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FANTASY TEAM PREVIEW-BY RICK SERRITELLA

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    2004 FANTASY FOOTBALL TEAM PREVIEW: N.E. PATRIOTS BY RICK SERRITELLA 7/10/04 Quarterback: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has catapulted himself into the top
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      2004 FANTASY FOOTBALL TEAM PREVIEW: N.E. PATRIOTS
      BY RICK SERRITELLA 7/10/04

      Quarterback: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has catapulted himself
      into the top echelon of players in the league after guiding New
      England to two Super Bowls in the past three seasons. He is also a
      pretty solid fantasy producer as well. While he doesn't put up
      fascinating numbers like some of the other glitz and glamour
      quarterbacks available, he rarely makes mistakes. One thing you can
      bank on is his touchdowns will more than likely double his
      interceptions. The past two seasons he has thrown 51 touchdowns and
      just 26 interceptions. Don't expect Brady to lead the league in
      passing yardage but you can pencil him in for 3,500 plus.

      Running Back: After using a committee approach last season
      alternating between Antowain Smith and Kevin Faulk, the Patriots went
      out and acquired the contentious Corey Dillon from the Bengals to
      focus on as their feature back and released Smith. Faulk had a solid
      season collecting 1,351 all-purpose yards but didn't see the end zone
      once. You can expect him to return as a third down back and not be
      much of a fantasy value. Dillon on the other hand should excel as
      the feature back and is definitely worth consideration.

      Wide Receiver: I encourage all fantasy owners to shy away from New
      England receivers. Not because they are not talented, but for the
      simple fact that Brady is the type of quarterback who likes to spread
      the ball around. The Patriots leading receiver last season was Deion
      Branch with 803 yards nearly doubling his rookie output. The other
      cast of receivers include former seventh round pick David Givens and
      former 1,000 yard wide out Troy Brown who missed four games last
      season due to injury.

      Tight End: With the 1-2 punch of Daniel Graham and Christian Fauria
      the Patriots enjoyed last season the selection of University of
      Georgia's Ben Watson seemed like a puzzling pick in the second round
      of this year's draft. All three are reliable pass catching threats
      and figure to be part of a tight end rotation. You can be sure that
      head coach Bill Bellicheck will find a way to maximize the depth on
      his roster but there just aren't enough balls to go around and that
      is not in any interest to fantasy owners.

      Fantasy Stud: Tom Brady – Arguably the best quarterback in the
      league and also a top ten fantasy quarterback as well.

      Fantasy Dud: Daniel Graham – After posting gaudy numbers last season
      don't expect a repeat performance with the drafting of Watson and
      Fauria still in the mix

      Fantasy Sleeper: David Givens – Of the receivers of the bunch Givens
      is most likely to have a breakout year. Brady looked to him often
      towards the latter part of the season and into the playoffs.
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