Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 3/18/18 6:27pm ET
New England Patriots RB Jeremy Hill's contract is for one year and $1.5 million with only his $150,000 signing bonus guaranteed.
Huddle Up: If Hill assumes the role of power back in New England's high-scoring offense, he could have RB2 potential because of ample scoring chances.
Rex Burkhead - RBPosted 3/14/18 2:04pm ET
Free-agent RB Rex Burkhead (Patriots) is re-signing to a three-year contract with the New England Patriots, according to a source. The deal is heavy on guaranteed money, but financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: This move isn't a big surprise since the Patriots already lost Dion Lewis to free agency. Burkhead was a jack of all trades for the Patriots in 2017 and figures to be in a similar role this season. He has more upside in PPR formats and should be considered a low-end RB2 to high-end RB3, although injuries are a concern after he missed six games last year.
Dion Lewis - RBPosted 3/13/18 11:10am ET
Free-agent RB Dion Lewis (Patriots) can add the Miami Dolphins to the list of teams interested in his services, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Kenyan Drake played well for the Dolphins late last year, but Damien Williams is a free agent and Miami is looking for more depth at the position. Lewis and Drake would undoubtedly cut into each other's fantasy value, but let's not get ahead of ourselves just yet.
Danny Amendola - WRPosted 3/13/18 11:31am ET
Free-agent WR Danny Amendola (Patriots) is expected to sign with the Miami Dolphins, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: This is somewhat of a surprise. Amendola joins one of the New England Patriots' division rivals, but he will have a significant role with the absence of Jarvis Landry. If he can stay healthy, Amendola possesses WR3 appeal at best.
Dion Lewis - RBPosted 3/13/18 6:23pm ET
Free-agent RB Dion Lewis (Patriots) intends to sign a four-year deal with the Tennessee Titans, sources said Tuesday, March 13.
Huddle Up: Lewis will join the backfield with Derrick Henry, essentially replacing DeMarco Murray. Really, Lewis will be the change-of-pace back as Henry takes over as more of the workhorse. Still, it's a nice situation for Lewis, and he'll be a nice option catching balls out of the backfield for Marcus Mariota, who clearly needs more versatile weapons.
Dion Lewis - RBPosted 3/13/18 6:22pm ET
New England Patriots impending free-agent RB Dion Lewis agreed to terms on a four-year undisclosed contract with the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday, March 13.
Huddle Up: That unpleasant sound you just heard were the cries of fantasy owners expressing their disappointment in Derrick Henry likely being relegated to early-down work at the very least. Lewis should combine with Henry to give Tennessee a smash-and-dash, thunder-and-lightning backfield attack, but it's mostly a bad deal for present and future owners of either player. Lewis should be locked into passing-down work and serve as Henry's change of pace, but he could struggle to provide consistent flex value in Tennessee.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 3/8/18 12:56pm ET
Free-agent TE Martellus Bennett (Patriots) likely will not be an option for the Miami Dolphins this offseason.
Huddle Up: Bennett dealt with injuries last season but may still be able to find a starting job during free agency. He is a solid pass catcher when he is healthy and could be at least a No. 2 fantasy tight end in 2018.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 3/7/18 1:13pm ET
New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett is being released Wednesday, March 7, according to a source. Bennett would have been a salary cap hit of nearly $6.2 million.
Huddle Up: There will be a market for Bennett. He can produce as a TE1 if he's in the right situation, but he turns 31 years old in three days and may be over the hill.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 3/5/18 9:14am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski still has not decided if he will retire or if he will play in 2018, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Owners should continue to monitor the situation because Gronkowski is one of the best tight ends in the NFL. He would be an early-round pick in fantasy drafts if he decides to play next season.
Dion Lewis - RBPosted 3/2/18 4:06pm ET
New England Patriots impending free-agent RB Dion Lewis is a player that the Patriots would like to re-sign this offseason, but Lewis is expected to receive interest from multiple teams in free agency, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The Patriots have about two weeks to talk with Lewis before he hits the free-agent market. Lewis has a solid chance to start wherever he signs this offseason and can be a No. 2 fantasy running back in most leagues.
