New England Patriots

New England Patriots

AFC East

Rex Burkhead (undisclosed) missed practice Tuesday and Wednesday, making him unlikely to play in Friday's preseason game against the Lions, Mike Reiss of reports. (Source: Mike Reiss on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Burkhead looked impressive in the Patriots second preseason game against the Texans. The 27-year-old running back looked to be moving up the depth chart but this absence could hurt him. Right now with so many mouths to feed in the Patriots backfield, it's hard to see who will have the biggest fantasy impact this season.

Category: Injury Updates

Mike Gillislee was present for the start of Patriots practice on Tuesday, August 22nd. It's unclear how much he participated. (Source: Mike Reiss on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gillislee has been slowed by a hamstring injury all summer, and Patriots beat reporter Mike Reiss notes that a sense of urgency is picking up with just 16 days until the regular season opener. Rex Burkhead has looked great in relief of Gillislee. Both backs remain risky, high upside fantasy picks.

Rob Gronkowski saw action in the second preseason game playing two series and seeing no targets as the Patriots lost to the Texans on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: There was speculation that Gronkowski would sit out the game but he was out there for the start. It was Gronk's first preseason appearance since 2012. The fact that the 28-year-old TE was able to play means the Patriots must believe he is completely healthy which should be good news for fantasy owners.

Category: Game Recaps

Tom Brady completed six of nine passes for 67 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 27-23 preseason loss to the Texans.

Fantasy Impact: Brady looked sharp in his first preseason action. The 40-year-old QB is currently ranked second among quarterbacks in fantasy behind Aaron Rodgers. Brady should have a great season if he stays healthy with the amount of weapons he has.

Category: Game Recaps

Patriot TE Jacob Hollister caught seven passes for 116 yards in Thursday's 31-24 preseason loss to the Jaguars.

Fantasy Impact: Hollister a rookie free agent out of Wyoming got a chance to see plenty of action in the Patriots preseason opener and made the most of his opportunity. Right now the rookie TE is fifth of the depth chart and has a long way to go to make the team but he has been opening eyes and could be a surprise addition to the roster to open the season.

Category: Game Recaps

Jimmy Garoppolo completed 22-of-28 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns while adding a three-yard carry in Thursday's preseason opener against the Jaguars.

Fantasy Impact: With Tom Brady sitting the first game of the preseason, Garoppolo got plenty of time on the field playing into the third quarter. The 25-year-old QB looked good but is not going to be fantasy worthy this season as long as Brady is on the field.

Category: Game Recaps

Dion Lewis played into the second quarter on Thursday night versus the Jaguars, rushing seven times for 32 yards and catching four passes for 23 yards.

Fantasy Impact: It was a little surprising to see Lewis play so much tonight. On one hand it could be a sign that he's fighting for a roster spot. However, he certainly helped his cause by playing well. As far as fantasy goes he's nothing more than a late round flier.

Category: Game Recaps

Julian Edelman is not expected to play in Thursday's preseason opener against the Jaguars, the Boston Herald reports. (Source: Boston Herald)

Fantasy Impact: The is no need for Edelman to play in all the preseason games for the Patriots so sitting out the opener makes sense. The 31-year-old is coming off a 2016 season in which he caught 98 passes for 1,106 yards and three TDs in 16 games.

James White, along with Dion Lewis, was listed as one of the Patriots' two starting running backs in the team's latest depth chart. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Lewis being named a co-starter is the more surprising development here. White's epic Super Bowl performance will likely cause him to become over drafted in fantasy leagues this year, but he will still have a big role with the Patriots. The only problem is those breakout games will be tough to predict. White has even less fantasy value in standard, non-PPR formats.

Tom Brady has frequently looked to his tight end Dwayne Allen in the red zone at training camp, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports. (Source: Ben Volin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Allen has a chance to be a fantasy sleeper this season if the red zone trends continue into the regular season. The 27-year-old will be competing with plenty of weapons on the Patriots offense this year which could limit his production. But if fellow TE Rob Gronkowski struggles with injuries it could increase the appeal of picking up Allen in fantasy leagues.

According to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe, Brandin Cooks has been impressive throughout the offseason and has "put on a clinic" during joint practices with the Jaguars this week. (Source: Boston Herald)

Fantasy Impact: Cook's field-stretching ability adds an explosive element that the Patriots' passing attack and expect Tom Brady to look for him often this season. But the team also does not care about fantasy numbers so there will be weeks when Cooks is a decoy and players like Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski see all the targets. Cooks is worth an early round pick but will have some big weeks mixed in with some games with low production.

