Patriots’ Fantasy Focus: The state of the wide receiver position

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Patriots' Fantasy Focus
Patriots' Fantasy Focus

In the second installment of Patriots’ Fantasy Focus, we’ll take a closer look at the wide receiver group in New England and how they project going into the new fantasy football year.

With the addition of Brandin Cooks in the offseason trade with New Orleans, the Patriots now possess two receivers ranked in the Top 15 of the ESPN fantasy football rankings. The other is the man who just signed his new contract extension, Julian Edelman. These two won’t be the only wide receivers that will contribute to the Patriots this season, so we will highlight the top three at the position to keep an eye on.

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Brandin Cooks

Cooks comes over to the Patriots after spending the first three years of his career catching passes from Drew Brees in New Orleans. He is coming off back-to-back 1,100 yard campaigns, scoring 17 touchdowns between the last two seasons. His totals from last year were good enough to land him the 10th spot in final leaderboard at the position.

Insi

Insi

Insi

Insi

Insi

Insi

Insi

Insi

Snap

Snap

1

2016-09-11

OAK

L 34-35

3

3

22

1

2

2

7

0

62

89.9%

27.40

36.4

30.4

2

2016-09-18

@

NYG

L 13-16

53

85.5%

6.80

13.8

10.3

3

2016-09-26

ATL

L 32-45

1

1

9

0

0

0

0

0

78

96.3%

1.90

3.9

2.9

4

2016-10-02

@

SDG

W 35-34

50

68.5%

3.10

6.1

4.6

5

2016-10-16

CAR

W 41-38

56

76.7%

23.50

33.5

27.0

6

2016-10-23

@

KAN

L 21-27

1

1

9

1

1

1

9

1

67

89.3%

11.80

18.8

15.3

7

2016-10-30

SEA

W 25-20

1

1

2

1

1

1

2

1

38

50.0%

10.40

14.4

12.4

8

2016-11-06

@

SFO

W 41-23

1

1

-2

0

0

0

0

0

58

66.7%

6.60

11.6

9.1

9

2016-11-13

DEN

L 23-25

38

74.5%

15.80

18.8

17.3

10

2016-11-17

@

CAR

L 20-23

1

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

65

85.5%

4.90

11.9

8.4

11

2016-11-27

LAR

W 49-21

45

60.8%

12

2016-12-04

DET

L 13-28

2

2

13

0

1

1

8

0

52

83.9%

7.70

14.7

11.2

13

2016-12-11

@

TAM

L 11-16

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

52

85.2%

6.10

11.1

8.6

14

2016-12-18

@

ARI

W 48-41

66

76.7%

30.60

40.6

34.1

15

2016-12-24

TAM

W 31-24

48

67.6%

9.80

14.8

12.3

16

2017-01-01

@

ATL

L 32-38

55

71.4%

1.90

4.9

3.4

Total

11

10

57

3

6

5

26

2

883

168.3

255.3

207.3

Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table

Cooks is still very young, turning 24 in September, just after the season starts. His speed is nearly second to none in this league making him the perfect downfield threat for Tom Brady to throw to.

Cooks will insert straight into the starting lineup for the Patriots. His talent alone should get him plenty of targets. Brady and Brees play a very similar style when it comes to spreading the ball around the field. As a result, this makes Cooks a matchup nightmare. One that offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will constantly look to exploit.

Julian Edelman

Edelman is fresh off his new contract extension with the Patriots, and the former 7th-round draft pick from Kent State is already looking to continue competing.

Edelman finished in the 15th spot on the ESPN Wide receiver fantasy leaderboard after putting up a 1,100-yard campaign himself in 2016. He only reached the end zone three times though, which kept him from being higher on the list.

