Jordan Matthews - WRPosted 7/18/18 6:35am ET
New England Patriots WR Jordan Matthews is considered a lock to make the team, according to beat writer Mike Reiss.
Huddle Up: It seems trivial to even consider him not making a depleted roster with a suspended Julian Edelman, but Matthews' fantasy stock has plummeted. He just turned 26 and still has the potential to be a WR3 in fantasy at a WR4 or WR5 price.
Rex Burkhead - RBPosted 7/18/18 6:34pm ET
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead has a good chance to enter the season as the No. 1 option for the team from a traditional running back perspective.
Huddle Up: Burkhead probably will lead the team in carries this season and should also see some work in the passing game. He can be a No. 2 or No. 3 running back in most fantasy leagues if he is the top option at running back.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 7/17/18 6:38am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is expected to report to the facility on time by July 25, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Gronk is hoping to get a new deal, but the elite TE1 looks to be status quo for the season.
Malcolm Mitchell - WRPosted 7/4/18 5:05am ET
New England Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee) is expected to see more snaps in the slot in WR Julian Edelman's absence. Mitchell's knee injury will require maintenance, though.
Huddle Up: Mitchell had a 32-401-4 rookie year in 2016 before missing all of last season. He'll be an option early in the season depending on matchups. He's a fringe WR5 flyer.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 7/4/18 5:05pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski said he feels 'refreshed' and 'super ready' for the upcoming season.
Huddle Up: He is still the best tight end in the game and in fantasy when healthy, but between the constant injuries and the drama off the field, the risk is higher than ever. You should probably wait until the third round before pulling the trigger.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 6/25/18 5:08am ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman's appeal of his four-game suspension will be heard Monday, June 25, and sources say he plans to mount a vigorous defense that questions the NFL's handling of his case. The substance for which Edelman tested positive wasn't one the league's drug testers recognized. According to sources, he's also contesting the way the documentation and delivery of Edelman's test results were handled.
Huddle Up: The 32-year-old will still have PPR value, but if he's forced to miss four games, his stock will take a huge hit. His durability and consistency are also concerns, and he'd fall into the WR3 territory if the ban holds up.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 6/17/18 2:06pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady acknowledged in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired on her network Sunday, June 17, he knows he is getting closer to retirement as he nears his 41st birthday in August, telling Winfrey he is 'seeing that there's definitely an end coming, sooner rather than later.' However, Brady also added he wants to play 'as long as I'm loving the training and preparation and willing to make the commitment.'
Huddle Up: Brady was named the league MVP last season and has already announced he will play in 2018. While dynasty owners might want to see what they can get in return for him, most fantasy enthusiasts can be excused for riding this wave out as long as they can. Brady will almost certainly be among the top five quarterbacks drafted in most fantasy leagues again this season.
Chris Hogan - WRPosted 6/14/18 8:05pm ET
New England Patriots WR Chris Hogan will be asked to shoulder a bigger load in the offense in 2018.
Huddle Up: Hogan scored a career-high five touchdowns in just nine games last year, and after an offseason overhaul of the receiving corps and with a looming suspension for Julian Edelman, he could be in line for a career year.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 6/11/18 9:06am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski likely will receive a new contract at some point but no deal is imminent at this time, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski participated in the mandatory minicamp last week and probably will sign a new contract before the start of training camp. He is the best tight end in the NFL when he is healthy and will be an early-round pick in all fantasy drafts.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 6/11/18 10:08am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and TE Rob Gronkowski do not plan on participating in organized team activities this week after attending the mandatory minicamp last week, according to source.
Huddle Up: Brady and Gronkowski will be back with the team when they start training camp. Both players are one of the best at their positions and will be weekly starting options in all fantasy leagues.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 6/7/18 10:47am ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman has a four-game suspension looming for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, according to sources. Edelman has appealed the suspension.
