Matt Slater - WRPosted 11/26/14 10:33am ET
New England Patriots WR Matthew Slater agreed to a two-year, $4 million extension through the 2016 season Wednesday, Nov. 26.
Huddle Up: Slater is more of a special teams contributor than a fantasy threat, the kind of interchangeable piece Bill Belichick loves to employ.
Tim Wright - TEPosted 11/23/14 8:08pm ET
New England Patriots TE Tim Wright played a season-high 60 snaps in Week 12 against the Detroit Lions, which shattered his previous best of 21 snaps, which he hit twice. He finished with five receptions for 36 yards and two touchdowns.
Huddle Up: The Patriots are a gameplan specific team, so Wright's increase in snaps might be a one-week scenario. He's worth adding as a second tight end but Wright could go back to playing 15 snaps next week.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 11/23/14 8:08pm ET
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount carried 12 times for a team-high 78 yards and two touchdowns in the Week 12 game against the Detroit Lions after re-signing with the team this week.
Huddle Up: Jonas Gray didn't play a snap after arriving late for practice earlier in the week. Blount played mainly late in the game when the Patriots were nursing a lead but still performed well. He should be targeted on the waiver this week.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 11/21/14 11:12am ET
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount was not signed by the team to replace RB Jonas Gray as the between-the-tackles runner. Blount's presence gives the team another tough inside runner in the potentially poor-weather weeks ahead.
Huddle Up: Blount was also a standout kick returner during last season's playoffs, so he provides multiple ways in which he can help the Patriots. Those who just threw all their remaining FAAB at Gray, however, can sleep a little more soundly with word that Blount won't be swiping Gray's role. Because when has Bill Belichick ever not disclosed the full truth to fantasy owners?
Jonas Gray - RBPosted 11/21/14 6:46pm ET
New England Patriots RB Jonas Gray was late reporting to the team's facility Friday, Nov. 21 and did not practice . He is listed as probable for Week 12.
Huddle Up: Hey Jonas, it doesn't take long to go from the penthouse to the outhouse in New England. Nothing's official as of right now, but don't be shocked to see the RB pop up on the inactive list Sunday, with Shane Vereen or even newly re-signed LeGarrette Blount in a lead role against the Lions.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 11/20/14 10:07am ET
The New England Patriots signed free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount (Steelers) to a two-year deal for the veteran's minimum plus incentives Thursday, Nov. 20.
Huddle Up: The Patriots get back their former free agent just in time for the playoffs. His arrival could negatively impact new fantasy stud Jonas Gray, however.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 11/20/14 6:36pm ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thigh) was limited again in practice Thursday, Nov. 20.
Huddle Up: Something to definitely monitor as the Pats' receptions leader is a question mark after getting injured late in the team's win Sunday night.
Jonas Gray - RBPosted 11/18/14 6:38pm ET
New England Patriots RB Jonas Gray had a huge performance in Week 11 against the Indianapolis Colts, but ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss expects a difference offensive approach in the backfield against the Detroit Lions, who are ranked No. 1 in the league against the run.
Huddle Up: It's most certainly not the favorable matchup Indy presented, and anyone following the NFL for more than a few months -- and certainly seasoned fantasy GMs -- know recent successes are by no means any indicator of Bill Belichick's upcoming game plans.
Danny Amendola - WRPosted 11/7/14 12:57pm ET
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola's role has grown with the team's increased usage of three-receiver sets. The team used three wide receivers in 47 of 86 offensive plays last week.
Huddle Up: Despite the additional snaps Amendola remains well behind Rob Gronkowski, Brandon LaFell and Julian Edelman in the Patriots' passing game pecking order.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 10/27/14 11:03pm ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman played in just 45 of the 74 offensive snaps Sunday, Oct. 26. He played in 45 of the team's first 52 snaps, but was apparently benched. The team didn't announce an injury, but he had two drops.
Huddle Up: Edelman's targets (13) and receptions (5) have taken a noticeable dip over the last 2 games -- coinciding with increased work for WR Brandon LaFell (16 targets-15 cstches) and TE Rob Gronkowski (19-14) -- and his fantasy owners should be a little concerned. He does play for the chameleon-like Patriots, though, so Edelman could have 15 targets and 12 receptions this coming Sunday.
Shane Vereen - RBPosted 10/24/14 3:57pm ET
New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 24, because of an illness, according to a source. The team does not appear to be worried since Vereen is not injured.
