Patriots Fantasy News

Patriots QB Jacoby Brissett has a torn right thumb ligament

Friday, September 23, 2016, 2:24pm

Mike Petraglia - [Full Article]

Source confirms torn right thumb ligament for Jacoby Brissett. Suffered injury in 2nd half Thursday. Faces likely surgery for stabilization.

Fantasy Impact:

There's no telling who will start for the Patriots at QB next week. At 3-0, they can probably afford to forfeit the game and wait for Tom Brady's return in Week 5.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski ACTIVE for TNF

Thursday, September 22, 2016, 7:07pm

Mark Daniels - [Full Article]

Patriots Inactives

QB Jimmy Garoppolo
G Jonathan Cooper
RB DJ Foster
OL LaAdrian Waddle
DB Eric Rowe
TE AJ Derby
LB Dont'a Hightower

Fantasy Impact:

Gronkowski may be on a snap count tonight, but he wouldn't be active if the team didn't plan to use him in high yield situations.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski 'telling teammates' he plans to play in Week 3

Thursday, September 22, 2016, 10:18am

Boston Globe - [Full Article]

Tight end Rob Gronkowski has been telling teammates all week that he plans to make his 2016 season debut tonight.

Gronkowski’s debut seems likely.

Fantasy Impact:

It's a little surprising since the Patriots are 2-0 and that he couldn't play a few days ago, but Gronkowski owners will take it. He's a must-start in most formats even with the team's QB issues.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6:15pm

Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo (right shoulder, doubtful) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Garoppolo isn’t likely to play on Thursday.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6:15pm

Texans QB Brock Osweiler (back) practiced fully Wednesday. No worries here. Osweiler will be out there against the Patriots.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6:15pm

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring, questionable) took limited practice reps Wednesday. We won’t if Gronk will play Thursday night until the inactives are released. Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald thinks this is the week that Gronkowski makes his return. Since the Patriots have two wins in two weeks, and a longer layoff after the Thursday game, it’s possible that they would continue to rest Gronk with the idea of getting him fully healthy for Tom Brady’s return in Week 5. If he’s out, Martellus Bennett would draw the start, but with Jacoby Brissett likely under center, there’s no telling how much the Patriots will be willing to throw the ball.

Pats TE Rob Gronkowski says he'll be a coach's decision

Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 7:58pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Heading into Week 1, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski described himself as “week-to-week” with a hamstring injury that he suffered during training camp.

The last two weeks have seen Gronkowski on the inactive list, but he’s been a limited participant at practice each day of the season. That includes Tuesday’s walkthrough session and Gronkowski said after the session that he’s “feeling better every single day.” He also upped his assessment to “day-to-day” while discussing his chances of playing the Texans on Thursday.

“We’ll see. Definitely going to be a coach’s decision, trainer’s decision. We’ll all come together,” Gronkowski said, via WEEI.com. “Just doing everything I can right now to be as healthy as I can be. Improving every single day, basically day-by-day right now, taking it one day at a time. Day-by-day.”

Fantasy Impact:

Gronkowski showed up to the field in full pads Tuesday, saying he wanted “to get the feel of the shoulder pads when you haven’t been in them that much.” He removed them for the walkthrough itself. The story added the short week, plus then having 10 days before Week 4 could factor in the team's decision to play Gronk in Week 3.

Patriots don't plan to add another QB by Thursday

Monday, September 19, 2016, 4:39pm

MassLive.com - [Full Article]

Either the New England Patriots know something we don't, or they're willing to live quite dangerously this Thursday in their game against the Houston Texans.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the team currently has no plans to add another quarterback to the roster for its game in three days. The only healthy, non-suspended quarterback on the roster is rookie third-round pick Jacoby Brissett.

Fantasy Impact:

The broadcast team doing the Patriots game in Week 2 indicated WR Julian Edelman is the team's emergency QB, but the story said there was no indication from Edelman or HC Bill Belichick commented. Edelman played QB at Kent State.

Dolphins RB Arian Foster (groin) day-to-day

Monday, September 19, 2016, 4:35pm

Palm Beach Post - [Full Article]

Dolphins coach Adam Gase said running back Arian Foster is day to day with a groin injury that limited him to three carries in the loss to the New England Patriots.