Andrew Hawkins is retiring

Tue, Jul 25th 2:33pm EDT
By Anthony Cervino

Uninterrupted is reporting New England Patriots wide receiver Andrew Hawkins has announced his retirement from the NFL. (Source: Uninterrupted on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Despite signing with the Patriots via free agency this offseason, Hawkins, formerly of the Browns, is retiring from the NFL. While playing six years in the league with the Bengals (2011-2013) and Browns (2014-2016), Hawkins accumulated 209 receptions for 2,419 yards receiving and nine touchdowns.

Category: Transactions

New England Patriots beat writer Mike Reiss believes wide receiver Danny Amendola is a "lock" to make the final 53-man roster for 2017. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Accompanying Amendola are Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell, Brandin Cooks and Matthew Slater as "locks" to make New England's crowded wide receiver depth chart for 2017 with Andrew Hawkins the likely odd man out. Coming off of a 2016 season in which he produced a 23-243-4 stat line while the only appearing in 12 games, Amendola is nothing more than a role player in the Patriots' offense in 2017 and moving forward. He'll hold little to no fantasy value in the upcoming season.

Category: Rumors

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the New England Patriots have placed the "seldom-used" May 9 tender on running back LeGarrette Blount. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Under the May 9 tender, Blount will be free to sign with another club until June 22. If he remains unsigned past that date, his rights for the 2017 season will belong to New England. However, if he does sign with a new team, his acquisition will affect the club's 2018 compensatory pick formula. Currently, Blount has no plans to sign the tender, per reports.

Category: Transactions

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the Minnesota Vikings and free agent wide receiver Michael Floyd have agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth "roughly" $1.5 million with incentives "up to" $6 million on Wednesday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Floyd signed a one-year deal with the Vikings Wednesday. The 27-year-old wideout will look to rejuvenate his stalled career after running into personal off the field issues in 2016, that ultimately led to his release from Arizona. In 15 games with the Cardinals and Patriots, Floyd produced career low numbers in receptions (37) and yards receiving (488), but still managed to score five touchdowns. He could easily enter the 2017 season as Minnesota's No. 3 receiver with a strong training camp and preseason as Laquon Treadwell is not a lock for the spot.

Category: Transactions

Malcolm Butler signs tender

Tue, Apr 18th 5:38pm EDT
By Anthony Cervino


New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler has signed his RFA tender on Tuesday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Butler finally signed his RFA Tuesday with the Patriots. However, there is no guarantee he will remain with the team for the upcoming season. Butler has been in the midst of trade rumors since March and the Saints may still be in the mix to acquire him. If Butler is indeed moved, expect the transaction to occur sooner rather than later with the NFL Draft approaching on April 27.

Category: Transactions

The New England Patriots have re-signed running back Brandon Bolden on Wednesday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bolden, who played his entire five-year career with the Patriots, re-signed with the club Wednesday. Although he played in 14 games last season, he only accumulated three total touches for 19 yards. He has zero fantasy value entering the 2017 campaign.

Category: Transactions

The Philadelphia Eagles and free agent defensive end Chris Long agreed to terms on a one-year deal Tuesday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Long, formerly of the Patriots and Rams, signed with the Eagles Tuesday. He will add depth to Philadelphia's defensive front seven and leadership on the field and in the locker room. The nine-year veteran accumulated 35 tackles and four sacks with the Super Bowl Champion Patriots last season.

Category: Transactions

The New England Patriots have waived running back Tyler Gaffney on Monday. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gaffney, who has never appeared in a regular-season game since being drafted 204th overall by New England in 2014, was waived by the Patriots Monday. He'll likely sign with another club this offseason and compete for a roster spot entering 2017. However, he is a prime candidate to land on a practice squad as well when its all said and done.

Category: Transactions

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the New England Patriots and linebacker Dont'a Hightower agreed to terms on a four-year deal worth $43.5 million that includes $19 million in guaranteed money. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Despite visiting with the Jets and Steelers, Hightower is returning to the Patriots in 2017 and moving forward. His four-year deal will tie him to the club until 2021. The five-year veteran is one of the cornerstones of New England's defense and would have been a tremendous loss if he left in free agency.

Category: Transactions