Tom Brady - QBPosted 3/27/17 1:12pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady told owner Robert Kraft that he hopes to play for six or seven more years.
Huddle Up: Brady has only suffered one serious injury during his 17 years in the NFL. His production has yet to take a big hit, too. He'll be 40 next season, but he's coming off a year in which he threw 28 touchdowns and just two interceptions in 12 games. He's a perennial QB1 candidate.
Michael Floyd - WRPosted 3/24/17 9:22am ET
Free-agent WR Michael Floyd (Patriots) is a 'long shot' to return to the New England Patriots after they acquired Brandin Cooks earlier this month, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Huddle Up: Floyd was sentenced to 24 days in jail and 96 days of home detention earlier this offseason as a result of his in-season extreme DUI, so the combination of that punishment and the Patriots' trade of Cooks doesn't leave much room for him. It looks like Floyd could be waiting until training camp before he finds a home, if even then.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 3/19/17 2:14pm ET
Free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount (Patriots) could be an option for the New York Giants because they are looking for a power running back to complement RB Paul Perkins, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Jordan Raanan.
Huddle Up: Blount has not been linked to many teams this offseason but should find a new team before the start of training camp. He may not be able to find a starting job but should be part of a running back committee. He could be a No. 3 or No. 4 fantasy running back depending on his team and his role.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QBPosted 3/16/17 3:29pm ET
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo may end up sticking with the team for 2017 and beyond, as there is a 'persistent belief within league circles' that they truly want to keep him. The thinking is that QB Tom Brady's 'magic number' is three more years or perhaps fewer if he wins one more Super Bowl, and that head coach Bill Belichick has decided after one year of working with him that he doesn't believe QB Jacoby Brissett will become a 'true franchise quarterback.'
Huddle Up: For owners looking to ride Garoppolo in the upcoming campaign while he begins his journey on another club, it's starting to look like that may never come to fruition. Obviously, if he becomes a starter somewhere else, he'll be someone worth watching, but at this point in time it looks like he'll hold no fantasy value while remaining behind Brady in New England.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 3/14/17 6:51pm ET
New England Patriots WR Brandin Cooks played 21 games at home in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and 21 games on the road during his first three seasons in the league with the New Orleans Saints. While his receptions and targets were split pretty evenly, he accumulated 1,644 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns in the Superdome, compared to 1,217 yards and seven touchdowns in away contests.
Huddle Up: This shouldn't deter owners from being high on Cooks going into the 2017 campaign, as it's just something to think about, since he'll be playing more in outdoor weather. Despite these splits, however, Cooks figures to have the potential to be a WR1, considering he still has a top quarterback throwing to him, and the fact that the Patriots have remarkably been amongst the three highest-scoring teams in each of the past seven seasons.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 3/10/17 3:13pm ET
Free-agent TE Martellus Bennett (Patriots) has agreed to terms with the Green Bay Packers Friday, March 10, according to a source. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Bennett struggled with some injuries last season but still finished the season with 701 yards and seven touchdowns. He should have a major role in the Packers' passing game in 2017 and can be a No. 1 tight end in all fantasy leagues.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QBPosted 3/9/17 3:30pm ET
The Cleveland Browns will continue their efforts to trade for New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo, according to sources.
Huddle Up: The Patriots are reportedly asking for the No. 1 overall pick in next month's draft. Meanwhile, the Browns have two 2017 first-round picks, two 2017 second-round selections and three second-round picks in 2018 following the Brock Osweiler trade. With that much ammunition, Cleveland could also consider a more proven veteran with a long-term contract. (Garoppolo is set to become a free agent in 2018.) Whichever route the Browns go, their quarterback will be no more than a low-end QB2 option in fantasy in 2017.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 3/8/17 8:20pm ET
New England Patriots impending free-agent TE Martellus Bennett announced on his Twitter account Wednesday, March 8, he will not return to the Patriots in 2017.
Huddle Up: This news became fait accompli the moment the Patriots' trade for Dwayne Allen was announced on Wednesday. Bennett is arguably the best free-agent tight end on the market and is expected to command a fairly sizable deal, so he doesn't figure to be out of work for long. The Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders and New York Giants are reportedly the three teams pursuing him the hardest. Any of those situations should allow him to be a low-end fantasy TE1 in 2017.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 3/6/17 5:42am ET
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount is expected to receive an offer in free agency the team won't match, and they're believed to be prepared for it.
