New England Patriots
New England Patriots
AFC East | 10-4-0
Avg PTS
26.3
Rank: 8th
Avg Yds
362.5
Rank: 18th
Avg PYds
256.6
Rank: 14th
Avg RYds
105.9
Rank: 17th
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Posted 5/23/2020 8:10 pm UTC
Former New England Patriots DL Rob Ninkovich (retired) believes QB Brian Hoyer will be under center for Week 1 of the 2020 season, instead of QB Jarrett Stidham. 'Look, when you're a second-year player, you really don't realize what a season's like as a starter,' Ninkovich said. 'You don't understand what it's going to take, and not having an offseason does not help. So, Brian Hoyer will be the starter Week 1.' Ninkovich also touted Hoyer's experience both as an NFL starter and in the Patriots' offensive system as reasons he should get the Week 1 start.
Huddle Up: Neither Hoyer nor Stidham will enter the season with much fantasy upside. Whoever gets the call is likely to be a low-level QB2.
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Posted 5/22/2020 9:15 pm UTC
Free-agent WR Antonio Brown (Patriots) is a player that Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson wants the Seahawks to sign this offseason, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Brown has not played since early in the 2019 season and still is dealing with some off-field issues, so he likely will be dealing with a suspension if he signs with a team. He has been one of the better receivers in the NFL since he joined the league but is a risky fantasy option because of his uncertain status. Fantasy players can monitor the situation over the next few months.
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Posted 5/20/2020 1:52 am UTC
New England Patriots TE Devin Asiasi has 'the catch radius of Austin (Hooper)' and the 'body control and awareness of Zach (Ertz),' according to California Strength CEO Dave Spitz, who is training Asiasi this spring after working with Hooper and Ertz in the past. 'I think (Asiasi) has more bend, more wiggle, than both of them. He's a beautiful combination. Plus he brings his own set of qualities. As a route-runner, he's just gonna be so difficult to defend at the next level. ... There's something that's incredibly special that pops right away. This kid just has another level of command of his body and of his awareness. I just can't wait to see what it translates to in the league,' Spitz said.
Huddle Up: Even former NFL tight end Logan Paulsen - who is working with Spitz - is on board with Asiasi's upside and believes he is "special." Tight ends are quite often poor investments as rookies, so fantasy owners would do well to keep an eye on his early progress and be ready to pounce if proves to be a quick study. While history suggests he faces long odds of doing much in 2020, the Patriots' offense has proven to be fantasy-friendly to tight ends when they have a worthy talent at the position.
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Posted 5/10/2020 8:22 pm UTC
New England Patriots WR N'Keal Harry is reportedly working out six days a week in the Houston area with All-En Sports Performance to refine his routes and body movement from the ground up, according to Evan Lazar of CLNS Media. The primary focus of his efforts has been to improve on his releases from the line of scrimmage. 'That's the main thing that N'Keal is missing. I told N'Keal you have to win at the line of scrimmage. The thing is when you get to the NFL, it doesn't matter how big and strong you are because you aren't going to bully these defensive backs,' trainer Rischad Whitfield told CLNS Media.
Huddle Up: It is not uncommon for college receivers entering the pros to be lacking in a certain fundamental area or two, so it's way too early to write off Harry as a bust. The Patriots had ample opportunity to address the receiver position in the draft and chose not to, suggesting they are expecting Harry to make a huge second-year leap. While it's hard to imagine that Jarrett Stidham will be more able to make that happen than Tom Brady, fantasy owners should not be afraid to consider him a high-upside WR4.
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Posted 5/08/2020 1:30 am UTC
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said Thursday, May 7, he's content with the team's options at quarterback after signing undrafted free-agent QBs Brian Lewerke and J'Mar Smith to go with Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham. 'Yeah, well that is where we are -- you never know what is going to happen down the road, but we feel like we have four good players there,' Belichick said on NFL Network. 'We added Brian and J'Mar to Hoyer and Stidham. We added Hoyer and had Stidham from last year. We like working with those guys and we will see how it goes.'
