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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


Appearing on 97.1 The Fan in Colombus, Ohio, ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the New England Patriots are not trading quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo "no matter what" the Cleveland Browns offer. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: When asked by on-air host Anthony Rothman, "if it's because [the] Patriots love Jimmy Garoppolo so much or [becasue the] Browns wouldn't offer enough" in a potential trade, Schefter said, "it's not about Browns." That likely means New England views Garoppolo as their quarterback of the future when Tom Brady eventually retires. Still, with the 2017 NFL Draft weeks away, it is not out of the question that Garoppolo ultimately is dealt for picks.

Category: Rumors


On his personal Twitter account, New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett is suggesting that he will not re-sign with the Patriots. "I'm going to miss you Mass-Holes," Bennett said via Twitter. "T'was Fun. Thank you for the good times. To infinity and beyond..." (Source: Martellus Bennett on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In Martysaurus-Rex fashion, Bennett said his goodbyes to Patriots nation via Twitter. With a $9 million per year asking price, it was unlikely that New England would sign him at that number, and Bennett's message all but confirms he will depart in free agency. Expect the Giants, Raiders and Jaguars, who all have a need at tight end, to pursue Bennett once the market opens at 4 pm Thursday.

Category: Rumors


ESPN's Mike Reiss believes the New England Patriots will not get into a bidding war with another club to retain free agent wide receiver Michael Floyd this offseason. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: In other words, if another team swoops in and offers Floyd a contract too rich for New England's blood, they are unlikely to "get into a competitive situation to retain him," per Reiss. Floyd, who signed with the team in December after the Cardinals released him, didn't wow anyone with his performance in his first two games with the club. He caught four targets for 42 yards and a touchdown in Weeks 16 and 17. Expect Floyd's tenure with the Patriots to end this offseason. The 27-year-old wideout will, however, have a solid market in free agency despite his recent off the field issues.

Category: Rumors


New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (back) told the media he "will be ready" for the 2017 season. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gronkowski suffered a season-ending back injury in Week 12 of the regular season. It was the third of his career. Gronkowski, who only played in eight games last season, accumulated 25 receptions for 540 yards and five touchdowns. It was his worst statistical season since 2013. Although he will enter 2017 as a starter, the Patriots could ultimately limit his role in an attempt to prolong longevity.

Category: Injury Updates


New England Patriots beat writer Jeff Howe reports the team and quarterback Tom Brady have "expressed mutual interest" in a new deal. However, Howe believes that "nothing is imminent." (Source: Jeff Howe on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brady, who believes he can play into his mid-40s, could be awarded a new deal this offseason. However, as the report states, "nothing is imminent." Brady, 39, is under contract with New England until 2019. The Patriots may wait until the 2018 offseason to give Brady a new deal to evaluate his 2017 performance as he will turn 40 on August 3.

Category: Rumors


ESPN's Mike Reiss believes that it is a "certainty" that the New England Patriots do not retain wide receiver Danny Amendola under his current deal in which he is due a $6 million base salary in 2017. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Amendola has been a disappointment since signing with the Patriots in 2013. He's never accumulated more than 65 receptions for 648 yards and three touchdowns in a single season with New England, a feat he accomplished in 2015. Amendola, who has agreed to pay cuts in each of the past two seasons, will likely be asked to take another pay cut this offseason if he intends to remain with the team. If he declines, he'll likely be granted his outright release, a scenario that is not expected to occur. The 31-year-old wideout is coming off of a 2016 campaign in which he only produced a 23-243-4 stat line in 12 games. It was his worst statistical season since 2011.

Category: Rumors


New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount told the media he is uncertain about his future with the club. “I don’t know what the future holds," Blount said via the Rich Eisen Show. "That’s something for them and my agent to discuss. I love being here, and they know I love being here. ... I feel great. I’m 30 years old, not a lot of wear and tear on my body. I feel like I’ll be able to play for as long as I want.” (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Blount, who is an impending free agent, will likely have the opportunity to test the open market. He is coming off of a career year in 2016 in which he accumulated 1,161 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns while playing in all 16 games. If Blount intends to remain with the Patriots, he'll likely have to give them a hometown discount to stay. However, his monster season could have very well earned him a big payday on the open market in what could be his final contract as a pro for the 30-year-old rusher.

Category: Rumors


Chris Hogan caught 4-of-7 targets for 57 yards in the Patriots' Super Bowl 51 win over the Falcons.

Fantasy Impact: The Falcons defense was able to hold Hogan in check as he was not able to break off for any big plays. He did make a big catch on the game-winning drive. Expect Hogan to have a big role in the passing offense in 2017. His big play ability makes him a target in later rounds of fantasy drafts.

Category: Game Recaps


Dion Lewis rushed six times for 27 yards and caught 1-of-3 targets for two yards in the Patriots' Super Bowl 51 win over the Falcons. Lewis injured his hamstring at the end of the fourth quarter but appeared to be ok in post game celebrations.

