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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:54:37 -0700
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and the NFL are not expected to talk anymore regarding a settlement, according to a source. The league doesn't believe the NFL Players' Association or any of Brady's representatives have provided a reason to renew settlement talks. Brady's suspension was recently upheld by a federal appeals court and he is expected to miss the first four games of the regular season.
Fantasy Tip: Jimmy Garoppolo will stand in for Brady for the start of the season. Brady shouldn't immediately be viewed as outside of starting fantasy quarterback territory, either. He can still put up QB1 numbers in 12 games.
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 06:14:32 -0700
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo has made great strides, according to head coach Bill Belichick. "The reps that he's gotten on the field in preseason games and in practice," Belichick said, "I think he's shown a lot of development - better understanding, quicker recognition and reading of the defenses, more awareness of what's happening on the defensive side of the ball, better communication, better understanding of the offense - really everything."
Fantasy Tip: Garoppolo may have to exhibit those strides as Tom Brady's four-game suspension was restored. Garoppolo probably isn't worth drafting, but he could be a matchup play the first four weeks if your starter gets injured. Then again, we're not sold Brady will sit.
Mon, 25 Apr 2016 13:37:41 -0700
Fantasy Tip: This shouldn't be a big surprise, as Brady didn't go down without a fight before with Deflategate. For now we can anticipate that Brady will miss the first four games of the season, though. Even if he does miss that time, he's still worth drafting as a low-end QB1.
Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:43:18 -0700
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's chances of winning an appeal after his four-game suspension was reinstated are not good, according to director of Tulane Sports Law Program Gabe Feldman. "But Tom Brady's next step is to make an en banc appeal to ask the entire second circuit to hear that -- those are very rarely granted. And even more rare is the Supreme Court to hear this case. So Tom Brady is almost out of chances. I think any chance he has left is very slim," Feldman said.
Fantasy Tip: Brady's fantasy value takes a significant hit leading into the 2016 season. He's more likely a midrange QB1 now with a second successful appeal unlikely. Jimmy Garoppolo will now likely start the first four games against the Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills. None of those four matchups have much appeal to use Garoppolo as a sleeper QB in daily formats.
Mon, 25 Apr 2016 08:54:58 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Here we go again. If this holds, Brady's fantasy value will dwarf into the tail end of the midrange QB1 area. This doesn't mean he'll miss the first four weeks yet as he found a way out of it last season. So continue to monitor the story. Jimmy Garoppolo would likely start the first four weeks, but he would only be a desperation fantasy play if your starter suffered an injury.
Sun, 24 Apr 2016 23:19:58 -0700
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Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:01:37 -0700
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 10:26:51 -0700
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski said he's not concerned about his contract. "No, that's not on my mind at all. I started offseason workouts yesterday. It just feels great to be back with the team working out, getting back in football shape and getting prepared for the season."
Fantasy Tip: Gronk is signed through 2019 at pretty reduced rates in comparison to his talent level. He's the top tight end in fantasy, bar none. There doesn't seem to be much concern for a holdout right now.
Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:08:13 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Booker could be a gem in PPR leagues if he lands on a team that will utilize him immediately. He's a watch list player leading up to the NFL Draft, and he could rise up the fantasy ranks quickly.
Fri, 15 Apr 2016 14:15:57 -0700
Thu, 14 Apr 2016 16:57:33 -0700
Free-agent DL Dominique Easley (Patriots) went unclaimed off waivers Thursday, April 14, and has officially become a free agent.
Thu, 14 Apr 2016 15:21:34 -0700
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Wed, 13 Apr 2016 20:41:38 -0700
Updating a previous report, the New England Patriots release of DL Dominique Easley was not a pure performance/football matter, but rather due to off-field issues, according to CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora.
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