New England Patriots

AFC East

Julian Edelman and the Patriots have agreed to terms on a two-year, $18 million extension. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The deal includes $12 million guaranteed and an $8 million signing bonus. About to turn 33, Edelman was fantastic in his first year back from ACL surgery in 2018. The veteran slot receiver hauled in 74 receptions for 850 yards and six TDs. He then went on to win Super Bowl MVP. It's likely he finishes his career with the Patriots now.

Category: Transactions

Rob Gronkowski announced on Instragram Sunday that he is retiring. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This doesn't come as a huge surprise as Gronkowski has been considering retirement since last off-season. Despite hanging up his cleats before his 30th birthday, Gronk will still go down as the best tight-end of all time, or at least the most dominant. The 2010 second-round draft pick finishes his career with 521 catches, 7861 receiving yards, and 79 receiving touchdowns in 115 games. Had he stayed healthy this whole time there's seemingly no limit to the types of eye-popping numbers he could've put up. Gronk was also a part of multiple championship teams in the latest Patriots' dynasty.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports the Patriots are bringing back Philip Dorsett on a one-year contract. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Dorsett flashed at times in New England last season and ultimately compiled a 32-290-3 receiving line. The Patriots have next to nothing at the receiver position right now, so Dorsett is a quality depth option to bring back. He'll look to rebuild his value and test free agency again after 2019.

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Cordarrelle Patterson will sign with the Bears for two years and $10 million. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Similar to his role in New England, Patterson will most likely be used as a kick returner and a gadget offensive weapon with the Bears. Coach Matt Nagy should have no problems coming up with creative ways to get him the ball. Still, Patterson doesn't have much fantasy value.

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Josh Gordon has received an original round restricted free agent tender from the Patriots. (Source: Ben Volin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Essentially, since Gordon was drafted in the second round any team that wishes to sign Gordon away from the Patriots would need to forfeit their second-round pick. This all but guarantees that Gordon will remain with New England in 2019. Whether or not he'll be playing in 2019 is another question.

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Adam Schefter of ESPN reports Trey Flowers will be signing with the Detroit Lions. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: It’s expected to be a five-year deal. Lions coach Matt Patricia already added ex-Patriot Danny Amendola this morning, and now he gets another former colleague in Flowers, who was one of the best edge rushers available in free agency.

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Adam Schefter of ESPN reports the Raiders are expected to sign left tackle Trent Brown to a four-year, $66 million contract. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The deal includes $36.75 million guaranteed, which makes Brown the highest paid offensive linemen in league history. The ex-Patriot heads to a revamped Oakland squad that just traded for Antonio Brown.

Category: Transactions

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Patriots are releasing TE Dwayne Allen.

Fantasy Impact: It comes to no surprise that the Patriots are moving on from Allen. In two underwhelming seasons in New England, Allen only caught 13 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown while appearing in 29 games. While reports suggest the Patriots could sign him back at a lesser rate, Allen is now free to test the open market.

Category: Transactions

Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports of all the Patriots free agents Stephen Gostowski is the most likely to re-sign.

Fantasy Impact: The kicker has been with New England since 2006. He recently signed a four-year, $17.2 million contract back in 2015 and could be in line for a similar contract this off-season.

Category: Rumors

Patriots safety Devin McCourty said on the Sports Spectrum podcast that he plans to play football in 2019. (Source: Sports Spectrum Podcast)

Fantasy Impact: McCourty said during Super Bowl week that he would consider retirement if the Patriots were to beat the Rams. After having a couple weeks to think about it, he decided he wanted to continue his playing career with the hopes of bringing a seventh title to New England. “I think once you get a chance to step away for a couple weeks now, you’re like, ‘Yeah, man, I still do want to be around these other young guys that come in,'” McCourty said. The Patriots will surely be happy to welcome back one of the key pieces of their defense for at least one more year.

