Patriots Fantasy News

Patriots hire Greg Schiano to run the defense

Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 12:36pm

Boston Globe - [Full Article]

The Patriots will name Greg Schiano as their new defensive coordinator imminently, a league source confirmed Wednesday.

Schiano replaces Brian Flores, the team’s defensive play caller for the 2018 season, who left the day after New England’s 13-3 victory over the Rams in Super Bowl LIII to take the Dolphins’ head coaching job.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will decide on future in 'week or two'

Monday, February 4, 2019, 9:16am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Rob Gronkowski wasn’t getting caught up in the moment.

The Patriots tight end reiterated after Sunday’s Super Bowl LIII win over the Rams that he’s still not ready to decide about his future.

“That decision will be made in a week or two,” Gronkowski told reporters, adding that tonight was about celebrating with his teammates.

Fantasy Impact:

That has been his stance throughout the last week (the dodging and the celebrating), the story said, but there’s no doubt there’s reason for concern about his long-term future after more back issues this year. He missed three games in the regular season with injuries, but his numbers were well off his normal pace. He finished with 47 catches for 682 yards and three touchdowns. He had 13 catches for 191 yards in the playoffs, but at one point Sunday night was limping significantly and got checked by the athletic training staff.

Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) insists he's fine

Monday, February 4, 2019, 9:08am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Rams head coach Sean McVay said that he expected to see running back Todd Gurley back to his old form after a poor outing in the NFC Championship Game, but things didn’t quite turn out that way.

Gurley didn’t play much in the first half and wound up with 10 carries for 35 yards and one catch for a loss of one yard, which led to another round of questions after the game about whether his knee was bothering him. Gurley missed two games at the end of the regular season with a knee injury, but insisted he was fine after the win over the Saints and said the same in Atlanta after the 13-3 loss to the Patriots.

“I know there’s been a lot of concern about my knee but I really am fine,” Gurley said.

Related players: C.J. Anderson

Fantasy Impact:

The story said Gurley had an MRI after Week 15 but it didn't turn up anything. Another story from Ian Rapoport said the Rams would like to bring back Anderson next year, so Gurley owners in keeper leagues may want to keep an eye on this situation throughout the offseason.

Sunday, February 3, 2019, 5:11pm

Patriots Inactives

TE Stephen Anderson
C/G James Ferentz
S Obi Melifonwu
DE Ufomba Kamalu
DE Keionta Davis
DE Derek Rivers
CB Duke Dawson

Patriots QB Tom Brady says he'll be back in 2019

Sunday, January 27, 2019, 6:21pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

The answer to the question he is always asked came in the form of a gesture, as his right thumb met his fingers to form a zero.

“Zero,” Tom Brady said with a laugh, verbalizing the percent chance that he would retire after this year’s Super Bowl, in an interview with ESPN’s Jeff Darlington. “There’s zero. I’ve said that for a long time. I feel like I’m asked that a lot and I feel like I repeat the same answer, but no one wants to believe me.”

Fantasy Impact:

This will be his ninth trip to the Super Bowl and he's approaching his 42nd birthday so it's natural to wonder. According to the story, Brady said his goal is to make it to 45, but added it might be very hard to make it that far.

Chiefs hire Steve Spagnuolo to run the defense

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 6:23pm

Yahoo - [Full Article]

Andy Reid is putting his faith in Steve Spagnuolo.

The Kansas City Chiefs fired defensive coordinator Bob Sutton after the team’s 37-31 overtime loss in the AFC championship game to the New England Patriots. On Thursday, NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo reported the team will hire Spagnuolo to be the team’s new defensive coordinator.

It’s not an overstatement that Reid’s best shot to finally win a Super Bowl might rest on whether Spagnuolo can transform the defense. The offense is perhaps the best in the league. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes is going to win NFL MVP next week and the Chiefs have a window to build around him while he’s on his rookie contract, before he signs a massive extension.

If the defense improves, the Chiefs can finally win another Super Bowl. Spagnuolo has some experience building championship defenses.

