Tom Brady Fantasy News

Pats use more three-WR sets without TE Rob Gronkowski

Monday, December 5, 2016, 9:47am - [Full Article]

The Patriots' first game since Rob Gronkowski's season-ending back injury went as expected.

The Pats relied on the running back trio of LeGarrette Blount, Dion Lewis, and James White. Tom Brady fed the ball to Julian Edelman. And the team put a heavy emphasis on three-receiver formations.

But the Pats' reliance on "11 personnel" (3 WR, 1 RB, TE) was not a radical departure from what we have seen in previous games. The idea that the Patriots were using Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett together a ton was not accurate.

Related players: Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell

Fantasy Impact:

The Patriots used three receiver sets with a TE and an RB on 32 snaps and three receiver sets with two RBs and no TE on six snaps. They used a full back with two receivers on 16 snaps and four WRs on eight snaps.

Friday, December 2, 2016, 6:13pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (knee, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 13. Brady should continue to play through the knee injury.

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 6:10pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (knee) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Brady should continue to play through the knee injury.

Gronk to have back surgery, fantasy season over

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 1:46pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will have back surgery. Injury is worse than anticipated. It’s happening tomorrow.

Related: Tom Brady, Martellus Bennett

Fantasy Impact:

Vic Carucci reported this first, and it was confirmed by Rapoport. Carucci said Gronk is expected to miss 8 weeks, which finishes his fantasy season, but leaves the door open for a possible late playoffs or Super Bowl return. Martellus Bennett is the obvious beneficiary, but he's dealing with ankle and shoulder injuries of his own. Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcom Mitchell and the pass-catching running backs will all try to pick up the slack.

Losing his top target is a big hit for Tom Brady, but Brady is averaging 23.7 fantasy points in two games without Gronk this season (vs NYJ and SF), on par with his numbers with Gronk.

Pats QB Tom Brady says knee better than last Monday

Monday, November 28, 2016, 1:38pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says his injured knee feels better than it did after last game.

A day after leading New England to a 22-17 win over the New York Jets , Brady said the knee was acting up during the game. But he said he hopes it will be better on Sunday, when the Patriots play the Los Angeles Rams.

It's not known when or how Brady injured the knee. He missed two practices last week because of it but returned to the field on Friday.

Fantasy Impact:

The team needed Brady, too. He attempted 50 passes and threw for two TDs in the win over the Jets. Brady should be fine for Sunday but we'll keep an eye on how he does this week.

Patriots QB Tom Brady, TE Rob Gronkowski ACTIVE vs. Jets

Sunday, November 27, 2016, 3:07pm

Patriots Inactives
Justin Coleman CB
D.J. Foster RB
Woodrow Hamilton DT
Cyrus Jones CB
Matt Lengel TE
Matthew Slater WR
LaAdrian Waddle T

Related players: Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski

Fantasy Impact:

Both Brady and Gronkowski will play against the Jets despite being questionable coming into this contest. Brady is battling a knee issue so the Pats could run a bit more but Brady is still worth a start in lineups and will be helped by the return of Gronk.

Pats QB Tom Brady, TE Rob Gronkowski make trip to New York

Saturday, November 26, 2016, 8:47pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

In a sign of his progress after a chest injury, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has joined his teammates for the trip to face the New York Jets on Sunday.

Earlier this week, ESPN's Dianna Russini reported Gronkowski was not expected to play against the Jets. On Saturday, Russini reported Gronkowski "made a lot of progress in the last 24-48 hours" and cited two sources who referred to him as a "true game-time decision."

And not that there was any doubt, but Patriots quarterback Tom Brady posted a picture on Facebook that he is making the trip.

Fantasy Impact:

Gronkowski had been a limited participant in practice all week and is officially listed as questionable. Reporters saw him wearing a red noncontact jersey at the end of Friday's practice.

Gronkowski sustained the chest injury in a 31-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 13. He missed the next week of practice and didn't make the trip last weekend to San Francisco.

Pats Beat: Offense is more balanced in 2016

Saturday, November 26, 2016, 9:16am - [Full Article]

Since Tom Brady's Week 5 return, the Pats have a 55-percent pass, 45-percent run balance. In only one game, the Week 6 win over Cincinnati, did the Patriots throw the ball on 60 percent of their snaps.

Compare that with 2015, when, including the playoffs, the Pats had nine games with at least a 60 percent pass/40 percent run disparity. And in five of those games, they had splits of at least 70 percent pass/30 percent run. The one-dimensional offense was great...until Denver neutralized it and the Pats did not have another dimension to visit.

