Patriots Fantasy News

Rob Gronkowski (ACL) on track in his recovery
Friday, April 11, 2014, 9:09pm

Albert Breer, Twitter - [Full Article]

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski visited Dr. James Andrews this week. He's right where he should be. Will start jogging soon.

Fantasy Impact:

Gronkowski has been hugely productive when healthy, but his health is a major concern heading into 2014. He reportedly had surgery on Jan. 9 to reconstruct a torn ACL. He was injured on Dec. 8, and we’re not sure why he waited a month to have the surgery. Regardless, it typically takes a full year to recover, though Adrian Peterson and Robert Griffin III have made quicker returns (with varying success). Gronkowski is tentatively expected to be ready for the start of the season, but don’t be surprised we don’t know his status until deep into August or even early September. This makes him a major risk in 2014 fantasy drafts. The ACL surgery was the eighth (known) surgery of his career.

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Aaron Dobson has some 'special stuff' about him
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 10:55am

Gil Brandt, Twitter - [Full Article]

WR Aaron Dobson, who led a host of Patriots rookie receivers with 519 yards in 2013, improved greatly before a foot injury put a damper on the end of his season, ultimately leading to surgery in March. The former second-round pick has the quickness to beat press coverage and an ability to make some spectacular catches, despite having relatively small hands. He can make adjustments on the ball and is a good blocker for a receiver. He's got some special stuff about him.

Fantasy Impact:

Dobson had some moments in his rookie season — namely the 4-60-1 and 5-130-2 he posted in back to back games against the Dolphins and Steelers — but was hobbled by a foot injury over the second half of the season. If he stays healthy, he'll likely see a lot of playing time and should produce in the Patriots' potent offense. He's currently going at the end of the 11th round and is a nice upside pick at that point in the draft.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 9:13pm

Adam Caplan, Twitter - [Full Article]

Bears announced: Agreed to terms with TE Matthew Mulligan on a one-year deal.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 11:00am

Ian Rapoport on Twitter - [Full Article]

Former Bears RB Michael Bush is set to visit the Patriots, source says.

Monday, March 31, 2014, 12:37pm

CBS Cleveland - [Full Article]

After nearly 5 months of rehab from a torn right ACL, Browns QB Brian Hoyer is ready to prove himself yet again to a new coaching staff led by Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer, knowing full well that they are considering replacing him with a rookie quarterback in May.

Fantasy Impact:

Hoyer threw for five TDs in two-plus games before getting hurt for the season. The Browns had liked him heading into last year, but needed to give Brandon Weeden a chance as the starter. But when Weeden got hurt, Hoyer moved past QB2 Jason Campbell on the depth chart to start against the Vikings in Week 3. Hoyer threw 3 TDs that game but also 3 INTs. However, there's a new coaching staff in town and the Browns appear poised to draft a QB in April, so the former Tom Brady backup is going to have to earn the job.

LeGarrette Blount signs two-year deal with Steelers
Friday, March 28, 2014, 3:53pm

Aaron Wilson on Twitter - [Full Article]

LeGarrette Blount has agreed to a two-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to league sources.

Fantasy Impact:

Blount should still be behind Le'Veon Bell which means he falls into handcuff status in Pittsburgh. In New England, the workload is down to Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden. We all know the problems Ridley had keeping the ball, so it will be interesting to see if he's once again given the job to earn the early-down carries. Vereen will continue to take away limited rushes while being a major contributor in the passing game.

Eagles release DeSean Jackson
Friday, March 28, 2014, 1:15pm

Philly.com - [Full Article]

The Eagles dropped a bombshell Friday afternoon when they released wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who was coming off a Pro Bowl season in which he caught 82 passes for 1332 yards and 9 TDs. The Eagles reportedly explored compensation from other teams around the league via trade, but Jackson’s outright release comes as a surprise.

"After careful consideration over this offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles have decided to part ways with DeSean Jackson. The team informed him of his release today," the team said in a statement.

Fantasy Impact:

This move has been rumored for quite some time now, but still comes as a bit of a surprise. It's unlike the Eagles to not get anything in return for a player who is just 27 and coming off perhaps his best season, which means there was not a lot of interest from teams to deal for him and his large contract. News also came out today about Jackson's ties to a gang in Los Angeles. Obviously, way too many red flags eventually forced the Eagles decision here. Jackson had been tied to several teams via trade, like the 49ers and Patriots, and the Jets came out and said they were interested in Jackson, but wouldn't give up a pick. Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper now emerge as the team's top receivers. It also means the Birds will likely address the WR position early in the draft next month.

