• Martellus Bennett - TE
    Posted 2/23/18 7:47am ET

    New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett wants to continue playing, and he's due a $2 million roster bonus March 14. His cap hit would be $6.2 million.

    Huddle Up: Bennett is little more than a bye-week replacement or a matchup play in fantasy.

  • Dion Lewis - RB
    Posted 2/19/18 8:33pm ET

    New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis ranked second in the NFL - among players who recorded at least 175 carries - with 4.44 yards gained after defenders closed within one yard of him in 2017, according to Next Gen Stats.

    Huddle Up: The impending free agent took on a heavy workload down the stretch once Mike Gillislee landed in the doghouse and Rex Burkhead got hurt, proving himself as a very capable every-down back. The Patriots surprisingly chose to back off of Lewis and give more work to James White down the stretch, but the former isn't going to lack for suitors on the open market if he makes it there. Almost regardless of where he lands, he should be a solid RB2 for fantasy purposes.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE
    Posted 2/17/18 6:37pm ET

    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski had been thinking about retirement 'long before' the loss in Super Bowl LII, according to Jeff Darlington of ESPN.com.

    Huddle Up: This is potentially bad news for anyone hoping Gronkowski was just having an emotional response to the Super Bowl loss. His future remains up in the air at this point, but he would remain the top fantasy tight end if he does play in 2018. The uncertainty could make him a buy-low candidate in dynasty leagues.

  • Dion Lewis - RB
    Posted 2/13/18 11:27am ET

    New England Patriots impending free-agent RB Dion Lewis may be pursued by the Detroit Lions if he does enter free agency, according to The Boston Globe's Ben Volin.

    Huddle Up: Ameer Abdullah hasn't been getting it done in Detroit and Theo Riddick is primarily used as a pass-catcher. The Lions need someone else to pick up the slack in the backfield. Lewis is coming off a pleasantly surprising year and obviously has a connection with current Lions head coach Matt Patricia, the former defensive coordinator of the Patriots. He would be sharing time with the aforementioned Abdullah and Riddick, but Lewis would stand to be Detroit's biggest running threat if this move were to come to fruition.

  • Brandin Cooks - WR
    Posted 2/11/18 9:23am ET

    New England Patriots WR Brandin Cooks (head) is encouraged by how he has felt since suffering a head injury during Super Bowl LII, according to people close to him.

    Huddle Up: Cooks should be able to participate in offseason workouts if he does not suffer any setbacks. He posted solid numbers in his first season with the Patriots and should be a top-three receiver for the team next season. He can be a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver in all fantasy leagues in 2018.

  • Brandin Cooks - WR
    Posted 2/10/18 6:24pm ET

    New England Patriots WR Brandin Cooks wants to remain with the team, and Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald believes Cooks could offered an extension to lower his $8.459 million cap hit in 2018.

    Huddle Up: Cooks was a bit boom or bust in 2017 as part of New England offense loaded with weapons, but he should still be considered a WR2 moving forward.

  • Dion Lewis - RB
    Posted 2/10/18 6:52pm ET

    New England Patriots impending free-agent RB Dion Lewis plans to test the market unless he is offered around $10 million guaranteed as part of a three-year deal, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, and Howe said the 'early vibe' is that Lewis won't be back with the Patriots in 2018.

    Huddle Up: Lewis has had issues staying healthy, and it remains to be seen if he can be productive outside of New England's system. He'll be worth rostering in 2018, but his value could vary wildly depending on where he ends up.

  • Julian Edelman - WR
    Posted 2/9/18 11:37am ET

    New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

    Huddle Up: Owners should monitor Edelman's status during the season to see if he suffers any setbacks. He probably will be the main target in the passing game next season and can be a No. 2 or No. 3 fantasy receiver.

  • Martellus Bennett - TE
    Posted 2/9/18 11:25am ET

    New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett is scheduled to receive a $2 million roster bonus March 14. The team would save $6.2 million in salary cap space if they release Bennett.

    Huddle Up: Bennett's future with the team may depend on what Rob Gronkowski decides regarding retirement. Bennett is a solid tight end when he is healthy and could start for a team in 2018 if he becomes a free agent. He can be at least a No. 2 fantasy tight end and could be a starter depending on his role.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE
    Posted 2/8/18 8:53pm ET

    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski's thoughts about retirement ever since the club's loss in Super Bowl 52 on Sunday, Feb. 4, against the Philadelphia Eagles are 'real,' according to Albert Breer of SI.com. Gronkowski has been responsible with his finances, putting away most of his football money and living largely off his endorsement cash, and he's taken an 'absolute beating' physically.