Huddle Up: The backfield in New England is a little crowded after James White's emergence in the Super Bowl. Blount is coming off a monster 18-touchdown year, and it's tough to expect a repeat performance from the 30-year-old this year. He'll be in the RB1 discussion, but he's a more secure RB2.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QBPosted 3/5/17 5:43pm ET
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo hasn't been traded because no team has come close to meeting the asking price, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Unless a team steps up and makes a move for Garoppolo, he is going to be a fantasy afterthought as he sits behind Tom Brady for another year.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 3/5/17 6:43pm ET
New England Patriots impending free-agent TE Martellus Bennett is on the radar of the Oakland Raiders.
Huddle Up: If the Raiders are able to sign Bennett, he would immediately become Oakland's top tight and a low-end TE1 option for fantasy owners.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QBPosted 3/2/17 6:26pm ET
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo could still be traded if the offer is right and 'everything is still on the table,' according to a league source.
Huddle Up: Unless Garoppolo is traded, his fantasy value will continue to be limited to dynasty formats.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QBPosted 3/1/17 5:58am ET
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo is unlikely to be traded, according to league sources.
Huddle Up: Garoppolo has zero fantasy luster behind Tom Brady, and he'll need a trade in order to have a pulse in fantasy in 2017.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 2/24/17 10:56am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) told ESPN's Cari Champion on Friday, Feb. 24, he has 'no doubt' he will be ready for the start of the 2017 season.
Huddle Up: The 27-year-old Gronkowski is recovering from his third back surgery since 2009 and his eighth surgery overall, but he remains undaunted in his quest to dominate NFL defenses. Gronk was rarely ever completely healthy in 2016 and was limited to eight games, finishing with 25 catches for 540 yards and three touchdowns. Assuming he is cleared in time to start the opener, Gronkowski should return to the top of the heap at his position and be a worthy top-20 pick in fantasy again.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 2/21/17 4:49pm ET
New England Patriots impending free-agent TE Martellus Bennett will test the free-agent market. Based on his asking price, he could be with a different team next season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Huddle Up: Bennett will likely be the most coveted free-agent tight end this offseason, so he's bound to receive some attractive offers from teams other than the Patriots. Bennett was hindered by Rob Gronkowski in 2016, when Gronk was healthy, but he has proven to be a capable starter. He scored three touchdowns in one game even with Gronk active. Wherever Bennett plays and/or starts, he has TE1 potential.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 2/16/17 6:27am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has expressed mutual interest in a new contract with the team, according to source. Talks are in preliminary stages. Brady is signed through 2019. He will earn $1 million in 2017, but he has a $14 million salary cap number.
Huddle Up: Brady was fifth in fantasy points per game among quarterbacks last season and had a ridiculous 28-to-2 touchdown-to-pick ratio. He remains an elite option at quarterback in fantasy.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 2/13/17 3:39pm ET
The New England Patriots are interested in re-signing impending free-agent TE Martellus Bennett but may not be willing to get into a bidding war for him if other teams are interested, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss.
Huddle Up: Bennett should receive interest from teams as long as he recovers from the injuries he suffers during the season. He should be considered a low-end No. 1 or a No. 2 fantasy tight end next season depending on his role.
Danny Amendola - WRPosted 2/12/17 10:18am ET
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola is due $6 million in base salary in 2017, but it is a 'certainty' he will not be returning under the turn of his current contract, according to ESPN.com's Mike Reiss.
Huddle Up: Amendola keeps producing in big games and the team obviously trusts him in those spots (eight catches for 78 yards, a touchdown and a game-tying two-point conversion in Super Bowl LI), but he is the No. 4 receiver on the team behind Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell. As a result, he'll probably need to take another sizable pay cut like he has each of the last two years in order to remain in Foxboro. He can be ignored in most fantasy leagues.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QBPosted 2/12/17 10:29am ET
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to attract a second-round selection from interested teams this offseason, according to the Boston Globe's Ben Volin.
Huddle Up: There have been reports that Garoppolo's price tag may be as high as a first- and fourth-rounder, but this sounds more reasonable. Volin notes that Matt Cassel, Kevin Kolb, Matt Schaub were traded under similar circumstances and all fetched second-round picks. Regardless of where he lands, he'll probably settle in as a low-end QB2 in fantasy.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 2/11/17 12:43pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady threw for 1,973 yards, 18 touchdowns and zero interceptions on the road this season. He threw for 1,581 yards, 10 touchdowns and two interceptions at home.
