• Mike Gillislee - RB
    Posted 8/19/17 11:57am ET

    New England Patriots RB Mike Gillislee (hamstring) is not expected to play in the preseason game against the Houston Texans Saturday, Aug. 19.

    Huddle Up: Gillislee has missed most of training camp because of his hamstring injury and there is no timetable to return. He is expected to receive most of the carries when he is healthy but will also share playing time with other running backs on the roster. He could be a No. 2 running back or flex option if he is ready for the season.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE
    Posted 8/19/17 7:09pm ET

    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski made his first appearance in a preseason game since 2012, playing 15 of the first 17 offensive snaps but failing to make a catch against the Houston Texans Saturday, Aug. 19.

    Huddle Up: Don't worry about Gronkowski being held without a catch. As long as he is healthy heading into the season, he is the top fantasy option at his position.

  • Tom Brady - QB
    Posted 8/19/17 9:29pm ET

    New England Patriots QB Tom Brady completed six of his nine passing attempts for 67 yards and a touchdown in 27-23 loss to the Houston Texans in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 19.

    Huddle Up: It's not surprise that Brady was already locked in. He will be at the helm of a loaded offense this season and should be treated as a QB1 in all formats.

  • Rex Burkhead - RB
    Posted 8/19/17 9:39pm ET

    New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead worked with the starters in a 27-23 loss to the Houston Texans in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 19, finishing with seven carries for 20 yards and three catches for 50 yards and a touchdown.

    Huddle Up: With Mike Gillislee sidelined, it was Burkhead who was thrust into a major role. Even if Gillislee is ready for the start of the year, Burkhead is worth grabbing as a RB5 in case injury or Bill Belichick's fickle nature puts him in a featured role.

  • Tom Brady - QB
    Posted 8/18/17 2:43pm ET

    New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is expected to play in the preseason game against the Houston Texans Saturday, Aug. 19, according to a source.

    Huddle Up: Brady probably will only play a few series during the game but wants to prepare for the regular season. He has one of the best group of pass catchers in the NFL and will be a No. 1 quarterback in all fantasy leagues.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE
    Posted 8/18/17 2:48pm ET

    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski probably will not play in the preseason game against the Houston Texans Saturday, Aug. 19, according to a source.

    Huddle Up: Gronkowski has struggled with injuries over the last few years and probably will not play until the regular season. He is a risky option because of his injury history but is a No. 1 tight end when he is healthy.

  • Mike Gillislee - RB
    Posted 8/16/17 3:43pm ET

    New York England RB Mike Gillislee (hamstring) did not travel with the team for their joint practices with the Houston Texans.

    Huddle Up: Gillislee has missed a lot of practice time since the start of training camp because of his injury and there is no timetable for his return. He was expected to have a role similar to LeGarrette Blount had last season, but he may have a smaller role in the offense if he does not return soon. He has a chance to be a No. 2 running back or a flex option if he receives most of the carries.

  • Brandin Cooks - WR
    Posted 8/9/17 9:14am ET

    New England Patriots WR Brandin Cooks has been impressive throughout the offseason, and he has put on 'a clinic' against the Jacksonville Jaguars during two days of joint practices at Gillette Stadium.

    Huddle Up: The narrative surrounding Cooks since he arrived from New Orleans via trade this spring was he was a one-trick pony who would get swallowed up into the Patriots' spread-the-wealth passing game and be highly inconsistent as a result. Cooks is anything but a one-trick pony and has 10-touchdown upside in an offense that has lacked his big-play ability. All in all, he should be considered a top-10 receiver and a value pick if he last until the third round in fantasy drafts.

  • Mike Gillislee - RB
    Posted 8/9/17 10:58am ET

    New England Patriots RB Mike Gillislee (hamstring) has been 'locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days,' according to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe. Gillislee also reportedly dealt with a similar issue during OTAs.

    Huddle Up: All aboard the Rex Burkhead train. Gillislee has been considered the favorite for the LeGarrette Blount big-back role in this offense from the moment he signed with the Patriots, but head coach Bill Belichick has a long history of 'next man up' and will not be afraid to promote Burkhead if Gillislee cannot stake his claim to the job. Ideally, owners will have an opportunity to watch this play out some more, but early drafters would be wise to use a late-round pick on Burkhead and bump Gillislee down a bit.

  • Brandin Cooks - WR
    Posted 8/9/17 1:56pm ET

    New England Patriots QB Tom Brady, TE Rob Gronkowski and WR Brandin Cooks are not expected to play in the Patriots' first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 10, according to sources.

    Huddle Up: This shouldn't come as a shock to any. Playing stars simply isn't worth the risk early on in the preseason. This will have no impact on their respective fantasy values. As you were.

  • Dion Lewis - RB
    Posted 8/9/17 2:38pm ET

    New England Patriots RBs James White and Dion Lewis are listed as co-starters on the Patriots' initial depth chart.

    Huddle Up: Take this one with a grain of salt, a sizable grain of salt. The Patriots backfield is stacked, but White and Lewis are both passing-down, change-of-pace backs. Mike Gillislee is expected to be the actual runner, particularly in goal-line and short-yardage situations.

