Originally written on Foxboro Blog  |  Last updated 11/9/14

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots gestures as he lines up in the shotgun formation against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

QB Tom Brady

After a few weeks of mediocre performances, I think this is the week that Brady really breaks out. The Bills defense is vulnerable to the pass, giving up 6 TDs through the air in games against the Jets, Chiefs and Browns so far this year. Expect Brady to pull out one of his “you’re going to win your fantasy game no matter what” games out of the hat by putting up 350 yards and 3 scores this week.

WRs Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, Deion Branch

You’re starting both Welker and Lloyd this week if you have them. Welker has 29 catches and 332 yards in his last four games in Buffalo, so he is a safe bet for 6+ catches and 100 yards. Lloyd appears to be building greater chemistry with Brady every week, and he’ll have a chance to exploit that vulnerable secondary to the tune of 7 catches, 125 yards and his first long TD. I also included Branch this week because he should see more playing time with Edelman nursing a hand injury. If you are truly desperate, you could do worse. He should see around 4-5 targets, and Brady could look to him in the red zone.

RB Stevan Ridley, Danny Woodhead

It was a surprise to see Woodhead get the majority of touches and vulture a rushing TD last week, but that was likely an issue related to personnel packages since the Pats ran out of the shotgun most of the night. I think Ridley will be back to his normal 15-18 touches this week against a Buffalo front 7 that is improved from last year, but  stillvulnerable to the run. I’m counting on 80 yards and a TD. In what should be a stats bonanza, I wouldn’t bet against Woodhead racking up 40+ yards and a possible score as well. He’s becoming interesting for deep leaguers.

TE Rob Gronkowski

Gronkowski had an extremely quiet night in Baltimore, but he’s been a Buffalo killer throughout his short career (7 TDs in four career games). With Hernandez still sidelined, look for Gronk to break out of his funk and top 100 yards receiving with a score. The potential exists for even more.

New England Defense/Special Teams

This is a tough one to project. The Bills have looked pretty good on offense through two games, and they’ve done a good job of limiting mistakes. They are getting the ball out of Fitzpatrick’s hands quicker, giving up only one sack on the year. But if the Pats jump on top of the Bills early, they could force a lot of mistakes. I think a conservative estimate has the Pats giving up around 24 points with a sack and a turnover turnovers. A bullish estimate is somewhere around 13 points with 5-6 combined sacks and turnovers. It all likelihood, the numbers will fall somewhere in the middle.


Manny Pacquiao vs. Chris Algieri live blog!

Tiger hires new swing coach

Report: Sting set to debut at WWE Survivor Series

Eric Decker: It's tough watching Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos

Semaje Perine breaks Melvin Gordon's rushing record

Report: Chip Kelly, Eagles GM not seeing eye-to-eye


Pete Carroll open to playing Richard Sherman at WR

Jay Gruden: RG3 has been 'coddled for so long'

Red Sox have best offer on table for Pablo Sandoval?

LeBron: Kevin Love will get the ball 'if he demands it'

76ers fans can get free tickets with a box of Mac & Cheese

Grizzlies players battling team-wide stomach virus

Report: Mike Gundy pursuing Florida job

WATCH: Jameis Winston gets away with shoving an official

WATCH: Georgia's Chris Conley makes diving TD catch

WATCH: Nebraska blocks field goal, returns it for TD

Florida DL shows support for Will Muschamp with eye black

WATCH: Javale McGee kisses elderly fan sitting courtside

WATCH: Tim Tebow busts out a brief Steve Spurrier impression

WATCH: Nerlens Noel gets flagrant for foul on Eric Bledsoe

Video: Deron Williams destroys Jeremy Lamb with crossover

Jets-Bills game in Detroit will be free admission

New Yorker unveils powerful Redskins Thanksgiving cover

Biggest disappointments of the 2014 NFL Draft class

Patriots News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Report: Gundy pursuing Florida job

Tiger hires new swing coach

WATCH: Jameis Winston shoves ref

Florida DL supports Will Muschamp with eye black

Jay Gruden: RG3 has been 'coddled'

LeBron: Love needs to 'demand' the ball

Bills-Jets game will be free admission

Pete Carroll: Lynch is 'our guy'

Which NFL team will get the #1 pick?

Game of the week: Patriots vs. Lions

Report: Padres join hunt for Sandoval

Golic recreates Kardashian butt pic

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.