New England Patriots

New England Patriots

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Patriots placed RT Marcus Cannon on injured reserve with an ankle injury, ending his season. (Source: patriotswire on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cannon has been a key part of the offensive line but the Patriots have been able to effectively replace him. The veteran offensive lineman has been out since Week 8 and La'Adrian Waddle and Cameron Fleming have been filling in. This should have no impact on anyone for fantasy purposes.

Category: Injury Updates


Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports the Patriots consider WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee, injured reserve) unlikely to return this season. (Source: Jeff Howe on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With the signing of Kenny Britt on Tuesday, it means the Patriots were concerned about their wide receiver depth with Mitchell not being able to come back. If fantasy owners were holding onto Mitchell for the hope that he would return he can be dropped.

Category: Injury Updates


Rob Gronkowski's suspension was lifted Tuesday, but the Patriots now have a roster exemption for the tight end, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports. With the exemption at their disposal, the Patriots have until Saturday to release a player in order to open up a spot on the 53-man roster. (Source: Jeff Howe on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gronkowski will be needed on Sunday as the Patriots take on the Steelers. But it won't be an easy day for Gronk. Pittsburgh is allowing only 6.4 YPT and an NFL-low two touchdowns to tight ends this season. But expect the Patriots to get him involved and he is still a must-start in all leagues.


James White caught three passes for 11 yards and a touchdown on Monday night against the Dolphins. He did not receive a carry.

Fantasy Impact: White's role has continually decreased, as Rex Burkhead and Dion Lewis have become more integral in the Patriots' backfield. Absent incredibly deep leagues, White is not relevant for fantasy purposes.

Category: Game Recaps


Dion Lewis rushed five times for 17 yards and added five catches for 50 yards on Monday night against the Dolphins.

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots had almost no success running the ball on Monday, but all of their running backs were heavily involved in the passing game. Lewis hasn't been as involved in the red zone as Rex Burkhead recently, but he still mostly makes a low-end RB2. Lewis and the Patriots will take on the Steelers next weekend.

Category: Game Recaps


Rex Burkhead rushed five times for eight yards and scored a touchdown on Monday night against the Dolphins. He also caught five passes for 45 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Burkhead was one of the few bright spots for the Patriots on Monday, though his yards per carry on the ground were obviously lackluster. His heavy involvement in the red zone make him an RB2 most weeks, and he should fall there in next week's must-win matchup against the Steelers.

Category: Game Recaps


Stephen Gostkowski was two for two in field goal attempts and hit an extra point as the Patriots lost to the Dolphins in Week 14.

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots offense struggled in Week 14 and Gostkowski did not get the opportunities he typically does on game day. Expect a bigger game from the veteran kicker in Week 15 when the team faces the Steelers.

Category: Game Recaps


Dwayne Allen caught two passes on five targets for 10 yards as the Patriots lost to the Dolphins in Week 14.

Fantasy Impact: Allen saw a season-high in targets with Rob Gronkowski out with a suspension. But the veteran tight end did not do much with the extra work. With Gronk back in Week 15, Allen will go back to being invisible in the Patriots passing game and should be avoided in all fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Danny Amendola caught 6-of-9 targets for 76 yards in the Patriots' Week 14 loss to the Dolphins.

Fantasy Impact: Amendola had a team-high in catches as he helped fill in for the suspended Rob Gronkowski being the main target over the middle. With Gronk back in Week 15 and Chris Hogan back from injury expect Amendola to have a very limited role next week against the Steelers and should be avoided in fantasy.

Category: Game Recaps


Chris Hogan caught 1-of-5 targets for one yard in the Patriots Week 14 loss to the Dolphins.

Fantasy Impact: It was good to see Hogan back on the field after missing four games with a shoulder issue. But the veteran wide receiver did not do much in his return catching just the one pass. Expect a better result in Week 15 when the Patriots face the Steelers.

Category: Game Recaps


Brandin Cooks caught 1-of-7 targets for 38 yards in the Patriots' Week 14 loss to the Dolphins.

Fantasy Impact: Cooks had his worst game of the year as the Dolphins did a good job of taking him out of the offense. Fantasy owners may be concerned as Cooks has three catches over the last two contests. But expect the speedy wide receiver to have a bounce-back game against the porous Steelers defense in Week 15.

Category: Game Recaps


Tom Brady completed 24-of-43 passes for 233 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the Patriots' 27-20, Week 14 loss to the Dolphins.

Fantasy Impact: This was Brady's worst performance of the year as he struggled with the consistent pass rush of the Dolphins. Expect a bounce back from Brady and the team in Week 15 when the team plays the Steelers. Pittsburgh's defense has been struggling and Brady could be a top-five fantasy QB

Category: Game Recaps


The New England Patriots DST allowed just 3 points to the Buffalo Bills in Week 13, going on to win 23-3.

Fantasy Impact: Additionally, the unit totaled four sacks and an interception. Look for the defense to have another good fantasy performance in Week 14 versus the Miami Dolphins.

Category: Game Recaps


Mike Gillislee was a healthy scratch for the Patriots in Week 13 versus the Buffalo Bills.

Fantasy Impact: Gillislee does not need to be owned in fantasy leagues right now. He has been inactive all month.

Category: Game Recaps


Boston Globe writer Jim McBride is reporting the New England Patriots have placed TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder) on the injured reserve list. (Source: Jim McBride on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bennett's 2017 season is over. Dealing with a shoulder injury, he'll end a disappointing campaign with a 30-286-0 while sharing time in between Green Bay and New England. Dwayne Allen will resume his role as Rob Gronkowski's primary backup.

Category: Injury Updates


Phillip Dorsett caught his lone target for 39 yards in the Patriots' Week 12 win over the Dolphins.

Fantasy Impact: Dorsett made a nice deep connection with QB Tom Brady early in the game for 39 yards. But unfortunately, the 24-year-old wide receiver was not heard from again. With just seven catches on the season, Dorsett is not worth owning in fantasy.

Category: Game Recaps


Brian Hoyer came in during the fourth quarter and completed three passes on three attempts for 37 yards as the Patriots defeated the Broncos on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: In his first game back as a Patriot, Hoyer got to see some late-game action as the Patriots had a big lead. It won't be often we see the 32-year-old quarterback on the field for the team as Tom Brady obviously has a lock on the job.

Category: Game Recaps


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the New England Patriots have traded quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Franciso 49ers for a 2018 second round draft pick. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Stunning! Unexpectedly, Garoppolo was traded to San Francisco, who was expected to be in the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes this offseason. From a fantasy football perspective, the 49ers didn't deal for Garoppolo to have him sit behind C.J. Beathard, I believe he will play in the coming weeks once he is acclimated to Kyle Shanahan's system. However, his fantasy value will be at a minimum at the beginning at his tenure there since he is still a relatively unknown fantasy asset.

Category: Transactions


Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) won't play Sunday against the Chargers and could miss additional games, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports. (Source: Boston Herald)

Fantasy Impact: Hightower hurt his right shoulder making a tackle in Week 7 against the Falcons. This will be a big loss for the New England defense who looked great for the first time all year in the win against Atlanta. Kyle Van Noy should fill Hightower's role which will make him relevant in IDP fantasy leagues.

Category: Injury Updates


Devin McCourty logged a team-high 11 solo tackles against the Buccaneers on Thursday

Fantasy Impact: McCourty has become a must-own player in IDP fantasy leagues this season. The 30-year-old safety now has 42 tackles (37 solo) along with three passes defended on the year. McCourty has a good matchup in Week 6 when the Patriots face the Jets.

Category: Game Recaps