New England Patriots 12-4
Congratulations to the New England Patriots on their 2015 Superbowl win. It was a great game and an even better ending but this article is not about the Superbowl. Here are my highs and lows for the 2014 New England Patriots season.
Rob Gronkowski played a whole season!!!! He missed game 17 but only because the Patriots had locked up the number one seat. He was a machine all season and the only Tight End you could trust this season. He had 30 more fantasy points then Antonio Gates that finished second in fantasy points and averaged 11.1 points per game. He was targeted a position high of 130 times for 82 receptions, 1124 yards and 12 touchdowns. Winning!!!
Stephen Gostkowski was the best Kicker in 2014. He made 34 out of his 36 attempts on field goals for a career high success rate at 94.6 percent. He also made all of his 51 extra points. He had more fantasy points then Calvin Johnson with 170 points. Kickers do matter!
There was no real low for the Patriots, unless you drafted one of the Running Backs. There was no consistency in the position for fantasy owners. The Patriots started with Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen as their one-two punch in the backfield. Vereen took the fantasy points in Week 1 but the very next week Ridley was the main back. The next two games you didn’t want to start either of them and then in Week 5 they both had a nice game. In Week 6 things get interesting. Ridley tears his ACL and MCL and is put on IR. Vereen was able to capitalize on Ridley’s injury but then Week 11 happens. Rookie Jonas Gray dominated the Colts with 201 yards and four touchdowns. That is really the only thing Gray did on the field in 2014. Things changed again for the game plan when the Patriots traded for LeGarrette Blount in November. Vereen now had to share the ball with two power Running Backs, although none of them broke 10 fantasy points in the last five games. None of them finished in the top 25 Running Backs for the 2014 season either. Vereen was the highest ranked Running Back for the Patriots at 29th with 838 total yards and 5 touchdowns.