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Fantasy Football Outlook: The Patriots continue to add and subtract players to the secondary as they look for a better fit to stop opposing passing games. Truthfully, while New England was one of the worst teams against the pass statistically, they weren’t a bad defense at all.

This group led the league with 32 forced fumbles and should have a better pass rush with Chandler Jones heading into his second season. I like New England as a top ten fantasy defense and they are worth starting, especially when they matchup against division opponents.

Sacks Int’s Fumbles Avg PA
2013 Projected Stats 41 21 23 20.9
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Welcome to the Patriots team defense fantasy football outlook archive. At this section of their player page you will notice our past thoughts and advice for fantasy football.

Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections

Only time will tell if the Patriots sense of urgency was one year too late, but I was critical of this team being lazy at the draft last year. Sure, they picked up some running backs and a quarterback for the future, but they needed impact defensive players, and didn’t do much.

Because the AFC was weak last year, the Patriots made the Super Bowl but no surprise, they lost to the Giants in the end.

It will be interesting to see how Bill Belichick decides to use Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower this year. Likely to be sub package or rotational players, both should have an impact on this defense, and will make them better.

In the end, you can never count Belichick’s defense out of the equation of relevant fantasy options, so consider them a reasonable second defense to pickup on draft day.

Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections

Hopefully the Patriots find a way to add some pass rush in free agency because they failed to do so in the draft. I’m not sure if Coach Belichick thinks his re-built defense is going to be better in this area or what because I expect more from this group than a mid thirties sack total. Without a dominate presence in this area, I can’t look to them as more than just outside the top five defense to select in fantasy football drafts.

Sacks Int’s Fumbles Avg PA
2011 Projected Stats 38 23 14 19.2

2010 Preview

The Patriots lost some of their best defensive players and key cogs in helping them win their three Super Bowl Championships. With so much turnover, they were bound to have some struggles in 2009. Look for the Patriots to bounce back and make a run to be one of the top five defenses in 2010.

2010 Fantasy Football Outlook

2009 Fantasy Year In Review: Much was made of Coach Bill Belichick not trusting his defense against the Colts as they decided to go for it on fourth down. While Belichick probably won’t have made that move a few years ago, his defense wasn’t as bad as the media made it out to be.

For the season, the Patriots’ defense gave up the 5th fewest points in the league and finished no lower than 13th against the run and the pass. This group should be stronger in 2010 as they’ve added more depth through the draft.

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2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings: With fresh help coming in from the draft this year, the Patriots should have a good camp on the defensive side of the football. This group is in a rebuilding phase and they need their draft picks to pay off if they plan on making back to the Super Bowl any time soon.

This season they should still be a top ten defense in the NFL, but they will need to make more sacks and turnovers to be a solid fantasy group. Look for them to improve this year but not be the defense they once were.

Assets

- Great Coaching

- Good Overall Defense

Liabilities

- Rebuilding

- Need To Be Stronger Up Front

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