Patriots Fantasy News

Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 2:16pm - [Full Article]

Will Sam Bradford be ready to roll for Philadelphia on Sunday?

The Eagles quarterback returned to practice on Tuesday after missing the past two games with a shoulder injury, per Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Video of the session showed Bradford flinging passes inside the team's practice facility just one day after coach Chip Kelly acknowledged that Tuesday would serve as a "big test" heading into Sunday's tilt with the New England Patriots.

Denver running game remains split

Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 9:10am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Who starts at running back for the Denver Broncos has been the topic of more than a few conversations between coach Gary Kubiak and his staff.

Kubiak has been also been asked plenty about how he plans to divvy up the carries between Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson and for the most part Kubiak has routinely answered he views both backs as starters so that means something fairly close to a 50-50 split in the workload.

And to this point Hillman has 138 carries in 11 games, including 14 in Sunday night's win over the New England Patriots, while Anderson has 117 carries this season, including the 15 he had against the Patriots. Both players would very much like to be the team's starter, but for the most part they have each performed their best in games when they weren't.

Fantasy Impact:

While it may be risky fantasy strategy, the story pointed out the better back tends to be the one who doesn't start. Hillman has three 100-yard rushing games this season and two of those have come in games Anderson started -- Hillman's 103 yards rushing against the Minnesota Vikings and his 111 yards rushing against the Cleveland Browns. Anderson has two 100-yard rushing games this season and both -- his 113 yards rushing Sunday night against the Patriots and 101 yards rushing against Green Bay -- were in games Hillman started. That's four 100-yard games by non-starters. Apparently the pursuit of the starting job means a little something, the story said.

Monday, November 30, 2015, 6:03pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

A muffed punt that turned the tide of the Patriots’ loss on Sunday night has cost Chris Harper his job.

Tom Curran of reports that Harper was cut today.

The Patriots appeared to be in total control of the game early in the fourth quarter on Sunday night: They had a 21-7 lead and had just forced the Broncos to punt. But Harper muffed the punt, the Broncos recovered, and four plays later they scored a touchdown. Denver went on to win the game in overtime.

Gronk has bruised knee; reports vary on how much time he'll miss

Monday, November 30, 2015, 5:47pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

The Patriots may have lost their first game of the season on Sunday night, but their long-term prognosis to make another deep playoff run remained intact thanks to some welcome news: the knee injury tight end Rob Gronkowski suffered late in the fourth quarter isn't nearly as serious as first suspected.

In fact, according to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, Gronkowski is week to week with a bruised knee. Any absence is expected to be short term, and the tight end is expected to return within a matter of weeks barring any unforeseen complications.

Meanwhile, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Gronk won't play Sunday vs. the Eagles, and is likely to miss multiple weeks.

Fantasy Impact:

We're likely to see a lot of reports in terms of how long Gronkowski will be out over the next coming days. Initial reports said he could even play this week, but that's seeming less likely with every news item released. With this week being a non-conference game against the struggling Eagles, it makes a lot of sense for the Pats to hold out Gronk, especially with the possibility of Danny Amendola coming back. However, there's been nothing official from the team and we urge owners to continue to have a backup plan.

Eagles hope to have Sam Bradford Week 13

Monday, November 30, 2015, 1:53pm - [Full Article]

On a three-game losing streak and headed to face the 10-1 New England Patriots, Sunday, the Eagles and head coach Chip Kelly hope to have quarterback Sam Bradford back in action.

Bradford suffered both a concussion and a sprained AC join in his left shoulder during the team's 20-19 loss to the Miami Dolphins, Nov. 15. He's missed the past two games, blowout losses to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 45-17; and the Detroit Lions, 45-14.

"We'll see how he is (Tuesday) and then Wednesday will be the key day,'' Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said of Bradford, at his Monday press conference at the Nova Care Complex. "He threw a little bit in Detroit (Thanksgiving Day), but obviously wasn't ready. We hope he's progressed.''

Fantasy Impact:

Bradford did some limited work a week ago in preparation for the Lions game, but was among the team's inactives. Bradford had played his best football as an Eagle just before the injury. He completed 69.4 percent of his passes for 295 yards with the game-winning overtime touchdown pass for a 103.4 rating in a 33-27 win over the Dallas Cowboys. And was 19-for-25 (76 percent) for 236 yards with a touchdown and a 118.1 rating before getting hurt against the Dolphins, the story said.

Gronk (knee) may not miss more than one game

Monday, November 30, 2015, 12:11pm - [Full Article]

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that TE Rob Gronkowski is unlikely to miss more than one game and might not even miss one.

With the Patriots already losing Dion Lewis (ACL) for the season, Julian Edelman (foot) for the regular season and Danny Amendola (knee) for an unknown amount of time, Tom Brady couldn't afford to lose Gronk too.

