Running back usage from Bill Belichick has been a source of consternation for Fantasy owners for a decade now. We reached a point five years ago where there was nothing he could do at the position that would surprise us.
Apparently Belichick caught wind of this. His response?
“Hold my beer.”
The Patriots went to new lengths this offseason and head into 2017 with more running backs than they have carries for, and more receivers than they have targets for. Oh yeah, and the best tight end in football. Seems like a perfect place to start our new series ranking the Fantasy assets for all 32 teams.
What could go wrong?
*Rankings expressed below are in terms of expected Fantasy points. This is a part of our actual Fantasy Football rankings but not a direct correlation to my rankings. Things like injury risk, upside, etc. factor into rankings but they’re not being talked about here. This is simply an expectation as the team is currently constructed.
Breaking down the touches
Fantasy production starts with targets and touches, there’s no way around it. Projecting those can be difficult, especially in an environment like the one that exists in New England. While I don’t presume to have an inside track to Bill Belichick’s 2017 game plan, I also don’t think it’s very productive to throw our hands in the air and proclaim the puzzle unsolvable. Let’s start with the past three seasons.
Since 2014 the Patriots have averaged 596 pass attempts and 434 rush attempts per year. A little over 50 percent of those pass attempts have gone to receivers, with…
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