Huddle Up: Belichick offered higher praise on Stidham, citing his work as the backup to Tom Brady last season. The growing expectation is Stidham will be under center in Week 1, but coupled with an uninspiring receiving corps, he'll begin the season as a low-end QB2.
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Posted 5/03/2020 5:13 pm UTC
New England Patriots QB Jarrett Stidham is considered the leading candidate to start at quarterback in 2020, according to ESPN.com's Mike Reiss.
Huddle Up: Stidham will have to compete with Brian Hoyer during training camp, but he has been with the team for a few years. He likely will have some struggles this season with his first consistent playing time in the NFL and will probably be only a low-end No. 2 quarterback in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 5/02/2020 10:31 pm UTC
New England Patriots TE Devin Asiasi may compete for the starting tight end job during training camp depending on how well he picks up the offense this offseason.
Huddle Up: Fantasy players should monitor Asiasi's progress during the preseason to see if he will have a solid role in the passing game. He has a chance to be a No. 2 fantasy tight end if he wins the starting job.
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Posted 5/02/2020 5:45 pm UTC
New England Patriots TE Devin Asiasi is one draft analyst's favorite picks of the third round, and that analyst says Asiasi has the skills to 'attack all three levels of the field' and has the opportunity to become QB Jarrett Stidham's security blanket.
Huddle Up: New England tight ends only combined for 37 receptions for 419 yards and two TDs last season, but don't be surprised if Asiasi eclipses those totals by himself in his rookie year with fellow third-round pick Dalton Keene serving as his main competition. Asiasi shouldn't be draft in most standard-size leagues, but he does have TE2 upside.
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Posted 5/01/2020 12:58 pm UTC
New England Patriots third-round pick Devin Asiasi is a big-play tight end that moves well for his size. He works well against zone coverages and shows ability to run solid routs and create separation. He has struggled with his weight in the past and could use blocking refinement.
Huddle Up: Asiasi could factor in as a TE2 in fantasy, but it might be a little early to project that with so much turnover on the roster.
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Posted 4/29/2020 5:10 pm UTC
New England Patriots rookie TE Devin Asiasi sees the importance in run blocking as much as he does in catching passes. He said run blocking sets the tone for the entire game when you're physical early in the game.
Huddle Up: After a season with little production at the tight end position in New England, Asiasi -- and rookie teammate Dalton Keene -- will have every opportunity to make an impact. Rookie tight ends, however, rarely contribute much in terms of fantasy numbers, so Asiasi's best value comes in dynasty leagues.
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Posted 4/29/2020 4:39 pm UTC
New England Patriots rookie TE Dalton Keene brings versatility and toughness to the New England offense. Keene has lined up at multiple spots during his college career, including flush against the tackle, in the backfield and out wide. He is also known as a hard-nosed player, never shying away from running defenders over. According to the Boston Globe's Christopher Price, the ideal situation for Keene in 2020 would be a complementary role on offense while helping on special teams.
Huddle Up: Like rookie teammate Devin Asiasi, Keene will be needed to help bolster the tight end position that was largely invisible in New England last year. However, his best fantasy days probably won't be there in 2020, as rooks at the position generally struggle to produce quality numbers. His best value is in dynasty formats as a backup stash.
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Posted 4/29/2020 5:56 am UTC
The New England Patriots are moving forward with the growing likelihood that QB Jarrett Stidham, a fourth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, will be their starting quarterback entering the 2020 season, according to ESPN.com's Mike Reiss.
Huddle Up: The Patriots didn't address the quarterback position in the NFL Draft for a reason, head coach Bill Belichick appears confident they can get by with who they have on roster. With Tom Brady gone, the shoes to fill are beyond large, but Belichick has shown over the years he can adapt to what he has to work with at the time -- Stidham will be no exception. All that said, investing a pick on him in your fantasy football draft should be no better than a late-round, take-your-chance flier.
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Posted 4/20/2020 6:57 pm UTC
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee was released Monday, April 20, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Lee played only six games this past season and finished with three receptions and 18 yards. He probably will find a new team this offseason but can be avoided in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 4/17/2020 12:30 am UTC
New England Patriots QB Brian Hoyer is more likely to be the Week 1 starter than Jarrett Stidham, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network Thursday, April 16. 'My guess right now is Brian Hoyer is the starting quarterback of the Patriots in 2020, but I think that is something that will be ever-evolving as we get through next season,' Rapoport said.