Dion Lewis - RBPosted 3/1/18 5:49pm ET
New England Patriots impending free-agent RB Dion Lewis is expected to receive interest from multiple teams this offseason, according to a source. The New York Jets, Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders and Indianapolis Colts are among the team that may pursue Lewis.
Huddle Up: Lewis should be able to find a starting job with a team in free agency after his terrific 2017 season. He can be a No. 2 fantasy running back in most leagues next season.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 2/28/18 11:27am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is expected to return for the 2018 season after pondering retirement and other opportunities, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski is the best tight end in the NFL when he's in good health. With Tom Brady also returning, Gronk once again deserves to be the first tight end taken in fantasy drafts despite the injury risks.
Danny Amendola - WRPosted 2/28/18 3:26pm ET
New England Patriots impending free-agent WR Danny Amendola said he hopes to play in 2018 and that it would ideally be with the Patriots.
Huddle Up: Amendola had a solid 2017 season when he finished with 659 yards and two touchdowns. He likely would be a slot receiver if he returns to the Patriots and could be a late-round option in deeper fantasy leagues.
Dion Lewis - RBPosted 2/27/18 2:32pm ET
New England Patriots impending free-agent RB Dion Lewis said he hopes to re-sign with the Patriots this offseason but will do what is best for him and his family.
Huddle Up: Lewis played very well as the starting running back for the Patriots this season but may have to find a new team in free agency. He should have a big role no matter where he plays in 2018 and can be a No. 2 fantasy running back in most leagues.
Danny Amendola - WRPosted 2/24/18 6:24pm ET
New England Patriots impending free-agent WR Danny Amendola will likely re-sign with the Patriots if he decides to play another season, in the opinion of Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com.
Huddle Up: Amendola had another impressive run in the playoffs, but he is injury prone and has never put up big numbers during the regular season. He is valuable to New England's offense, but he is no more than a WR5 for fantasy owners.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 2/23/18 7:47am ET
New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett wants to continue playing, and he's due a $2 million roster bonus March 14. His cap hit would be $6.2 million.
Huddle Up: Bennett is little more than a bye-week replacement or a matchup play in fantasy.
Dion Lewis - RBPosted 2/19/18 8:33pm ET
New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis ranked second in the NFL - among players who recorded at least 175 carries - with 4.44 yards gained after defenders closed within one yard of him in 2017, according to Next Gen Stats.
Huddle Up: The impending free agent took on a heavy workload down the stretch once Mike Gillislee landed in the doghouse and Rex Burkhead got hurt, proving himself as a very capable every-down back. The Patriots surprisingly chose to back off of Lewis and give more work to James White down the stretch, but the former isn't going to lack for suitors on the open market if he makes it there. Almost regardless of where he lands, he should be a solid RB2 for fantasy purposes.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 2/17/18 6:37pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski had been thinking about retirement 'long before' the loss in Super Bowl LII, according to Jeff Darlington of ESPN.com.
Huddle Up: This is potentially bad news for anyone hoping Gronkowski was just having an emotional response to the Super Bowl loss. His future remains up in the air at this point, but he would remain the top fantasy tight end if he does play in 2018. The uncertainty could make him a buy-low candidate in dynasty leagues.
Dion Lewis - RBPosted 2/13/18 11:27am ET
New England Patriots impending free-agent RB Dion Lewis may be pursued by the Detroit Lions if he does enter free agency, according to The Boston Globe's Ben Volin.
Huddle Up: Ameer Abdullah hasn't been getting it done in Detroit and Theo Riddick is primarily used as a pass-catcher. The Lions need someone else to pick up the slack in the backfield. Lewis is coming off a pleasantly surprising year and obviously has a connection with current Lions head coach Matt Patricia, the former defensive coordinator of the Patriots. He would be sharing time with the aforementioned Abdullah and Riddick, but Lewis would stand to be Detroit's biggest running threat if this move were to come to fruition.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 2/11/18 9:23am ET
New England Patriots WR Brandin Cooks (head) is encouraged by how he has felt since suffering a head injury during Super Bowl LII, according to people close to him.
