Expect similar numbers to last week’s haul: close to 300 yards and 2 scores. Washington’s pass defense isn’t bad, and they should force the Pats to rely on quick passes since their pass rush generates a decent amount of pressure. Don’t count on more than 2-3 scores this week, but Brady at least offers a very safe fantasy floor.
Wes Welker/Deion Branch
Welker is seemingly always good for 7+ catches and 100+ yards. I think he’ll be right around his average in this game. I think the Patriots will focus on the short passing game, so this isn’t a contest that I’d try to get cute by playing Branch as anything more than a flex. Anything more than 4-40-0 would be gravy.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis/Danny Woodhead/Stevan Ridley
I’ve made a serious effort this season, but I must admit that I really can’t make heads or tails of the Patriots backfield mess. BJGE is still the only back I trust out of the five backs who could receive carries in this game. He’s fresh after touching the ball just 6 times last week. I wouldn’t touch anybody else in this backfield with a 10-foot pole this week.
Rob Gronkowski/Aaron Hernandez
I’m convinced that Gronk is some sort of alien who was sent to Earth for the purpose of scoring touchdowns and wooing porn stars. Count on him for 6 catches, 80 yards and a score. Hernandez continues to get consistent looks in the passing game, hauling in at least 4 passes in five straight games. I’d say he has a 50-50 shot of finding paydirt this week.
2 FGs, 4 XPs.
New England Defense/Special Teams
The Washington offense will be missing its leading receiver and arguably its best offensive lineman due to suspensions. Fire away! Look for around 3 sacks, 2 turnovers and 14-17 points allowed.