This year, LeGarrette Blount is on pace for 322 carries, which would rank as the third-most in a single season by any Patriots running back, topped only by Curtis Martin in 1995 (368 carries) and Corey Dillon in 2004 (345 carries). Dion Lewis' return could decrease Blount's individual workload, but there is no reason to believe the team's rushing averages — 29.8 attempts per game — will change.

Fantasy Impact:

The 2015 Patriots offense, prolific as it was, had less balance than any New England offense in the Belichick-Brady era. The Pats threw on 62 percent of their offensive snaps and ran on 38 percent, the story said. Blount hasn't lost fantasy value since Brady's return this year and perhaps this is a way of helping prolong Brady's career in the long term. In the short term, Brady is dealing with a knee injury so it doesn't seem likely the team breaks away from the current split.

Friday, November 25, 2016, 6:43pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (knee, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 12. We’d be shocked if Brady didn’t play through the knee injury, but stranger things have happened. The Patriots play in the late round of games, so hopefully we get more clarity by Sunday morning.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 8:58pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Brady should be fine to play in Week 12.

Pats QB Tom Brady has 'sore' right knee

Monday, November 14, 2016, 9:29am - [Full Article]

Following a down-to-the-wire loss to the Seahawks on Sunday night, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady admitted that his right knee was not quite right.

Brady took a low hit from Seattle safety Kam Chancellor in the third quarter that left him a bit gimpy.

"It's a little sore, but...a lot of guys are pretty sore," Brady said after the Patriots' 31-24 loss.

Fantasy Impact:

Brady flexed his right leg in between plays after absorbing the hit, but never came out of the game. He did not appear to receive extensive medical attention on the bench. It's worth monitoring heading into next week's game.

WR Chris Hogan emerges as top Pats deep threat

Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 9:23am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Eight games into his first Patriots season, WR Chris Hogan surprisingly has emerged as the team's much-needed deep threat. He’s averaging 20.6 yards per catch and coming off a game in which his 53-yard touchdown down the left sideline was a catalyst in a 41-25 win over his former team, the Buffalo Bills.

The next day, quarterback Tom Brady referred to Hogan as being “deceptively fast.”

Fantasy Impact:

It started in the season opener against the Arizona Cardinals, when Hogan had a 37-yard touchdown catch down the left sideline for the Patriots' first touchdown of the season. He caught a 63-yard bomb in Week 5 against Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden. He also had a 39-yarder against the Cincinnati Bengals the following week, on Oct. 16, and two weeks ago, it was Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore who was left in his wake. Hogan has had some fantasy clunkers though, including a game with zero catches and another with one catch for three yards, so you can argue it's boom or bust for those who play Hogan which gives him some risk.

Pats QB Tom Brady 'a little more sore' after taking nine hits

Monday, October 31, 2016, 12:31pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady took a season-high nine hits in Sunday's 41-25 victory over the Buffalo Bills, and acknowledged that he wasn't necessarily feeling "fresh as lettuce" upon waking up Monday morning.

"They were playing a lot of guys in pass coverage, which allowed me to hold on to the ball longer than normal," Brady explained on sports radio WEEI's "Kirk and Callahan Show."

"When you do that, you're just trying to find guys to get open. I don't really throw it away early, I would say. I just kind of wait until the last minute, and I would say they got a few good licks on me. That's football, and it's part of the season. It's good to take those hits and deal with the bumps and bruises because I think your body kind of calluses up to those hits. But, yeah, it's definitely a little more sore than it's been."

Fantasy Impact:

Of the nine hits Brady absorbed, five were sacks. It doesn't sound like Brady's status is in doubt, but obviously the team would like him a little less exposed.

Pats WR Chris Hogan, QB Tom Brady have high success rate

Monday, October 31, 2016, 8:58am - [Full Article]

If you're looking for efficiency, it doesn't get much better than Chris Hogan and Tom Brady.

Since his Week 5 return, Brady has targeted Hogan 12 times. The duo has connected for 11 completions at an average of 24.5 yards per catch.

That's an incredibly high success rate, especially when you consider the nature of most of Hogan's routes. As evidenced by the gaudy yards-per-catch figure, many of these completions have come on downfield throws. These are generally low-percentage plays.

Fantasy Impact:

Hogan now has receptions of 63, 53, 43, 39, and 37 yards as a member of the Patriots. In four seasons with the Bills, he had only three receptions of 35+ yards.
Hogan is on pace for 782 receiving yards, which would best his current career-high by over 300 yards. After Week 8, Hogan and Rob Gronkowski are two of only three NFL players averaging 20 yards per catch or better. Pittsburgh's Sammie Coates is the other.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 6:41pm

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Edelman should be fine to play, though he hasn’t done much (5-35, 4-30) in two games with Tom Brady despite seeing 17 targets in two weeks.

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