NFL Fantasy Draft Players for Week 1
Tom Brady Plays in Week 1—New England Patriots Fantasy Weapons
With Tom Brady facing a four game suspension some fantasy football GMs may have put their attention elsewhere when thinking about draft options for their one day leagues in week 1. Let’s get caught up on the New England Patriots targets in the passing game and producers in the running game.
Now entering his 16th season the 38 year quarterback is coming off a tremendous year in 2014 hitting on 64% of his throws for 4109 yards with 33 touchdowns and 9 picks. His passing attempts were down since way back in 2010 because New England improved their rushing attack in 2014. He has shown durability playing in all 16 regular season games the past six seasons since suffering a season ending knee injury in 2008. There is an important piece from last year’s team missing. Safety valve running back Shane Vereen left in free agency to the New York Giants. He was an integral part to the Patriots passing attack with his ability to catch and run to move the sticks.
The former Pittsburgh Steeler signed with New England late last season and returns. Blount rushed for 5.8 yards per carry or greater in three games of the five he played in the regular season for New England. He had a big game against Indianapolis in the playoffs with 148 rushing yards on 30 carries.
He is expected to start out wide for New England. In his first year with New England after four years in Carolina, LaFell had a career high 74 catches for 953 yards and seven touchdowns. The yardage and touchdowns were also a career best.
The 29 year old caught 92 balls for New England for 972 yards and four touchdowns. His numbers were on pace to his 2013 season as he missed two games due to concussion. Because of his 5’ 10” size he won’t be targeted much in the red zone and goal line situations. The greater the space to work with the more effective Edelman is.
Only averaged about three targets per game in 2014. He played in all 16 regular season games and caught 27 passes for 200 yards and one touchdown. His 7.4 yards per catch average was a career worst. Amendola saw action in the return game last year.
He is a popular player for fantasy draft managers. He caught 82 balls for 1124 yards with 12 touchdowns. His 13.7 yards per reception is outstanding for the tight end position in 2014. With Gronkowski it’s always about his health. He has missed 15 regular season games the past three seasons.
St Louis Rams Offensive Showing This Preseason a Huge Disappointment
The St Louis Rams have sat in the bottom of the NFC West for years. They have added some respectability to their defense. The offense still seems like its light years away from developing into playoff material. So far the Nick Foles for Sam Bradford trade looks like a win for the Eagles. St Louis has been drafting targets for their quarterbacks but the performance hasn’t been there.
The team went winless in the preseason and failed to score more than 17 points in any one of those games. Foles in 2014 with the Philadelphia Eagles played in just eight games last year due to injury. His completion percentage was under 60% a year ago for the first time in his career.
On the depth chart the 2013 number one draft pick is shown as a second stringer. Last year Austin had just 31 catches in 15 games for 242 yards and no touchdowns.
He came over from Tennessee last year for St Louis and had a career high 48 receptions for 748 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 15.6 yards per catch.
A second round draft pick for the Rams in 2012, Quick showed some positive signs for the team in 2014 but was hit with a season ending shoulder injury and played in only seven games last year.