3. Chris Hogan (NE)
Patriots receiver Chis Hogan is next on out list of sleepers. I was high on Hogan before Julian Edelman injury, but he is almost a must own for me now. I don’t trust Danny Amendola can fill the shoes of Edelman. That job will be done by Chris Hogan instead.
Even with Edelman healthy last season, Hogan played extremely well in his first year in New England. As the third option at receiver, Hogan still managed 680 yards and over 17 yards per reception.
His role was already going to expand with it being his second year in the Patriots offense. We can expect even more from him now with the increase in playing time.
Tom Brady will find a way to replace Edelman’s production. It’s not going to be one receiver, but that doesn’t mean that Hogan won’t take most of those chances. He has played very well in the preseason and has earned Brady’s trust. That will go a long way once the season begins.
Bill Belichick got to watch what Hogan could do in the AFC East when he was a member of the Buffalo Bills.
After facing Hogan twice a year, Belichick and the Patriots believed in the Bills backup receiver enough to give him a three-year deal worth $12 million dollars. This is the year where Hogan proves that money was well spent and becomes a top-25 fantasy football wide receiver.