Huddle Up: Neither quarterback would be worth much fantasy consideration, especially with the Patriots' lackluster corps of pass-catchers. Either Hoyer or Stidham would be a middling QB2.
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Posted 4/14/2020 4:16 am UTC
In life after Tom Brady, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said the team will adapt and gear everything for doing what is best for their new starting quarterback, whoever that may be. Belichick said that's what they did previously for Brady and he doesn't see that changing. 'Whoever the quarterback is, we'll try to make things work smoothly and efficiently for that player and take advantage of his strengths and his skills,' Belichick noted. The Patriots currently have QBs Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer on roster. Belichick believes he and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels have a 'pretty good feel for both' quarterbacks. The team may also address the position in the upcoming NFL Draft, potentially early.
Huddle Up: The Patriots have proven time and time again they're able to adjust their game plan to utilize their assets the best way possible. It is a bit early to project the team's QB1, which will dictate the fantasy value of most of the team's skill players.
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Posted 4/09/2020 9:58 pm UTC
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman won't be prosecuted after being cited by police for misdemeanor vandalism earlier this year, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. The owner of a car Edelman damaged informed the DA's Office he doesn't want Edelman charged, and he was fully compensated for the repairs.
Huddle Up: While this was never expected to keep Edelman off the field in 2020, he now is fully cleared to be ready whenever the 2020 NFL season starts. He heads into the 2020 NFL Draft as the Patriots' No. 1 receiver, but he'll be handcuffed by the team's shaky quarterback situation following the free-agent departure of Tom Brady.
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Posted 4/04/2020 5:16 pm UTC
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman was rumored to be heading to the Detroit Lions on Wednesday, April 1, and those rumors were given some life when they were discussed live by national media members Bill Simmons and Colin Cowherd. But the rumors were later traced back to a Patriots fan account as part of an April Fool's Day joke.
Huddle Up: Edelman finished eighth among fantasy wideouts in terms of total PPR points last season, but with Tom Brady now gone and Edelman's 34th birthday coming up in May, his days as a PPR WR1 appear over. He remains the primary weapon for whoever the next New England QB is, but value him in as a low-end PPR WR2 at the highest.
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Posted 4/03/2020 6:20 pm UTC
New England Patriots QB Jarrett Stidham and WR N'Keal Harry are planning to meet to go over the offense and work out if OTAs are cancelled this spring by the coronavirus.
Huddle Up: Sound plan for the two second-year players, who could be counted on heavily as starters in 2020, but Tom Brady-Julian Edelman they obviously aren't and both are off the fantasy re-draft radar in standard-sized leagues for the time being.
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Posted 4/03/2020 2:06 am UTC
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman is not expected to be traded this offseason, according to Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston.
Huddle Up: There was some recent speculation that Edelman might get traded to the Detroit Lions, but it always seemed unlikely in that New England would part with the one proven receiver on its roster. Assuming he remains a Patriot, Edelman figures to go from a high-end WR2 to a WR3 with Tom Brady no longer around.
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Posted 3/29/2020 1:19 pm UTC
The New England Patriots' starting quarterback job appears to be QB Jarrett Stidham's to lose, according to Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports Boston. The team is not expected to pursue a mid-tier veteran quarterback this offseason.
Huddle Up: Although Stidham is an unproven commodity, he could be worth a speculative add in two-quarterback fantasy leagues for 2020 if he is officially named the starter. Brian Hoyer, who was signed last week, will likely serve as the Patriots' No. 2 quarterback.
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Posted 3/19/2020 7:33 pm UTC
Free-agent WR Antonio Brown (Patriots) likely will not be an option for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers even though he has a good relationship with QB Tom Brady. Head coach Bruce Arians coached Brown when they were both with the Pittsburgh Steelers and do not appear to have a good relationship.
Huddle Up: Brown has not played since the early part of the 2019 season and may be facing a suspension if he signs with a team. Fantasy players can monitor his situation during the offseason but should not count on him next season.
