Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 8/24/16 12:32pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (undisclosed) is participating in practice Wednesday, Aug. 24.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski probably will sit out the third preseason game but appears to be on track for the start of the regular season. He should be the top tight end selected in all fantasy leagues as long as he is healthy.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 8/22/16 3:56pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (undisclosed) has not practiced since Monday, Aug. 15, although he does not appear to be dealing with a serious ailment.
Huddle Up: The Patriots are mysterious when it comes to their players' injuries and injury designations. They'll take it easy with their star tight end leading up to the season. Since it's nothing serious, Gronk can still be drafted as the first tight end in all formats.
Danny Amendola - WRPosted 8/22/16 4:12pm ET
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (ankle, knee) appears to be moving well despite remaining on the Physically Unable to Perform list. He did warm up with teammates in practice Monday, Aug. 22, but he was not in full pads.
Huddle Up: It's still concerning that Amendola isn't off the PUP list yet. His injury history has been extensive and he should not be viewed as more than a WR5.
Dion Lewis - RBPosted 8/21/16 8:08am ET
New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) could start the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform list if he is not able to participate in practice this week, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss. Lewis is doing well in his recovery but has not practiced since the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: Lewis is coming back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, so the Patriots may want to give him more time to recover before he plays again. Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation because Lewis could be a low-end No. 2 or solid No. 3 running back if he is ready Week 1. LeGarrette Blount and James White would receive a boost in value if Lewis misses the first six weeks.
Dion Lewis - RBPosted 8/21/16 10:52am ET
Updating previous reports, New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) is expected to miss two months because of his second knee surgery and likely will start the 2016 season on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Huddle Up: Lewis will not be back on the field until late October at the earliest, so owners should drop him on their draft boards. Lewis could still be a late-round option in leagues, but owners will need to stash him on the bench. James White should fill Lewis' role on offense and likely will be a middle- to late-round option in fantasy leagues.
James White - RBPosted 8/21/16 12:02pm ET
New England Patriots RB James White was 18th among running backs last season with 54 targets despite playing in just 12 games. He caught 40 passes for 410 yards and four touchdowns.
Huddle Up: White should take over as New England's primary pass-catching running back with Dion Lewis out indefinitely, with LeGarrette Blount still serving as the main runner. If White can stay healthy, he has a real chance to reach RB2 totals in PPR formats.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 8/18/16 2:45pm ET
New England Patriots TEs Martellus Bennett and Rob Gronkowski could be on the field together for up to 80% of the Patriots' plays, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss. Head coach Bill Belichick views the tight ends as interchangeable and believes they can cause problems for opposing defenses when they're on the field at the same time.
Huddle Up: New England hasn't been shy about two-tight end sets in previous years. The Gronk-Bennett duo would be dynamic in the red zone, too, at least on paper. They could also be used together more frequently in the first four games of the season to give Jimmy Garoppolo more high-percentage targets. Gronk is the No. 1 fantasy tight end when healthy, even with Bennett 'interfering,' but Bennett deserves more credit behind Gronk and is draftable as a midrange TE2.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 8/18/16 11:47am ET
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will not play in the preseason game against the Chicago Bears Thursday, Aug. 18, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Jimmy Garoppolo should receive plenty of snaps during the game because he is preparing to start the first four games of the regular season. Brady can still be a No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues even with the suspension, while Garoppolo probably is a No. 2 fantasy quarterback that can be a starter against favorable matchups.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 8/18/16 11:01am ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) is not expected to play in the preseason game against the Chicago Bears Thursday, Aug. 18, so he can rest his injured foot.
Huddle Up: It appears that Edelman is just receiving some time off and should be fine for the start of the regular season. Edelman likely will be a focal point in the passing game this season and should be a high-end No. 2 receiver in most leagues.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 8/18/16 11:47am ET
Correcting a previous report, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will play in the preseason game against the Chicago Bears Thursday, Aug. 18, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Brady probably will only receive a series or two during the game but probably will see more playing time in the third preseason game. Brady should be a No. 1 quarterback in most leagues, but owners will need a replacement for the first four weeks of the season.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 8/18/16 10:08am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady may not play in the preseason game against the Chicago Bears Thursday, Aug. 18, and would only see limited snaps if he does play.
