Patriots Fantasy News

Breer: Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is considering retirement

Thursday, February 8, 2018, 3:46pm

SI.com - [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

NFL.com - [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.

Friday, January 19, 2018, 6:07pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (right hand, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is questionable for Week 20. Apparently, he needed four stitches on his knuckle after his hand hit a teammate’s helmet. Brady is expected to play against the Jaguars, but the status of his hand is a question mark.

Patriots QB Tom Brady (hand) returns to practice

Thursday, January 18, 2018, 12:33pm

Nora Princiotti - [Full Article]

Patriots QB Tom Brady injured his hand during practice yesterday but he made a return to Thursday's practice.

UPDATE: While Brady did return to practice, he apparently did not participate in practice for the second straight day. Still, the team believes he will be ready to play this weekend.

Fantasy Impact:

It didn't seem like Brady was in any real danger of missing this weekend's AFC Conference Championship matchup versus the Jacksonville Jaguars and his return to practice confirms that. Brady is our No. 1 ranked QB this week.

Saturday, January 13, 2018, 6:53pm

Patriots Inactives
RB Mike Gillislee
DL Alan Branch
WR Kenny Britt
RB Rex Burkhead
OL Cole Croston
LB David Harris
CB Johnson Bademosi

Friday, January 12, 2018, 6:34pm

Patriots WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) was removed from the injury report Friday. Hogan will make his return this week. The Titans are No. 18 in WR aFPA.

Friday, January 12, 2018, 6:34pm

Patriots RB James White (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps Thursday and is questionable for Week 19. White should play through the questionable tag.

Friday, January 12, 2018, 6:34pm

Titans RB DeMarco Murray (knee, out) is out for Week 19. Derrick Henry should see another big workload this week against the Patriots. New England is No. 10 in RB aFPA but has struggled against the run this year.

Friday, January 12, 2018, 6:34pm

Patriots RB Mike Gillislee (knee, questionable) took limited practice reps Thursday and is questionable for Week 19. Gillislee may play, but if Rex Burkhead and James White are active, he may be inactive for the game.

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