Patriots Fantasy News

Stevan Ridley on Pat's 53-man roster

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 5:18pm

Providence Journal - [Full Article]

RB Stevan Ridley made the Pat's final roster.

Fantasy Impact:
Many thought Ridley was in trouble after a fumble in preseason Week 3. Adding to the speculation was the release of RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis by the Bengals, but it looks like the team is sticking with Ridley for now. He has the potential to put up decent fantasy numbers week-to-week as the Pats best inside runner, but we all know about the fumbling issue. Owners risk that he's one fumble away from another trip to the bench.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014, 12:40pm - [Full Article]

The Patriots will keep a roster spot for wide receiver Brian Tyms, who will be serving a four-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, according to multiple reports.

Tyms, according to a source, will "likely" remain with the Patriots through Saturday's cuts as the team trims its roster to 53 players.

The third-year player, who has spent time with the Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins, caught a team-high 11 receptions for 188 yards and two touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact:
The team has already cut WR Josh Boyce according to reports.

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 11:38am - [Full Article]

The Patriots have released wide receiver Josh Boyce, according to a report by ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Boyce, the second-year player who was selected by the Patriots 102nd overall in the 2013 draft out of Texas Christian University, failed to impress in his second training camp. He played in nine regular season games last year, including three starts, and caught nine passes for 121 yards before being placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury at the conclusion of the regular season.

Patriots TE Tim Wright with 4-43 in debut

Friday, August 29, 2014, 10:07am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Patriots TE Tim Wright caught four of six targets for 43 yards on Thursday night.

Fantasy Impact:
Wright is a good fit for the team's 'move' tight end and could make a splash if he picks up things quickly. Last night's performance (just a few days after being traded) is a good start.

Patriots WR Aaron Dobson with 3-57-1 on Thursday night

Friday, August 29, 2014, 10:04am - [Full Article]

Despite some rust, Patriots WR Aaron Dobson moved well and did not seem cautious about pushing off of the injured foot. He was targeted nine times, and came up with three catches for 57 yards and a touchdown. Some of the missed connections were poor throws by Jimmy Garoppolo, others were bad routes by Dobson.

The important thing is that Dobson got on the field in a live game situation, and got off the field healthy. As long as that continues to happen, he should keep improving.

Fantasy Impact:
As a rookie, Dobson caught a respectable 37 passes for 519 yards and four touchdowns, but he flashed some big play ability in his 5-130-2 outing against the Steelers in early November. His FP/T (1.05) was average, but if he can beat out Brandon LaFell and Kenbrell Thompkins for a starting job, he should produce with Tom Brady throwing the ball. He only played 63% of the snaps as a rookie. The foot injury has held him back this offseason, but now that he's healthy and playing, he looks ready to make a push.

Patriots WR Aaron Dobson (foot) to play Thursday

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 1:33pm - [Full Article]

The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe reported Thursday that Dobson traveled with the Patriots and is expected to make his preseason debut tonight against the New York Giants. It's uncertain how much playing time Dobson will see.

A return to action is the first step as Dobson tries to regain his footing as one of the Patriots' starting outside receivers. He's battling Kenbrell Thompkins and Brandon LaFell, both of whom have the early leg up. Dobson performed well down the stretch last season and possesses a brand of speed the Pats are currently lacking in the passing game.

Fantasy Impact:
As a rookie, Dobson caught a respectable 37 passes for 519 yards and four touchdowns, but he flashed some big play ability in his 5-130-2 outing against the Steelers in early November. His FP/T (1.05) was average, but if he can beat out Brandon LaFell and Kenbrell Thompkins for a starting job, he should produce with Tom Brady throwing the ball. He only played 63% of the snaps as a rookie.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 6:33pm - [Full Article]

New Pats TE Tim Wright fills a glaring need for the Patriots at a position that's not easy to find: an athletic "move" tight end.

It's a position that was made famous by Aaron Hernandez back in the days when he and Rob Gronkowski ran their famous tight end tandem.

The "move" position is often lined up off the line of scrimmage or split out wide as a sort of bulky, physical receiver. As the name implies, the player moves across the formation a good deal, utilizing the option to have that tight end block and changing the angles from which that block can come. Putting the tight end in different positions also helps to expose opening in the interior passing game.

