Fantasy Mock Draft For Pats Players

August 2, 2022
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I decided to do a mock draft of the Patriots players. The Patriots are a very interesting team in fantasy as many of our players have a wide range of potential outcomes. We have a lot of draftable fantasy players but none that are expected to go in the early rounds.

Damien Harris was an outstanding fantasy weapon last year

This article will only feature quarterbacks, running backs, receivers, tight ends, and defense/special teams. I will review player draft positions in ten team leagues, One & Two QB PPR redraft leagues & dynasty. I will not do non-PPR leagues as I do not feel that many Pats would have their draft position change significantly.

One QB Redraft League Mock

Each league will have one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end, one flex position, one kicker, one D/ST, and seven bench spots (16 total spots).

Quarterback

Mac Jones

Ranking among Quarterbacks (Fantasy Pros): 26th

My Ideal Draft Range: 12th round and below

He is a solid real-life QB, but he was just 18th in fantasy points last season and had seven games with below 12 fantasy points. Even with some improvement next season, I cannot see him breaking into the top ten, leaving him as a late-round pick as your backup.

Running Backs

Damien Harris

Ranking among Running Backs (Fantasy Pros): 30th

My Ideal Draft Range: seventh to the tenth round

It could be an excellent flex option, especially if he continues getting the ball in the red zone, as I think he will. However, the additions of Pierre Strong and Kevin Harris and the likely return of James White will take yards away, which could decrease his value slightly. On the other hand, Harris was the eighth-ranked running back last season, so he could easily be a draft steal.

Rhamondre Stevenson

Ranking among Running Backs (Fantasy Pros): 36th

My Ideal Draft Range: tenth round and below

It could be a sleeper candidate but also may not be playable. His production last season (38th) still justifies a late-round pick as a backup. He may improve next season but not gain much fantasy value due to the other running backs in our rotation, and the lack of red zone carries.

James White

Ranking among Running Backs (Fantasy Pros): 60th

My Ideal Draft Range: Do not draft

He could be a solid contributor for the Pats but is not a draftable player at this point in his career, especially with the depth in New England and his injury questions.

Wide Receiver

Jakobi Meyers

Ranking among Wide Receivers (Fantasy Pros): 48th

My Ideal Draft Range: eleventh round or later

He has improved in his three seasons and could be a 1000-yard candidate this year. His projected ranking is so low because he only has two career touchdowns on 168 catches. He has the potential to be an absolute steal if he can get seven or eight touchdowns.

DeVante Parker

Ranking among Wide Receivers (Fantasy Pros): 58th

My Ideal Draft Range: ninth to fourteenth round

He had a magical 2019 season where he had 72 catches for 1,202 yards and nine touchdowns but has not come close to those numbers since. He is just 29, and despite the injuries, he has been over 50 yards per game, so that he could get back to around 70 yards per game with better health. His proven potential alone makes him worth a mid-late round pick, but not an early choice.

Kendrick Bourne

Ranking among Wide Receivers (Fantasy Pros): 72nd

My Ideal Draft Range: twelfth round or later

I think he is an underrated player by Yahoo and could easily be a valuable fantasy option even if he is not an every-week starter. He had 55 catches for 800 yards and five touchdowns and was the 29th-ranked receiver last season. If he puts up similar numbers, he will be a good pick.

Nelson Agholor

Ranking among Wide Receivers (Fantasy Pros): 94th

My Ideal Draft Range: twelfth round or later

He is one of the best deep threats in the league at his best. His 2020 season with 896 yards and eight touchdowns makes me consider drafting him as he was only the 66th ranked receiver last season. However, he is a risk as Mac Jones does not have a giant arm, limiting his considerable play potential.

Tight Ends

Hunter Henry

Ranking among Tight Ends (Fantasy Pros): 15th

My Ideal Draft Range: eighth to the tenth round

Hunter Henry was the seventh-ranked tight end last season but is just fifteenth in the preseason rankings, which is surprising as he has been consistent in his stat line throughout his entire career. I feel he may drop off a bit in touchdowns as he set a career-high with nine last year, but he still should have five or six scores, and his value won’t drop by much. He is a good starter.

Jonnu Smith

Ranking among Tight Ends (Fantasy Pros): 27th

My Ideal Draft Range: Waiver wire

He is someone to watch on the waiver wire for his touchdown potential (eight scores in 2020). He is primarily a blocking tight end, but he gets around 30 catches and 400 yards a year, so if he emerges as a red zone threat and you have injuries at the tight end, you could get him off waivers.

Kicker

Nick Folk

Ranking among Kickers (Fantasy Pros): 12th

My Ideal Draft Range: Last two rounds

He is an excellent kicker who is a definite starter and could lead the league in fantasy points with the improved offense after ranking second last season.

Defense/Special Teams

Patriots D/ST

Ranking among D/ST (Fantasy Pros): sixth

My Ideal Draft Range: Do not draft

We were the second-best D/ST last season and are ranked sixth this season, although I am not sure how we have ranked anywhere near starting level and feel we will be one of the worst defenses in football as we are below average in each level of the defense.