Insi

Insi

Insi

Insi

Insi

Insi

Insi

Insi

Snap

Snap

1

2016-09-11

@

ARI

61

85.9%

8.20

15.2

11.7

2

2016-09-18

MIA

2

1

8

0

0

0

0

0

63

78.8%

7.60

14.6

11.1

3

2016-09-22

HOU

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

46

74.2%

5.20

9.2

7.2

4

2016-10-02

BUF

50

89.3%

1.70

2.7

2.2

5

2016-10-09

@

CLE

2

1

0

0

2

1

0

0

59

73.8%

3.50

8.5

6.0

6

2016-10-16

CIN

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

58

90.6%

3.80

7.8

5.8

7

2016-10-23

@

PIT

51

89.5%

4.00

14.0

8.5

8

2016-10-30

@

BUF

2

2

19

1

0

0

0

0

60

88.2%

9.70

13.7

11.7

9

2016-11-13

SEA

52

78.8%

7.90

15.9

11.4

10

2016-11-20

@

SFO

3

2

10

1

1

1

4

1

67

87.0%

14.90

22.9

18.9

11

2016-11-27

@

NYJ

66

90.4%

8.30

16.3

12.3

12

2016-12-04

LAR

54

68.4%

10.10

21.1

14.1

13

2016-12-12

BAL

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

47

68.1%

7.30

14.3

10.8

14

2016-12-18

@

DEN

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

44

58.7%

7.50

13.5

10.5

15

2016-12-24

NYJ

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

36

48.6%

8.90

13.9

11.4

16

2017-01-01

@

MIA

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

60

89.6%

23.70

34.7

27.7

Total

15

6

37

2

9

2

4

1

874

132.3

238.3

181.3

Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table

Edelman’s production will ultimately take a hit with Cooks coming into the fold. With that being said, Brady continiously finds ways to get his favorite target the ball. Don’t look for that to change anytime soon.

Edelman likely won’t be taken very high in fantasy drafts this year. He should still be available in the middle-to-later rounds as you try to fill out the roster.

Chris Hogan

Hogan is the dark horse of the receiver group. He is certainly capable of taking targets away from everyone if he plays well enough. He was relatively quiet during the regular season.Puttung up only 680 yards and four touchdowns on 38 receptions. However, his standout performance against the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game makes him dangerous.

Insi

Insi

Insi

Insi

Insi

Insi

Insi

Insi

Snap

Snap

1

2016-09-11

@

ARI

W 23-21

55

77.5%

12.00

15.0

13.5

2

2016-09-18

MIA

W 31-24

63

78.8%

5.90

9.9

7.9

3

2016-09-22

HOU

W 27-0

1

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

55

88.7%

0.30

1.3

0.8

4

2016-10-02

BUF

L 0-16

52

92.9%

5

2016-10-09

@

CLE

W 33-13

49

61.3%

11.60

18.6

13.6

6

2016-10-16

CIN

W 35-17

56

87.5%

3.90

4.9

4.4

7

2016-10-23

@

PIT

W 27-16

33

57.9%

0.50

3.5

1.5

8

2016-10-30

@

BUF

W 41-25

1

1

3

0

1

1

3

0

63

92.6%

15.10

19.1

17.1

9

2016-11-13

SEA

L 24-31

31

47.0%

11

2016-11-27

@

NYJ

W 22-17

67

91.8%

7.00

11.0

9.0

12

2016-12-04

LAR

W 26-10

1

1

14

1

0

0

0

0

68

86.1%

8.30

12.3

10.3

13

2016-12-12

BAL

W 30-23

3

2

12

0

2

1

2

0

57

82.6%

19.60

27.6

22.1

14

2016-12-18

@

DEN

W 16-3

52

69.3%

1.80

2.8

2.3

15

2016-12-24

NYJ

W 41-3

2

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

64

86.5%

2.20

3.2

2.7

16

2017-01-01

@

MIA

W 35-14

2

2

8

0

0

0

0

0

64

95.5%

2.70

6.7

4.7

Total

10

7

40

1

5

2

5

0

829

90.9

135.9

109.9

Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table

Hogan put up 180 yards and two touchdowns against Pittsburgh that day, proving he can take over a game if needed. Look for Hogan as a grab-and-stash free agent post draft to insert if an injury occurs.

 

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