Fantasy Impact:
Wright has struggled to block this preseason and was buried on the Bucs depth chart. But the article says the Patriots will likely be counting on Wright to contribute early as a threat in the interior passing game, particularly as a complement to Gronkowski. It goes on to say, at the very least, the offense needs a player who can be a legitimate threat to run down the seam while taking some pressure off the team's outside receivers. Whether Wright can establish himself as a complimentary redzone threat remains to be seen, it went on. His fantasy value is also in question, but certainly seemsm to have some potential at least in deeper leagues. Wright may not be Hernandez but it seems like he could give the Pats more looks in two TE formations.

Bucs improve line by acquiring G Logan Mankins

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 2:38pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

The Patriots have agreed to the parameters of a trade that would send Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins to the Buccaneers for a fourth-round pick and tight end Tim Wright. FOX Sports' Jay Glazer first reported the news.

"We were looking at all options," Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said Tuesday, according to the Tampa Bay Times' Greg Auman. "It's something we've been talking about since first week of camp. We feel very fortunate. Logan is a very good player. I'm a first-hand witness to what he means to the locker room."

Licht worked in the Pats' front office from 2009-11, and director of player personnel Jon Robinson was with the Pats from 2002-13.

Mankins, the Patriots' 2005 first-round pick has started at least 15 games in seven of his nine NFL seasons, and he fills an obvious need on a Buccaneers' offensive line that has looked overmatched for much of the preseason. On Monday, the Bucs visited with former Dolphins guard Richie Incognito, but he left without signing a contract.

Fantasy Impact:
The raises the stock of Bucs RB Doug Martin a bit as the Tampa has been looking to improve their struggling line and this will help. As the story points out, the Pats have a history of knowing when to get rid of an aging player and still get value. Mankins is a Pro Bowler and considered a top-20 guard.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 2:11pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

ESPN consider's RB Knowshon Moreno's stock to be up.

Moreno had an impressive debut in last week’s 25-20 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Moreno rushed for 64 yards on 10 carries (6.4 yard average). He showed good vision, patience and strength to finish runs.

Moreno has officially put his name in the conversation to be Miami’s starting running back in Week 1 against the New England Patriots despite missing much of training camp and the preseason.

Fantasy Impact:
It falls right in line with a news item also posted today from the Sun-Sentinel where a beat writer feels eventually this could be Moreno's job. It's a fantasy situation to probably just stay away from, but if you can land Moreno on the cheap that certainly seems like the direction to go.

Patriots trade for TE Tim Wright

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 2:03pm

National Football Post - [Full Article]

Bucs have agreed to a trade with the New England Patriots, in which they'll receive offensive guard Logan Mankins. In return, the Patriots will receive tight end Tim Wright and a 4th round pick.

A year ago, Wright caught 54 passes for 571 yards and five touchdowns for the Buccaneers. But Wright became expendable after the Buccaneers drafted Austin Seferian-Jenkins this past May.

Fantasy Impact:
All offseason we've heard about the Patriots not having much depth at tight end behind Rob Gronkowski and could figure to use another receiving option at the position. Despite falling out of favor in TB, Wright could be just what the Pats need. This shouldn't have as much to do with Gronkowski's status to start the season as it does about depth and having a second TE option. Wright now has some fantasy potential depending on how many two TE sets the Pats go back to. He's no Aaron Hernandez (as a player), but as a converted WR he can do some of the same things at the "move" TE position. For the Bucs, the trade gives the team a good guard to shore up an offensive line that has been struggling in the preseason. This should bode well for Doug Martin.

Pats beat: Tom Brady more comfortable this year

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 9:12am

Boston Herald - [Full Article]

Watching Patriots QB Tom Brady and his receivers operate against the Panthers on Friday night, they had a flow and a feel that wasn’t always there last year, a sense of comfort and security.

When Brady dropped back to throw, he seemed much more at ease, much more confident in what his players were going to do and where they were going to be. Last year, it was a bit of a mystery wondering if the proper routes were going to be run.

That was one of the biggest issues, as rookies Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce, as well as veteran Danny Amendola, learned the system and tried to get in sync with the quarterback.