Brady might be able to get along with a patchwork wide receiver group, but he can't survive long without Gronkowski. The tight end has been the lynchpin to the Pats' offense.

Fantasy Impact:

Fantasy owners should probably still have a backup plan, just in case, as the Pats could decide to sit him out for safety reasons against the struggling Eagles in Week 13 - a game they should win at home.

Brady: 'Going to need to rely on Scott Chandler quite a bit'

Monday, November 30, 2015, 8:38am - [Full Article]

Hours after the Patriots' undefeated season came to an end, the extent of Rob Gronkowski's knee injury remains unknown.

What's not: The Pats will need Scott Chandler going forward.

"We're going to need to rely on him quite a bit," Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said late Sunday. "So I think one way or another he's going to have to be a major contributor for our team. And we'll see how it goes going forward."

Fantasy Impact:

Chandler was targeted a team-high 11 times Sunday. He pulled in five grabs for 58 yards, 32 of which came on the final drive of regulation. He scored an early touchdown, but committed a pair of drops, too. The 6-foot-7 tight end hasn't been as heavily involved in the Pats offense as many expected. His 11 targets Sunday nearly matched his total from the previous five games. Against the Jets, Dolphins, Redskins, Giants and Bills, he was targeted only 12 times, the story said. Gronk's knee injury may not be as serious as first thought, but with Pat receivers getting hurt every week, Chandler certainly has a chance to at least but a useful, short-term pickup.

Report: Rob Gronkowski knee injury may not be serious

Monday, November 30, 2015, 8:34am

ESPN - [Full Article]

A source tells ESPN’s Adam Schefter that pending further tests the injury “doesn’t appear to be serious,” was most surprising based on how much pain Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski appeared to be in as he squirmed on the field with the medical staff checking his right knee.

Fantasy Impact:

When the cart came out for Gronkowski late Sunday night, it was a painful déjà vu for fantasy owners from 2013. Hopefully, the ultimate diagnosis isn’t as damaging as 2013. With the Pats returning home to play the slumping and struggling Eagles, and the dream of a perfect season gone, Gronk owners should probably come up with a backup plan for at least Week 13. The Boston Herald reported Gronkowski walked out of the Sports Authority Field at Mile High without crutches or barely even a limp. He’ll have an MRI Monday, which is the standard operation procedure for such injuries.

Keshawn Martin ACTIVE vs. Broncos

Sunday, November 29, 2015, 7:13pm

Patriots Inactives
Danny Amendola WR
Justin Coleman CB
Jamie Collins LB
Julian Edelman WR
Trey Flowers DE
Jordan Richards SS
Michael Williams TE

Fantasy Impact:

Keshawn Martin is a bit of a risky play but could get WR2 targets tonight with both Edelman and Amendola out. He's certainly a guy to keep an eye on to see how involved he is in the offense. Chris Harper could also factor in.

Report: Danny Amendola to miss Week 12

Saturday, November 28, 2015, 12:31pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Another week, another key offensive weapon is out for the Patriots.

Tom Curran of CSN New England, confirming a report from Steve Burton of WBZ, says that receiver Danny Amendola won’t play on Sunday night in Denver.

If, as expected, Amendola doesn’t travel to Colorado, the Patriots will be (or at least should be) issuing an updated injury report downgrading Amendola from questionable to out.

Amendola injured his knee on Monday night against the Bills. He had become the primary replacement for Julian Edelman, who had broken a bone in his foot the prior Sunday against the Giants. A week before that, the Patriots lost running back Dion Lewis for the year with a torn ACL.

Fantasy Impact:

The Patriots also recently put receiver Aaron Dobson on injured reserve, leaving them very thin at the position. Brandon LaFell looks to be Tom Brady's top targets in Week 12, and it could also mean we see more Keshawn Martin, but Martin has been inactive in recent weeks. Chris Harper and Matt Slater are next up on the depth chart.

Friday, November 27, 2015, 6:20pm

Broncos QB Peyton Manning (foot, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 12. Brock Osweiler will be under center in a Sunday night matchup with the Patriots.

Friday, November 27, 2015, 6:20pm

Patriots WR Danny Amendola (knee, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 12. The return to Thursday and Friday practices is encouraging, but he's not a sure bet to play. It's a tough matchup as well, so owners should look elsewhere if possible. The Patriots play on Sunday night, which complicates matters.

Friday, November 27, 2015, 6:20pm

Patriots WR Aaron Dobson (ankle) was removed from the injury report Friday. Dobson is on IR, so his season is over.

Friday, November 27, 2015, 6:20pm

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 12.

Friday, November 27, 2015, 6:20pm

Patriots WR Keshawn Martin (hamstring, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 12. He was limited all last week as well before being ruled out on game day. There is definitely opportunity in the New England receiving corps with Julian Edelman out and Danny Amendola potentially sidelined.

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