Fantasy Impact: Lewis did not have the impact that many expected in Super Bowl 51 as James White had his coming out party. The speedy RB will go into 2017 under contract with the Patriots and will probably split time with White as the passing down back.

Category: Game Recaps


Malcolm Mitchell caught 6-of-7 targets for 70 yards in the Patriots' Super Bowl 51 win over the Falcons.

Fantasy Impact: After a quiet first half, Tom Brady went to Mitchell often in the second half. The rookie make some key catches to help the Patriots in their comeback win. Mitchell is going to be a breakout candidate at WR in fantasy for 2017.

Category: Game Recaps


Julian Edelman caught 5-of-13 targets for 87 yards in the Patriot's comeback Super Bowl win against the Falcons. He also rushed once for two yards and threw an incomplete pass.

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots constantly tried to focus on Edelman throughout the night but the Falcons defense was able to contain him. He did make a miraculous catch to help the Patriots continue a drive in the fourth quarter. Look for Edelman to once again be a top WR in fantasy for 2017.

Category: Game Recaps


James White rushed six times for 29 yards and two touchdowns and caught 14-of-16 targets for 110 yards and a third score as the Patriots completed an amazing comeback to win Super Bowl 51 over the Falcons.

Fantasy Impact: White had a dominant second half as the Patriots looked to the speedy RB often to keep drives alive. He had the game of his career and could have won the MVP trophy. Expect White to have an expanded role in the offense next season as he showed the ability in stretches throughout the year.

Category: Game Recaps


Stephen Gostkowski made all three of his field-goal attempts and made three of four extra points in the Patriots AFC Championship win on Sunday over the Steelers.

Fantasy Impact: Gostkowski was money on his FG attempts in a high pressure game but did miss an extra point which did not come back to haunt the Patriots. The veteran kicker has had struggles this season but the Patriots will need him at his best for the Super Bowl. This could be a high scoring and close game and could come down to a field goal.

Category: Game Recaps


The Patriots have activated Jacoby Brissett (thumb) from IR. Brissett has been sidelined since early October after requiring surgery on his right thumb, but with the digit fully healed, it appears he's ready to log full-contact reps in practices. (Source: Patriots.com)

Fantasy Impact: Brissett started two games for the Patriots earlier in the season during the Tom Brady suspension but a thumb injury landed him on the IR. He will be behind Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo on the depth chart and will probably not see any action this season.

Category: Injury Updates


D.J. Foster was promoted to the Patriots active roster Saturday. Foster's signing to the active roster comes as a corresponding move to TE Rob Gronkowski's placement on injured reserve. (Source: Patriots.com)

Fantasy Impact: Foster was waived earlier in the week and had no interest around the NFL and ended up back on the Patriot's practice squad. This could be a short-term stay on the roster and the team is deep in running backs and will need to bolster the TE position.


Matthew Slater (foot) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Jets. Slater sustained a foot injury last Sunday against the Niners and was unable to join his team at practice this week. His next chance to play will come in Week 13 versus the Rams.

Fantasy Impact: Slater is one of the top players on special teams in the NFL. Unfortunately, that does not translate into fantasy and he has no value and should not be owned.

Category: Injury Updates


The Kansas City Chiefs signed RB Bishop Sankey on Tuesday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sankey signing with the Chiefs spells the worst for Jamaal Charles' outlook moving forward. If Charles' visit with Dr. Andrews this week does not go well, Sankey could be a fantasy asset for the remainder of the year.

Category: Transactions


Brandon Bolden was on the field for just two of the Patriots' 64 snaps on offense in Thursday's win over the Texans, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Fantasy Impact: Bolden is a special teams ace for the Patriots and that is where he will see his most value. But that does not help fantasy owners. Right now Bolden is not part of the offense but that could change very quickly if LeGarrette Blount was to go down with an injury as Bolden is the only backup.

Category: Game Recaps


Aaron Dobson was waived by the Patriots on Saturday, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports. (Source: Jeff Howe on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Dobson was drafted with high hopes four years ago by the Patriots in the second round out of Marshall. He never did live up to his promise and in three seasons caught 39 passes for 566 yards. He may get an opportunity with another team but it looks like Dobson's days of being fantasy relevant have passed.


The Patriots have released 33-year-old veteran WR Nate Washington. (Source: Tom Curran on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: An intriguing signing at first, it became clear over the course of the offseason that Washington's role in New England's offense would be minimal. Consequently, this move has no fantasy implications.

Category: Transactions


AJ Derby, who caught six passes for 71 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason win over the Bears, continues to push for the Patriots' No. 3 tight end job, ESPN.com reports.

Fantasy Impact: Former sixth-round pick Derby spent last year on the injured reserve list and did not play a snap. He has been impressive in camp and looked good on Thursday against the Bears. He has a strong chance to make the team but playing behind Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennet at tight end will mean very limited chances to see targets and not much of a fantasy option.