A year later, there doesn’t seem to be as much angst with every pass play. Brady doesn’t have that disgusted quarterback look. There’s now a comfort level and trust across the board between him and his primary targets that wasn’t there at any time during the 2013 season. Even the drops don’t have the same impact on No. 12.

Fantasy Impact:
The rookies, in particular, didn’t always get the routes down right or get to the exact spots Brady desired. It was the same deal with newcomer Amendola, who on occasion wasn’t certain where he was supposed to be. While there still are mistakes this year, the article noted that Brady doesn't write off anyone and continues to go back to them as targets. Brady comes in ranked 8th among our QBs, and while it seems weird to call him a sleeper, he certainly has the potential to finish a little higher than his ranking - like the days of old. With an ADP of the 9th round, he makes for a nice target at that point in drafts.

Giants starters to play in final preseason game

Monday, August 25, 2014, 2:13pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The travails of the Giants first team offense have been a consistent storyline throughout preseason and they will have another chance to work out the kinks on Thursday against the Patriots.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Monday, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, that the team’s starters would play 15-18 snaps during the preseason finale.

There were some signs of life during that game, but it was still an uneven performance at best for Eli Manning and company. Complicating matters was the loss of left guard Geoff Schwartz to a dislocated toe, which will force the Giants to shuffle rookie Weston Richburg into the lineup. Right guard Brandon Mosley didn’t practice on Monday after his back tightened up on Sunday, an injury that could force the team to dig even deeper into the depth chart just before the start of the season.

Fantasy Impact:
Seems like a pretty serious situation, but the offense seems to need the work even if it's against second stringers. Coughlin had threatened the starters with such a scenario if their play didn’t improve in last Friday’s game against the Jets, the story said. Rookie WR Odell Beckham will not play in the game.

Monday, August 25, 2014, 12:24pm - [Full Article]

Patriots RB Stevan Ridley’s fumbles are a major concern, but given the lack of options it would be a surprise to see him go at least until the league-wide cuts are made and other options present themselves.

The Patriots will be scouring the waiver wire come Labor Day Weekend looking for a workhorse-type back – perhaps even BenJarvus Green-Ellis if he’s jettisoned by Cincinnati. But until then, Ridley would appear to be a needed commodity.

Fantasy Impact:
The piece comes off the heals of ESPN's Mike Reiss predicting the Pats cut Ridley. Reiss was on the record before camp as not listing Ridley a lock for the final roster, which of course was before the most recent fumbling issues resurfaced. As this article mentions, the Pats don't have a workhorse back so they very well could be waiting for final cuts from other team as far as their decision on Ridley goes. Ridley would likely land somewhere else, but probably not in the potential role he would have with New England so owners need to stay abreast of this situation.

Monday, August 25, 2014, 12:17pm - [Full Article]

With Ryan Mallett still on the burner as a potential trade target for quarterback-needy teams, the New England Patriots are keeping their backup QB in bubble wrap.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that New England is expected to hold Mallett out of Thursday's final preseason game against the New York Giants, per a Patriots source.

With potential trade opportunities down the road, the risk of injury was deemed too high, the source told Rapoport. That means rookie Jimmy Garoppolo will start and likely go the distance.

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 1:55pm - [Full Article]

Patriots receivers Kenbrell Thompkins and Brandon LaFell are linked in more ways than one. Both have opportunities to provide an outside presence with Aaron Dobson on the mend, and both must drive the coaches crazy with their inconsistency.

Thompkins had a huge 21-yard catch to convert a third-and-19 and followed it up with a horrific drop off his chest on the next play. He did respond with a 14-yard reception on the next snap, but the drop was Pop Warner-like.

LaFell also had a drop on a key third down and managed only two catches on his five targets. He turned in while Brady threw out on an early third down, perhaps an indication of some miscommunication between the two. More consistency is needed from both.

Fantasy Impact:
Thompkins and LaFell are both considered to have had their stock drop, according to the site. With Dobson on the mend and a host of other WRs still around, the Pats should have the luxury to ride the hot hands this season. Outside of Julian Edelman, the Pat WRs come with risk if you put them in our fantasy lineup.