Patriots fantasy focus

Posted Oct. 15, 2010 @ 3:09 p.m.
Posted By Kevin Fishbain

For fantasy owners of Patriots players, Sunday's game against the Ravens is a very tricky game to gauge. Not only is it the Pats' first game without Randy Moss, but they are going up against one of the league's best defenses.

The five best fantasy players on the Pats are QB Tom Brady, WRs Wes Welker and Brandon Tate, TE Aaron Hernandez and RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis. But the Ravens could be the first team to game-plan against Hernandez, and they could unveil a defense that shuts down Welker without having to worry about Moss.

A lot of fantasy owners have snagged Tate off waivers. He is the Patriots' only deep threat now, and already has shown he has the speed to do it. Newly reacquired WR Deion Branch also could turn into Brady's top target, the way he was during the team's Super Bowl years.

Until we see what the offense looks like without Moss and can see if defenses act differently to shut down Welker and Hernandez (and the Ravens are a top candidate to have a good scheme), Brady remains the best fantasy option on this team. Regardless of what weapons are available to him, he will find a way to take advantage of an opposing defense.

Green-Ellis is also a solid choice to start. He will continue to get the bulk of the carries with Taylor out and won't be removed in goal-line situations.