New England Patriots
Wed, May 5th 11:50am EDT
By Brendan Tuma
Mike Reiss of ESPN believes that Patriots fourth-round RB Rhamondre Stevenson could threaten Sony Michel's roster spot. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Stevenson is more likely to play on special teams, which is a huge negative for Michel. New England recently declined Michel's fifth-year option, which further clouds his future with the team. Damien Harris remains the Patriots RB to roster in fantasy this season, but Stevenson could become a late-round option if Michel is indeed released.
Wide receiver Damiere Byrd signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Byrd is coming off the best year of his career with the Patriots where he hauled in 47 catches for 604 yards and one touchdown. He joins a relatively thin Bears wide receiver core where he could see some immediate opportunity as the No. 3 or No. 4 wide receiver in Chicago.
Mon, May 3rd 3:29pm EDT
By Brad Camara
The New England Patriots have picked up the fifth-year option for OL Isaiah Wynn. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Wynn is now guaranteed a salary of $10.413 million and will remain in New England for the next two seasons. The No.23 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft has started in every game he’s played (18) over the last two seasons. He’s missed time over the years due to injuries. Wynn is expected to serve as the Patriots starting LT and his presence only helps rookie QB Mac Jones and New England’s offense.
Mon, May 3rd 2:50pm EDT
By Brad Camara
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that the Patriots are expected to decline the fifth-year option for RB Sony Michel. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Michel would have been guaranteed $4.523 million if his fifth-year option was exercised. The Patriots currently have Damien Harris, James White, Brandon Bolden, JJ Taylor, and rookie Rhamondre Stevenson on the running back depth chart. The 26-year-old RB logged 79 carries for 449 rushing yards and one touchdown while also hauling in seven receptions for receiving 114 yards and one touchdown across nine games for the Patriots in 2020. Michel has a lengthy injury history and missed six games last season due to a quad issue. With the emergence of RB Damien Harris (5.0 YPC) and plenty of other options to turn to in the backfield, the Patriots could move on from Michel altogether.
Fri, Apr 30th 10:47am EDT
By Brendan Tuma
Patriots coach Bill Belichick says Cam Newton remains the team's starting quarterback despite the first-round selection of Alabama QB Mac Jones. (Source: Mike Reiss on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: “Cam’s our quarterback," Belichick said. "Whatever time Jarrett (Stidham) or Mac are ready to challenge and compete, then we’ll see how that goes.” It wasn't like Belichick was going to name Jones the starter right away, so this quote shouldn't surprise anyone. It's extremely likely that the first-round rookie starts games in 2021, but perhaps Newton still opens the year as New England's starter. Unless he plays exceptionally well and the Patriots are winning games, the passing of the torch should happen in due time.
The New York Giants hosted Jason McCourty Friday, according to Ian Rapoport, and are exploring a possible move in the future. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: McCourty totaled 30 tackles and three passes defensed last season. He'll be 34 at the start of next season.
Fri, Apr 16th 12:27pm EDT
By Luke Sawhook
Patriots corner J.C. Jackson has officially signed his second round tender, meaning no offer sheet. However, teams can still offer picks to create a trade. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: It will be interesting to see how this situation with Jackson and the Patriots unfolds. Rapoport compared this to the situation that unfolded with Malcom Butler and the Patriots a few years ago. Keep an eye on trade rumors with Jackson involved.
Mon, Apr 12th 5:38pm EDT
By Kyle Williams
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Patriots WR Julian Edelman has announced his retirement. (Source: Ian Rapoport)
Fantasy Impact: After 12 seasons in the NFL, Patriots WR Julian Edelman has announced his retirement. A knee injury kept the veteran WR out of 2020 entirely and will now force him to retire.
Sun, Apr 4th 8:51am EDT
By Brendan Tuma
Zack Cox of NESN writes that it "remains to be seen" whether RB Rex Burkhead will be back with the Patriots. (Source: NESN)
Fantasy Impact: Burkhead underwent knee surgery in December but has already been cleared for agility drills. New England recently re-signed James White and they still have Damien Harris and Sony Michel on the roster, which makes it seem like a long shot that Burkhead returns as well.
