New England Patriots
New England Patriots
AFC East | 11-5-0
Rank: 4th
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Rank: 3rd
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Rank: 4th
Posted 8/19/2019 3:08 pm UTC
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots WR Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) participated in a light workout Monday, Aug. 19, but is still on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list.
Huddle Up: Fantasy players can monitor the situation to see if Thomas has a chance to be ready for Week 1. He is coming off a disappointing 2018 season but could still have a role in the Patriots passing game. He could be a late-round option in deeper leagues if he is ready to play but will not be a weekly starting option.
Posted 8/19/2019 2:08 pm UTC
Updating a previous story, New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thumb) has been activated from the Non-Football Injury list, according to a source.
Huddle Up: This allows fantasy managers to comfortably draft Edelman as a WR2 in the middle of the fourth round in standard leagues. His ADP rises slightly in PPR formats. He's expected to lead a group including Demaryius Thomas, Josh Gordon, rookie N'Keal Harry and training camp standout Jakobi Meyers.
Posted 8/19/2019 11:08 am UTC
New England Patriots WRs Julian Edelman (thumb) and Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) were spotted warming up for practice Monday, Aug. 19. ESPN's Mike Reiss suggests it's a sign both players are being activated from the Non-Football Injury and Physically Unable to Perform lists, respectively.
Huddle Up: The Patriots' receiving corps is beginning to fill out, with Josh Gordon soon to rejoin the team, as well. Edelman is the team's top target as a WR2, but Thomas is worth late-round consideration.
Posted 8/19/2019 11:08 am UTC
Free-agent WR Dontrelle Inman is slated to meet with the Detroit Lions, a source told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Huddle Up: The Lions' receiving corps is pretty thin behind Marvin Jones, Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola, but Inman is unlikely to be fantasy relevant if he were to sign.
Posted 8/18/2019 2:08 pm UTC
New England Patriots WR Josh Gordon was placed on the Non-Football Injury list Sunday, Aug. 18, upon his conditional reinstatement.
Huddle Up: It's largely a procedural move for the Patriots while Gordon is brought up to speed. He remains one of the most tantalizing fantasy prospects at wide receiver, but his off-field issues continue to carry immense risk when drafting him.
Posted 8/16/2019 3:08 pm UTC
New England Patriots WR Josh Gordon has been conditionally reinstated after serving an indefinite suspension. He will be allowed to go to the Patriots facility starting Sunday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Consider Gordon a WR3 with upside entering your fantasy football draft. His return comes at a good time, as the Patriots are depleted at wide receiver. While he has upside, there is plenty of risk associated with him. He hasn't been meaningful in fantasy since 2013 (84-1,646-9), appearing in just 22 games since then.
Posted 8/15/2019 3:08 pm UTC
New England Patriots WR Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) was doing full sprints on a side field during practice Thursday, Aug. 15.
Huddle Up: Thomas probably will miss at least the first six games of the season and should be avoided in all fantasy leagues. He could have some value during the second half of the season if he remains with the team.
Posted 8/15/2019 11:08 am UTC
New England Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett (thumb) had tape on his thumb during his brief appearance at practice Thursday, Aug. 15. Dorsett left Wednesday's practice session after a hard fall.
Huddle Up: The injury doesn't seem significant at this point, but Dorsett isn't expected to have much fantasy value in a crowded Patriots receiving corps. He could be a bye-week option when at full health this season.
Posted 8/15/2019 10:08 am UTC
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady said Thursday, Aug. 15, he has no plans on becoming a coach after his playing career ends. 'Oh, hell no, I'm never coaching,' Brady said. 'Playing is enough for me.'
Huddle Up: Who knows when Brady will be faced with that decision as he's still going strong at age 42. For now, though, regard him as a low-end QB2 in fantasy.
Posted 8/15/2019 9:08 am UTC
New England Patriots WR N'Keal Harry (unknown) participated in warmups Thursday, Aug. 15, but did not practice for the fourth straight day. The exact nature of Harry's injury is unknown, but he is believed to have sustained in last week's joint practices with the Lions before re-aggravating it during the Thursday, Aug. 8, game between the teams.
Huddle Up: Some of the fantasy shine has come off the first-round draft pick Harry, who's had a disappointing camp by most accounts. He remains a late-round dart throw in re-draft leagues.
Posted 8/12/2019 1:08 pm UTC
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (undisclosed) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 12, after missing time last week.
Huddle Up: Burkhead has PPR value, but the team's backfield is a crapshoot any given week. He's an RB5 in fantasy.
Posted 8/07/2019 6:08 pm UTC
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is not expected to play in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 8, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Brady probably will only see a few snaps in the third preseason game and does not need much time to prepare for the regular season. His stats did drop off a bit last season, but Brady can still be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback in most leagues.
Posted 8/04/2019 5:08 pm UTC
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady agreed to a two-year contract extension Sunday, Aug. 4, that will run through the 2021 season. Brady will earn $23 million in 2019.
Huddle Up: While Brady is still going strong and winning Super Bowls in his early 40s, his fantasy stock has slipped in recent season and is now regarded as a QB2.
Posted 8/02/2019 1:08 am UTC
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) saw 'increased work' during practice Thursday, Aug. 1, according to Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald.
Huddle Up: Michel's lack of involvement in the passing game limits his upside in PPR formats, but he should see most of the work between the tackles and near the goal line. He's a midrange RB2 candidate.
