When people think about the New England Patriots, they do not exactly think about young talent. With Tom Brady leading the offense by quarterback and Bill Belichick favoring veteran players, it is easy to overlook the fact that New England has put together quite a bit of young talent. People in fantasy football are ready to see them shine, and it could happen in 2014.
On defense, everything starts with one of the most promising defensive ends in the game in Chandler Jones. After being drafted in 2012, he has already developed into a very strong pass rusher. He totaled a career-high 11.5 sacks last year, and that could be just the beginning.
Another youngster making the defense in New England very serviceable in fantasy football is Don’t’a Hightower. He has a lot of versatility at linebacker, and that allows New England to throw a lot different sets at offenses across the NFL. He might be the most versatile player on the team right now, especially when he teams up with fellow linebacker Jamie Collins.
Most of the young talent is on defense, but New England is also hopeful that Tom Brady will turn players like Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce into future fantasy football standouts. Brady always seems to do a very good job of developing wide receivers and making them look better than they actually are. These guys might not all be stars down the road, but one of them is likely to break through and be a consistent starter. After having so few options passing the ball last year, it is nice to have some younger talent in camp.
New England is built to win right now, but they are also built for the future. The young talent is really starting to make a name for itself on the Patrtiots.