Category: Game Recaps


Donald Brown (hamstring) got some individual work in on Sunday, WEEI.com reports. Brown did not play Thursday against the Saints in the Patriots' preseason opener as he continues to nurse a hamstring issue. (Source: WEEI)

Fantasy Impact: Brown really needs to get on the field to take advantage of his opportunities with the Patriots as they are looking for a third down back to fill in while Dion Lewis is out and also to spell LeGarrette Blount as the early-down back. The veteran running back could be in danger of being cut if he does not show he is ready soon.

Category: Injury Updates


Bryce Williams, a 6-foot-6, 260-pound undrafted rookie TE out of East Carolina is coming off a good weekend in training camp, cbslocal.com reports. (Source: CBS Boston)

Fantasy Impact: Williams is a long shot to make the team as he is currently behind big names like Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett as well as veterans like Clay Harbor and Bear Pascoe. But the Patriots are always willing to give chances to rookie free agents and if he can outperform the veterans he could find a spot on the roster.


Adam Kurkjian of the Boston Herald believes New England Patriots tight end Clay Harbor could play multiple roles under Bill Belichick this year. (Source: Boston Herald)

Fantasy Impact: Signed to a two-year, $3 million deal this offseason, Harbor projects as a FB/TE hybrid. Whatever roles he plays, one role he is unlikely to land is that of fantasy contributor. Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett are far ahead of him in the target pecking order, making him only a worthwhile add should one of them succumb to injury.


Michael Williams tore his left ACL during Wednesday's practice and he'll likely be placed on Injured Reserve, Jim McBride of the Boston Globe reports. As expected, Williams' injury was a serious one as he was seen on crutches Thursday awaiting the unfortunate results. (Source: Jim McBride on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Michael Williams was projected to be the third TE on the depth chart for the Patriots. He has no fantasy values and his main role on the team is as a blocker. He did not get targeted in the Patriots passing game last season only catching three passes.

Category: Injury Updates


FB James Develin has signed a one-year deal with the Patriots, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. (Source: Mike Reiss on Twitters)

Fantasy Impact: Develin will return as the Patriots starting FB after missing all of 2015 with an injury. Develin is valuable for his blocking and versatility which does not translate to fantasy and will not be relevant this upcoming season in fantasy leagues.


The New England Patriots released reserve-tight end Scott Chandler on Wednesday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Scott Chandler played well for New England in 2015. Rob Gronkowski missed most of Week 12 and sat out Week 13 due to injury and Chandler had a pair of servicable games in his absence. In those outings, Chandler totaled nine receptions for 129 yards and two touchdowns.

Category: Transactions


The New England Patriots released Brandon LaFell on Wednesday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brandon LaFell appeared in 11 games in 2015 and finished the year with 37 receptions for 515 yards. LaFell should garner a lot of attention on the open market due to the lack of wide receiver-talent in this year's free agency class.

Category: Transactions


Steven -Jackson gained 16 yards on six carries and secured one of two targets for two yards in Saturday's 27-20 Divisional Round victory over the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots did not utilize Jackson or the running game as the team only rushed seven times against Kansas City. If the Patriots do go to the run in the AFC championship game expect Jackson to get the workload. But it will be tough to tell what the Patriots will do which will make Jackson a risky option in DFS.

Category: Game Recaps


Keshawn Martin caught 2-of-4 targets for 57 yards in the Divisional Round vicotry over the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Martin broke loose for a nice 42 yard catch in the second half. On a play that the Chiefs surely thought was going to Gronkowski they jumped in front of Martin who was behind Gronkowski and Brady put the ball right over Gronkowski to Martin. Martin is still not a trust worthy option for the Patriots to count on.

Category: Game Recaps


After being promoted from the practice squad the day before, Patriots RB Joey Iosefa rushed 14 times for 51 yards in New England's Week 15 win over the Titans on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Iosefa looked strong hitting holes on Sunday and did lead the Patriots in carries over the expected workhorse Brandon Bolden. Next Sunday the Patriots will probably split the load between the two backs for the early down carries while James White continues to see all the passing downs. Iosefa is an intriguing player to look at to pick up but the way Bill Belichick uses his backfield he will probably not see enough touches to be started in fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Patriots promoted WR Chris Harper from the practice squad. Harper adds depth with Julian Edelman and Keshawn Martin ailing. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Chris Harper will be fourth of fifth on the depth chart for Patriot WRs. He will probably not see any action unless there are injuries. Harper had a good training camp and was able to stick around but for now is not worth owning.


The Saints have traded Akiem Hicks to the Patriots in exchange for Michael Hoomanawanui, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. (Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Fantasy Impact: Michael Hoomanawanui played the first two games this season and did not record a catch. He was inactive for Week 3 as the Patriots were four deep in tight ends. Hoo-Man did not have a much of a role in the Patriots offense and may get a few more targets in New Orleans but still will not be fantasy relevant.