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Posted 3/18/2020 1:50 pm UTC
Free-agent WR Antonio Brown (Patriots) could be an option for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to sources. Rival suitors for free-agent QB Tom Brady were under the impression he wanted Brown to come with him.
Huddle Up: The NFL is still reviewing AB's status, and he could have to serve a suspension for possible violations of the personal conduct policy. Brown still has WR2 clout in fantasy, but the cloud of uncertainty should push him to an upside WR3 pick.
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Posted 3/04/2020 3:42 pm UTC
New England Patriots WR Mohamed Sanu (ankle) had successful ankle surgery Tuesday, March 3.
Huddle Up: If Sanu can get healthy, and quarterback Tom Brady sticks around, Sanu could wind up being a bargain receiver with upside late in drafts. Keep an eye on this situation.
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Posted 2/28/2020 6:55 pm UTC
New England Patriots WR Mohamed Sanu (ankle) will need offseason surgery on his high-ankle sprain that he incurred in the 2019 season, per a source Friday, Feb. 28.
Huddle Up: Sanu caught 10-of-14 targets for 81 yards and a TD in his second game (Week 9) with the Patriots but only had 14 receptions for 103 yards and no scores over his final six games, and it's looking as if the injury was hampering Sanu more than most knew down the stretch.
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Posted 2/17/2020 7:04 pm UTC
Free-agent WR Antonio Brown (Patriots) is not an option for the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Huddle Up: Brown is expected to meet with teams at the NFL Scouting Combine, but his playing status is still in question. He likely will serve a suspension once he signs with a team and would be a risky fantasy option.
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Posted 2/15/2020 9:15 pm UTC
Free-agent WR Antonio Brown (Patriots) said Saturday, Feb. 15, he's 'excited and looking forward to' meeting with NFL teams at the 2020 Scouting Combine. 'I'm (going to) be out there ready to get things back on the right page,' Brown told TMZ.com.
Huddle Up: Brown remains a longshot to be on an NFL roster for Week 1 of the 2020 season. It's obviously a situation worth monitoring, but this information does little to resurrect his fantasy value.
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Posted 2/01/2020 10:05 pm UTC
New England Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore was named the 2019 Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year Saturday, Feb. 1.
Huddle Up: Gilmore led the NFL with six interceptions, with two being returned for touchdowns. He also led the league with 20 passes defensed and made 53 combined tackles. He'll again be a top fantasy corner in 2020.
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Posted 2/01/2020 7:06 pm UTC
Free-agent WR Antonio Brown (Patriots) on Friday, Jan. 31, told ESPN in an interviews that he is remorseful about his recent behavior and actions. 'I think I owe the whole NFL an apology and my past behavior,' Brown said. 'I think I could have done a lot of things better.'
Huddle Up: Brown, who turns 32 in July, is still in his prime but it's become clear he's going to need to stay out of the negative headlines for an extended period this offseason to have a shot at resuming his career next season, and even then he'll likely have to get the OK from the league.
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Posted 1/28/2020 9:49 pm UTC
Free-agent WR Antonio Brown (Patriots) said he is optimistic about playing in the NFL again.
Huddle Up: Brown is dealing with multiple off-field issues and likely will receive a suspension from the NFL at some point. Fantasy players can monitor the situation during the offseason, but Brown would be a risky fantasy option if he signs with a team.
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Posted 1/24/2020 12:54 am UTC
Free-agent WR Antonio Brown (Patriots) is expected to turn himself in to police but hadn't done so as of the afternoon of Thursday, Jan. 23, according to a public information officer for the Hollywood Police Department in Florida. 'I believe they've given him ample opportunity to turn himself in,'' Christian Lata told USA TODAY Sports. An arrest warrant was issued against Brown following an incident with a moving truck driver Tuesday, Jan. 21. 'I'm sure it's going to be within today or tomorrow, but I'm not sure exactly when,'' Lata said late Thursday afternoon. 'I would assume it would be sooner than later.''
Huddle Up: There's less and less reason to hold out hope of Brown finding his way onto an NFL roster and becoming fantasy relevant in 2020. Dynasty owners should be looking to move on.
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