Wed, Mar 24th 12:30pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Patriots are officially re-signing RB James White to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Jeremy Fowler of ESPN had reported earlier today that the deal would become official and now it has. White should return to his usual passing game role in New England. It's fair to wonder how much fantasy upside he has with Cam Newton at quarterback, though. Damien Harris and Sony Michel should continue splitting the load on early downs, which means White is only a factor in deep PPR formats entering the summer.
Wed, Mar 24th 8:52am EDT
By Andersen Pickard
The Washington Football Team is reportedly "monitoring" wide receiver N'Keal Harry. (Source: ESPN.com)
Fantasy Impact: New England has a deep receiver room and was reportedly fielding calls on the former first-round pick during the opening week of free agency. However, Keim speculates that New England might be looking for at least a fourth-round pick in return. Harry, an Arizona State product, has appeared in 21 games (14 starts) over the past two seasons, catching just 45 passes for 414 yards and four touchdowns. The signing of Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne coupled with Jakobi Meyers's emergence and Julian Edelman's return could make Harry expendable. It remains to be seen how much trade progress has been made, but it's a situation worth monitoring as the NFL Draft approaches.
Per Field Yates of ESPN, the Dolphins are bringing in former Patriots DL Lawrence Guy for a visit. (Source: Field Yates)
Fantasy Impact: After spending the past four seasons and winning a SuperBowl along with being named a part of the Patriots All-Decade team the free agent lineman is now scheduled to visit with the Dolphins. Miami currently boasts one of the largest depth charts at DL which is a bit confusing on why Guy is headed for a visit.
Thu, Mar 18th 11:15pm EDT
By Jon Mathisen
Free agent center David Andrews is finalizing a four-year deal to return to the New England Patriots, according to Field Yates. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Andrews, who has spent his entire career in New England, opted to test free agency prior to re-signing with the Pats. This move should benefit both sides as Andrews is a team captain and one of the respected players in the locker room, per Yates. He'll help shore up New England's offensive line, which just lost stud guard Joe Thuney to the Chiefs in free agency.
The Texans are signing WR Donte Moncrief. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Moncrief is a former third-round pick who mostly plays on special teams at this point in his career. He spent 2020 in New England but failed to make an impact, and he'll remain off the fantasy radar heading into 2021.
Nick Folk is re-signing with the Patriots on a one-year, $1.225 million deal, according to Field Yates. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Folk, K18 last season, made 26-of-28 (92.9%) field goals and 30-of-33 (90.9%) extra point attempts. He ranked sixth-best at his position in accuracy, which included a perfect 13-of-13 on field goals under 40 yards.
The Patriots traded TE Ryan Izzo to the Texans in exchange for a seventh-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Izzo started 12 games for the Patriots in 2020 before being placed on injured reserve with a neck injury. He hauled in 13 catches for 199 yards with New England last season. Izzo will provide the Texans depth at tight end, but has little to no fantasy value in 2021.
Thu, Mar 18th 10:03am EDT
By Brendan Tuma
Patriots safety Patrick Chung has announced his retirement from the NFL. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Chung won three Super Bowls with the Patriots as a valuable and versatile defender for Bill Belichick. The 33-year-old was a second-round draft choice back in 2009.
The New England Patriots have released wide receiver Marqise Lee, according to ESPN NFL insider Field Yates. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Lee opted out of the 2020 season and played in just six games for the Jaguars in 2019 after tearing his ACL in 2018. He reportedly intends to play in 2021 but hasn't been a productive wide receiver in the NFL since 2017 and turns 30 in November. With a deep wide receiver class in this year's NFL Draft and the wide receiver market already moving slowly in free agency, Lee isn't likely to find an abundance of suitors on the open market.
Wed, Mar 17th 1:50pm EDT
By Avram Avramov
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Dolphins have signed DT Adam Butler to a two-year deal. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The Dolphins continue to load up on former New England Patriot defenders as this time it's Butler who joins Miami on a two-year deal, reportedly worth up to $9.5M. Head coach Brian Flores spent three years with Butler, 26-years old, while in New England. In 2020, Butler had 34 total tackles and four sacks.
Mon, Mar 15th 7:28pm EDT
By Jon Mathisen
Free agent safety Terrence Brooks has agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal with the Houston Texas. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The former New England Patriot totaled 21 tackles across 14 games last season. Brooks has four career interceptions but primarily played on special teams for the Pats. He could see an increased role with the Texans.