Patriots fantasy focus

Posted Dec. 23, 2010 @ 4:53 p.m.
Posted By Kevin Fishbain

The Patriots' offensive players are all great weapons to have in your fantasy league championship this week going against the Bills. Following a win over the Packers that did not please head coach Bill Belichick, expect the offense to go all out in the team's bid for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

If you're in your fantasy league championship, be happy if you have Patriots RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The touchdown machine has 12 on the season, not getting into the endzone in just four games this season. He is rushing for 4.3 yards per gain and that average has been increasing over the past six games. Going against the league's worst run defense, Green-Ellis could have a big day. Last time he played the Bills, he rushed for 98 yards on 16 carries (6.1).

It's hard to figure out which rookie tight end will get targeted more by Tom Brady: Rob Gronkowski or Aaron Hernandez. If you have both, lean toward Hernandez this week. The athletic rookie has picked it up the last three games after being virtually non-existent Weeks 10-12. He caught two touchdown passes in last Sunday's win over the Packers, which is a good sign that Brady is looking for him near the goal line. Hernandez's gaudy stats this season, 45-563-6, are hard to ignore against a Bills defense lacking in linebackers. He had 6-65 receiving against them in Week Three. Gronkowski does have seven receiving touchdowns and is always good for a few catches.

At wide receiver, Wes Welker caught 4-45 in Week Three, but that was with Randy Moss on the team. Expect him to have better numbers. Deion Branch, who had 2-33 receiving against the Packers, his least productive game since Week Nine, also should return to form against the Bills.

If you have Tom Brady in your lineup for a fantasy championship this week, congrats. The league's top MVP candidate has been a fantasy machine the second half of the season, and don't let low numbers against the Packers make you concerned. Yes, the Bills have a solid secondary, but Brady has picked apart some of the best defenses in the league, so look for him to have a similar output to his 21-27-252-3-0 outing against Buffalo in Week Three.

Expect the Bills' corners to make life somewhat difficult for both Brady and his receiving corps, but with Green-Ellis likely having plenty of room to run on Sunday, the passing game should open up and you know that the competitive Brady will want to get after it against Buffalo.