    Huddle Up: While many would be shocked to see Gronk leave the game while still in his prime, he certainly wouldn't be the first superstar-caliber player to opt for retirement at such a golden point in his career, with Calvin Johnson and Patrick Willis being two recent examples. He has plenty of time to think about it, though, with the offseason only just getting started. The 28-year-old would remain the league's No. 1 tight end if he decides to keep playing.

  • Tom Brady - QB
    Posted 2/5/18 12:18pm ET

    New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 500 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in a loss ? regular season or postseason.

    Huddle Up: Brady did his part in the Patriots' 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII. He diced up Philly's defense even without Brandin Cooks and, obviously, Julian Edelman. Brady has already said he wants to keep playing and deserves to be in the conversation for No. 1 fantasy quarterback in 2018.

  • Tom Brady - QB
    Posted 2/5/18 9:36pm ET

    New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and TE Rob Gronkowski have now connected for 12 touchdown passes in playoff games after Brady hooked up with Gronkowski twice in Super Bowl 52 against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Feb. 4. That ties them up with retired QB Joe Montana and WR Jerry Rice for the most touchdowns by a quarterback-receiver duo in NFL postseason history.

    Huddle Up: No surprise here given New England's prolific history in the playoffs. Brady has already said he'll be back in 2018 and should retain his spot at the top of the quarterback food chain. Gronkowski is in the same boat as it regards NFL tight ends going into next season.

  • Tom Brady - QB
    Posted 2/4/18 9:55am ET

    New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is expected to play next season but is scheduled to meet with head coach Bill Belichick this week to work out any issues between the two.

    Huddle Up: Brady has indicated that he wants to play several more seasons, so owners should expect him to the Patriots starter in 2018. He continues to be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and should be a No. 1 fantasy quarterback.

  • Tom Brady - QB
    Posted 2/4/18 1:46pm ET

    New England Patriots QB Tom Brady said he will play in 2018 no matter if the Patriots win or lose Super Bowl LII.

    Huddle Up: Brady has said he wants to play several more seasons and has been a consistent fantasy option for most of his career. He will be a No. 1 fantasy quarterback in all leagues in 2018.

  • Tom Brady - QB
    Posted 2/4/18 7:24pm ET

    New England Patriots QB Tom Brady set a Super Bowl record by throwing for 505 yards in a 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Feb. 4. He completed 28 of his 47 pass attempts and threw three touchdowns.

    Huddle Up: Brady and company came up short, but he capped his MVP season with another huge stat line. He has already announced he plans to play in 2018, and he'll be a QB1 in all formats.

  • Danny Amendola - WR
    Posted 2/4/18 7:32pm ET

    New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola caught eight of his 11 targets for 152 yards in a 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII, and he caught 26 passes for 348 yards in three games this postseason.

    Huddle Up: Amendola only had 659 receiving yards all year, but he was a force throughout the playoffs. He's scheduled to be a free agent this offseason, and his history suggests he'll be a depth option, at best, for fantasy owners no matter where he ends up.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE
    Posted 2/4/18 8:00pm ET

    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski caught nine passes on 15 targets for 116 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII.

    Huddle Up: A dominant performance from Gronkowski wasn't enough for the Patriots. Injuries are always a concern for fantasy owners, but his upside is unmatched at the tight end position.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE
    Posted 2/4/18 8:43pm ET

    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski said he is going to take a look at his future, following a 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII. 'I'm going to sit down the next couple of weeks, see where I'm at,' Gronkowski said.

    Huddle Up: The sting of a tough loss could have played a role in his comments, but it is a situation worth monitoring in the coming weeks. Gronkowski has dealt with a variety of injuries over his career, but when he's on the field, he's the top tight end in the game.

  • Tom Brady - QB
    Posted 2/3/18 6:29pm ET

    New England Patriots QB Tom Brady was named the 2017 Most Valuable Player by the Associated Press Saturday, Feb. 3. It was the third time he has received MVP honors, tying him for the second most in NFL history.

    Huddle Up: Brady finished in the top five in just about every important statistical category in 2017, leading the NFL in passing yards. Unless he decides to retire, you can pencil Brady in for another year of QB1 production in 2018.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE
    Posted 2/2/18 1:22pm ET

    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (concussion) fully participated in practice Friday, Feb. 2, and has been removed from the injury report for Super Bowl LII.

