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.
Danny Amendola - WRPosted 10/3/14 1:05pm ET
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (groin) disclosed that he had offseason surgery to repair his adductor muscle. Amendola has had trouble gaining separation from defenders, but he declined to use the operation as an excuse.
Huddle Up: With only 3 catches for 16 yards on 7 targets so far, it's been a disaster of a season for Amendola and one of the many problems for the Patriots' passing game. Remain at a safe fantasy distance.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 10/3/14 8:20pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 3, and is listed as probable for Week 5.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski still isn't 100 percent healthy but the Pats struggling offense will take what they can get out of him right now. Even though Gronk is playing roughly 50 percent of the offensive snaps he's still a TE1 for fantasy purposes.
Aaron Dobson - WRPosted 10/2/14 2:28pm ET
New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson was inactive for the Week 3 and 4 games because he 'mouthed off' to offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, a source said Wednesday, Oct. 1.
Huddle Up: Well, that explains the WR's absence, but it hardly makes fantasy GMs feel better about Dobson's prospects going forward or the overall ragged state of the Patriots' passing game. Steer clear unless you have no other viable options.
Brandon Browner - CBPosted 10/1/14 8:01am ET
The New England Patriots reinstated CB Brandon Browner and WR Brian Tyms from the suspended list Tuesday, Sept. 30. They each have a roster exemption that expires Monday, Oct. 6.
Huddle Up: Browner would significantly help the New England secondary; we'll see how quickly the Patriots can get him onto the field.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 9/30/14 12:34am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 14 of his 23 pass attempts for 159 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the Week 4 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs Monday, Sept. 29. One of the interceptions was returned for a touchdown.
Huddle Up: The abominable season continues for Brady, who simply doesn't have near the protection or the pass-catching supporting cast of seasons past. Brady came into Monday's contest as fantasy's 29th-ranked -- yes, you read that right -- QB, and there are few signs pointing back toward fantasy relevancy for the legendary QB.
Brandon LaFell - WRPosted 9/30/14 10:45am ET
New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell had a team-high six receptions for a game-high 119 yards and a touchdown in the Week 4 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs Monday, Sept. 29. It was LaFell's first TD with the Patriots.
Huddle Up: To this point Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski were the only members of New England's passing game worthy of fantasy attention. However, with Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins consistently healthy scratches and LaFell playing well, he may slip onto the fantasy radar.
Aaron Dobson - WRPosted 9/29/14 7:39pm ET
The New England Patriots have declared WR Aaron Dobson, CB Alfonzo Dennard, DL Casey Walker, OT Jordan Devey, OL Josh Kline, WR Kenbrell Thompkins, DE Zach Moore inactive for Week 4.
Huddle Up: The second-year wideouts have combined for 7 catches for 66 yards and no scores in 3 total games this season, but Brady will be relying on Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Brandon LaFell tonight.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 9/25/14 10:31am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) said he doesn't feel limited at all and is ready for more responsibility after reduced work in his first three games. Gronkowski has likely been on a pitch count in the first halves of games to save him for the second half. He played more than 50 percent of the snaps for the first time this season in Week 3.
Huddle Up: Gronk's snaps are increasing, and with it his opportunities to put up fantasy numbers. More Gronk is likely a boon to Tom Brady's fantasy prospects as well.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 9/24/14 12:07am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) played a season-high 42 snaps in Week 3, and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said a further increase in playing time is coming. 'Rob has done the things we have asked him to do,' McDaniels said. 'He has been fine in terms of his assignments and his conditioning. But we just have to try to add to it as we go throughout the course of the year.'
Huddle Up: Although his targets dipped from 11 in Week 1 to 6 in each of the past 2 games, definitely expect more looks for the big TE going forward, especially given the struggles Tom Brady has had connecting with other pass-catchers not named Gronk or Julian Edelman.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 9/17/14 9:59pm ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (back) was added to the injury report and was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17.
Huddle Up: The injury isn't believed to be serious but check back on Thursday just to be safe. Edelman is a strong WR2 this week against the Raiders.
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