Patriots Fantasy News

Patriots Beat: Gronk's snaps likely will be limited

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:39am

Boston.com - [Full Article]

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski probably will not play 100 percent of the snaps this week.

He continues to be listed as limited on the Patriots' injury report with the knee injury. As the Patriots continue to manage his playing time, it's important to remember that he did not receive a full complement of snaps until his fifth week back from injury in the 2013 season.

It was a different injury (he was coming off back and forearm surgeries), but the Patriots may continue to play it safe with Gronkowski's health.

Fantasy Impact:

Gronk is still worth putting in lineups for his red zone ability, but as a fan pointed out in this Q & A, when Gronk is on the field defenses tend to realize the ball is coming his way. We still have Gronk ranked third on our TE list for Week 3.

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Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm

Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 3. Jones-Drew seems headed towards being active for Sunday’s game against the Patriots.

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm

Patriots RB Shane Vereen (shoulder, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 3. Vereen is expected to play, but owners should have James White on speed dial. He’d likely be active if Vereen can’t play. Brandon Bolden is in the mix as well. One thing is for sure — Stevan Ridley looks like a great start against a very bad Oakland rush defense. The Pats play early on Sunday.

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (back, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 3. Edelman is good to go for a matchup with the Raiders. He should continue to flourish, but if the game gets out of hand, he may not see much work in the second half.

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm

Raiders WR Rod Streater (hip, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 3. Streater might be able to play against the Patriots in Week 3, but given his iffy health, we wouldn’t recommend starting him this week.

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 3. Gronk is still working his way back into the fold. He has played 42-44% of the snaps in the first two weeks. That should increase as the season wears on, but it may depend somewhat on game flow. If he’s active, he should be in the starting lineup.

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm

Patriots RB Shane Vereen (shoulder) took limited practice reps again Thursday. We’ll monitor his practice reps this week, but we’re guessing that he’ll be questionable heading into an early kickoff on Sunday. Stevan Ridley would be an excellent start if Vereen were limited/out.

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (back) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Edelman is the #6 WR through two weeks (in standard formats, no less). He should be fine to face the Raiders, but we’ll monitor his activity this week.

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm

Raiders WR Rod Streater (hip) missed practice again Thursday. Streater is looking doubtful at this point in the week. James Jones and Denarius Moore would likely start against the Patriots if Streater can’t play.

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Gronk is still working his way back into the fold. He has played 42-44% of the snaps in the first two weeks. That should increase as the season wears on, but it may depend somewhat on game flow.

Vikings Beat: RB Jerick McKinnon 'should be more of a factor' starting in Week 3

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 11:53am

1500 ESPN - [Full Article]

Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon, a third-round pick last May, is 5-foot-9, 208-pounds and can be used in the running and the passing game. He had two rushing attempts for 7 yards and two catches for 5 yards last Sunday.

He wasn't really part of the game plan and that was understandable. Turner likely spent last week working the running portion of the plan around Peterson before the back was indicted on Thursday and had to leave the team. Peterson was then inactive against the Patriots.

McKinnon is a fluid receiver and appears to have playmaking ability. He definitely should be more of a factor starting Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

McKinnon is an athletic freak whom the Vikings drafted in the 3rd round to ultimately become the change of pace to Adrian Peterson (and possibly his successor). His ability is on display in this highlight video, especially during the run at the 2:00 mark. Matt Asiata is the RB1 for now, but it's not clear how long the team will live with his pedestrian 3.6 YPC. McKinnon has more upside.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:15pm

Patriots RB Shane Vereen (shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday. This could explain the limited touches in Week 2. We’ll monitor his practice reps this week, but we’re guessing that he’ll be questionable heading into an early kickoff heading into Sunday. Stevan Ridley would be a great start if Vereen were limited/out.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:15pm

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (back) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Edelman is the #6 WR through two weeks (in standard formats, no less). He should be fine to face the Raiders, but we’ll monitor his activity this week.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:15pm

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Gronk is still working his way back into the fold. He has played 42-44% of the snaps in the first two weeks. That should increase as the season wears on, but it may depend somewhat on game flow.

Pats say Rob Gronkowski making strides

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 2:58pm

Providence Journal - [Full Article]

After getting 38 offensive snaps (44 percent) in Week 1, Rob Gronkowski’s playing time went down last weekend in Minnesota. The tight end played only 28 snaps, or 42 percent of the offensive plays, against the Vikings in Week 2.

It's not completely unlike the way the Patriots used Gronkowski last year, when he rejoined the team after spending the first six weeks recovering from forearm and back injuries.

When he returned to the Patriots in Week 7, he played 48 snaps (64 percent). The next weekend, he played only 33 snaps (50 percent).
His playing time this season reflects the severity of the knee injury he suffered late in 2013.

“I think Rob’s making strides each week in terms of what he’s been able to do for us, in practice and on the field and during the games,” Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said. “I think a little bit of it last week was situational based. We used Cameron Fleming a little bit more in last week’s game in some different situations, and we kind of did that because we wanted to add a little size. That dictated the different personnel groupings on the field.

“I think Rob’s done a good job. He’s really working hard. These are his first two opportunities to get out there in a game this year, and I think every opportunity we have is just a better day.”

Fantasy Impact:

Through two games, Gronkowski has been targeted 17 times, catching eight passes for 72 yards. It’s not unusual to see players return looking somewhat slower after returning from ACL injuries, the story said. Gronkowski has been adamant that he’s getting more comfortable with his knee and out on the field. The good news is he seems to be on a similar path as last year so it should only be a matter of time before they increase his workload.