New England Patriots
New England Patriots
AFC East | 6-9-0
Avg PTS
20.4
Rank: 27th
Avg Yds
341.9
Rank: 27th
Avg PYds
195.3
Rank: 29th
Avg RYds
146.6
Rank: 2nd
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Posted 4/12/2021 8:45 pm UTC
Free-agent WR Julian Edelman (Patriots) has been considering retirement.
Huddle Up: Edelman is dealing with a chronic knee injury, so fantasy players should consider avoiding him even if he decides to continue playing.
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Posted 4/08/2021 5:00 pm UTC
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (knee) had surgery last fall to alleviate knee swelling and is planning on playing in 2021, but a source said Thursday, April 8, that Edelman's knee issue is chronic, and is believes it's 'doubtful' that Edelman will be able to play an entire season.
Huddle Up: Edelman, who will turn 35 in May, played only six games in 2020 and hit seven-year lows with 21 catches for 315 yards and no TDs. The Patriots have already started adding free agent WR/TE reinforcements and more help could be coming in the draft. We're not betting against the ultra-tough Edelman playing in a 13th season this fall, but his days as a sure-fire fantasy commodity look to be in the rear-view mirror.
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Posted 3/31/2021 10:13 pm UTC
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said about the team's 2021 quarterback Wednesday, March 31, 'one way or another, we have to get that position solidified.' Cam Newton and Jarrett Stidham are currently the top QBs on the Patriots' depth chart.
Huddle Up: Newton completed 65.8 percent of his passes for 2,657 yards and eight touchdowns but with 10 interceptions over 15 games played in 2020. He can be only partially blamed as WRs Jakobi Meyers and Damiere Byrd were his top two receivers and RB Damien Harris was the leading rusher with 691 yards on the ground. However it ends up being addressed, the Patriots' starting QB is likely to be just a QB2 for fantasy purposes.
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Posted 3/24/2021 4:31 pm UTC
Updating an earlier report, free-agent RB James White (Patriots) signed a one-year, $2.5 million fully guaranteed deal with the New England Patriots Wednesday, March 24.
Huddle Up: White is an RB5 in PPR leagues, but he has no value in non-PPR formats.
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Posted 3/16/2021 3:37 pm UTC
Free-agent RB James White (Patriots) is receiving interest from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: White has more value in real football than in fantasy as he just doesn't run enough or have the playmaking ability to rack up yardage. He's still an RB5 in PPR leagues, though.
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Posted 3/16/2021 2:32 pm UTC
Free-agent TE Hunter Henry (Chargers) agreed to a three-year, $37.5 million deal with the New England Patriots Tuesday, March 16. The deal includes $25 million guaranteed.
Huddle Up: Henry will join Jonnu Smith as a dual threat over the middle, and there should be enough balls to go around to keep them in the midrange or low-end TE1 range.
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Posted 3/15/2021 10:29 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders impending free-agent WR Nelson Agholor plans to sign a two-year contract with the New England Patriots worth $26 million, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Agholor is coming off a terrific 2020 season and should have a significant role in the passing game for the Patriots next season. He could be at least a No. 3 fantasy receiver depending on the team's quarterback.
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Posted 3/15/2021 10:06 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers impending free-agent WR Kendrick Bourne is receiving interest from the New England Patriots, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Bourne has played well at times over the last few seasons but may not be a starter if he signs with the Patriots. Fantasy players can monitor the situation, but he probably would only be a late round option in some leagues.
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Posted 3/15/2021 5:07 pm UTC
Tennessee Titans impending free-agent TE Jonnu Smith plans to sign a four-year contract with the New England Patriots worth $50 million. The deal will include $31.25 million in guaranteed money.
Huddle Up: Smith was one of the top tight ends available in free agency and should have a significant role in the Patriots passing game. He should be a No. 1 tight end in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 3/12/2021 2:24 pm UTC
Free-agent QB Cam Newton (Patriots) agreed to a one-year deal with the New England Patriots Friday, March 12. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
Huddle Up: Newton started the season well before COVID-19 changed everything. He went down due to the virus and never recovered on the field. The position is loaded in fantasy, and Newton will be slept on. View him as a QB2 that could wind up your starter.