  • Tom Brady - QB
    Posted 8/7/17 2:51pm ET

    New England Patriots QB Tom Brady said he has been working with WR Brandin Cooks during training camp so they can work on building a better chemistry.

    Huddle Up: The Patriots added Cooks this offseason, and he should be a big part of the passing game this season. He has posted at least 1,100 yards in each of the last two seasons and has 17 touchdowns during that span. Cooks should be considered a solid No. 2 receiver in all fantasy leagues. Brady will have plenty of weapons to work with and will be No. 1 quarterback in all leagues.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE
    Posted 8/3/17 5:47am ET

    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has hired QB Tom Brady's personal trainer, Alex Guerrero, and has adopted Brady's workout and diet plan. 'I look at (Brady) and he turns 40 tomorrow and he runs around like he's younger than me. So it's pretty obvious right there,? Gronkowski said after practice Wednesday, Aug. 2, while acknowledging his body already feels different.

    Huddle Up: The article also suggests that the team could adjust the high-risk seam routes that Gronk and Brady have made their bread and butter. Gronk has had several back surgeries, forearm surgeries and reconstructive knee surgery at 28. The clock could be ticking on his stranglehold as the No. 1 tight end in fantasy, but this light bulb going off in him is a good sign for his longevity.

  • Chris Hogan - WR
    Posted 8/2/17 8:10am ET

    New England Patriots WR Chris Hogan (knee) left practice Wednesday, Aug. 2, and was having his knee examined by a trainer.

    Huddle Up: Hogan could be a WR3 on a different team, but he'll be a matchup play WR5 if his knee checks out.

  • Chris Hogan - WR
    Posted 8/2/17 5:39pm ET

    Updating a previous report, New England Patriots WR Chris Hogan (knee) said he expects to be fine after suffering a knee injury during practice Wednesday, Aug. 2.

    Huddle Up: Hogan may miss a day or two of practice, but his injury does not appear to be serious. He is coming off a successful 2016 season where he posted 680 yards and four touchdowns. He should have a solid role in the passing game this season and could be a No. 4 or No. 5 receiver for fantasy owners.

  • Mike Gillislee - RB
    Posted 7/29/17 9:24am ET

    New England Patriots RB Mike Gillislee handled the first carry at the goal line at practice Saturday, July 29, and appears to be the 'top candidate' to replace LeGarrette Blount as the big back in the Patriots' offense, according to ESPN.com's Mike Reiss.

    Huddle Up: Gillislee has been the favorite to fill Blount's old role from the moment he arrived in New England. For a team expected to be a juggernaut on offense and play with the lead in just about every game, that role should net Gillislee a lot of work at the goal line and in four-minute drills if he can take the job. Although Blount's franchise-record 18 touchdowns a season ago may be asking too much, rushing for 1,000-plus yards and 10 to 12 scores is not. He should be a solid RB2 option in all leagues.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE
    Posted 7/27/17 9:02am ET

    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) has no limitations as training camp opens, according to head coach Bill Belichick.

    Huddle Up: Gronk has the most upside at the position in fantasy, but he also carries enormous injury risk. Equip yourself with an upside pick as his backup if you make the leap.

  • Dwayne Allen - TE
    Posted 7/13/17 7:18am ET

    New England Patriots TE Dwayne Allen isn't considered a lock to make the team, in the opinion of beat writer Mike Reiss.

    Huddle Up: Allen had a 35-406-6 line last year, and he caught eight touchdowns in 29 receptions in 2014. With so many options to throw to in New England, Allen is a very risky TE2.

  • Mike Gillislee - RB
    Posted 7/12/17 3:30pm ET

    New England Patriots RB Mike Gillislee (undisclosed) dealt with an undisclosed injury during offseason workouts, but running backs coach Ivan Fears said it did not appear to be a long-term issue.

    Huddle Up: Owners will need to check on Gillislee's status once training camp starts, but he probably will be fine for the start of the season. He is expected to take over the role that LeGarrette Blount had last season, which should help his fantasy value. He will have to share touches with other running backs during the season but could be a No. 3 running back in fantasy leagues.

  • Dion Lewis - RB
    Posted 7/12/17 2:59pm ET

    The New England Patriots could consider limiting RB Dion Lewis' regular season snaps in order to keep him healthy for all 16 games, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss.

    Huddle Up: Lewis should be part of a committee at running back this season and probably will be used as a change of pace back. He was limited to 298 rushing yards and 94 receiving yards in 2016 because he only played in seven games. Owners in most leagues can consider Lewis a late-round option that could be used as a flex option against certain opponents.

  • Julian Edelman - WR
    Posted 7/12/17 7:27pm ET

    New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman had the highest target percentage from the slot of any wide receiver in the NFL during the 2016 season. He was targeted 29.1 percent of the time when he lined up in the slot, while retired WR Steve Smith (28 percent) and Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree (26.7 percent) finished second and third, respectively.