Two QB Redraft League Mock

All non-QBs will be drafted in similar positions as in one QB league, so I will only do a blurb on Mac Jones as his position will change dramatically.

Mac Jones

Ranking among Quarterbacks: (Fantasy Pros): 26th

My Ideal Draft Range: seventh to the twelfth round

In a two-QB league, Mac becomes a lot more appealing as I feel he could easily finish in the top 20 QBs as he was 18th last year and could improve slightly this season. It could be a starter or, at worst, a backup who would be a solid play in favorable matchups. Where should be drafted on how fast QBs come off the board.

Dynasty Leagues Mock

Each league will have one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end, one flex position, one kicker, one D/ST, and seven bench spots (16 total spots). I will not determine an ideal draft position due to the different managers weighing immediate vs. long-term production and the number of years your league is scheduled for.

Instead, I will give a probable stat line for this season and a realistic ceiling and floor for the 2027 season so you can decide for yourself.

All projected stats assume no injuries during the season.

Quarterback

Mac Jones

Ranking among Quarterbacks (Fantasy Pros): 26th

2022 Prediction: 4,000 passing yards, 25 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 100 rush yards, one TD

2027 Ceiling: 4500 yards, 30 touchdowns, seven interceptions, 200 rush yards, three TDs

2027 Floor: Backup

He should be a solid QB for us this season but not at an elite level. He does not have a super high ceiling, but he could improve over the next five years. In a worst-case scenario, he ends up as a backup, replaced by the next player on the list.

Bailey Zappe

2022 Prediction: Backup

2027 Ceiling: 5,000 yards, 40 touchdowns, ten interceptions, 50 rushing yards, one touchdown

2027 Floor: Out of the League

He has more potential than Mac Jones, as evidenced by his breaking the FBS record for yards and touchdowns at Western Kentucky. However, the level of competition may not be a good indicator of NFL success.

Running Back

Damien Harris

2022 Prediction: 1,000 yards, 12 touchdowns, 15 catches, 130 yards

2027 Ceiling: 1,000 yards, 15 touchdowns, 15 catches, 130 yards

2027 Floor: Out of the League

He should be a very good option this season and could easily be the same player in five years. However, running back is not a position to be counted on for health and stability.

Rhamondre Stevenson

2022 Prediction: 700 yards, four touchdowns, 20 catches, 220 yards

2027 Ceiling: 1,300 yards, 12 touchdowns, 25 catches, 300 yards

2027 Floor: Out of the League

He should be a solid contributor this season and could be a future All-Pro runner, but nothing is guaranteed for running backs.

Pierre Strong Jr.

2022 Prediction: 150 yards, one rushing touchdown, ten catches, 85 yards

2027 Ceiling: 1,100 yards, 12 touchdowns, 25 catches, 300 yards

2027 Floor: Out of the League

He should be a part-time contributor this season with the potential to be an excellent back in the future but could easily be out of the league based on injuries or poor performance.

Kevin Harris

2022 Prediction: 50 yards, three catches, 30 yards

2027 Ceiling: 800 yards, six touchdowns, 20 catches, 250 yards

2027 Floor: Out of the League

Won’t have much of an impact this year but could become a solid back in the future.

Wide Receivers

Jakobi Meyers

2022 Prediction: 60 catches, 850 yards, five touchdowns

2027 Ceiling: 75 catches, 1,100 yards, ten touchdowns

2027 Floor: 20 catches, 300 yards, two touchdowns

He should be a solid receiver this season and has improved throughout his career. He is still just 25, so he could easily be a Pro Bowl-caliber player in five years. Of course, it may also be a backup then as well.

DeVante Parker

2022 Prediction: 50 catches, 700 yards, seven touchdowns

2027 Ceiling: 55 catches, 750 yards, eight touchdowns

2027 Floor: Out of the League

He should be a solid contributor this season but is already 29, so he has a low ceiling in five years and could be out of the league.

Kendrick Bourne

2022 Prediction: 50 catches, 650 yards, four touchdowns

2027 Ceiling: 60 catches, 800 yards, seven touchdowns

2027 Floor: Out of the League

He should be a decent but unspectacular fantasy player and could have a little higher ceiling as he is just 26 and could have room to grow, although he could be out of the league as well.

Tyquan Thornton

2022 Prediction: 20 catches, 400 yards, four touchdowns

2027 Ceiling: 60 catches, 1,200 yards, twelve touchdowns

2027 Floor: Out of the League

His speed will allow him to impact this year and make him a unique player in the future, although he could be a bust.

Tight Ends

Hunter Henry

2022 Prediction: 50 catches, 600 yards, five touchdowns

2027 Ceiling: 60 catches, 750 yards, ten touchdowns

2027 Floor: 30 catches, 300 yards, three touchdowns

He is a remarkably consistent player and should have another of his typical years and will likely continue for years to come.

Jonnu Smith

2022 Prediction: 35 catches, 450 yards, three touchdowns

2027 Ceiling: 45 catches, 550 yards, seven touchdowns

2027 Floor: Out of the League

He should be a solid contributor but not a fantasy starter. It could improve slightly in the future but may be out of the league or relegated to special teams.

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