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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:49:47 -0800
New England Patriots impending free-agent TE Martellus Bennett will test the free-agent market. Based on his asking price, he could be with a different team next season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Fantasy Tip: Bennett will likely be the most coveted free-agent tight end this offseason, so he's bound to receive some attractive offers from teams other than the Patriots. Bennett was hindered by Rob Gronkowski in 2016, when Gronk was healthy, but he has proven to be a capable starter. He scored three touchdowns in one game even with Gronk active. Wherever Bennett plays and/or starts, he has TE1 potential.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:09:12 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Amendola is too spotty of a player to rely on in fantasy. He'll have huge weeks on occasion, but the 31-year-old doesn't contribute consistently enough for a WR5 flyer.
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:04:05 -0800
New England Patriots impending free-agent LB Dont'a Hightower may be more likely to receive the transition tag than the franchise tag if the Patriots decide to use a tag on him, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss. Hightower would receive around $11 million if he receives the transition tag and the Patriots would have the first right of refusal if another team signed him. The franchise tag would be worth between $14.5 million and $15 million, which may be too rich for the Patriots.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:01:09 -0800
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:00:17 -0800
New England Patriots WR Michael Floyd was sentenced Friday, Feb. 17, after pleading guilty to his extreme DUI charge. He will have to spend 120 days in jail, 24 of which to be served in Maricopa County Jail and the other 96 to be served under house arrest. In addition, Floyd must pay a $5,115 fine and complete 30 hours of community service. The other six charges against him were dismissed.
Fantasy Tip: It's been a significant fall from grace for Floyd, someone who was flirting with regular WR2 status in many leagues as recent as the 2015 season. The former Cardinal will serve all of his jail time during the offseason, but he's also an impending free agent that will be facing a suspension from the NFL as well, not to mention the fact he's coming off a down campaign. Floyd has ways to go to become fantasy relevant again.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:27:31 -0800
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has expressed mutual interest in a new contract with the team, according to source. Talks are in preliminary stages. Brady is signed through 2019. He will earn $1 million in 2017, but he has a $14 million salary cap number.
Fantasy Tip: Brady was fifth in fantasy points per game among quarterbacks last season and had a ridiculous 28-to-2 touchdown-to-pick ratio. He remains an elite option at quarterback in fantasy.
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:51:18 -0800
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo was compared to Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre by Patriots WR Julian Edelman during a Tuesday, Feb. 14, appearance on NFL Network. "The guy is a stud. He went out and played in the regular season and played very well. He has that kind of gunslinger-like confidence, that Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers kind of confidence," Edelman said. Garoppolo is entering the final year of his rookie deal.
Fantasy Tip: Garoppolo obviously has no immediate fantasy worth sitting behind Tom Brady, so the only path to fantasy draft value before the 2017 season is a trade.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:29:08 -0800
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 21:05:35 -0800
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:39:43 -0800
The New England Patriots are interested in re-signing impending free-agent TE Martellus Bennett but may not be willing to get into a bidding war for him if other teams are interested, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss.
Fantasy Tip: Bennett should receive interest from teams as long as he recovers from the injuries he suffers during the season. He should be considered a low-end No. 1 or a No. 2 fantasy tight end next season depending on his role.
Sun, 12 Feb 2017 14:15:15 -0800
Sun, 12 Feb 2017 10:41:13 -0800
New England Patriots restricted free agent CB Malcolm Butler "won't be going anywhere" this offseason as the team plans to place a first-round tender on him, according to the Boston Globe's Ben Volin.
Sun, 12 Feb 2017 10:29:24 -0800
Fantasy Tip: There have been reports that Garoppolo's price tag may be as high as a first- and fourth-rounder, but this sounds more reasonable. Volin notes that Matt Cassel, Kevin Kolb, Matt Schaub were traded under similar circumstances and all fetched second-round picks. Regardless of where he lands, he'll probably settle in as a low-end QB2 in fantasy.
Sun, 12 Feb 2017 10:18:51 -0800
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola is due $6 million in base salary in 2017, but it is a "certainty" he will not be returning under the turn of his current contract, according to ESPN.com's Mike Reiss.
Fantasy Tip: Amendola keeps producing in big games and the team obviously trusts him in those spots (eight catches for 78 yards, a touchdown and a game-tying two-point conversion in Super Bowl LI), but he is the No. 4 receiver on the team behind Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell. As a result, he'll probably need to take another sizable pay cut like he has each of the last two years in order to remain in Foxboro. He can be ignored in most fantasy leagues.
Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:44:24 -0800
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman caught all three of his touchdowns on the road this season. He finished the season with 43 receptions and 522 yards at home while catching 55 receptions for 584 yards on the road.
Fantasy Tip: Edelman had a slow period near the beginning of the season but finished strong with at least 75 yards in seven of the last eight regular season games. He should continue to be the No. 1 receiver for the Patriots and can be a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver for fantasy owners.
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