Travaris Cadet was released by the Patriots on Tuesday, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports. Cadet was a healthy scratch for Sunday's win over the Jaguars, and the Patriots ultimately decided to add another linebacker (Jon Bostic) over keeping a fifth running back. (Source: Ben Volin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was a bit of a surprising move but with Dion Lewis and James White playing well in the third down back role for the Patriots there was no room for Cadet. Look for Cadet to catch on with another team. He played well in the third down role last season for the Saints and can catch the ball as he caught 38 passes in limited time.


The Patriots released Chris Harper on Tuesday, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports. Harper was active for the Patriots' season opener, but the team decided to go in a different direction. (Source: Jeff Howe on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots are short handed at wide receiver so another move should be on the way. Look for Chris Harper to catch on with another team. Most likely it will be on a practice squad.


Reggie Wayne survived just two weeks on the New England Patriots' roster. The former Indianapolis Colts star asked for and was granted his release Saturday (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: The fact that Reggie Wayne asked for his release probably means he realizes that he's not up to the task of playing another season. Expect Wayne to announce his retirement and do it as a Colt. Fantasy owners who picked him up thinking he would be a big part of the Patriots offense can drop him.


Jonas Gray gets cut by Patriots

Sat, Sep 5th 10:02pm EDT
By John Aubin

Jonas Gray has been released by the Patriots, Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal reports. (Source: Mark Daniels on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was a surprising move as there was speculation that Jonas Gray would be the Week One starter at running back for the Patriots filling in while LeGarette Blount was serving his suspension. Gray has been up and down in his short career but did run for 201 yards against the Colts last season. There should be interest for him with other teams in the league. For now those fantasy owners picking up Gray for Week One can safely drop him.


Ryan Lindley started and played the entire game at quarterback for the Patriots in Week Four of preseason against the Giants. Lindley completed 22 of 45 for 253 yards with one interception and a late fumble.

Fantasy Impact: With the news of Tom Brady's suspension being nullified it more than likely means the end of Ryan Lindley's career with the Patriots. The Patriots usually only carry two QBs and with Brady starting and Jimmy Garoppolo as his backup that leaves no room on the roster for Lindley. This game was a chance for him to show other teams what he could do. At this point Lindley has absolutely no fantasy value.

Category: Game Recaps


The New England Patriots claimed wide receiver DaVaris Daniels on waivers from the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday, as he addresses a position on the roster that has been affected by a string of injuries and needed a numbers boost with the preseason finale in mind. (Source: ESPN Boston)

Fantasy Impact: DaVaris Daniels signed with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent this year and saw very little action with them as he totaled one catch in three games. He had a good career at Notre Dame but right now is looking more like added depth for the rest of the preseason rather than someone the Patriots are looking to make part of their offense.


Jonathan Krause has been waived by the New England Patriots.

Fantasy Impact: The New England Patriots have decided to place Jonathan Krause on waivers. Krause has looked decent this preseason but could not stick with the Patriots after these cuts.


Josh Boyce has been waived by the New England Patriots.

Fantasy Impact: Initial reporting for Boyce was that he was an outright cut by the Patriots but he will now pass through waivers. If Boyce clears waivers and heads back to the Patriots I.R. list he will potentially miss the entire 2015 season.


Brandon Gibson suffers a torn ACL which will end his 2015 season.

Fantasy Impact: Brandon Gibson was putting together a solid preseason for the Patriots but unfortunetly he will now be sidelined for the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL. Gibson added depth to the Patriots and he saw plenty of action this preseason with Edelman, LaFell and Dobson all sitting out preseason games so far.

Category: Injury Updates


Brian Tyms has been released by the New England Patriots as he injured his foot last week and will head to injured reserve.

Fantasy Impact: Brian Tyms had a solid 2014 pre-season which left high hopes for 2015 but he never came through. Tyms will have to heal his foot for 2015 before he starts to plan his next course of action.

Category: Injury Updates


Patriots release Matt Flynn

Mon, Aug 10th 5:26pm EDT
By John Aubin

Matt Flynn has been released by the Patriots, the Boston Herald reports. (Source: Boston Herald)

Fantasy Impact: Matt Flynn barely practiced with the Patriots having been placed on non-football injury list ahead of training camp. Once Flynn gets healthy he may catch on with another team needing quarterback depth but more than likely he will have no fantasy value this season.


After being waived by New England on Thursday, the Buccaneers claimed Tim Wright off waivers. (Source: Sporting News NFL on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He played in every game with Tampa Bay in 2013 as an undrafted rookie from Rutgers. Brandon Myers and Austin Seferian-Jenkins will kill his value.

Category: Transactions


Patriots signed Michigan QB/WR Devin Gardner as an undrafted free agent.

Fantasy Impact: Devin Gardner was the starting quarterback for Michigan the last two seasons. He was an ineffective passer, so Gardner worked out at wide receiver for NFL teams this spring. He will try to make the Patriots as a slot receiver.


