Patriots Fantasy News

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.

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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.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 12. It looks like Bush will make his return against the Patriots, though the questionable tag leaves some doubt. If he can’t play, Theo Riddick would be a sneaky PPR play against the Patriots.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Patriots RB Jonas Gray (not injury related) missed practice Friday. Gray is healthy, but he was late to the facility, so he was not allowed to practice. The Patriots don’t tolerate tardiness, so Gray’s role in Week 12 is now up in the air, especially after the team signed LeGarrette Blount.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thigh, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 12. The thigh injury won’t keep Edelman out of a tough matchup against the Lions.

Patriots RB Jonas Gray sent home after showing up late to practice

Friday, November 21, 2014, 2:17pm

Mike Reiss, Twitter - [Full Article]

RB Jonas Gray did not practice today because he wasn't at the Patriots' facility on time, per sources.

Fantasy Impact:

Gray is perfectly healthy, but he was late to the facility, so he was not allowed to practice. The Patriots don’t tolerate tardiness, so Gray’s role in Week 12 is now up in the air, especially after the team signed LeGarrette Blount. We'll update our projections later in the day, but given this latest development (and a tough matchup against the Lions), Gray is not a solid start in Week 12.

Belichick: LeGarrette Blount's role is 'up to him'

Friday, November 21, 2014, 9:51am

Boston Herald - [Full Article]

Bill Belichick addressed the re-signing of running back LeGarrette Blount this morning for the first time and said it was a simple matter of adding a player they wanted last offseason and made it right the second time around.

"We tried to sign LeGarrette in the offseason," Belichick said. "That didn't work out, which is the NFL. It's the business part of the NFL. He was released. He was available, and we were able to work it out for him to come back here, so we're glad to have him back."

Belichick detailed how Blount can carve out a role in the backfield.

"That will be up to him, just like everybody else," Belichick said. "When he gets an opportunity, how much he can take advantage of it, how much he can be productive, what he can do with those opportunities will determine how many more there are. That's totally up to him. He knows that. We've talked about that. He knows that's the way it is, and I think he's excited about it."

Fantasy Impact:

It sounds as if Blount will start his second tenure with the Patriots in a complementary role, but if he outplays Jonas Gray, he may see more touches as the season wears on. Gray is running well, so that's no sure thing.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) took full practice reps again Thursday. Brady will be fine to face the Lions.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Lions RB Joique Bell (ankle) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Bell is on track to play. The Patriots have been a pretty good matchup for opposing running backs this season.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) took limited practice reps again Thursday. It looks like Bush will make his return against the Patriots. Joique Bell is nursing an ankle injury, so Bush could see extra work if he plays in Week 12.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thigh) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Edelman landed hard on his shoulder, but stayed in the game against the Colts. The thigh injury probably won’t keep him out of a tough matchup against the Lions.

Pats Beat: Patriots may not run it much vs. Lions

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 11:57am

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Patriots beat writer Mike Reiss on the role of Jonas Gray in Week 12 and down the stretch: The Patriots have been high on Gray since training camp and Bill Belichick acknowledged that it wasn’t an easy decision to release him at the final roster cut down to 53 players in hopes of putting him on the practice squad. This is somewhat similar to the 2008 season when the Patriots had BenJarvus Green-Ellis on the practice squad initially before grooming him for a bigger role. At 230 pounds, Gray is a downhill runner who looks for contact. The one thing I’d say this week is that the Patriots, who pride themselves on being a game-plan type offense that changes significantly on a week-to-week basis to exploit the perceived weaknesses of the opponent, might not run it much because the Lions have been so good in that area (No. 1 in the NFL, 68.8 yards average per game, 3.0 average per rush).

Fantasy Impact:

The Lions have yielded a league-low 3.0 YPC this season, so the Patriots may instead feature a pass-happy attack if they can't get things going early with Gray between the tackles.

Colts Beat: Trent Richardson will be the 'workhorse' in Indianapolis

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 10:18am

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Beat writer Mike Wells on Trent Richardson's opportunity as the "workhorse" back for the Colts: It’s put-up-or-shut-up time for Richardson. He shared the workload with Bradshaw in the nine games they played together, but now he’ll be the workhorse in the backfield. That’s kind of a scary thought when you take into account that Richardson rushed for zero yards on seven carries against the Patriots last weekend. Richardson and general manager Ryan Grigson have a lot on the line, because there’s no excuse for Richardson not to be effective. He has been in the system for more than a year and no longer has to split carries. Produce and it will soften the blow of Richardson’s inconsistent play the past year. Struggle and the questions continue as to why Grigson gave up a first-round draft pick for a player who hasn’t been worth it so far.

Fantasy Impact:

Dan "Boom" Herron will move into a backup/complementary role behind Richardson. The split will depend on how each player performs. Given Richardson's recent history of low production, it wouldn't be surprising if Herron worked his way into a Ahmad Bradshaw-type role.

Report: Patriots sign RB LeGarrette Blount to a two-year deal

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 10:05am

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Free-agent running back LeGarrette Blount, who was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday, agreed Thursday to a two-year deal with the New England Patriots for the veteran minimum plus incentives, according to a source.

Fantasy Impact:

Blount was terrific for the Patriots last year, but it appears that the team will use Jonas Gray as its primary between-the-tackles thumper. Blount will provide depth and may get a handful of carries (or more) depending on how each player performs. This certainly puts a small dent in Gray's stock since the team is less likely to stick with him in a feature role if he has a bad game or turns the ball over.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday. No worries here.