2013 Team Outlook: New England Patriots
WR Kenbrell Thompkins, --- - Sleeper (undervalued)
From undrafted due to off the field issues (including seven arrests prior to the age of twenty), to a major threat in New England's offense in just over a couple of months. That's the magical ride Kenbrell Thompkins, 25, is on. Camp observers are calling Thompkins a breakout candidate this 2013 season. He's able to run a variety of routes right out of the gate and has shown soft hands that could hint he'll play an important role for this offense. Keep an eye on him.
Update: 8/23: Impressive. That's the word that sums up Kenbrell Thompkins' performance thus far in the pre-season. The other word that comes to mind is upside. With Tom Brady at QB, Thompkins' stock is soaring in fantasy drafts. When names like Chris Givens and DeAndre Hopkins are being called, you should be thinking Kenbrell Thompkins. Consider him as a WR4 with tremendous upside.
TE Rob Gronkowski, NE - Stud (low risk)
Update October 25, 2013 - Gronk dinally made his long awaited return and while he didnt catch any touchdowns, he was still very effective.. He is now a must start every week
Update September 7, 2013 - While Gronk is making great progress, he will NOT play in week 1. It is possible he plays in week 2, but let us wait and see.
Update August 31, 2013 - Gronk is off the PUP, and making his way back to playing. Look for him to be active any time from week 3 on.
Update June 20, 2013 - Gronkowski has undergone 2 surgeries (forearm and Back) over the past month and there is a chance he isn't ready for the start of the season. Pay close attention to this story. We Will update closer to the season.
Gronkowski is an absolute beast, and when he is healthy, there really isn't anyone who can keep up with him (especially around the end zone). Gronk has scored 38 touchdowns over his first 3 seasons and that includes missing 5 games last year. Gronk's numbers, when healthy, are comparable to any top WR so he should be drafted accordingly. Gronk is scheduled for 2 more off season surgeries, but he should be ready for training camp and if he is, he needs to be drafted in the first few rounds as the #1 TE or even WR in leagues where TEs can be started as receivers. Only thing that could hold Gronk back is his health, so follow how he is doing in training camp.
TE Zach Sudfeld, NYJ - Sleeper (undervalued)
Update 10-25-2013 - Sudfeld is no longer on the Patriots
Profile - Don't feel bad. Sudfeld was just a guy until the undrafted University of Nevada product began practicing with the Patriots' first-team offense. The 6-foot-7 target moved past Jake Ballard and Daniel Fells on the team's depth chart with Rob Gronkowski recovering from multiple surgeries. He flashed pass-catching credentials last season with 45 receptions and eight touchdowns. Sudfeld's fantasy value is gaining steam and could add serious momentum if Gronkowski opens the season on the six-week PUP list. The epitome of a late round super sleeper.Injury Status: Injured Reserve
TE Jake Ballard, --- - Bust (overvalued)
Update August 31, 2013- Despite no Hernandez and an injured Gronk, Ballard was still cut.
Update June 20, 2013 - Ballard seems to be healthy after sitting out all of the 2013 season. With the uncertainty of Gronk and the recent Hernandez saga and release, Ballard could be a huge sleeper. Another guy to follow throughout training camp.
PK Stephen Gostkowski, NE - Stud (low risk)
As long as he is healthy and kicking for the Patriots, Gostkowski will be a top 5 fantasy Kicker. Last season he scored the most points amongst kickers and should be very close to that again this year. Don't expect much competition for his job, you should feel very safe drafting him.
New England - Bye Week Fill-in
Pats Defense should not be on the top of your fantasy list. While they are usually very high up on turnovers, they do not score many touchdowns on those turnovers, they do not generate enough sacks either. They also tend to give up a lot of yards. Look for your fantasy defense elsewhere.