The Pro Football Hall of Fame Fame announced on Monday the official NFL All-Decade team for the 2010s, and it's loaded with New England Patriots players.
A total of eight former Patriots players, in addition to head coach Bill Belichick, made the cut. These selections were far from surprising, considering the Patriots won the most regular season games, the most playoff games and the most Super Bowl championships in the last decade.
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How do the Patriots fare when it comes to selecting the All-Decade fantasy football team for the 2010s? It's not as impressive, but you might surprised at some of the names.
Here's a look at the latest NFL All-Decade fantasy team:
Longtime kicker Stephen Gostkowski, who the Patriots released late last month, is one of two New England players on the team. His inclusion makes a lot of sense, too. Gostkowski played the entire decade for one of the league's highest-scoring teams. He's also one of the most accurate field goal kickers of his generation.
Veteran wide receiver Antonio Brown is the other former Patriots player on the team, although he only played in one game for New England -- a Week 2 matchup versus the Miami Dolphins last season. He was productive from a fantasy perspective, however, tallying four receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown.
The Patriots defense also made the team. This unit certainly wasn't elite the entire decade, but consistency is key here. New England's defense rarely allows a ton of points and usually dominates the turnover battle. Not giving up many points and piling up turnovers make for a productive fantasy defense. The Patriots' D also has scored plenty of touchdowns, including a league-high seven last season.
Former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski not being on this team isn't a huge surprise despite his Hall of Fame-caliber production.
A multitude of injuries prevented him from playing many full seasons. Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham both made their professional debuts at the start of the decade in 2010. However, Gronk played in only 115 games before retiring after the 2018 season, whereas Graham played 153 games and remains an active player with the Chicago Bears. Graham's ability to consistently stay healthy gave him more opportunities to rack up fantasy points. One of the most valuable parts of fantasy football is availability.
Not many Patriots players were the best fantasy football scorer at their respective positions during the 2010s. That said, if you drafted a ton of Patriots players over the last 10 years, you probably did quite well in your fantasy leagues.