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Sun, 24 Jul 2016 07:23:13 -0700
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will be prohibited from engaging in any football-related activities or discussions during the course of his four-game suspension, even if he is away from the team facility, according to NFL vice president of communications Brian McCarthy. The ban also prohibits Brady from attending games and practices as a spectator and receiving game and practice film from club personnel.
Fantasy Tip: Brady is still expected to see a good deal of repetitions with the first-team offense during training camp before his suspension goes into effect Sept. 3, and he won't rejoin the Patriots until Oct. 3, prior to the team's Week 5 game against the Cleveland Browns. The 38-year-old is still capable of putting up solid numbers and should be viewed as a midrange option at the position, although he could remain on the draft board later than normal due to the suspension.
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:51:08 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Blount has RB5 luster in fantasy, but the Patriots tend to feature different running backs in different matchups. He has had big performances in the past and is worth taking a shot on late.
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:03:28 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Garoppolo doesn't have much experience, as he has only played in two regular season games over his two-year career. He'll be more of a cheap daily fantasy play in good matchups for the first four weeks of the season.
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:40:08 -0700
Sun, 17 Jul 2016 15:02:51 -0700
New England Patriots LB Jamie Collins, LB Dont'a Hightower and CB Malcolm Butler are all entering the final year of their contracts, but none of the players appear close to a contract extension at this point.
Sun, 17 Jul 2016 14:11:42 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Edelman should have a decent chance to be ready for the start of the regular season, but owners should keep an eye on the situation. His fantasy value will take a hit since Jimmy Garoppolo is starting the first four games, but he should still be a solid starting option for owners.
Sun, 17 Jul 2016 12:23:32 -0700
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady should still receive a good amount of first-team repetitions during training camp despite his four-game suspension. QB Jimmy Garoppolo could then take the majority of first-team reps once preseason ramps up, according to ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss.
Fantasy Tip: Brady will miss a quarter of the regular season due to the suspension, but he's still Tom Brady, and he can still put up gaudy numbers for the remaining 12 games. One might be able to steal him later than usual in fantasy drafts.
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:06:03 -0700
Fantasy Tip: So that's it, DeflateGate has ended. Jimmy Garoppolo will start the first four games of the season, and Brady will be eligible for Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns. Garoppolo will face the Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills, which all feature capable defenses. He's nothing more than an injury replacement as a QB2 in fantasy. Brady falls to the bottom of the midrange at the position.
Wed, 13 Jul 2016 06:54:01 -0700
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady had his request for a new hearing on his four-game suspension rejected by a federal appeals court Wednesday, July 13. Brady was asking for the full 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear the case. Brady's remaining hope is to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Fantasy Tip: There seems to be pessimism looming on Brady's status for the first four games. There is a chance that he could use measures to extend the ordeal to the 2017 season. If Brady misses the first four games, he'll slide down a couple of notches in the fantasy pecking order, but he'd still remain in the midrange of the position. Jimmy Garoppolo would be an injury-replacement option the first four weeks if the suspension stands.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:08:27 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Amendola's health has been an issue his whole career, which makes him untrustworthy in the fantasy realm. He's in low-end WR4 to high-end WR5 territory.
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:14:48 -0700
New England Patriots WR Nate Washington had trouble getting on the same page as QB Tom Brady during organized team activities. He's at risk of missing the final roster if he does not impress at training camp.
Fantasy Tip: As stated earlier, even if Washington does make the team he'll be the No. 5 wide receiver at best. He can be avoided for the time being in fantasy drafts.
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:02:35 -0700
New England Patriots WRs Keshawn Martin, Aaron Dobson, Nate Washington and Chris Harper are all considered to be on the roster bubble by Paul Perillo of patriots.com. Perillo added that the mostly likely scenario is Martin, Dobson and Washington battling for one or two roster spots.
Fantasy Tip: Dobson and Martin probably have an edge for now, but none of them have much fantasy value as the Patriots' No. 5 wide receiver at best.
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:13:08 -0700
New England Patriots RB Donald Brown led all running backs with 19 receptions in Patriots minicamp, and he is taking advantage of the opportunity to contribute in any way possible. His most likely path to a role is as the top backup to RB LeGarrette Blount. Brown is not considered a lock to make the team, according to Mark Daniels, of the Providence Journal. New England would carry a $300,000 salary cap charge if Brown is released.
Fantasy Tip: The veteran runner is known as a one-dimensional back and doesn't have the most natural hands, but injuries could provide him an opportunity. He has no fantasy value heading into draft season.
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:28:30 -0700
New England Patriots OG Jonathan Cooper lined up at right guard with the Patriots' first-team offense this offseason. Cooper said he's trying to improve mentally and is looking forward to a fresh start with a new team.
Sun, 19 Jun 2016 14:34:58 -0700
New England Patriots TE Clay Harbor appears to be the leading candidate for the No. 3 tight end job because he received a $400,000 signing bonus, but he will still have to earn his spot on the 53-man roster.
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