and Bourne to fill the role of deep threat and slot receiver.

The truth about the receivers on this team is simple, there are too many mouths to feed. I think one person can remain relevant as a WR3 with upside for more. But your guess is as good as mine as to who it will be.

Jakobi Myers is likely the safest bet as he and Cam seemed to be on the same page last year.

Agholor is the best option for best ball formats as he is likely to continue his role as a speedy deep-threat.

Harry is probably not going to be productive at all as the big body role he once played is under threat from the tight ends.

Kendrick Bourne is a wildcard that in most formats doesn't need to be considered at all on draft day.

Tight Ends

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As a Patriots fan, I was excited when the Patriots signed Jonnu. But signing Henry the next day made me ecstatic. However, as a fantasy football nerd their roles on the team don't inspire confidence. Both players should see the field often as the Patriots favor a run first and short pass approach. But their involvement in the passing game is uncertain.

As is the case with the WRs, there are an awful lot of mouths to feed. Personally I'm more likely to draft Hunter Henry as he has the lower ADP and Belichik has openly praised him in the past (which is no small feat). Given that there are really only four or five good tight ends, either one of these options, perhaps even both, will be able to finish as a TE1.

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