Julian Edelman Fantasy News
Patriots still looking to upgrade at receiver
Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 10:51am
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.
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.
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Brandon LaFell could start for Patriots
Monday, March 17, 2014, 9:43am
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.
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.
Julian Edelman re-signs with the Patriots
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 3:13pm
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.
Pats open to trading Danny Amendola
Saturday, March 1, 2014, 12:34pm
NFL teams say the name of Danny Amendola has been floated in trade talks. The Patriots signed the wide receiver to a five-year, $28.5 million contract last offseason, but Amendola struggled to stay healthy and did not have the kind of impact the team envisioned him having. Amendola caught 54 passes for 633 yards with Tom Brady throwing to him. He had two better seasons when he played in St. Louis with Sam Bradford throwing to him. There has been speculation the Patriots could cut Amendola if a deal cannot be worked out.
Danny Amendola may avoid groin surgery
Saturday, January 25, 2014, 11:41am
It seemed like a near certainty that Danny Amendola would eventually need surgery to repair the groin injury he suffered during the season opener.
But it is currently believed that the New England Patriots wide receiver can heal through rest, according to a source. So Amendola's once inevitable trip to the operating table will be circumvented – at least for now.
Amendola was outplayed by free-agent-to-be Julian Edelman, though the groin injury certainly played a role. If Edelman returns, Amendola's upside will be somewhat capped even if he is 100 percent healthy in 2014.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 11:26am
The Week 1 groin injury limited Patriots WR Danny Amendola all season. He didn't meet expectations in Year 1 in New England, but it's important to remember how much pain he played through. Year 2 -- provided he's healthier -- should be better.
Julian Edelman is a free agent and his status will greatly impact Amendola's upside in 2014.
Saturday, December 21, 2013, 8:19pm
WR Kenbrell Thompkins (hip) has been downgraded to out.
Saturday, December 21, 2013, 8:16pm
The rookie wide receiver traveled with the Patriots to Baltimore, according to a source, making it possible that his three-week absence due to a foot sprain comes to an end Sunday. While there is no guarantee that he plays, it's worth noting that Dobson did not travel with the Patriots for last week's game against the Miami Dolphins.
WRs Dobson, Thompkins ruled OUT for Patriots
Saturday, December 14, 2013, 8:54pm
Rob Gronkowski tears ACL, also has MCL damage
Monday, December 9, 2013, 10:25am
Per a league source, an MRI confirmed the damage. Gronkowski will miss the rest of the season. Surgery and rehab will affect his preparation for 2014.
The MRI also shows damage to the MCL. It’s not currently believed that surgical repair will be needed of the MCL.
That provides a bit of a silver lining. In 2008, Tom Brady tore an ACL and an MCL, and surgical tinkering with the MCL reportedly resulted in an infection.
For Gronkowski, who battled an infection following forearm surgery earlier this year, the prospect of future complications looms over the ACL repair.
PFT is also reporting Gronk suffered a slight concussion on the same play. He was placed on IR Monday. Obviously bad news for owners, but a terrible break for Gronk, who is coming off arm and back issues. As for next year in terms of fantasy, we could be looking at a similar situation as this season where he is a question mark heading into fantasy drafts, and also the start of the regular season. His ADP would likely drop leaving him a risky, early pick with more value the later you can select him. However, we're a long way from that point... As for this season, it looks like the Pats will go back to more three WR sets featuring Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman with Shane Vereen part of that package. Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins could also creep back on the fantasy radar.
Reports say Rob Gronkowski has torn ACL
Sunday, December 8, 2013, 6:38pm
knee, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Gronkowski, who suffered the injury in Sunday's wild 27-26 win over the Cleveland Browns, will undergo an MRI on Monday, according to the source.
FoxSports earlier reported that the Patriots believed it was a torn ACL.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick revealed after the game that Gronkowski was taken to a hospital for evaluation, but said he didn't know any more. We should know more on Monday but it looks like fantasy owners won't have Gronk for the rest of this season. Look for Julian Edelman and Shane Vereen to pick up more targets.