Huddle Up: Just an FYI for all the Vereen owners hoping the RB can follow up on his huge Week 7 outing (114 total yards, 2 TDs).
Tom Brady - QBPosted 10/23/14 10:16am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has thrown just two interceptions this year, and both came in the Week 4 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: That stat goes a long way towards explaining Brady's fantasy resurgence. No turnovers equal longer possessions, which equal more yardage and more opportunities for scoring.
Chandler Jones - DEPosted 10/21/14 11:50pm ET
New England Patriots DE Chandler Jones did not practice Tuesday, Oct. 21 with a hip injury, according to a source. Jones is expected to miss a month or so. The team traded for LB Akeem Ayers earlier Tuesday.
Huddle Up: Another blow for the Pats' defense as Jones has 26 total tackles and, most importantly, a team-high 4.5 sacks and 15 QB hurries. The timing is particularly troubling as N.E. is entering a brutal stretch of opposing passers that features Jay Cutler, Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck, Matthew Stafford, Aaron Rodgers and Philip Rivers over the next 6 games.
Shane Vereen - RBPosted 10/17/14 12:39am ET
New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen had 11 carries for 43 yards and five catches for 71 yards and two touchdowns in the team's Week 7 game Thursday, Oct. 16.
Huddle Up: In the Pats' first game since losing leading rusher Stevan Ridley, Vereen had 16 of the Patriots' 20 RB touches, including 11 of the 14 rushing attempts and finished with a season-high 114 total yards and the 2 scores. Jonas Gray, just called up from the practice squad, had 3 rushes for 12 yards, while Brandon Bolden had 1 catch for 4 yards but did not have a rushing attempt. James White was a healthy scratch. Of course, it's the Patriots' run game, so it could be a whole different story come Week 8.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 10/17/14 11:22pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski played 53 of his team's 57 offensive snaps in the Week 7 game against the New York Jets Thursday, Oct. 18. It was the first time all season he has played over 90 percent of the snaps in a game.
Huddle Up: Gronk is healthy again and playing virtually all of the Patriots offensive snaps. He's locked in as one of fantasy football's top two tight ends.
Jonas Gray - RBPosted 10/16/14 7:59pm ET
New England Patriots RB Jonas Gray was activated from the practice squad Thursday, Oct. 16 is active tonight. James White has been declared inactive.
Huddle Up: It's our first big clue as to how the Patriots plan to replace leading rusher Steven Ridley as Gray, and not White, will join Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden in the backfield. Gray, a 5-foot-9, 223-pound third-year back from Notre Dame, is a true mystery man having not played in a game or logged an NFL carry, but he should be available in your league if you're hurting at RB and want to take a speculative flyer.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 10/14/14 10:41am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) played Sunday, Oct. 13, through a significant injury, according to two sources. Brady rolled his ankle on the foot of one of his offensive linemen Friday, Oct. 10. Brady required a lot of therapy to be ready to play in Week 6.
Huddle Up: The Patriots are the complete opposite of forthcoming when it comes to injury information, so it's no wonder that after Brady has been on the injury report for the past decade--and played through whatever phantom injury he was listed with--that few took this recent injury seriously. We'll see if he's ready to go this week, but either way you can bet he'll be listed on the injury report as questionable, with limited participation in practice.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 10/14/14 4:29pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) is back in full force, according to QB Tom Brady. Gronkowski played limited snaps in the first four weeks while recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, but he has emerged in the last few weeks. He had six catches for 100 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 and caught seven passes for 94 yards in Week 6. Gronkowski took some big hits and showed added strength in the game against the Buffalo Bills. "He's a great option out there," Brady said. "So if they don't cover him, he usually gets it. If they put extra guys on him then it frees everybody else up. He's tough to stop. You put a safety on him, he's got size. You put a linebacker on him, he's got speed. He's been that way since he got into the NFL."
Huddle Up: Gronk ranks fourth in TE targets (46) and TD catches (4) among all league TEs and will remain a must-start as long as he keeps getting through games with a semblance of health.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 10/14/14 7:44pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) was limited in practice Tuesday, Oct. 14.
Huddle Up: Brady' ankle injury last week was more serious than most realized, but he appeared to get through Sunday's game OK and should be fine for Week 7 -- even on the short week.