Huddle Up: Brady played great after serving his four-game suspension and finished the season with another Super Bowl win. He will continue to be the starting quarterback for the Patriots as long as he wants and should be a No. 1 quarterback in all fantasy leagues.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 2/11/17 12:44pm ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman caught all three of his touchdowns on the road this season. He finished the season with 43 receptions and 522 yards at home while catching 55 receptions for 584 yards on the road.
Huddle Up: Edelman had a slow period near the beginning of the season but finished strong with at least 75 yards in seven of the last eight regular season games. He should continue to be the No. 1 receiver for the Patriots and can be a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver for fantasy owners.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 2/6/17 12:25am ET
There is speculation the New England Patriots may use the franchise tag on TE Martellus Bennett for 2017.
Huddle Up: The speculation, which comes from CBS Sports reporter Joel Corry, is centered around the health of TE Rob Gronkowski. The tag amount is projected at just under $10 million. Whatever the case, Bennett rates as a solid TE1 as long as he stays in the New England system.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QBPosted 2/6/17 12:33am ET
The Cleveland Browns may be interested in New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo if the price is right.
Huddle Up: Garoppolo will be due for a change of scenery, considering QB Tom Brady will likely play up to five more seasons. Depending on where he lands, Garoppolo could be an interesting QB2 or QB3 option.
Dion Lewis - RBPosted 2/6/17 5:21am ET
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis (hamstring) injured his hamstring late in Super Bowl LI. Lewis said the injury didn't seem severe.
Huddle Up: After James White's historic performance, it's worth pondering if he has leapfrogged Lewis. Both are comparable backs, but White is two years younger with less injury baggage. If Lewis lands elsewhere, he could be a decent RB2 in PPR leagues.
James White - RBPosted 2/6/17 5:15am ET
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB James White's 14 receptions and 110 receiving yards broke records for the respective categories by a running back in Super Bowl LI Sunday, Feb. 5.
Huddle Up: White rushed six times for 29 yards and two scores, and he added a touchdown through the air as well. He was simply incredible, and the team rode him in the second half and overtime. It'll be interesting to see if he has usurped Dion Lewis entering next season, which would make him at least a high-end RB3 in fantasy.
James White - RBPosted 2/6/17 12:16pm ET
New England Patriots RB James White set a Super Bowl record with 20 points scored in Super Bowl LI.
Huddle Up: White played an important role in the Patriots' regular season, but no one anticipated the output he achieved in the Super Bowl. He has cemented himself as a PPR machine, but he'll still be splitting touches with Dion Lewis, assuming both players are healthy. Even so, White is at worst a late-round sleeper in PPR leagues for next season.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 2/6/17 12:37pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady set career Super Bowl records for passing yards (2,071) and touchdown passes (15).
Huddle Up: The Patriots were forced to throw essentially all game, benefitting Brady and all pass-catchers. Brady himself said that he hasn't thought about retiring, so he remains a top QB1 consideration for 2017 fantasy drafts.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 2/6/17 12:27pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady said he will not retire despite being 40 years old next season and winning his record fifth Super Bowl.
Huddle Up: Brady doesn't seem to be wearing down too much even at his over the hill age. Until he does show signs of wearing down, he remains a QB1 option for next season, especially since he will ideally be playing a full season.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 2/5/17 10:51am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady could play three to five more years as the team plans for the long-term, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It is that window that is allowing the Patriots to consider trading Jimmy Garoppolo.
Huddle Up: Brady will turn 40 in August, so there is virtually no chance he will play - much less play well - into the 2020s. Given the way he takes care of himself, it is possible Brady can squeeze two more good years out of his body, although owners need to start preparing for a decline in performance as early as next year, especially considering history has typically not been kind to 40-year-old quarterbacks. Especially if New England trades Garoppolo, the Pats should begin to look for his eventual successor again this offseason.
Michael Floyd - WRPosted 2/5/17 12:11pm ET
New England Patriots WR Michael Floyd is expected to be a healthy scratch for Super Bowl LI.
Huddle Up: It's really not a surprise after he was a healthy scratch for the AFC Championship. Floyd would be the Patriots' fifth receiver behind Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Danny Amendola. Virtually any fifth receiver on a game-day roster has to contribute on special teams, and Floyd does not. Along with his limited knowledge of the Patriots' complex offense - he was claimed off waivers on Dec. 15 - the odds are stacked against him playing in the Super Bowl.
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