Stevan Ridley joins the Jets

Wed, Apr 8th 8:19pm EDT
By Isaac Leicht

Running Back Stevan Ridley has signed a 1-year deal with the Jets.

Fantasy Impact: Coming off ACL surgery, Stevan Ridley will carry the ball behind Chris Ivory and likely ahead of passing down back Bilal Powell. Ridley provides depth for the Jets but he won't be reliable to use in 2015 fantasy unless Ivory gets injured.

Category: Transactions


RB Shane Vereen is due to sign with the Giants later today. It was rumored that Vereen was looking for $3.5M/year. It's unclear as to what the Giants and Vereen have ultimately agreed to. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Vereen provides Eli Manning with an excellent passing weapon out of the backfield. Depending on the way playing time is split out of the backfield among Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams and Shane Vereen, Vereen may see a good uptick in fantasy value next season as a passing down back in the Giants' system. This move also enhances Eli Manning's value as a fantasy QB.


Patriots signed QB Garrett Gilbert, OG Chris Barker, DE Jake Bequette, CB Justin Green, OT Caylin Hauptmann, WR Jonathan Krause, LB Eric Martin, LB Deontae Skinner and S Dax Swanson to reserve/future contracts.

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots have Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady as the starting quarterback and "QB of the future" Jimmy Graroppolo the backup. New England typically carries two quarterbacks so there is no room for Garrett Gilbert on the Patriots. He is insurance for an injury and if he has a strong preseason he could help himself find a backup job with another team.


Patriot's wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins is inactive for the team's Week 4 outing against the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: After catching just 1 ball for 16 yards last week, Thompkins won't be playing at all on Monday night. Unless the Patriot's offense has a serious shake-up, Thompkins won't be a fantasy factor any time soon.


Mallett traded to the Texans

Sun, Aug 31st 1:56pm EDT
By Jeff Moore

BAL

The Patriots have traded QB Ryan Mallett to the Texans, in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The move leaves Jimmy Garoppolo as Tom Brady's only backup, and reunites Mallett with former Pats offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien. He will likely be used to add depth to the Texan's under-performing QB corps.


Appearing on 97.1 The Fan in Colombus, Ohio, ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the New England Patriots are not trading quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo "no matter what" the Cleveland Browns offer. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: When asked by on-air host Anthony Rothman, "if it's because [the] Patriots love Jimmy Garoppolo so much or [becasue the] Browns wouldn't offer enough" in a potential trade, Schefter said, "it's not about Browns." That likely means New England views Garoppolo as their quarterback of the future when Tom Brady eventually retires. Still, with the 2017 NFL Draft weeks away, it is not out of the question that Garoppolo ultimately is dealt for picks.

Category: Rumors


New England Patriots beat writer Jeff Howe reports the team and quarterback Tom Brady have "expressed mutual interest" in a new deal. However, Howe believes that "nothing is imminent." (Source: Jeff Howe on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brady, who believes he can play into his mid-40s, could be awarded a new deal this offseason. However, as the report states, "nothing is imminent." Brady, 39, is under contract with New England until 2019. The Patriots may wait until the 2018 offseason to give Brady a new deal to evaluate his 2017 performance as he will turn 40 on August 3.

Category: Rumors


The Patriots have activated Jacoby Brissett (thumb) from IR. Brissett has been sidelined since early October after requiring surgery on his right thumb, but with the digit fully healed, it appears he's ready to log full-contact reps in practices. (Source: Patriots.com)

Fantasy Impact: Brissett started two games for the Patriots earlier in the season during the Tom Brady suspension but a thumb injury landed him on the IR. He will be behind Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo on the depth chart and will probably not see any action this season.

Category: Injury Updates


Ryan Lindley started and played the entire game at quarterback for the Patriots in Week Four of preseason against the Giants. Lindley completed 22 of 45 for 253 yards with one interception and a late fumble.

Fantasy Impact: With the news of Tom Brady's suspension being nullified it more than likely means the end of Ryan Lindley's career with the Patriots. The Patriots usually only carry two QBs and with Brady starting and Jimmy Garoppolo as his backup that leaves no room on the roster for Lindley. This game was a chance for him to show other teams what he could do. At this point Lindley has absolutely no fantasy value.

Category: Game Recaps


Patriots release Matt Flynn

Mon, Aug 10th 5:26pm EDT
By John Aubin

Matt Flynn has been released by the Patriots, the Boston Herald reports. (Source: Boston Herald)

Fantasy Impact: Matt Flynn barely practiced with the Patriots having been placed on non-football injury list ahead of training camp. Once Flynn gets healthy he may catch on with another team needing quarterback depth but more than likely he will have no fantasy value this season.


Patriots signed QB Garrett Gilbert, OG Chris Barker, DE Jake Bequette, CB Justin Green, OT Caylin Hauptmann, WR Jonathan Krause, LB Eric Martin, LB Deontae Skinner and S Dax Swanson to reserve/future contracts.