Huddle Up: These suspensions are rarely, if ever, overturned, so plan to be without Edelman for the first quarter of the season. Chris Hogan receives a big bump up in value and has WR2 upside, while Jordan Matthews now demands more attention in mid-to-late rounds. As for Edelman, he falls out of the PPR WR1 conversation.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 6/7/18 12:18pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady said he is not sure if he will participate in organized team activities next week.
Huddle Up: Brady skipped most of the offseason workouts but did participate in minicamp this week. He may be losing Julian Edelman for the first four weeks of the season but still has plenty of targets to work with in the passing game. He should be a No. 1 quarterback in all leagues.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 6/7/18 1:20pm ET
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman has not had the appeal of his impending four-game suspension heard by the NFL at this point.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to monitor the situation to see if Edelman's suspension remains after the appeal is heard. He is expected to be the No. 1 receiver for the Patriots this season but would lose some fantasy value if he misses the first four games. He can still be a No. 2 receiver in most leagues, but owners would need solid backup plans if he sits.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 5/21/18 9:04am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski's participation in organized team activities is uncertain at this point because of his contract situation, but he will be present for the mandatory June minicamp, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski indicated he will play in 2018, but he does not need to be with the team until minicamp. He is the top tight end when healthy and will be an early-round pick in all fantasy leagues.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 5/21/18 10:39am ET
The New England Patriots are working on restructuring TE Rob Gronkowski's contract. The team is not allowed to agree on a reworked deal with Gronkowski until Thursday, May 24, if it includes incentives.
Huddle Up: The Patriots and Gronkowski should be able to agree to a restructured contract at some point this offseason. Gronkowski is one of the top performers in fantasy football when he is healthy and will be the first tight end selected in drafts.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 5/21/18 1:11pm ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (knee) participated in organized team activities Monday, May 21.
Huddle Up: Edelman is coming off a torn anterior cruciate ligament and should be ready for training camp. He likely will be a top option for Tom Brady in the passing game in 2018 and can be at least a No. 3 fantasy receiver.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 5/7/18 11:49am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski's agent has been talking with the Patriots about reworking Gronkowski's contract, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski has been the top tight end in the NFL over the last several seasons and should continue to a big part of the passing game. He should be the first tight end selected in drafts and likely will be taken in one of the first three rounds.
Mike Gillislee - RBPosted 5/6/18 10:32am ET
New England Patriots RB Mike Gillislee is likely fighting for a roster spot in 2018 after opening last season as the team's No. 1 running back, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.
Huddle Up: Reiss identifies first-round pick Sony Michel, Rex Burkhead and James White as 'locks,' leaving only one or two open spots for Gillislee, Jeremy Hill, Brandon Bolden and undrafted free-agent Ralph Webb. Given Bolden's work on special teams, it is likely special teams Gillislee and Hill will be batting for the final spot if New England chooses to keep five.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 5/3/18 8:44pm ET
New England Patriots RB Jeremy Hill said he is finally feeling like himself again after having ankle surgery last season. 'I really didn't have the flexibility and the strength in it that I needed to be the back that I wanted to be,' Hill said. 'I'm glad that I got it done and I can get it back to 100 percent and be the back I know I can be.'
Huddle Up: Even if Hill is as healthy, he will have a hard time putting up big numbers in New England's crowded backfield. He's a late-round lottery ticket.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 5/2/18 6:17am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady said he 'negotiated' with his wife to play two more seasons, and he's working on more.
Huddle Up: Brady has shown few signs of slowing down, but there has been a lot of turnover around him of late. Julian Edelman returns from his torn ACL, but what can we expect out of the soon-to-be 32-year-old? Nonetheless, Brady has a history of thriving without a stocked cupboard, and he remains an elite QB1 option in fantasy.