Huddle Up: Cooks should be able to participate in offseason workouts if he does not suffer any setbacks. He posted solid numbers in his first season with the Patriots and should be a top-three receiver for the team next season. He can be a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver in all fantasy leagues in 2018.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 2/10/18 6:24pm ET
New England Patriots WR Brandin Cooks wants to remain with the team, and Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald believes Cooks could offered an extension to lower his $8.459 million cap hit in 2018.
Huddle Up: Cooks was a bit boom or bust in 2017 as part of New England offense loaded with weapons, but he should still be considered a WR2 moving forward.
Dion Lewis - RBPosted 2/10/18 6:52pm ET
New England Patriots impending free-agent RB Dion Lewis plans to test the market unless he is offered around $10 million guaranteed as part of a three-year deal, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, and Howe said the 'early vibe' is that Lewis won't be back with the Patriots in 2018.
Huddle Up: Lewis has had issues staying healthy, and it remains to be seen if he can be productive outside of New England's system. He'll be worth rostering in 2018, but his value could vary wildly depending on where he ends up.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 2/9/18 11:37am ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: Owners should monitor Edelman's status during the season to see if he suffers any setbacks. He probably will be the main target in the passing game next season and can be a No. 2 or No. 3 fantasy receiver.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 2/9/18 11:25am ET
New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett is scheduled to receive a $2 million roster bonus March 14. The team would save $6.2 million in salary cap space if they release Bennett.
Huddle Up: Bennett's future with the team may depend on what Rob Gronkowski decides regarding retirement. Bennett is a solid tight end when he is healthy and could start for a team in 2018 if he becomes a free agent. He can be at least a No. 2 fantasy tight end and could be a starter depending on his role.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 2/8/18 8:53pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski's thoughts about retirement ever since the club's loss in Super Bowl 52 on Sunday, Feb. 4, against the Philadelphia Eagles are 'real,' according to Albert Breer of SI.com. Gronkowski has been responsible with his finances, putting away most of his football money and living largely off his endorsement cash, and he's taken an 'absolute beating' physically.
Huddle Up: While many would be shocked to see Gronk leave the game while still in his prime, he certainly wouldn't be the first superstar-caliber player to opt for retirement at such a golden point in his career, with Calvin Johnson and Patrick Willis being two recent examples. He has plenty of time to think about it, though, with the offseason only just getting started. The 28-year-old would remain the league's No. 1 tight end if he decides to keep playing.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 2/5/18 12:18pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 500 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in a loss ? regular season or postseason.
Huddle Up: Brady did his part in the Patriots' 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII. He diced up Philly's defense even without Brandin Cooks and, obviously, Julian Edelman. Brady has already said he wants to keep playing and deserves to be in the conversation for No. 1 fantasy quarterback in 2018.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 2/5/18 9:36pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and TE Rob Gronkowski have now connected for 12 touchdown passes in playoff games after Brady hooked up with Gronkowski twice in Super Bowl 52 against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Feb. 4. That ties them up with retired QB Joe Montana and WR Jerry Rice for the most touchdowns by a quarterback-receiver duo in NFL postseason history.
Huddle Up: No surprise here given New England's prolific history in the playoffs. Brady has already said he'll be back in 2018 and should retain his spot at the top of the quarterback food chain. Gronkowski is in the same boat as it regards NFL tight ends going into next season.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 2/4/18 9:55am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is expected to play next season but is scheduled to meet with head coach Bill Belichick this week to work out any issues between the two.
Huddle Up: Brady has indicated that he wants to play several more seasons, so owners should expect him to the Patriots starter in 2018. He continues to be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and should be a No. 1 fantasy quarterback.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 2/4/18 1:46pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady said he will play in 2018 no matter if the Patriots win or lose Super Bowl LII.
Huddle Up: Brady has said he wants to play several more seasons and has been a consistent fantasy option for most of his career. He will be a No. 1 fantasy quarterback in all leagues in 2018.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 2/4/18 7:24pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady set a Super Bowl record by throwing for 505 yards in a 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Feb. 4. He completed 28 of his 47 pass attempts and threw three touchdowns.
Huddle Up: Brady and company came up short, but he capped his MVP season with another huge stat line. He has already announced he plans to play in 2018, and he'll be a QB1 in all formats.
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