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots have Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady as the starting quarterback and "QB of the future" Jimmy Graroppolo the backup. New England typically carries two quarterbacks so there is no room for Garrett Gilbert on the Patriots. He is insurance for an injury and if he has a strong preseason he could help himself find a backup job with another team.


Mallett traded to the Texans

Sun, Aug 31st 1:56pm EDT
By Jeff Moore

BAL

The Patriots have traded QB Ryan Mallett to the Texans, in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The move leaves Jimmy Garoppolo as Tom Brady's only backup, and reunites Mallett with former Pats offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien. He will likely be used to add depth to the Texan's under-performing QB corps.


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


New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount told the media he is uncertain about his future with the club. “I don’t know what the future holds," Blount said via the Rich Eisen Show. "That’s something for them and my agent to discuss. I love being here, and they know I love being here. ... I feel great. I’m 30 years old, not a lot of wear and tear on my body. I feel like I’ll be able to play for as long as I want.” (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Blount, who is an impending free agent, will likely have the opportunity to test the open market. He is coming off of a career year in 2016 in which he accumulated 1,161 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns while playing in all 16 games. If Blount intends to remain with the Patriots, he'll likely have to give them a hometown discount to stay. However, his monster season could have very well earned him a big payday on the open market in what could be his final contract as a pro for the 30-year-old rusher.

Category: Rumors


Dion Lewis rushed six times for 27 yards and caught 1-of-3 targets for two yards in the Patriots' Super Bowl 51 win over the Falcons. Lewis injured his hamstring at the end of the fourth quarter but appeared to be ok in post game celebrations.

Fantasy Impact: Lewis did not have the impact that many expected in Super Bowl 51 as James White had his coming out party. The speedy RB will go into 2017 under contract with the Patriots and will probably split time with White as the passing down back.

Category: Game Recaps


James White rushed six times for 29 yards and two touchdowns and caught 14-of-16 targets for 110 yards and a third score as the Patriots completed an amazing comeback to win Super Bowl 51 over the Falcons.

Fantasy Impact: White had a dominant second half as the Patriots looked to the speedy RB often to keep drives alive. He had the game of his career and could have won the MVP trophy. Expect White to have an expanded role in the offense next season as he showed the ability in stretches throughout the year.

Category: Game Recaps


D.J. Foster was promoted to the Patriots active roster Saturday. Foster's signing to the active roster comes as a corresponding move to TE Rob Gronkowski's placement on injured reserve. (Source: Patriots.com)

Fantasy Impact: Foster was waived earlier in the week and had no interest around the NFL and ended up back on the Patriot's practice squad. This could be a short-term stay on the roster and the team is deep in running backs and will need to bolster the TE position.


The Kansas City Chiefs signed RB Bishop Sankey on Tuesday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sankey signing with the Chiefs spells the worst for Jamaal Charles' outlook moving forward. If Charles' visit with Dr. Andrews this week does not go well, Sankey could be a fantasy asset for the remainder of the year.

Category: Transactions


Brandon Bolden was on the field for just two of the Patriots' 64 snaps on offense in Thursday's win over the Texans, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Fantasy Impact: Bolden is a special teams ace for the Patriots and that is where he will see his most value. But that does not help fantasy owners. Right now Bolden is not part of the offense but that could change very quickly if LeGarrette Blount was to go down with an injury as Bolden is the only backup.

Category: Game Recaps


Donald Brown (hamstring) got some individual work in on Sunday, WEEI.com reports. Brown did not play Thursday against the Saints in the Patriots' preseason opener as he continues to nurse a hamstring issue. (Source: WEEI)

Fantasy Impact: Brown really needs to get on the field to take advantage of his opportunities with the Patriots as they are looking for a third down back to fill in while Dion Lewis is out and also to spell LeGarrette Blount as the early-down back. The veteran running back could be in danger of being cut if he does not show he is ready soon.

Category: Injury Updates


FB James Develin has signed a one-year deal with the Patriots, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. (Source: Mike Reiss on Twitters)

Fantasy Impact: Develin will return as the Patriots starting FB after missing all of 2015 with an injury. Develin is valuable for his blocking and versatility which does not translate to fantasy and will not be relevant this upcoming season in fantasy leagues.


Steven -Jackson gained 16 yards on six carries and secured one of two targets for two yards in Saturday's 27-20 Divisional Round victory over the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots did not utilize Jackson or the running game as the team only rushed seven times against Kansas City. If the Patriots do go to the run in the AFC championship game expect Jackson to get the workload. But it will be tough to tell what the Patriots will do which will make Jackson a risky option in DFS.

