Room for panic in New England

Given the shocking developments this week with Aaron Hernandez, it is time to panic when it comes to Tom Brady and fantasy football in 2013. We certainly don’t know what Rob Gronkowski’s timetable for the season will be, but with his recovery period likely to extend right to Week One, it’s very fair to guess that the Pats won’t have Gronk for at least a couple of weeks, and it might take a month for them to get the old Gronk back even if he’s in the mix to play as early as Week Two.

We all know Brady’s an all-time great, but this is getting ridiculous. Brady has now lost 243/2991/15 receiving from last year, and their key joker TE, who is very difficult to replace. And that’s not including Gronk or Danny Woodhead, who accounted for a very solid 40/446/3 in the passing game last year.

Brady is great at making the players around him better, but what concerns me most is the youth they have at receiver, particularly rookie Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce. Back in the day Brady was able to put up good numbers throwing to guys like Troy Brown, David Givens, Reche Caldwell, and others. But [...]

12-team Non-PPR mock draft review

In about a month, I will be whipping up my initial and early Draft Plan, which will simply cover all the positions and how to approach them. In the summer, I’ll tweak that and quadruple the size of the article, as I always do in the summer. That will cover a plan of action by position, go pick-by-pick through the first 10 rounds, and much more.

But in order to formulate my Draft Plan, I have to actually draft, and I have been doing that this month. Today I did my second mock draft for a magazine, this one for USA Today’s fantasy magazine. I can’t share all the results, but I can share my picks and some general thoughts.

As you may recall, I thought last year a good way to zig when everyone zagged in a draft was to, as I put it, “kick it old school” and go RB-RB. That actually might have been bad advice, thanks to some RB injuries/poor play from namely Darren McFadden and DeMarco Murray. But I always try to be ahead of the curve, and it appears I was because going old school looks like a great way to go this year, since QB [...]

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