Patriots Fantasy News

Both Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas slapped with franchise tag

Monday, March 2, 2015, 7:31pm

PFT - [Full Article]

Here are the five players who got the non-exclusive franchise tag, and the amount of the tender offer for each:

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul ($14,813,000)
Chiefs OLB Justin Houston ($13,195,000)
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant ($12,823,000)
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas ($12,823,000)
Patriots K Stephen Gostkowski ($4,126,000)

Fantasy Impact:

This may not make either Bryant or Thomas happy, but it ensures that they aren't going anywhere for at least one more season. Both players figure to be ranked in the top 5 at their position in 2015 fantasy drafts.

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Looking ahead at the Patriots' 2015 RB corps

Monday, February 9, 2015, 3:34pm

Mass Live - [Full Article]

LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden, who excels on special teams, are going to be on next year's roster. There will be one pass-catching back; whether that player is Shane Vereen or James White or someone else remains to be seen. If Stevan Ridley is re-signed, that's four running backs. There will also be competition from Tyler Gaffney, a 6-foot-1, 227-pound back who spent his rookie season on injured reserve. So Gray will probably have to prove himself in the offseason.

Vereen, who had 11 receptions in the Super Bowl, is a free agent. He probably won't cost the team a ton (for reference, Danny Woodhead got a two year, $3.5 million contract from San Diego in 2013).

The Patriots let Woodhead walk because they also had Vereen, so their decision may be based on their depth at the position. If they feel confident that rising second-year pro James White can fill Vereen's spot, you might not see No. 34 in a Pats uniform come next fall.

Fantasy Impact:

Part of Vereen's appeal is that he plays in a friendly system, but he lacks consistency, even in PPR formats. The team's willingness to re-sign Vereen will likely come down to price.

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell gets 15 months of probation for DUI, marijuana charge

Friday, February 6, 2015, 1:38pm

Pittsburgh Tribune - [Full Article]

Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeVeon Bell will spend 15 months on probation in a first-offender's program stemming from his arrest on marijuana possession and DUI charges with former teammate LeGarrette Blount.

Fantasy Impact:

Bell may face a two-game suspension from the league as a first time DUI offender.

Sunday, February 1, 2015, 4:35pm

Patriots Inactives

RB Jonas Gray
RB James White
DE Zach Moore
WR Josh Boyce
WR Brian Tyms
OT Jordan Devey
DT Joe Vellano

Saints TE Jimmy Graham should avoid offseason surgery

Monday, January 26, 2015, 10:35am

New Orleans Advocate - [Full Article]

Jimmy Graham’s two-touchdown performance at the Pro Bowl could ease fears that his shoulder problem would linger and potentially require offseason surgery. Graham also caught a 23-yard pass in his third Pro Bowl.

“It made a big difference, just having some rest,” he said.

When asked whether his performance would rule out surgery, Graham said, “It should, which is really exciting.”

Fantasy Impact:

Graham finished with 85 catches for 889 yards and 10 touchdowns, but his season was somewhat disappointing, especially down the stretch. He averaged 4.0 catches for 44 yards and 0.2 TD in his final five games, including a weird zero-target goose egg in Week 13 against Pittsburgh. Still, his 14.6 PPR fantasy points was second at his position to Rob Gronkowski, and he's likely to be the second tight end off the board in 2015 fantasy drafts, especially if his shoulder injury is fully behind him.

49ers hire Eric Mangini as defensive coordinator

Thursday, January 22, 2015, 10:48pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

49ers gave Eric Mangini a 3-year deal to be their defensive coordinator.

Fantasy Impact:

Mangini was the DC for the Patriots in 2005, and they finished 25th in yards and 17th in points allowed. He spent the next five years as the head coach of the Jets and the Browns, and his defenses averaged a rank of 21.8 in yards and 15.4 in points allowed over that span. He spent the last two seasons as the 49ers' tight ends coach.

Sunday, January 18, 2015, 5:12pm

Patriots Inactives
C Bryan Stork
RB James White
WR Brian Tyms
WR Josh Boyce
DL Chris Jones
DE Zach Moore
OT Jordan Devey

Fantasy Impact:

RB Jonas Gray is active.

Friday, January 16, 2015, 5:45pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 20. No worries here. Brady will continue to play through the ankle injury.

Friday, January 16, 2015, 5:45pm

Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder, toe, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 20. The probable tag means that LaFell is going to play against Indianapolis.

Patriots RB Jonas Gray INACTIVE vs. Baltimore

Saturday, January 10, 2015, 3:44pm

Patriots Inactives

RB James White
RB Jonas Gray
OL Jordan Devey
OL Cameron Fleming
WR Josh Boyce
TE Steve Maneri
DE Zach Moore

Fantasy Impact:

Jonas Gray is a surprise inactive. It's an indicator that the Patriots are likely to go pass-heavy and use LeGarrette Blount as their primary between-the-tackles running back. Baltimore is a bad matchup, so Blount is not an especially attractive play in daily formats, though his 12-14 carry workload should be safe.

Friday, January 9, 2015, 6:47pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 19. No worries here. Brady has a nice matchup against Baltimore (#24 in QB aFPA).

Friday, January 9, 2015, 6:47pm

Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (illness) was removed from the injury report Friday. Blount has averaged 12.8 touches in the last five games he’s played, but may not see a big workload with New England likely to take a pass-heavy approach against a shaky Baltimore secondary.

Friday, January 9, 2015, 6:47pm

Patriots RB Jonas Gray (ankle, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 19. Gray has taken a backseat to LeGarrette Blount after missing practice on the heels of his huge Week 11 (38 carries for 199 yards and four touchdowns). Expect a handful of carries against a tough Baltimore rush defense.

Friday, January 9, 2015, 6:47pm

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (concussion, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 19. The probable tag means that Edelman will suit up in a nice matchup against Baltimore. He was the #13 WR in PPR formats (17 in standard) through 15 weeks, prior to his concussion. He should be a nice start in daily formats.

Friday, January 9, 2015, 6:47pm

Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder, toe, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 19. LaFell was a nice surprise this season. He finished as the #22 WR in both standard and PPR formats, and he has a nice matchup against a shaky Baltimore secondary.