Category: Game Recaps


After being promoted from the practice squad the day before, Patriots RB Joey Iosefa rushed 14 times for 51 yards in New England's Week 15 win over the Titans on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Iosefa looked strong hitting holes on Sunday and did lead the Patriots in carries over the expected workhorse Brandon Bolden. Next Sunday the Patriots will probably split the load between the two backs for the early down carries while James White continues to see all the passing downs. Iosefa is an intriguing player to look at to pick up but the way Bill Belichick uses his backfield he will probably not see enough touches to be started in fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Travaris Cadet was released by the Patriots on Tuesday, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports. Cadet was a healthy scratch for Sunday's win over the Jaguars, and the Patriots ultimately decided to add another linebacker (Jon Bostic) over keeping a fifth running back. (Source: Ben Volin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was a bit of a surprising move but with Dion Lewis and James White playing well in the third down back role for the Patriots there was no room for Cadet. Look for Cadet to catch on with another team. He played well in the third down role last season for the Saints and can catch the ball as he caught 38 passes in limited time.


Jonas Gray gets cut by Patriots

Sat, Sep 5th 10:02pm EDT
By John Aubin

Jonas Gray has been released by the Patriots, Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal reports. (Source: Mark Daniels on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was a surprising move as there was speculation that Jonas Gray would be the Week One starter at running back for the Patriots filling in while LeGarette Blount was serving his suspension. Gray has been up and down in his short career but did run for 201 yards against the Colts last season. There should be interest for him with other teams in the league. For now those fantasy owners picking up Gray for Week One can safely drop him.


Stevan Ridley joins the Jets

Wed, Apr 8th 8:19pm EDT
By Isaac Leicht

Running Back Stevan Ridley has signed a 1-year deal with the Jets.

Fantasy Impact: Coming off ACL surgery, Stevan Ridley will carry the ball behind Chris Ivory and likely ahead of passing down back Bilal Powell. Ridley provides depth for the Jets but he won't be reliable to use in 2015 fantasy unless Ivory gets injured.

Category: Transactions


RB Shane Vereen is due to sign with the Giants later today. It was rumored that Vereen was looking for $3.5M/year. It's unclear as to what the Giants and Vereen have ultimately agreed to. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Vereen provides Eli Manning with an excellent passing weapon out of the backfield. Depending on the way playing time is split out of the backfield among Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams and Shane Vereen, Vereen may see a good uptick in fantasy value next season as a passing down back in the Giants' system. This move also enhances Eli Manning's value as a fantasy QB.


ESPN's Mike Reiss believes the New England Patriots will not get into a bidding war with another club to retain free agent wide receiver Michael Floyd this offseason. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: In other words, if another team swoops in and offers Floyd a contract too rich for New England's blood, they are unlikely to "get into a competitive situation to retain him," per Reiss. Floyd, who signed with the team in December after the Cardinals released him, didn't wow anyone with his performance in his first two games with the club. He caught four targets for 42 yards and a touchdown in Weeks 16 and 17. Expect Floyd's tenure with the Patriots to end this offseason. The 27-year-old wideout will, however, have a solid market in free agency despite his recent off the field issues.

Category: Rumors


ESPN's Mike Reiss believes that it is a "certainty" that the New England Patriots do not retain wide receiver Danny Amendola under his current deal in which he is due a $6 million base salary in 2017. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Amendola has been a disappointment since signing with the Patriots in 2013. He's never accumulated more than 65 receptions for 648 yards and three touchdowns in a single season with New England, a feat he accomplished in 2015. Amendola, who has agreed to pay cuts in each of the past two seasons, will likely be asked to take another pay cut this offseason if he intends to remain with the team. If he declines, he'll likely be granted his outright release, a scenario that is not expected to occur. The 31-year-old wideout is coming off of a 2016 campaign in which he only produced a 23-243-4 stat line in 12 games. It was his worst statistical season since 2011.

Category: Rumors


Chris Hogan caught 4-of-7 targets for 57 yards in the Patriots' Super Bowl 51 win over the Falcons.

Fantasy Impact: The Falcons defense was able to hold Hogan in check as he was not able to break off for any big plays. He did make a big catch on the game-winning drive. Expect Hogan to have a big role in the passing offense in 2017. His big play ability makes him a target in later rounds of fantasy drafts.

Category: Game Recaps


Malcolm Mitchell caught 6-of-7 targets for 70 yards in the Patriots' Super Bowl 51 win over the Falcons.

Fantasy Impact: After a quiet first half, Tom Brady went to Mitchell often in the second half. The rookie make some key catches to help the Patriots in their comeback win. Mitchell is going to be a breakout candidate at WR in fantasy for 2017.

Category: Game Recaps


Julian Edelman caught 5-of-13 targets for 87 yards in the Patriot's comeback Super Bowl win against the Falcons. He also rushed once for two yards and threw an incomplete pass.

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots constantly tried to focus on Edelman throughout the night but the Falcons defense was able to contain him. He did make a miraculous catch to help the Patriots continue a drive in the fourth quarter. Look for Edelman to once again be a top WR in fantasy for 2017.

Category: Game Recaps


Matthew Slater (foot) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Jets. Slater sustained a foot injury last Sunday against the Niners and was unable to join his team at practice this week. His next chance to play will come in Week 13 versus the Rams.

