Hello and welcome to the final article of the fantasy football preview for the New England Patriots. This week is the final week for your leagues so best of luck wherever you lay. As always this advice will be based on a 12-man ESPN league with standard scoring and no ppr.
Last week, the Patriots (13-2) took care of business against the New York Jets to secure a first-round bye for the playoffs, and this week, look to face the Miami Dolphins away in a game that has some meaning for both teams. For the Patriots, with a win or Oakland Raiders loss, they will secure home-field advantage on the way to the Super Bowl. For the Dolphins, a win, along with a Kansas City Chiefs loss would place them as a fifth seed rather than sixth, and match them up against the Houston Texans rather than the Pittsburgh Steelers.
These teams last met in week 2 in a 31-24 Patriots victory without quarterback Tom Brady, who was suspended four regular season games for his involvement in the “Deflategate” scandal. The Dolphins are nearly equivalent to the Patriots in terms of passing defense so look for the Patriots to run early and often to best open passing lanes for Brady. This is somewhat rare as oftentimes the Patriots have had meaningless week 17 games due to their impressive regular seasons which hurts fantasy owners.
Who to Start
Tom Brady – QB
Brady played well against the Jets last week, throwing for three touchdowns and 214 yards on 17 of 27 passing. He looks to have a solid game even if the Dolphins have a decent passing defense, as he has played like the MVP since his suspension first ended week 5, throwing for 25 touchdowns and two interceptions in 11 games.
LeGarrette Blount – RB
Blount had a bit less than expected statistics, yet he still finished last week with 20 carries for 50 yards and two touchdowns. Look for the Patriots to again use Blount in goal-line scenarios and have many scoring opportunities.
Julian Edelman – WR
Edelman continues to be Brady’s main target, and racks up the yards as he gets the biggest share of receptions for the team.
James White – RB
White continues to improve as a receiving threat and could be a late-round boost for teams that need it. Last week he had three receptions for 31 yards and a touchdown.
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