    Huddle Up: This shouldn't be too much of a surprise, as Edelman has always been one of Tom Brady's favorite weapons throughout his career. That figures to continue in 2017, as despite entering his age-31 season, the eight-year veteran continues to be as productive as any wide-out in the league. Even with Brandin Cooks joining the receiving corps, it looks like Edelman can be trusted again as a high-end receiver.

  • Mike Gillislee - RB
    Posted 7/4/17 7:52am ET

    New England Patriots RB Mike Gillislee is the most likely back to fill the void left by RB LeGarrette Blount's departure, in the opinion of beat writer Mike Reiss.

    Huddle Up: Gillislee has rushed for 5.7 yards per carry in each of the last two seasons in limited work. He'll be a matchup play, but he could be a sneaky RB3 against weaker defenses.

  • Brandin Cooks - WR
    Posted 6/20/17 4:49pm ET

    New England Patriots WR Brandin Cooks has already impressed head coach Bill Belichick. 'Brandin's worked hard. Definitely, he has some skill. A transition for him [from the Saints]; he's working hard to make it,' Belichick said. Belichick said Cooks is able to do multiple things for the Patriots and they'll have to see how those tools translate at training camp.

    Huddle Up: Cooks, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski, among others, give Tom Brady a versatile and formidable group of pass-catchers. Cooks may not be as involved with the Patriots, but he'll still play an integral role. As such, he should part of the WR2 conversation for fantasy purposes.

  • Malcolm Mitchell - WR
    Posted 6/18/17 12:49pm ET

    New England Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell was kept on the sideline throughout spring practices by design. According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, the Patriots are subscribing to a 'less is more' approach with the second-year wideout and doing what they can to help sustain him for the long haul given his extensive history with knee injuries.

    Huddle Up: Mitchell was a pleasant surprise as a fourth-round rookie in 2016, but he figures to be reduced to more of a specialty role as a sophomore after New England added Brandin Cooks to a receiver corps that already boasts Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan. As such, Mitchell will have a hard time being fantasy-relevant this season barring a rash of injuries in front of him on the depth chart.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE
    Posted 6/16/17 7:23am ET

    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) has been a full participant in practice and hasn't missed a practice this offseason.

    Huddle Up: That's a great sign for Gronk, but the number of injuries is piling up on his 28-year-old body. The tight end fray is starting to catch up to him, and the risk associated with taking him so high in drafts may not be worth it anymore. The team is also loaded with receivers and running backs that catch the ball. He's still an elite TE1, if not still the best at the position, but the risk is glaring.

  • Tom Brady - QB
    Posted 6/16/17 7:16am ET

    New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has showcased the same arm strength he has for most of his career in offseason workouts.

    Huddle Up: Brady is turning 40, but there is little reason to believe a downswing is coming. He is more loaded at the skill positions than he has ever been, and he's an elite QB1 option.

  • Chris Hogan - WR
    Posted 6/16/17 7:16am ET

    New England Patriots WR Chris Hogan has been lining up with WR Brandin Cooks and WR Julian Edelman in three-wide receiver sets.

    Huddle Up: Hogan had a modest 38-680-4 line on the season, but he had some big performances in spots. Hogan isn't someone to lean on consistently, but he can be a matchup beast as a WR5.

  • Julian Edelman - WR
    Posted 6/9/17 5:46am ET

    Updating previous reports, New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman can earn a maximum of $19 million with his two-year extension. He received a $5 million signing bonus, a $3 million salary in 2017 with a $750,000 roster bonus ($46,875 per game), a $250,000 workout bonus and $500,000 in incentives. In 2018, his $2 million base salary is fully guaranteed with a $500,000 workout bonus, $500,000 roster bonus and $500,000 in incentives. In 2019, his $2 million salary is guaranteed for injury with a $500,000 workout bonus, $500,000 roster bonus and $3.5 million in incentives.

    Huddle Up: As strange as it may seem, Edelman's 1,106 yards were a career high last season. He also had 98 grabs but only three touchdowns. At 31, his name value may carry more weight than in fantasy as he has only had two 1,000-yard seasons. His playstyle doesn't help him, either, as he doesn't shy away from hits in the slot. He's still in the WR2 discussion, but there are options with more upside.

  • Brandin Cooks - WR
    Posted 6/9/17 8:23am ET

    New England Patriots WR Brandin Cooks is lining up everywhere on the field for the team, and he caught a team-high eight passes during a three-day minicamp this week. Cooks finishes every single route, regardless of how quickly the ball is delivered, and he flashes his hands at the end of the route to simulate the timing of the throw, according to S Devin McCourty.

    Huddle Up: Cooks is a weapon, but it's hard to envision him harnessing his WR1 potential with so many other weapons in this offense. Cooks is at-best a WR2 in fantasy.

  • Julian Edelman - WR
    Posted 6/8/17 11:49am ET

    New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman's contract extension talks are moving forward and an agreement should be made in the next day or so, according to sources.

    Huddle Up: Edelman is entering a contract year, so it's no surprise that an extension would get done this offseason. He's the Patriots' most consistent wide receiver and deserves low-end WR1 to high-end WR2 consideration in PPR formats.

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