Huddle Up: Brady does not need many snaps during the preseason since he knows the offense, and the team needs to prepare Jimmy Garoppolo for the first four games of the season. Brady should still be considered a No. 1 quarterback in all leagues, but owners will need a strong backup to use in the first four weeks.
Dion Lewis - RBPosted 8/18/16 6:02am ET
New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) has yet to practice in training camp. Lewis is nine months removed from surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament and has continued to rehab.
Huddle Up: Lewis took part in OTAs in June, and there's no word of a setback. Agility is a big part of his game, and he still has the potential to be an RB2 in fantasy. However, with the way New England spreads the ball around based on matchups, he could slip into the RB3 area if he's out much longer.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 8/18/16 5:49pm ET
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (thumb) sliced his right thumb with a pair of scissors prior to the club's preseason game Thursday, August 18, against the Chicago Bears. Brady was trying to pry something from the bottom of his cleat prior to taking the field and sustained the cut. It's not known whether or not he needed stitches but he was seen leaving the stadium in regular clothes.
Huddle Up: It sounds like a minor injury, though the extent of the cut is still not yet known. It could be a little concerning, however, considering that it happened on his throwing hand. Regardless, Brady isn't slated to begin his season until Week 5, so he'll have plenty of time to heal from this uncharacteristic gaffe. It would be interesting to see if this would affect his Week 1 availability if he wasn't suspended for the first quarter of the year.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 8/18/16 8:22pm ET
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount had 11 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown in a 23-22 preseason win over the Chicago Bears Thursday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: New England's backfield is tough to predict. Blount is worth grabbing in the later rounds in case he carves out somewhat of a steady role, but he will be tough to rely on from one week to the next.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 8/17/16 9:03am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (undisclosed) was held out of practice on Tuesday, Aug. 16, after an injury scare the previous day. It's unknown if he'll return for the third day of joint practices with the Chicago Bears on Wednesday, Aug. 17.
Huddle Up: It's Gronk and then everyone else at the TE position, so the fact that he avoided serious injury is music to fantasy owners' ears. Expect the team to adopt a cautious approach with Gronkowski in getting him back on the field.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 8/17/16 9:44am ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) looked quick in his first full 11-on-11 day Tuesday, Aug. 16. He sported an impressive double move to win a one-on-one drill.
Huddle Up: It's nice to see him cutting and showing explosion out of his breaks. Edelman gave owners a sigh of relief, but he's not completely out of the woods after a flare-up a few days ago. He's still a high-end WR2 with some risk to go with ample reward.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 8/17/16 2:16pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (undisclosed) is out of practice Wednesday, Aug. 17.
Huddle Up: It's Gronk so it's going to generate headlines, but the Pats have been down this road before with the talented tight end, and they're going to move at their own secretive pace.
Malcolm Mitchell - WRPosted 8/17/16 9:48pm ET
New England Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell posted four grabs for 55 yards on 15 snaps in the preseason opener, and he is considered a leading candidate for the 'X' receiver role.
Huddle Up: Mitchell might be a fantasy sleeper if he works into a meaningful role in the X. He is definitely worth a look as a late-round flyer in standard fantasy leagues, as he could be quite the steal.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 8/16/16 9:04am ET
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski's (undisclosed) injury at practice Monday, Aug. 15, is considered minor.
Huddle Up: It's great news for Gronkowski and his fantasy owners in early draft leagues. Martellus Bennett would be the beneficiary of more reps if Gronk suffers some sort of setback.
Chris Hogan - WRPosted 8/15/16 9:08am ET
New England Patriots WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) is no longer wearing a red no-contact jersey.
Huddle Up: This should signify that Hogan will be able to play soon. His status should be monitored this week, but he's still worth a look as a WR5 considering the injury history of Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman.
Malcolm Mitchell - WRPosted 8/15/16 2:22pm ET
New England Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell (elbow) returned to practice in full pads Monday, Aug. 15.