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Posted 3/10/2021 7:20 pm UTC
New England Patriots WR N'Keal Harry is receiving trade interest from other teams, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.
Huddle Up: Harry has not done much since entering the NFL and has only 414 yards in 21 career games. He could receive a bigger role if he is traded but can be avoided in most fantasy leagues.
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Posted 3/09/2021 5:58 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry won't receive the franchise tag and will hit the open market.
Huddle Up: Henry had a modest, 60-613-4 line last year, which is right along the lines of what he has done in his career. He's just 26 and could have more in the tank, but he's a mid-to-low TE1 in fantasy.
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Posted 3/08/2021 12:51 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers impending free-agent TE Hunter Henry could be pursued by the Carolina Panthers to upgrade a passing attack that generated a total of 204 receiving yards from the tight end position in 2020, according to Seth Galina of Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Henry has battled injuries throughout his career, but he has delivered TE1 production when he has been on the field. Any team that signs him would presumably use him in a featured role, but landing with a team like Carolina that offers zero competition at the tight end position would raise his floor.
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Posted 3/05/2021 4:31 am UTC
Tennessee Titans impending free-agent TE Jonnu Smith ranks fourth among tight ends with an average of 7.1 yards after catch over the last three seasons.
Huddle Up: Smith has the athleticism to be a matchup problem for opposing defenses, but he has never been in a high-volume role. He has TE1 upside depending on where he plays in 2021.
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Posted 3/04/2021 3:29 am UTC
New England Patriots RB Damien Harris ranked 12th among running backs with 69.1 rushing yards per game and seventh with 5.0 yards per carry in 2020.
Huddle Up: Harris emerged as New England's top back on early downs before suffering an ankle injury late in the year, but between Bill Belichick's tendency to use a committee in the backfield and Harris' complete lack of involvement in the passing game, it is hard to view him as more than a speculative RB3 heading into 2021.
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Posted 3/03/2021 10:32 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders impending free-agent WR Nelson Agholor is a player the Raiders would like to re-sign this offseason, according to general manager Mike Mayock.
Huddle Up: Agholor is coming off one of the best seasons in his career with 896 yards and eight touchdowns in 2020. He will receive interest from multiple teams if he hits the free-agent market and has a chance to be a No. 3 or No. 4 fantasy receiver depending on his situation.
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Posted 3/02/2021 1:14 am UTC
New England Patriots QB Cam Newton scored 12 rushing touchdowns inside the red zone in 2020 - the most in the league by a quarterback - according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: There was much made about the fact Newton threw for eight touchdowns versus 10 interceptions in 2020, but his ability to serve as his own goal-line back occasionally made him a somewhat serviceable fantasy QB2 down the stretch even after he cooled following a strong start. It seems reasonable to believe New England will draft someone within the first three rounds to compete with him this season if he returns to the Patriots, but he looks like the best bet to be their Week 1 starter again right now.
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Posted 3/01/2021 1:20 am UTC
New England Patriots impending free-agent RB James White's 375 receiving yards in 2020 were the fewest since his rookie season when he appeared in three games, and his 49 receptions and 62 targets were his lowest totals since 2014.
Huddle Up: White has been a steady presence in the New England passing attack throughout his career, but he was largely an afterthought in the Cam Newton-led offense. His days as a PPR asset could be numbered, and at the very least, fantasy owners need to see where White is playing and who is throwing him the football before drafting him in 2021.
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Posted 2/26/2021 8:25 pm UTC
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman would like to play next season but does not know if he will be healthy enough to play, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He is recovering from a knee injury he suffered during the season.
Huddle Up: Edelman was limited to six games in 2020 and finished with 315 yards. Fantasy players can monitor the situation this offseason, but Edelman probably will not be as much of a factor in the passing game as he was in previous seasons. He will be a risky fantasy option if he plays in 2021.