Jeff Howe of The Athletic is reporting that Patriots safety Patrick Chung is set to have multiple surgeries over the next month. Chung is scheduled for surgery on his broken arm Thursday and then will have a procedure on his shoulder in about three weeks. (Source: Jeff Howe)

Fantasy Impact: Chung broke his arm in the second half of Sunday’s Super Bowl victory over the Rams. The shoulder is something he has been dealing with throughout the season. The shoulder surgery is expected to keep him out of OTAs but he should be good-to-go for training camp.

Category: Injury Updates

The New England Patriots D/ST sacked Jared Goff four times while also forcing an interception as the team beat the Rams 13-3 in the Super Bowl.

Fantasy Impact: This was quite the turnaround for a New England defense that looked downright slow at times this season. They stepped up in the playoffs, however. They held each of the Chiefs and Rams to zero first half points the last two weeks. As usual a Bill Belichick-led team simply got better as the year went on.b

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Chris Hogan failed to haul in any of his six targets during Super Bowl 53.

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots still went on to win 13-3, but this was the conclusion of a frustrating season for the 30-year-old free agent. Hogan was a popular sleeper pick entering 2018 fantasy drafts but finished with just 532 yards and three touchdowns in the regular season. It remains to be seen if the Patriots will want him back.

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Rex Burkhead rushed seven times for 43 yards and caught two passes for 15 yards as the Patriots beat the Rams 13-3 to win their sixth Super Bowl in franchise history.

Fantasy Impact: Burkhead got nine touches in this one compared to 18 for Sony Michel and just three for James White. Burkhead got more involved in the offense once New England went run-heavy down the stretch. With Tom Brady set to turn 42 in August it makes sense the Patriots would follow a similar game plan in 2019.

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James White rushed twice for 4 yards and caught one pass for 5 yards in the Patriots' 13-3 Super Bowl victory over the Rams.

Fantasy Impact: It was bizarre to see White barely involved in the offense, but the Patriots pulled out the victory nonetheless. White got off to a monster start in 2018 but faded down the stretch once Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead were fully healthy. Still, White will enter 2019 fantasy drafts as an RB2 in PPR leagues.

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Sony Michel rushed 18 times for 94 yards and a score as the Patriots beat the Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl 53.

Fantasy Impact: Michel became a monster this post-season as the Patriots became a run-heavy offense throughout the playoffs. In all the 23-year-old rookie scored six times across three post-season games. The only thing limiting Michel from fantasy stardom is his inability to do much in the passing game. He will enter 2019 fantasy drafts as an upside RB2.

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Tom Brady completed 21-of-35 pass attempts for 262 yards, zero TDs, and one interception as the Patriots beat the Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl 53.

Fantasy Impact: Neither team's offense was able to sustain many drives in this surprising defensive battle, but Brady did enough to set up a Sony Michel rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter. The 41-year-old Brady relied heavily on Julian Edelman in this one, targeting him 12 times en route to 10 catches for 141 yards. Brady has already said he will be back in 2019, however, it's questionable if he's even a QB1 in fantasy anymore.

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Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (ankle) was removed from the team’s injury report and is good-to-go for Sunday’s showdown with the Steelers. (Source: Mike Reiss on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Gilmore went into last week’s game questionable with an ankle injury but played in the loss to Miami. He was a full participant in practice all this week and did not receive an injury designation on Friday. In fact, no Patriots were listed on the final injury report so everyone is available for the game vs Pittsburgh.

Category: Injury Updates

James Develin rushed once for a two-yard touchdown in the Patriots' Week 14 loss to the Dolphins.

Fantasy Impact: Once again, Develin is a blocking fullback and should not be used in fantasy football. Look elsewhere.

Category: Game Recaps

Duke Dawson activated from IR

Tue, Nov 13th 9:50pm EST
By Alex Johnson

The Patriots activated cornerback Duke Dawson (hamstring) from injured reserve Tuesday. He will be eligible to play against the Jets when the team returns from its Week 11 bye. Running back Kenjon Barner was released to make room on the roster. (Source: Mike Reiss on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Dawson was selected in the second-round of April’s draft. He had four interceptions and nine passes defensed in 2017 as a senior at Florida. He joins Stephon Gilmore, Jason McCourty, J.C. Jackson, Jonathan Jones, and Keion Crossen at cornerback.

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