“At least that looks good for us,” Gase said Monday. “We’ll see how he does this week. We haven’t really made any decisions on whether or not we’re going to try to get him out at practice on Wednesday. I think we’re just going to get through today, see where he is at tomorrow and then when we get to Wednesday, just kind of evaluate what’s best for us to do with him right now.”

Fantasy Impact:

Once Foster went down, the Dolphins relied on Jay Ajayi, who had been left home for the opener at Seattle, and rookie Kenyan Drake. Ajayi had five carries for 14 yards (a 2.8 average) and Drake two carries for 12 yards and his first NFL touchdown. Backups Isaiah Pead and Damien Williams were inactive. Gase would not specify what would happen if Foster, who has had a string of injury-plagued seasons, cannot play in Sunday’s home opener against the Cleveland Browns, the story said.

Pats QB Jimmy Garoppolo has sprained AC joint, expected out Week 3

Monday, September 19, 2016, 8:11am

Boston Herald - [Full Article]

Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a sprained AC joint and isn't expected to play against the Texans, according to sources.

Initially, the team feared Garoppolo's injury would take six weeks to recover, but the tests revealed the damage wasn't as severe as they originally projected.

Fantasy Impact:

Sprained AC joints are fairly common, and players can usually return within 1-2 weeks. When the swelling subsides, it's all about treatment and pain management, the story said. Unfortunately for the Patriots, a short week comes at a bad time as they play this Thursday night. Rookie Jacoby Brissett will get the start. Garoppolo is aiming to get back for Week 4 before the return of Tom Brady Week 5.

Dolphins RB Arian Foster leaves with groin injury

Sunday, September 18, 2016, 6:25pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Dolphins running back Arian Foster left Sunday's game loss to the Patriots with a groin injury. He didn't return to the game.

Fantasy Impact:

Obviously Foster's injury history is well known. He had also been dealing with a hamstring injury during the week but was a full participant in Friday's practice. Jay Ajayi came in and promptly lost a fumble on the Dolphins' opening drive of the second half. Ajayi did carry five times but the team was in comeback mode so it's hard to tell what any future plans at running back would be should Foster have to miss more time. Isaiah Pead was inactive but could be a name to watch.

Pats QB Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) won't return in Week 2

Sunday, September 18, 2016, 3:07pm

Patriots on Twitter - [Full Article]

Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) has been downgraded to out.

Fantasy Impact:

Jacoby Brissett will take over for the rest of the game. The Pats are up big and it's possible this played a role in the team's decision to keep Garoppolo out of the game. Keep in mind Tom Brady still has two more games on his suspension so if Garoppolo isn't able to play Brissett could be looking at a possible start.

Pats Beat: 'Wouldn't be surprised' if TE Rob Gronkowski sits Week 2

Saturday, September 17, 2016, 12:25pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is officially questionable for Sunday's home opener against the Miami Dolphins, and several followers on Twitter have asked my thoughts on if he'll play.

Based on what I saw in a limited peek at practice this week, my feeling is that it wouldn't be a surprise if Gronkowski remains sidelined. He is still limited. For example, when players went through a gauntlet in which teammates whacked them with pads in an attempt to jar the ball free, Gronkowski only played the role of the "whacker" and never ran through.

Fantasy Impact:

Former Pats assistant coach Michael Lombardi was quoted in the story as saying Bill Belichick's philosophy is if a player is injured a team is better off playing a backup. That may especially be true in Week 2 after coming off a Week 1 win without Tom Brady. It's only one opinion, but owners should prepare a backup plan.

Friday, September 16, 2016, 6:38pm

Patriots WR Chris Hogan (shoulder, questionable) took full practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 2. Hogan was “full” all week so we expect him to play.

Friday, September 16, 2016, 6:38pm

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 2. Gronk was limited all last week and sat out. The beat writers seem pessimistic about his status since he’s not doing much of anything at practice. The Patriots play early on Sunday, so we shouldn’t be playing any guessing games on Sunday.

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