Cam Newton's foot surgery is successful
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 11:27am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton underwent surgery on Wednesday afternoon to repair ligament damage in his left ankle.

The full recovery process is four months, which would take Newton until the start of training camp. However, he could be freed to throw on a limited basis before then.

"Dr. (Robert) Anderson did not find anything unexpected in the procedure and the surgery went well," Carolina head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said in a statement.

Fantasy Impact:

This is the second red flag in Newton's offseason, the other being the Panthers' woeful WR situation. They cut Steve L Smith and let both Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn walk as well.

Patriots still looking to upgrade at receiver
Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 10:51am

Boston Globe - [Full Article]

Even by bringing Julian Edelman back and adding Brandon LaFell, the Patriots probably aren’t done adding bodies at receiver. They still brought in former Titan Kenny Britt for a visit on Monday, a source told the Globe, and have checked out names such as Jason Avant and Lance Moore in the past week.

Edelman is a roster lock, while Danny Amendola, who just had $2 million in base salary guaranteed last week, and Aaron Dobson, last year’s second-round pick, should be safe, while LaFell (6-2, 210) gives the Patriots a big presence in the slot.

Meanwhile, it looks like the Patriots want to hold a derby for the fifth receiver spot between fourth-round pick Josh Boyce, who was inactive for seven games and only caught nine passes last year, undrafted rookie Kenbrell Thompkins, who did not catch a pass in the team’s final six games of the season, a veteran such as Britt, and perhaps a few rookies.

Fantasy Impact:

It's interesting that beat writer Ben Volin believes that LaFell will play in the slot, even with Edelman and Amendola in the fold. Dobson is coming off of foot surgery, but figures to start outside if he's healthy. It sounds as if Thompkins or Boyce may be on the chopping block if the team adds another receiver in free agency or the draft.

Brandon LaFell could start for Patriots
Monday, March 17, 2014, 9:43am

ESPN - [Full Article]

From a pure build standpoint, Brandon LaFell has some Aaron Dobson in him. But while Dobson holds the speed and upside edge, LaFell is more sturdily built and played a different role in Carolina. Given the presence of Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and even Josh Boyce, LaFell may wind up playing more of a perimeter receiving role. His size, field awareness on the sideline, and ability to use his reach to out leverage defenders make him a possibility to start at the “X” or split end position.

Fantasy Impact:

We're expecting Dobson to start in that spot if healthy, but he's coming off foot surgery, which may have prompted this signing by the Patriots.

Patriots sign Brandon LaFell to a three-year deal
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 11:10pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Patriots have reached agreement on a three-year deal with former Panthers WR Brandon LaFell, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

LaFell produced in spots for the Panthers, but they elected not to re-sign him despite major holes at receiver. He'll compete with Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce for snaps outside, but we think Dobson will progress enough to win the job.

Julian Edelman re-signs with the Patriots
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 3:13pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Patriots and WR Julian Edelman just reached agreement, per source. Back to New England.

Fantasy Impact:

This is a best case scenario for Edelman's value. He's likely to be the Patriots' top targeted wideout in 2014, assuming he stays healthy. Edelman finished #18 in standard formats and #14 in PPR. Barring an unforeseen addition to the Patriots' receiving corps, we'd expect similar (WR2) numbers for Edelman again in 2014.

Friday, March 14, 2014, 8:02pm

Josina Anderson - [Full Article]

Josina Anderson: CB Brandon Browner told me he's agreed to join the Patriots. "I'm taking a 3-year deal to play for New England."

Patriots sign Darrelle Revis to a one-year deal
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 1:56am

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

CB Darrelle Revis and the New England Patriots have reached agreement on a one-year, $12 million deal, league sources told ESPN. [Update: It's actually a two-year deal for Revis, but the Patriots hold the option for a second season at $20 million.]

Fantasy Impact:

A day after losing Aqib Talib to the Broncos, the Patriots replace him with Revis on a relatively affordable, low-risk one-year deal. He'll certainly help the defense, which has struggled against the pass in recent years.

Aaron Dobson has foot surgery, out 2-3 months
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 1:06am

Jeff Howe, Twitter - [Full Article]

Aaron Dobson had surgery today to repair the stress fracture in his foot, per source. Early recovery timetable estimated at 2-3 months.

Fantasy Impact:

Dobson is an intriguing player given the opportunity available in the Patriots' offense, but it's never a good thing for a young receiver to miss out on OTAs and other offseason development.