2017 Fantasy Football Projections: New England Patriots

- Updated: Monday, July 3rd

In addition to viewing our 2017 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2017 fantasy football projections for the New England Patriots:


Tom Brady365.3554.6438332.35.628.9801.6310.92
Turning 40 years old in August, Brady has shown no signs of slowing down. In 12 games following his four-game suspension, Brady averaged 296.2 yards per game and 8.2 Y/A, a five-year high, while posting a 28-to-two TD-INT ratio. With the Patriots acquiring Brandin Cooks this offseason and Rob Gronkowski missing half of last season, Brady could post even better per-game numbers in 2017.

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Running Backs

Mike Gillislee225.31049.
Gillislee capitalized on limited opportunities (110 touches) as LeSean McCoy's backup to rack up 627 yards from scrimmage and score nine touchdowns in 2017. Now in New England, Gillislee should get the majority of goal-line opportunities that went to LeGarrette Blount, who led the league with 18 rushing touchdowns last season. The only concern is the obvious one that comes with the uncertainty of how the workload will be distributed to New England's backs.
James White40162.31.356.4525.94100.62
The Patriots gave White a three-year extension this offseason and he had a career-high 60 receptions in 2016 in addition to 14 receptions in their Super Bowl come-from-behind victory over the Falcons. It wouldn't surprise me if White had more receptions than carries (like last season), which makes him more valuable in PPR formats.
Dion Lewis100.5453.13.228227.41.696.85
One thing's clear: I have no idea which Patriots running back will have the most productive fantasy outing in any given week. As unclear as it was in previous seasons, it seems less clear in 2017. The Patriots have four running backs that I would expect to have multiple top-24 weekly performances in 2017, but guessing when those will occur will be just that ... a guess.
Rex Burkhead70.2306313.7116.4060.24
See Lewis, Dion. Before the Patriots added Gillislee, there was more optimism for what Burkhead may do in the Patriots offense. With a 27/119/2 performance against the Ravens in Week 17, Burkhead has shown that he can run the ball effectively between the tackles and he has plenty of versatility as a receiver as well.
Brandon Bolden4.819.200001.92
James Develin0001.610.401.04

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Wide Receivers

Brandin Cooks65.5922.56.310610136.15
Unhappy with his role in the Saints offense, Cooks goes from one Hall-of-Fame quarterback (Drew Brees) to another (Tom Brady). A top-10 producer in both PPR and standard-scoring formats last season, it's possible that he does so again. That said, I'd expect even more volatility in his weekly production, which could be highly frustrating for his fantasy owners (and Cooks).
Julian Edelman80.3938.35.71064.60134.49
After missing nine games combined in his previous two seasons, Edelman played a full 16-game slate and finished the year with 98 catches for 1,106 yards and three touchdowns. The addition of Brandin Cooks hurts Edelman's fantasy value a bit, but he remains a WR2, especially in PPR formats, heading into 2017.
Chris Hogan14.3206.81.600030.28
Malcolm Mitchell14.3180.31.600027.63
Danny Amendola6.267.900006.79

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Tight Ends

Rob Gronkowski62.9964.48.8149.24
When healthy, Gronkowski is as good as it gets. Unfortunately, the 28-year-old tight end has missed five-plus games in three of the past five seasons. That said, Gronk has averaged nearly 70 yards per game with a total of 69 touchdowns in 88 career games.
Dwayne Allen15.2174.61.627.06
James O'Shaughnessy3.233.503.35

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