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Monday, June 20, 2016

2016 FANTASY FOOTBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: CHRIS HOGAN WR NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

With training camps about six weeks away and fantasy football leagues already holding drafts, our coverage for the upcoming season will now begin to ramp up.  Today marks our fist SLEEPER post of the season and it centers on New England Patriots wideout Chris Hogan who enters into his first go-round with the team after spending his first three years with the division rival Buffalo Bills.  An undrafted receiver out of Monmouth, Hogan has followed in the footsteps of Miles Austin who also came from the D-II program to make hay in the NFL.  And in the case of Hogan, he certainly is in the right place with the Pats to possibly make a very solid impact for the 2016 season. 

As far as Hogan's tenure with the Bills was concerned, he was used mostly in the slot where his excellent hands and solid route running overcame a lack of pure speed.  And Hogan put himself a bit on the fantasy baseball map the last two years as he caught 41 and 36 passes for an offensively-challenged Bills team, also grabbing a total of six touchdowns in the span.  While clearly far from worthy of being a dependable fantasy football asset, whenever the Pats come calling on a player, we all need to take notice.  This is especially true if you this player is a wideout as a certain first-ballot Hall of Fame QB in Tom Brady still resides under center.  While he may miss the first four games of the season due to the Biogenesis suspension, Hogan is putting himself in position to at the very least be worth checking out in PPR formats for a numbers of reasons outside of Brady.  For one thing, the Pats are looking to cut the expensive and disappointing Danny Amendola and his replacement would figure to be Hogan.  Amendola is due $7 million for 2016 and that is a ton of cash for a guy who has been a major letdown since the Pats signed him three seasons ago thinking he would be the perfect replacement for Wes Welker.  Unfortunately Amendola has been nothing but an injury-marred mess who as quickly replaced by Julian Edelman in the slot.  Edelman of course became a 100-catch dynamo and the rest was history as far as Amendola was concerned.  Now a similarly skilled Hogan is around at a much cheaper rate then Amendola and if the latter is cut, he should get a firm promotion.  Also keep in mind that Edleman is not a picture of health himself right now as he comes off a broken foot in 2015 that has been repaired twice.  If Edelman were to miss time, Hogan's outlook would be even brighter. 

As far as ability is concerned, Hogan has all the makings of another big-receptions slot man for the Pats as his skills are perfect for the gig.  That alone should make him a strong person of interest in all fantasy football leagues, especially in PPR.  Hogan was the talk of minicamp which also has sent some alarms blaring above his name.  As a result, Hogan should be put on all your sleeper lists due to the upside he presents thsi season. 


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