Posted 8/01/2019 1:08 am UTC
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady said Wednesday, July 31, he bulked up this offseason in order to help defend against contact. 'I wanted to get a little bigger this year and put on a few more pounds and try to absorb the hits a little bit more,' Brady said. 'I worked pretty hard at that.'
Huddle Up: Brady didn't have much speed to lose, so luckily, that's not a huge concern. He'll turn 42 years old Saturday, Aug. 3, so the hope is he'll be better equipped to handle a full 16-game season.
Posted 7/29/2019 6:07 am UTC
New England Patriots WR Maurice Harris took first-team snaps with WR Phillip Dorsett during team periods on Sunday, July 28, regardless of personnel grouping.
Huddle Up: Harris has quickly rocketed up the fantasy cheat sheets and should start to get some sniffs in the late rounds on draft day if he sticks as a top-three wideout for the Pats. There is plenty of time remaining in training camp and the preseason for Harris to tumble down the depth chart, but he isn't doing anything to hurt himself at the moment.
Posted 7/28/2019 6:07 am UTC
New England Patriots WR Maurice Harris has looked 'terrific' and been the best wide receiver in camp by 'a decent margin,' according to MassLive's Andrew Callahan.
Huddle Up: It should be noted Julian Edelman is not participating in practice as he continues to recover from a broken thumb. Nevertheless, it's still an impressive feat to earn such praise with the likes of first-round pick N'Keal Harry and Dontrelle Inman also in the mix. Harris caught the eye of Jay Gruden and performed well for a brief spell last season, so it's not as if this is coming out of nowhere. Owners in deeper leagues should keep an eye on him during preseason action.
Posted 7/27/2019 5:07 pm UTC
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) participated in practice Saturday, July 27.
Huddle Up: Michel is coming back from knee surgery and appears to be on track for the regular season. He will receive most of the work at running back for the Patriots and can be a solid No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues.
Posted 7/25/2019 12:07 pm UTC
Updating previous reports, New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thumb) suffered a broken thumb playing catch three weeks ago. He's expected to recover in a few weeks, but he'll likely miss most of the preseason.
Huddle Up: Edelman doesn't really need to play much in the preseason anyway because he and Tom Brady connect so well on the field. He's a low-end WR2 in PPR leagues that catches a high volume of passes, but his yardage and touchdowns usually suffer from the short-yardage plays.
Posted 7/24/2019 6:07 am UTC
New England Patriots WR Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) is a candidate to be released, in the opinion of's Gregg Rosenthal, who notes that Thomas was already showing signs of decline before suffering a serious injury.
Huddle Up: Despite being a recognizable name in a fairly anonymous receiving corps, Thomas has a lot to prove. He's definitely someone to take a wait-and-see approach with when it comes to assembling your own group of fantasy receivers.
Posted 7/22/2019 1:07 pm UTC
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (thumb) is wearing a small brace over his left thumb, which is expected to sideline him for about three weeks.
Huddle Up: Edelman isn't likely to lose anything from the time off as he and Tom Brady have such a rapport. Edelman is a low-end WR2 in PPR formats as he catches a lot of passes, but they don't usually result in a ton of yardage or scoring potential.
Posted 7/21/2019 8:07 pm UTC
New England Patriots WR Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) is on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list entering his first season with the Pats.
Huddle Up: It's not a great sign for Thomas who'll need as much repetition as he can to get accustomed and up to speed with head coach Bill Belichick and QB Tom Brady's offense. Thomas will start the year behind Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett and N'Keal Harry, and will struggle to get enough targets to be fantasy relevant.
Posted 7/21/2019 8:07 pm UTC
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) opens training camp on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list after undergoing a procedure on his knee this offseason.
Huddle Up: Michel should still be viewed as a valuable RB2 in all fantasy formats, but the Patriots' running back competition will be one of the most intriguing this offseason following the addition of third-round pick Damien Harris.
Posted 7/10/2019 6:07 pm UTC
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) said he hopes to be ready for the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: Michel could be limited during the early portion of camp but should be fully healthy for the start of the regular season. He is coming off an impressive rookie season and likely will be a No. 2 fantasy running back in 2019.
Posted 6/30/2019 4:06 pm UTC
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman had a rift with his father, Frank Edelman, resulting from his four-game PED suspension in 2018. 'Frank was very upset,' Angie Edelman, Julian's mother, said in the Julian Edelman documentary that debuted Friday, via 'Jules didn't want his dad a part of this process. He was handling it with his attorneys, and my husband doesn't understand that sometimes.' 'Me and my dad talk every day,' Edelman said. 'And after that, we didn't talk for a while (81 days).'
Huddle Up: In missing four games, Edelman still averaged 17 PPR fantasy points per game last season -- 14th among WRs. He's stronger WR2 fantasy option this year with no looming suspension and no Gronk to share targets with as Tom Brady's top weapon.
Posted 6/23/2019 10:06 pm UTC
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) has been working out at QB Tom Brady's TB12 training facility this offseason while recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery in hopes of becoming a more explosive runner.
Huddle Up: Michel, a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, will be competing for work with James White, Rex Burkhead, and 2019 third-rounder Damien Harris in 2019. Michel projects to lead the backfield after racking up 981 yards from scrimmage and six total touchdowns last season, but he'll be a risky pick in New England's constantly shuffling rotation.
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