Patriots fantasy focus

Posted Nov. 05, 2010 @ 3:59 p.m.
Posted By Kevin Fishbain

The Patriots' offense did not supply the fantasy numbers owners expected the past few games. The offense has not been as explosive and, aside from Deion Branch's first game back with the team, no receiver has had a big game.

This week, the passing offense should return to normal, making QB Tom Brady a definite start. He has been very accurate and productive all season, and he found success with WR Brandon Tate last week, which could bode well for everyone on the offense.

TE Aaron Hernandez had his least-productive game of the season (and the rookie's career) last week against the Vikings, but he could have a big game against the Browns' defense. Look for the Cleveland secondary to be more concerned with Tate, Wes Welker and Branch, allowing Hernandez to find space and rack up catches.

RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis was a great fantasy start in Week Eight, producing a career-best game, but don't expect those numbers again. The Browns have a pretty strong run defense, although Green-Ellis is the goal-line back and assuming the Patriots move the ball on Sunday, he could get some touches near the endzone.

I would never recommend starting the Patriots' defense, but this could be the one week all season they could be used in a spot-start situation. Going against rookie QB Colt McCoy, the secondary might catch a break. Plus, the Pats' run defense has been solid this season.