Stevan Ridley - RBPosted 10/13/14 10:35am ET
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley (knee) will have an MRI Monday, Oct. 13, for the knee injury he suffered in Week 6 against the Buffalo Bills. The fear is that he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Huddle Up: Early whispers indicate that the team expects bad news with regards to Ridley. Shane Vereen would see an uptick in touches, with Brandon Bolden and potentially James White getting involved in New England's backfield mix as well.
Stevan Ridley - RBPosted 10/13/14 8:45pm ET
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley (knee) has a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a torn medial collateral ligament, according to a source. Ridley will miss the remainder of the season.
Huddle Up: As feared, the news was bad for the Pats, who will be without their leading rusher. Shane Vereen should see more work, but look for Brandon Bolden, a larger, inslde runner to see his workload increase the most.
Jerod Mayo - LBPosted 10/13/14 10:41pm ET
New England Patriots LB Jerod Mayo (leg) will miss the rest of the season after suffering a lower right leg injury in Week 6 that sources are saying 'is bad.'
Huddle Up: Sunday brought a double gut-punch of bad news for the Pats, who also lost leading rusher Stevan Ridley to a season-ending knee injury in the win over the Bills. Mayo, the team's leading tackler with 53, had his season cut short for the second straight year, leaving the Patriots thin at LB with special-teamer Chris White listed behind Mayo on the depth chart.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 10/11/14 3:39pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) traveled to Buffalo with the team and was not wearing a walking boot Saturday, Oct. 11.
Huddle Up: Brady is listed as questionable against Buffalo but is expected to start. He's a mid-range QB1 versus the tough Bills defense.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 10/11/14 9:24pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) is expected to play in Week 6 Sunday, Oct. 12.
Huddle Up: Brady will start against the Bills. He's a QB1 but the Bills defense will provide a strong test.
Stevan Ridley - RBPosted 10/10/14 10:52am ET
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley was praised by head coach Bill Belichick for his growth this season. Belichick also credited Ridley's ball security, vision and confidence.
Huddle Up: Ridley has emerged as the workhorse back in New England, though that lasts only until the next fumble. And there's still the thorny issue of a contract for both Ridley and Shane Vereen following the season. But for right now, at least... Ridley's the man.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 10/10/14 10:40pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski played 23 more snaps in Week 5 against the Cincinnati Bengals than he had in any game all season. The takeaway is that Gronkowski finally appears to be rounding into his pre-injury form.
Huddle Up: Gronk is getting back to full health. He's in store for a big second half of the season.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 10/7/14 6:50pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady reiterated Monday, Oct. 6, that he wants to be a New England Patriot for the remainder of his career. 'I love the Patriots -- there is no place I'd rather be. I play for the greatest owner and, to me, the greatest coach of all time.'
Huddle Up: Brady and the Pats are certainly feeling better about things following their 43-17 dismantling of the previously undefeated Bengals, and he has four less-than-strenuous fantasy matchups (vs. the Bills, Jets, Bears and Broncos) before the team's Week 10 bye.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 10/6/14 10:36am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady surpassed 50,000 career passing yards in the first quarter of the Week 5 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He is just the sixth player in NFL history to reach the plateau.
Huddle Up: One week after looking like it was time to stick a fork in his storied career, Brady looked a whole lot more like the stud quarterback of a few years ago. A healthy Rob Gronkowski should at least keep Brady fantasy-relevant, but odds are the Sunday night showing is more of a season highlight than a harbinger of what's to come the rest of the way.
Danny Amendola - WRPosted 10/6/14 7:58pm ET
New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell played a team-high 77 out of 84 offensive snaps in Week 5 against the Cincinnati Bengals, and he's clearly now the top outside receiving option for the team. WR Danny Amendola (20 out of 84 snaps) wasn't used much because the Patriots didn't use many three-receiver sets.
Huddle Up: LaFell has 11 catches for 185 yards and a TD over the last 3 weeks while Amendola has 1 for 7. While LaFell is clearly the better fantasy option, neither can be trusted as a starter outside of the deepest of leagues.
Kenbrell Thompkins - WRPosted 10/4/14 8:16pm ET
The New England Patriots waived WR Kenbrell Thompkins Saturday, Oct. 4.
Huddle Up: Thompkins was a 2013 training camp surprise but he's been a non-factor this season. The second-year wideout will look to catch on with another team.
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