Huddle Up: Good sign for the fourth-round pick who dislocated his elbow in the Pats' preseason opener last week. Mitchell, though, is sporting is sizable brace, and it would be a surprise if he's able to see any more action this preseason.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 8/15/16 3:42pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (undisclosed) left practice early Monday, Aug. 15, after pulling up while trying to catch a pass in 7-on-7 drills.
Huddle Up: Gronk reportedly landed awkwardly in Monday's joint session with the Bears and took himself out of practice to consult with trainers before heading to the locker room. It very well might turn out to be much ado about nothing, but we are talking about fantasy's No. 1 TE here and a player with a long list of injuries. Most definitely stay tuned ...
Malcolm Mitchell - WRPosted 8/14/16 10:22pm ET
Updating previous reports, an MRI exam taken on New England Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell's dislocated left elbow came out clean, according to a source.
Huddle Up: It's been a rough August so far for the Pats, but at least there's good initial news on the fourth-round rookie's elbow. In the meantime, though, it's still a setback for Mitchell as he had a strong preseason debut with four catches for 55 yards on only 15 snaps and looked to be challenging for a spot in the team's WR rotation.
Malcolm Mitchell - WRPosted 8/12/16 8:43am ET
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell (elbow) has been diagnosed with a dislocated left elbow, and he could return in four weeks, a source said Thursday, Aug. 11.
Huddle Up: The four-week timeline has to be considered good news given how gruesome the injury looked. The setback is going to make it hard for him to have an impact early in the year, but he is worth keeping an eye on.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QBPosted 8/12/16 8:43am ET
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo completed 11 of his 18 passes for 168 yards in the first half of the preseason opener against the New Orleans Saints Thursday, Aug. 11.
Huddle Up: Garoppolo didn't exactly light it up, but until Tom Brady returns from his suspension, he is worth considering as a DFS sleeper.
Tyler Gaffney - RBPosted 8/12/16 8:51am ET
New England Patriots RB Tyler Gaffney had nine carries for a game-high 64 yards and a touchdown and added two catches for seven yards in a 34-22 win over the New Orleans Saints in the preseason Thursday, Aug. 11.
Huddle Up: For the sake of perspective, he faced the Saints in the first preseason game. With that out of the way, there's a spot in this backfield for Gaffney to capture, if he continues to run well, and it may come at the expense of LeGarrette Blount.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QBPosted 8/11/16 8:58am ET
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo will make the start Thursday, Aug. 11, against the New Orleans Saints in the preseason opener with QB Tom Brady resting.
Huddle Up: Garoppolo is set to start the first four games of the regular season with Brady suspended, so this makes sense since he'll get a chance to build rapport with his receivers in game situations. Garoppolo is worth a look in fantasy leagues which start two QBs, and possibly a contrarian DFS play. Chances are, he will be nothing more than a game manager for the Pats.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 8/11/16 11:43am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski leads the team with seven drops through the first 12 practices in training camp.
Huddle Up: It's early, and this seems like a moot stat unless these drops start trickling into preseason games. Gronk is the best tight end in fantasy, but the gap is closing between him and the field.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 8/11/16 12:49pm ET
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo is 158-for-231 (68.3%) with six interceptions in team drills through 12 practices. QB Tom Brady is 155-for-213 (72.7%) with four interceptions.
Huddle Up: Garoppolo shouldn't be owned in traditional formats but offers mild DFS appeal against Buffalo and Houston. Brady is no worse than a midrange starting quarterback when he returns.
Malcolm Mitchell - WRPosted 8/11/16 9:54pm ET
New England Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell (arm) exited a preseason game against the New Orleans Saints Thursday, Aug. 11, after injuring his left arm.
Huddle Up: Mitchell suffered what looked like a pretty serious elbow injury. Before leaving with the injury, Mitchell caught four passes for 55 yards. He's having a strong camp and is in the running to be the Patriots No. 3 receiver. If Mitchell is out for an extended period of time, Aaron Dobson, Chris Harper and Nate Washington are next in line.
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