Patriots Fantasy News

Patriots sign TE Scott Chandler

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 10:32am

WEEI - [Full Article]

The Patriots officially signed veteran tight end Scott Chandler on Monday.

Fantasy Impact:

Michael Hoomanawanui and Tim Wright are both still under contract, so it's not clear what role Chandler will fill. He's a capable receiver and a decent blocker.

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Patriots have signed RB Travaris Cadet

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 5:26pm

Field Yates, Twitter - [Full Article]

Source: the Patriots have signed former Saints RB Travaris Cadet.

Fantasy Impact:

With Shane Vereen leaving to join the Giants, the Patriots needed a new pass-catching RB, and Cadet fits the bill. Cadet has caught 45 of 61 targets for a 7.7 yards-per-catch average. Vereen had a lower catch rate but a higher YPC (9.6) in three years with the Patriots. If he can secure the job, Cadet will be fantasy relevant in PPR formats.

CB Darrelle Revis agrees to terms with the Jets

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 9:08pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Darrelle Revis' agents announce he has agreed to terms with the Jets.

Revis was asking teams for $40 million guaranteed. Jets' deal expected to top that. North of $40M guaranteed.

Fantasy Impact:

It's a blow to the Patriots' pass defense, but they now have a ton of cap space to work with.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 7:01pm

Field Yates, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Patriots have signed former Dolphins WR Brandon Gibson on a one-year deal worth $825,000

Fantasy Impact:

Gibson is hoping to jumpstart his career a la Brandon LaFell. He'll provide depth behind LaFell and Julian Edelman.

Giants sign RB Shane Vereen

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 2:16pm

Mike Garafolo, Twitter - [Full Article]

RB Shane Vereen to the Giants. Done deal, source says.

Fantasy Impact:

Vereen will serve as the team's passing down back, putting a sizable dent in the upside of Rashad Jennings, who averaged 3.2 catches (and 23 receiving yards) in the nine games in which he played significant snaps. With Andre Williams also in the mix for early down work, this situation appears to be devolving into a true committee.

QB Ryan Mallett re-signs with the Texans

Monday, March 9, 2015, 10:09am

Albert Breer, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Texans have agreed to terms with QB Ryan Mallett, source said.

Update: Mallet signed a two-year, $7 million contract.

Fantasy Impact:

It looks like the Texans are going to move forward with Mallett and Brian Hoyer, who is also reportedly set to sign with the team (though it's not a done deal). In two games, Mallett completed 41 of 75 passes (54.7%) for 400 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions before tearing his pectoral muscle. He served as Tom Brady's understudy for three seasons so there is some optimism that he can turn into a quality NFL starter. He'll likely have to beat out Hoyer for the starting job.

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.

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.