    Huddle Up: Gronkowski should receive his normal workload against the Philadelphia Eagles after clearing the concussion protocol. Gronkowski should be a No. 1 fantasy tight end in all leagues next season despite his injury history.

  • Tom Brady - QB
    Posted 2/1/18 10:27am ET

    New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and company will be playing in a dome for Super Bowl LII, which is the Minnesota Vikings' U.S. Bank Stadium. Brady has posted an 11-2 record while averaging 265.9 yards and 2.2 touchdowns in 13 career dome games.

    Huddle Up: The Super Bowl is a different animal altogether, but indoor stadiums don't bother Brady. He faces a big challenge in one of the best defenses, and pass rushes, in the NFL in the Philadelphia Eagles, but Brady has seen it all at this point in his career. He's no stranger to the spectacle. There will be questions and rumors about retirement if the 40-year-old Brady wins another Super Bowl, but he has already said he wants to play more. Assuming good health, view him as a top-tier No. 1 fantasy quarterback in 2018.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE
    Posted 2/1/18 1:11pm ET

    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (concussion) has cleared the concussion protocol and will be able to play in Super Bowl LII.

    Huddle Up: Gronkowski should be a main part of the passing game against the Philadelphia Eagles as long as he does not suffer a setback. Gronkowski will be a No. 1 tight end in all fantasy leagues in 2018 and could be the first tight end taken in drafts.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE
    Posted 2/1/18 2:29pm ET

    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (concussion) fully participated in practice Thursday, Feb. 1.

    Huddle Up: Gronkowski will play in Super Bowl LII after going through the concussion protocol. He should be considered a No. 1 fantasy tight end whenever he is on the field.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE
    Posted 1/31/18 5:14am ET

    Updating previous reports, New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (concussion) is hoping to be cleared from the concussion protocol Wednesday, Jan. 31. He re-iterated he will play in the Super Bowl.

    Huddle Up: Gronk is the best tight end left in playoff pools, but Zach Ertz isn't too far behind to select at a reduced salary in DFS. Gronkowski is expected to see a lot of attention from the Philadelphia Eagles' defense, and the injury risk could make Ertz an attractive play.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE
    Posted 1/31/18 1:42pm ET

    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (concussion) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Jan. 31.

    Huddle Up: Gronkowski is expected to be good to go for the Super Bowl when he is cleared from the concussion protocol. He has had two weeks to recover from said concussion and should return as an integral part of the Patriots offense. As for 2018, he's the No. 1 fantasy tight end assuming he is fully healthy.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE
    Posted 1/31/18 2:16pm ET

    Updating previous reports, New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (concussion) is still in the concussion protocol and has not been cleared to play at this point, according to head coach Bill Belichick.

    Huddle Up: Gronkowski still have a few days to be cleared by doctors, so he still has a good chance to play in Super Bowl LII. He is one of the top tight ends in fantasy leagues despite his injury history and will be a must-start option in leagues next season.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE
    Posted 1/29/18 5:12am ET

    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (concussion) remains in the concussion protocol Monday, Jan. 29, and he's not expected to take part in media sessions for the opening night of the Super Bowl.

    Huddle Up: He's still expected to be ready to face the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl and will be a TE1 whenever healthy.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE
    Posted 1/29/18 12:14pm ET

    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (concussion) is expected to clear the concussion protocol in time to play in the SuperBowl, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.

    Huddle Up: Gronk has had nearly two weeks to recover from the concussion he sustained in the AFC Championship. It would be a surprise if he had to sit out unless he suffers a setback. He remains the No. 1 fantasy tight end heading into the offseason.

  • Tom Brady - QB
    Posted 1/28/18 9:08am ET

    New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (hand) had the stitches in his throwing hand removed earlier this week, according to sources.

    Huddle Up: Brady could be on the injury report this week leading up to Super Bowl LII, but he will be able to play. He should be considered a No. 1 fantasy quarterback next season.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE
    Posted 1/28/18 9:36am ET

    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (concussion) is participating in practice Sunday, Jan. 28.

    Huddle Up: Gronkowski appears to be on track to play in Super Bowl LII but needs to be cleared by doctors before the game. He is one of the best tight ends in the NFL and should be a No. 1 tight end in all fantasy leagues in 2018.

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