Braxton Berrios - WRPosted 4/28/18 2:08pm ET
The New England Patriots selected Miami-Florida WR Braxton Berrios with the 210th overall pick (Round 6) in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Berrios is a speedy receiver who racked up 100 receptions, 1,175 yards and 14 touchdowns in his career with 'The U'. He is likely to make his biggest impact in the return game, as the team is fairly deep on offense at wideout. They'll have time to develop Berrios over the next couple of seasons before he makes any kind of impact on offense.
Danny Etling - QBPosted 4/28/18 2:18pm ET
The New England Patriots selected Louisiana State QB Danny Etling with the 219th overall pick (Round 7) in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Etling is a cerebral quarterback, playing flawless football in 2017 with 2,463 yards, 16 touchdowns and just two interceptions. Of course, it helps to have a guy like Derrius Guice to hand the ball to. In New England, he obviously will be playing the waiting game with Tom Brady at the helm.
Sony Michel - RBPosted 4/27/18 3:15pm ET
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel recorded 12 fumbles during his college career, but director of player personnel Nick Caserio said the team is not concerned about the issue at this point.
Huddle Up: Michel will share playing time with several other running backs this season but should receive a decent amount of touches each game. He can be considered a No. 3 or No. 4 running back in most fantasy leagues but will be more valuable in keeper leagues.
Brandon Bolden - RBPosted 4/27/18 8:20pm ET
New England Patriots RBs Brandon Bolden, Mike Gillislee and Jeremy Hill might be competing for one spot with the chance one gets cut even before training camp.
Huddle Up: Hill signed a one-year deal with the team in the offseason and has reportedly been making a positive impression, and he is just 25 years old. With rookie Sony Michel joining the mix with Rex Burkhead and James White in the fold, too, someone will be out of a job.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 4/27/18 8:10pm ET
New England Patriots RB Jeremy Hill has been making a positive impressive during the team's voluntary offseason program with his work and kindness.
Huddle Up: Hill is just 25 years old and on one-year deal looking to shine, but he'll have plenty of company in the backfield from veterans, as well as incoming rookie Sony Michel. While he is doing positive things in his first few weeks in Foxboro, his fantasy outlook is rather murky with a logjam in the backfield.
Sony Michel - RBPosted 4/26/18 8:32pm ET
The New England Patriots selected Georgia RB Sony Michel with the 31st overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft Thursday, April 26.
Huddle Up: Michel likely will be a part of a committee at running back this season and should be involved in the running and passing game. He can be a No. 3 or No. 4 running back in standard leagues in 2018 and can be at least a No. 3 back in keeper leagues because he should be more involved in the coming years.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 4/24/18 3:32pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski announced Tuesday, April 24, that he will be playing in 2018, as expected.
Huddle Up: Not a big surprise, but there have been reports throughout the offseason that Gronk could retire. Since he is returning, he should be regarded as the No. 1 fantasy tight end, per usual.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 4/22/18 1:16pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and TE Rob Gronkowski are expected to return to the team in 2018 despite their absences from voluntary workouts this month, per a source with 'knowledge of the situation' according to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio.
Huddle Up: It's possible both men are making their displeasure of the team's decision to remove their trainer from the premises at Gillette Stadium, although neither Brady nor Gronkowski have confirmed that. The Patriots would be wise to target their successors in this week's draft, but the 40-year-old Brady has repeatedly said he hopes to play until he's 45. Gronkowski is more likely to retire sooner given how many injuries he has suffered in his career, but it still seems highly unlikely we've seen the last of him on the gridiron.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 4/21/18 10:31am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski indicated that he does not plan to participate in the upcoming voluntary workouts.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski still has not announced if he will play in 2018, but he probably will be on the field next season. He is one of the best fantasy options when he is healthy and likely will be selected in the first three rounds of all fantasy leagues.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 4/18/18 5:29am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady still hasn't committed to playing in 2018, but people close to him believe he'll be back, according to sources. He wants to spend more time with his family, and there are people around him who would rather see him retire, sources said.
Huddle Up: He'll be back and ready to go, and he'll be one of the first quarterbacks to target in fantasy.
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