Spagnuolo’s best work has come with the New York Giants. In 2007, his first season as Giants defensive coordinator, his unit was crucial in a massive Super Bowl upset over the previously undefeated Patriots. The next season, the Giants ranked fifth in the NFL in yards and points allowed.

That was also the last time a Spagnuolo defense ranked better than 10th in yards allowed.

Fantasy Impact:

Across 10 seasons, Spagnuolo's defenses have had an average ranking of 21.8 in yards allowed and 20.8 in points allowed.

Chiefs fire DC Bob Sutton

Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 6:53pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Kansas City Chiefs fired defensive coordinator Bob Sutton on Tuesday, two days after his defense was unable to come up with pivotal stops against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

Fantasy Impact:

One name to watch for the now-vacant position is former New York Jets and Buffalo Bills head coach and current ESPN analyst Rex Ryan, sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter. Sutton has worked as Kansas City's defensive coordinator since 2013, when the Chiefs brought in Andy Reid as their head coach.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski thinking about retiring

Sunday, January 20, 2019, 6:29pm

Ian Rapoport on Twitter - [Full Article]

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski mulls retirement this offseason.

Fantasy Impact:

Rapoport went on to say it doesn't sound like the WWE is in his future, but perhaps movies. This is very important news, Rapoport added. Of course, Gronk nearly retired before this past year, and after what was a down season vs. many of his others, perhaps this time there is something behind it. It could also depend how far the Patriots go this postseason.

Sunday, January 20, 2019, 5:13pm

Patriots Inactives

TE Stephen Anderson
OL James Ferentz
DE Ufomba Kamalu
DE Keionta Davis
DE Deatrich Wise Jr.
DT Danny Shelton
CB Duke Dawson

Chiefs Inactives

LB Dorian O’Daniel
OL Kahlil McKenzie
OL Jimmy Murray
OL L. Duvernay-Tardif
WR Kelvin Benjamin
TE Deon Yelder
LB Tanoh Kpassagnon

Friday, January 18, 2019, 7:08pm

Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill (thigh, heel) took full practice reps all week. Hill lambasted the Patriots for seven catches for 142 yards and three touchdowns on 12 targets back in Week 6.

Frigid temps expected for AFC title game in Kansas City

Monday, January 14, 2019, 6:41pm

Fox 4 Kansas City - [Full Article]

Break out the parkas for Sunday night’s AFC title game at Arrowhead Stadium.

The National Weather Service is projecting an arctic blast to settle over Kansas City for the Chiefs’ game against the New England Patriots. Temperatures at kickoff could range from 10 degrees to well below zero, potentially making it the coldest game in Arrowhead Stadium.

Fantasy Impact:

It could be weather that favors the run game for those in playoff pools. The Patriots-Chiefs game is the late game on Sunday with a 5:40 p.m. local time start.

Chargers TE Antonio Gates wants to return

Sunday, January 13, 2019, 9:25pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Don't close the book on Antonio Gates' NFL career just yet.

The 38-year-old tight end, who played this season on a one-year contract, said he wants to return for a 17th season with the Los Angeles Chargers.

"I just don't see myself walking away with this taste," Gates said after his team's 41-28 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday. "And plus this team. I think when you add Hunter [Henry] back, and hopefully we get Jason Verrett back -- shoot, the sky's the limit. And I want to be a part of it.

Fantasy Impact:

As the story said, the Chargers told Gates he wouldn't be needed in 2018 thanks to what was expected to be the emergence of Henry, but Henry tore his ACL and Gates was needed again. With Henry now poised for a big 2019, even if Gates is back it probably doesn't mean he'll have a lot of fantasy value.

Friday, January 11, 2019, 6:25pm

Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee, questionable) took full practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 19. Henry is questionable, but the full practice reps indicate that he’ll be able to play against the Patriots.

Friday, January 11, 2019, 6:25pm

Patriots TE Dwayne Allen (knee) was removed from the injury report Friday.

Friday, January 11, 2019, 6:25pm

Patriots WR Cordarrelle Patterson (knee) was removed from the injury report Friday.