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Which Patriots players made NFL's All-Decade fantasy football team for 2010s?

Which Patriots players made NFL's All-Decade fantasy football team for 2010s?

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. 

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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.

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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. 

Tom Brady takes shot at Charles Barkley after 'The Match'

Tom Brady takes shot at Charles Barkley after 'The Match'

Tom Brady engaged in plenty of trash-talking with his opponents Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods during "The Match" on Sunday. But they weren't the only ones going back-and-forth with the six-time Super Bowl champion.

NBA legend Charles Barkley was a commentator for the charity golf match and didn't hold back from letting Brady hear all about his lackluster performance through the first few holes. On the seventh hole, however, the ex-New England Patriots quarterback birdied a par-5 with what was unquestionably the best shot of the day to silence Barkley. 

The real mic drop from Brady came after the match, though, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB jabbed Barkley for his inability to win a championship during his NBA career.


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Boom, roasted.

Of course, the trash-talking was all just good fun. And it provided phenomenal entertainment while those involved in "The Match" helped raise more than $20 million to go toward COVID-19 relief efforts.

'Man In the Arena' producer sheds light on what to expect from Tom Brady documentary

'Man In the Arena' producer sheds light on what to expect from Tom Brady documentary

Last week it was revealed Tom Brady will have his own Last Dance type documentary titled Man In the Arena.

ESPN will air the nine-episode series, with each episode covering one of the ex-New England Patriots quarterback's nine Super Bowl runs. Gotham Chopra, a name Pats fans may recognize as the director of Tom vs. Time, is a producer for the docuseries which is set to premiere in 2021.

Chopra recently caught up with Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated's MMQB to chat about the upcoming documentary and what fans should expect.

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“It’s not Tom Brady’s Last Dance,” Chopra told Breer. “It’s not that. That may or may not exist 20 years from now, I don’t know. There’s this sort of immediacy to this.… The premise [of The Last Dance] was telling stories about the seasons, whereas [Brady’s], it does feel a little bit more real time. Tom continues to be an active player. So the idea is, ‘O.K., let’s talk about these nine seasons, this incredible body of work across 20 years, and how it’s still sort of affecting him.’”

“Jordan’s sitting on a couch, looking back, literally looking at stuff on the iPad, reminiscing about things. Tom’s kind of, just when you’re talking to him, it’s still very fresh, because he’s still processing a lot of things that may have happened across a season.”

As for who else will make appearances in the series, that remains to be seen. Chopra notes the COVID-19 pandemic has stalled the interview process, but important figures in Brady's career such as Bill Belichick and Drew Bledsoe have already been reached out to.

“This is inside the mind of Tom,” Chopra said. “So we’ll ask Tom, I’ll use the most obvious one, 2001, What was it like working with Drew [Bledsoe] that season? Got it, now we go talk to Drew, and get his perspective on that. So yeah, there are other voices, other players, coaches, etc., and people off the field that had a lot of influence across those specific seasons that we’re trying to get. Now, we’ve got the added layer of complexity of getting to those people, like everyone else in the world, we’re dealing with that.”

Along with the Super Bowl appearances, Chopra says Man In the Arena will cover both the "Spygate" and "Deflate-gate" controversies. As for whether Brady's 2020 campaign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be included in the series, Chopra says there are no plans for that as of now.