Patriots Fantasy News

Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 13. No worries here. Tom Terrific will be out there against the Packers in Week 13.

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Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm

Patriots RB Shane Vereen (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 13. Vereen is expected to play through the questionable tag, but the Patriots play in the late round of games on Sunday.

Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm

Packers WR Davante Adams (heel, probable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 13. Adams may see a few extra targets if the Patriots are able to take away Jordy Nelson and/or Randall Cobb.

Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thigh, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 13. Edelman will play in a nice matchup with Green Bay.

Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm

Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 13. LaFell is expected to play in a nice matchup with the Packers. The Patriots play in the late round of games, however.

Friday, November 28, 2014, 11:04am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Patriots beat writer Mike Reiss on how the Patriots' cornerbacks will match up with the Packer receivers: My educated guess early in the week would be Darrelle Revis on Randall Cobb and then Brandon Browner on Jordy Nelson, with the safety help from Devin McCourty over the top. They'll obviously mix up their looks between man and zone, as is the norm.

Fantasy Impact:

Revis has been significantly better than Browner in coverage, so if Reiss is right about Browner on Nelson, then he might be the better start this week. Reiss did mention safety help on Nelson, which makes sense if Revis can handle Cobb in the slot.

Patriots may emphasize running game vs. Packers

Friday, November 28, 2014, 10:35am

Boston Herald - [Full Article]

The Patriots’ game-planning pendulum would figure to swing back in favor of the running game as they prepare for Sunday’s slugfest with the Packers.

That should mean more production, perhaps again of the dominant variety, for LeGarrette Blount and Jonas Gray. In this offense, either one of the ground-and-pound runners could emerge from obscurity to stardom and back again on any given week.

This matchup, though, shapes up as a feeding for the workhorses, even if they’re playing coy with the strategy.

“We’re just going to go out there and execute the game plan that we have in place and hopefully come out there with a win,” Blount said Wednesday. “If that entails running the football, then that’s what we’ll do. If that entails throwing the football, that’s what we’ll do."

Fantasy Impact:

Blount figures to get more carries after he ran well in Week 12, but Gray may emerge from Bill Belichick's dog house to see a few carries as well.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday. No worries here. Tom Terrific will be out there against the Packers in Week 13.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm

Patriots RB Shane Vereen (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Vereen played a ton of snaps last week and may see a lot of work against the Packers if the Patriots fall behind.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thigh) practiced fully Wednesday. Edelman will be fine to face the Packers.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm

Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday. LaFell is expected to play in a nice matchup with the Packers.

Sources say Ryan Mallett done for the year

Monday, November 24, 2014, 1:48pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett will miss the rest of the season due to a torn right pectoral muscle, according to media reports.

Mallett, who played through the injury during Sunday's game, injured the muscle in his first career start Nov. 6 against the Cleveland Browns. He practiced fully all week but was on the injury report with a chest injury throughout the week leading up to the game.

The Houston Chronicle and Houston's FOX 26 earlier reported the news.

However, a team source told ESPN that Mallett's injury still is being evaluated and no determination has been made on his status.

Fantasy Impact:

The Texans turned to Mallett just before their bye week, as he replaced former starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, a 10-year veteran. The Texans traded for Mallett on Aug. 31; he had spent the first three years of his career with the New England Patriots. Mallett threw only four passes in that time and never played a meaningful snap. The Texans acquired him for a conditional draft pick. With Monday's news, Mallett won't reach the proper playing time needed (40 percent of the team's snaps), so New England will receive a seventh-rounder. Ryan Fitzpatrick could become the starter again, but there's been no official word from the team. The Texans actually have some favorable matchups for the rest of the season in regard to our QB SOS.

Monday, November 24, 2014, 1:05pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

One of the biggest questions facing the Pittsburgh Steelers as they make a push for an AFC North title: What role will rookie Dri Archer carve out in the backfield?

To say the third-round draft pick has been a bit player through his first nine NFL games would be an understatement.

The release of LeGarrette Blount has seemingly created an opening for Archer. But does he really have much more of an opportunity with Blount gone? The Steelers were already phasing Blount out of the offense before the temper tantrum last Monday night that led to his release. Getting rid of Blount only clarified that Le’Veon Bell is the Steelers’ starting running back, third-down back and goal-line back.

Mike Tomlin did not opt for subtlety last week when asked his opinion of Archer and what the Kent State product has shown through roughly the first three quarters of the season.

“Not much,” the eighth-year Steelers coach said. “He is a young guy. He has some talent. He has worked hard. We will see where he is.”

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say that the Steelers have not figured out a way to use Archer and his supreme speed. But one thing hasn’t fundamentally changed when it comes to the 5-8, 173-pounder: Archer still has to make the most of limited touches before he earns a bigger role in the offense.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 12. Brady will be fine for a tough matchup with the Lions.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 12. Bell will play. The Patriots have been a pretty good matchup for opposing running backs this season. Bell could turn into a very good start if Reggie Bush (ankle, questionable) doesn’t play.