Patriots Fantasy News

New England Patriots sign WR Jordan Matthews

Thursday, April 5, 2018, 8:33pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

The New England Patriots are signing former Bills WR Jordan Matthews to a one-year deal.

Fantasy Impact:

The Patriots recently shipped out WR Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams, and have now added Matthews as a depth chart signing. He will join a somewhat crowded receiver corps that features Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Cordarrelle Patterson, Phillip Dorsett, and Kenny Britt.

Matthews has yet to play a full 16-game season and appeared in only 10 games in his first season as a Bill. With all the mouths to feed in New England's passing game, Matthews shouldn't be on your fantasy radar at the moment.

Patriots sign TE Troy Niklas

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 4:12pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

The New England Patriots have added to their tight end stable by agreeing to a one-year deal with former second-round pick Troy Niklas.

Fantasy Impact:

Niklas will be entering his fifth season, but hasn't made much of an impact due to injuries. He's caught 19 total passes in four years, with 11 of those catches coming last season. If Niklas sticks around in New England he will likely compete with Dwayne Allen for the second tight end role behind Rob Gronkowski.

Rams trade for WR Brandin Cooks

Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 6:08pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Patriots are trading WR Brandin Cooks and a fourth-round pick to LA Rams for the 23rd overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft and a sixth-round pick, league sources told ESPN.

Fantasy Impact:

Cooks' value takes a hit in Los Angeles, where he'll compete for targets with Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. Jared Goff is no Tom Brady, and Sammy Watkins only saw 70 targets in 15 games (4.7 per game) in the role that Cooks is expected to fill. Woods and Kupp see slight downgrades as well. As for New England, this moves shows a lot of confidence in Chris Hogan and Julian Edelman, who will now vie for targets alongside Rob Gronkowski.

Patriots re-sign RB Rex Burkhead

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 5:24pm

Jim McBride - [Full Article]

Known sometimes as GOAThead to his friends, RB Rex Burkhead has inked a multi-year deal to remain with the New England Patriots.

Fantasy Impact:

Dion Lewis is off to Tennessee, but the Patriots' backfield remains clogged, with Burkhead, Mike Gillislee, and James White. In his first season as a Patriot, Burkhead scored a combined eight touchdowns (five rushing, three receiving) and combined for 100 touches. Until we get clarity on New England's running back pecking order, Burkhead will just be an interesting name to keep tabs on this offseason.

OT Nate Solder to sign with the New York Giants

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 10:53am

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

The Giants are getting something they desperately need—offensive line help—in the form of former Patriots LT Nate Solder. Solder will be an immediate upgrade at the tackle position and should help keep Eli Manning upright.

Adam Schefter later reported it's a four-year deal worth $60 million.

RB Dion Lewis to sign with the Tennessee Titans

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 10:12pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Dion Lewis will form a new 1-2 RB duo with Derrick Henry after the Titans released DeMarco Murray earlier this offseason. Adam Schefter reports it's a four-year deal between Lewis and the Titans.

Fantasy Impact:

From Week 10 to Week 17 of last season, Lewis was the No. 5 scoring fantasy RB. He finished the season on a high-note, averaging 31 touches, 143 total yards, and two touchdowns the last two weeks. Lewis will be a valuable commodity in PPR leagues, and could turn into a high-end RB1 if Henry were to miss any time due to injury.

WR Danny Amendola to sign with the Miami Dolphins

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 2:52pm

Dan Hellie - [Full Article]

Danny Amendola will stick around the AFC East... except it will be as a member of the Miami Dolphins.

Fantasy Impact:

The soon-to-be 33-year-old WR will join the third team of his career and become part of a revamped WR corps in Miami that traded Jarvis Landry but signed Albert Wilson.

Injuries have played a part in Amendola's career, having never started more than eight games in a season, but when healthy he can play an important role in a team's offense. He has caught 60 or more passes in four of his nine seasons and finished as the No. 43 scoring fantasy receiver in PPR leagues last season.

Breer: Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is considering retirement

Thursday, February 8, 2018, 3:46pm - [Full Article]

I believe Rob Gronkowski’s rumblings about retirement are real. He’s been responsible with his finances (putting away most of his football money and living largely off his endorsement cash), and he’s taken an absolute beating. That this is a real choice for high-profile players now is great progress, too.

Fantasy Impact:

While it would be surprising if Gronkowski retired, Breer argues that the "rumblings" are "real." While we expect Gronk to play in 2018, owners should be aware that he is thinking about hanging 'em up.

49ers ink Jimmy Garoppolo to a five-year deal worth $137.5 million

Thursday, February 8, 2018, 3:36pm - [Full Article]

The 49ers agreed to terms on a five-year contract with Jimmy Garoppolo worth $137.5 million, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported, per a source informed of the decision. The deal is the largest in NFL history on an average-per-year basis.

In just seven career starts, Garoppolo has displayed unequivocally he's a franchise quarterback. Now he'll be paid like one.

Down the stretch of the season, Jimmy G elevated every player on the 49ers' roster. His pinpoint ball placement allowed previously third-fiddle receivers to morph into dangerous weapons. His quick trigger and ability to throw off his back foot aided a banged-up offensive line. His talent for moving the ball kept the 49ers' porous defense off the field and in positive situations.

In his first three games starting for the 49ers, Garoppolo led just one three-and-out punt. San Francisco scored on a whopping 62 percent of Jimmy G's drives this season -- for perspective, the Patriots were second at 51 percent.

Since he entered the NFL in 2014, Garoppolo has completed 67.3 percent of his passes (4th-highest, min. 250 attempts) with an 8.3 yards per attempt average (first) and a 99.7 passer rating (fifth).

Fantasy Impact:

In five starts with the 49ers (and limited weapons at receiver), Garoppolo completed 67.0% of his passes for an average of 308 yards and an 8.76 yards per attempt. He also threw six touchdowns and five interceptions in those five starts. He'll be ranked as a high-end QB2 in our early 2018 rankings.

Sunday, February 4, 2018, 4:37pm

Patriots Inactives

RB Mike Gillislee
DL Alan Branch
LB David Harris
OL Cole Croston
WR Kenny Britt
TE Jacob Hollister
PR Bernard Reedy

Friday, February 2, 2018, 7:25pm

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (concussion) was removed from the injury report Friday after taking full practice reps Thursday. Gronk is going to play against the Eagles and his presence will give the Patriots’ offense and Tom Brady a big boost.

Tom Brady, Rex Burkhead active vs. Jaguars

Sunday, January 21, 2018, 1:39pm

Patriots Inactives

RB Mike GIllislee
TE Jacob Hollister
DT Alan Branch
WR Kenny Britt
OT LaAdrian Waddle
WR Bernard Reedy
LB David Harris

Fantasy Impact:

RB Rex Burkhead returns for the Patriots.

Friday, January 19, 2018, 6:07pm

Patriots RB Mike Gillislee (knee, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 20. Even if Gillislee is healthy enough to play, there’s no guarantee that he’ll be active. He has been a healthy scratch several times this season.

Friday, January 19, 2018, 6:07pm

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) took limited practice reps all week. Fournette is good to go to face the Patriots, who have yielded 4.7 yards per carry on the ground. The Patriots have given up the fifth-fewest rushing attempts since they spend so much time with a lead. The Jaguars will need to stay patient with the run if they hope to pull off the upset in Foxboro.

Friday, January 19, 2018, 6:07pm

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (knee, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 20. Burkhead didn’t play last week but looks like a good bet to play against the Jaguars. Dion Lewis is the best play in the New England backfield, but Burkhead was hot prior to his injury.

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