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Posted 2/25/2021 3:10 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers impending free-agent TE Hunter Henry is likely to receive the franchise tag, according to Shelley Smith of ESPN.com.
Huddle Up: Henry had a career-high 60 catches in 2020 as he topped 600 yards for the second consecutive season. If Henry does return, his second season with Justin Herbert should result in TE1 production.
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Posted 2/22/2021 10:22 pm UTC
New England Patriots impending free-agent QB Cam Newton said he would be open to signing a one-year contract with the Patriots this offseason.
Huddle Up: Newton rushed for 12 touchdowns this season but threw for only 2,657 yards and eight touchdowns in 15 games. He should be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback next season if he is able to find a starting job this offseason.
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Posted 2/21/2021 6:20 pm UTC
Tennessee Titans impending free-agent TE Jonnu Smith is not expected to receive the franchise tag this offseason.
Huddle Up: Smith posted a career-high 448 yards and eight touchdowns this season but may be looking for a new team this offseason. He should receive interest from multiple teams and can be a No. 1 fantasy tight end in 2020 depending on where he signs.
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Posted 2/19/2021 9:17 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers impending free-agent TE Hunter Henry said he is open to returning to the Chargers but is not ruling out any scenario. Henry said he wants to play with a good quarterback as well as a lucrative contract.
Huddle Up: There is a chance that Henry receives the franchise tag this offseason, but he would receive significant interest from teams if he hits the free-agent market. He is one of the better tight ends in the NFL and will be a No. 1 fantasy tight end next season.
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Posted 2/18/2021 6:12 pm UTC
Tennessee Titans TE Jonnu Smith is an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and Titans general manager Jon Robinson recently said although they'll explore retaining Smith with a new deal, he's prepared for Smith to decide to sign elsewhwere.
Huddle Up: Smith hit career highs with 41 receptions and 448 yards last season and finished third among tight ends with nine total TDs. Smith, who only had eight TDs total over this first three seasons, is certainly due for some touchdown regression, but he still has high-end TE2 fantasy potential.
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Posted 2/04/2021 1:51 am UTC
New England Patriots QB Cam Newton could garner interest from the Washington Football Team this offseason, if he reaches free agency, according to Washington head coach Ron Rivera Wednesday, Feb. 3. 'I think the biggest thing we can say, guys, is that we're exploring all of our options,' Rivera said when asked about Newton. 'Nothing is off the table. ... we're going to do what we believe is best for us.'
Huddle Up: Incumbent Alex Smith would likely still have the first crack at the starting job if Newton were to be added this offseason. Neither option is too appealing for fantasy purposes.
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Posted 2/03/2021 12:08 am UTC
Tennessee Titans TE Jonnu Smith was discussing the team's plan for the 2021 season on Sirius XM Radio Tuesday, Feb. 2, and said 'first, we'll have to see if this is the organization I'll be playing for. We'll see how that goes,' according to Terry McCormick of TitanInsiders.com.
Huddle Up: Smith caught 41 of 65 targets for 448 yards and a career-high eight touchdowns in 15 games in 2020. Anthony Firkser was second among Titans' tight ends with 387 receiving yards. Whoever is the starter in 2021 will be a fantasy consideration in QB Ryan Tannehill's offense.
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Posted 1/23/2021 2:29 pm UTC
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman indicated in a recent interview that he is planning to play in 2021.
Huddle Up: Edelman missed most of the 2020 season because of an injury and may see a smaller role in the passing game if he returns next season. Fantasy players can monitor his situation during training camp, but he may only be a late-round option in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 1/23/2021 1:34 am UTC
Las Vegas Raiders impending free-agent WR Nelson Agholor may be too expensive for the Raiders to re-sign this offseason, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Paul Gutierrez.
Huddle Up: Agholor is coming off a career season and probably will receive interest from multiple teams. He should have fantasy value no matter where he signs but probably will not be a weekly starting option in fantasy leagues.
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