Patriots Fantasy News

Friday, October 31, 2014, 5:43pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 9. Brady is good to go for his showdown with Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

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Friday, October 31, 2014, 5:43pm

Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 9. Ronnie Hillman is a strong play against a Patriots defense that has struggled against running backs this season.

Friday, October 31, 2014, 5:43pm

Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (shoulder, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 9. Hillman is supposed to see his normal workload in Week 9. Consider him a low-end RB1 in a nice matchup with the Patriots.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) took full practice reps again Thursday. No worries here.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm

Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin) missed practice again Thursday. It looks like Ball will miss another week, but we’ll continue to monitor his progress. Ronnie Hillman is a strong play against a Patriots defense that has struggled against running backs this season.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm

Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (shoulder) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Hillman is supposed to see his normal workload in Week 9. Consider him a low-end RB1 in a nice matchup with the Patriots.

Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman injures shoulder in Wednesday practice, expects to play vs. Patriots

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 11:53am

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Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman was limited in Wednesday's practice with a shoulder injury he suffered during the workout. However, later Wednesday afternoon, Hillman said he expected to practice Thursday and remained on track to again be the team's lead option at running back Sunday against the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium.

"I just landed on it funny, it'll be all right," Hillman said following Wednesday's practice.

Asked if he had any concern he wouldn't be able to play in the showdown with the Patriots, Hillman said:

"No, I'm not, I'll be at practice (Thursday). So, I mean, I plan on being at practice (Thursday). I don't know what they're talking about. But I'll be fine. It's nothing that I can't deal with."

Fantasy Impact:

We'll monitor his practice activity this week, but antsy owners may want to pick up Juwan Thompson, who would see an increased role if Hillman's situation deteriorates.

Broncos WR Wes Welker won't demand the ball against his old team

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 11:50am

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Broncos WR Wes Welker was asked this week if he believed Peyton Manning wanted to find a way to get him the ball more against the Patriots.

"Not necessarily; I don't want him to feel that way either," Welker said. "I just want him to go play his game and whoever's open is open and whenever we need to score touchdowns, that's the way I want it to be. I'm not going to put any pressure on him or anything else, [saying] 'Hey, I really need the ball because I'm playing my old team,' or anything like that. I just want to go out there and whatever we need to do to win the game, that's first and foremost for me. Hopefully I make some plays along the way, but however that happens is how it happens."

Fantasy Impact:

Welker has faced the Patriots twice since signing with the Broncos, posting a combined eight catches for 69 yards and zero touchdowns. It doesn't appear that the Broncos have done anything special to force-feed him the ball against his old team. He has averaged 6.5 targets in his two games against New England.

Patriots leaning on two-TE formations

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 9:36am

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With fewer three-receiver or more packages being called upon this season, the Patriots will likely continue to dress just four receivers on game day, with the final spot coming down to Brian Tyms or Aaron Dobson.

Fantasy Impact:

The Patriots were in two-TE formation on 31 of 74 snaps in Week 8. They are 6-0 this season when they play two-TE on at least one-third of the snaps. Michael Hoomanawanui led the tight ends in snaps with 46, Rob Gronkowski played 41, while Tim Wright checked in with 22.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday. No worries here.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm

Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin) did not practice Wednesday. It looks like Ball will miss another week, but we’ll continue to monitor his progress. Ronnie Hillman is a strong play against a Patriots defense that has struggled against running backs this season.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm

Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Hillman should be fine to face a shaky Patriots rush defense in Week 9.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 8:25pm

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The number of passing routes Arian Foster has run this season, ranking sixth among running backs behind Matt Forte, Le'Veon Bell, LeSean McCoy, Shane Vereen and Justin Forsett.

Foster has caught 24 passes on those routes for 166 yards, which ranks 13th in the league among running backs. Foster also has two receiving touchdowns, more than all running backs except Ahmad Bradshaw, Forte and Marshawn Lynch.

Monday, October 27, 2014, 6:03pm

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For a player who has waited so long for his chance to shine, Patriots RB Jonas Gray seized that opportunity with his first carry of the day -- a 19-yard burst on the Patriots' second offensive play.

"It actually shocked me that it was that open," Gray said. "When you are in there you are doing everything you are supposed to do -- you are reading, you get your vision -- I'm like, oh, whoa, I just started sprinting full speed and couldn't believe that it just opened up like that. I was thinking I was supposed to score. I was so mad because I kind of stumbled a little bit. If I just hit it, I would have scored."

Gray had a breakout game on Sunday, leading the team with 17 carries and 86 yards on the ground. Gray's first run gave him a boost of confidence and set the tempo for him to carry the football a lot throughout the game. He displayed energy and confidence while showing his passion for the game.

Fantasy Impact:

It remains to be seen just what kind of role Gray will have going forward. He's the closest thing to Stevan Ridley, who is out for the year, the Pats had on their roster in terms of a bigger back, so there is certainly a need for Gray. Shane Vereen played but was battling an illness so that, along with a big lead, could have allowed the Pats to see what they have in Gray. For those struggling at the position, or just have a roster spot open to stash a player, Gray certainly has some fantasy potential, but it should probably involve at least another week of "waiting-and-seeing." The Pats host Denver in Week 9.

Rob Gronkowski leaves because of dehydration

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 7:08pm

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Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski went to the locker room after his third TD. He didn't return because of dehydration.

Fantasy Impact:

He ended up not returning but the score was 45-7 so there was no need to push it. Gronk was back this week with three TDs and pushing over defenders on his way to the end zone. It's something to monitor but he should be fine.