Fantasy Impact: Slater is one of the top players on special teams in the NFL. Unfortunately, that does not translate into fantasy and he has no value and should not be owned.

Category: Injury Updates


Aaron Dobson was waived by the Patriots on Saturday, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports. (Source: Jeff Howe on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Dobson was drafted with high hopes four years ago by the Patriots in the second round out of Marshall. He never did live up to his promise and in three seasons caught 39 passes for 566 yards. He may get an opportunity with another team but it looks like Dobson's days of being fantasy relevant have passed.


The Patriots have released 33-year-old veteran WR Nate Washington. (Source: Tom Curran on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: An intriguing signing at first, it became clear over the course of the offseason that Washington's role in New England's offense would be minimal. Consequently, this move has no fantasy implications.

Category: Transactions


The New England Patriots released Brandon LaFell on Wednesday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brandon LaFell appeared in 11 games in 2015 and finished the year with 37 receptions for 515 yards. LaFell should garner a lot of attention on the open market due to the lack of wide receiver-talent in this year's free agency class.

Category: Transactions


Keshawn Martin caught 2-of-4 targets for 57 yards in the Divisional Round vicotry over the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Martin broke loose for a nice 42 yard catch in the second half. On a play that the Chiefs surely thought was going to Gronkowski they jumped in front of Martin who was behind Gronkowski and Brady put the ball right over Gronkowski to Martin. Martin is still not a trust worthy option for the Patriots to count on.

Category: Game Recaps


Patriots promoted WR Chris Harper from the practice squad. Harper adds depth with Julian Edelman and Keshawn Martin ailing. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Chris Harper will be fourth of fifth on the depth chart for Patriot WRs. He will probably not see any action unless there are injuries. Harper had a good training camp and was able to stick around but for now is not worth owning.


The Patriots released Chris Harper on Tuesday, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports. Harper was active for the Patriots' season opener, but the team decided to go in a different direction. (Source: Jeff Howe on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots are short handed at wide receiver so another move should be on the way. Look for Chris Harper to catch on with another team. Most likely it will be on a practice squad.


Reggie Wayne survived just two weeks on the New England Patriots' roster. The former Indianapolis Colts star asked for and was granted his release Saturday (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: The fact that Reggie Wayne asked for his release probably means he realizes that he's not up to the task of playing another season. Expect Wayne to announce his retirement and do it as a Colt. Fantasy owners who picked him up thinking he would be a big part of the Patriots offense can drop him.


The New England Patriots claimed wide receiver DaVaris Daniels on waivers from the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday, as he addresses a position on the roster that has been affected by a string of injuries and needed a numbers boost with the preseason finale in mind. (Source: ESPN Boston)

Fantasy Impact: DaVaris Daniels signed with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent this year and saw very little action with them as he totaled one catch in three games. He had a good career at Notre Dame but right now is looking more like added depth for the rest of the preseason rather than someone the Patriots are looking to make part of their offense.


Jonathan Krause has been waived by the New England Patriots.

Fantasy Impact: The New England Patriots have decided to place Jonathan Krause on waivers. Krause has looked decent this preseason but could not stick with the Patriots after these cuts.


Josh Boyce has been waived by the New England Patriots.

Fantasy Impact: Initial reporting for Boyce was that he was an outright cut by the Patriots but he will now pass through waivers. If Boyce clears waivers and heads back to the Patriots I.R. list he will potentially miss the entire 2015 season.


Brandon Gibson suffers a torn ACL which will end his 2015 season.

Fantasy Impact: Brandon Gibson was putting together a solid preseason for the Patriots but unfortunetly he will now be sidelined for the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL. Gibson added depth to the Patriots and he saw plenty of action this preseason with Edelman, LaFell and Dobson all sitting out preseason games so far.

Category: Injury Updates


Brian Tyms has been released by the New England Patriots as he injured his foot last week and will head to injured reserve.

Fantasy Impact: Brian Tyms had a solid 2014 pre-season which left high hopes for 2015 but he never came through. Tyms will have to heal his foot for 2015 before he starts to plan his next course of action.

Category: Injury Updates


Patriots signed Michigan QB/WR Devin Gardner as an undrafted free agent.

Fantasy Impact: Devin Gardner was the starting quarterback for Michigan the last two seasons. He was an ineffective passer, so Gardner worked out at wide receiver for NFL teams this spring. He will try to make the Patriots as a slot receiver.


Patriot's wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins is inactive for the team's Week 4 outing against the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: After catching just 1 ball for 16 yards last week, Thompkins won't be playing at all on Monday night. Unless the Patriot's offense has a serious shake-up, Thompkins won't be a fantasy factor any time soon.


On his personal Twitter account, New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett is suggesting that he will not re-sign with the Patriots. "I'm going to miss you Mass-Holes," Bennett said via Twitter. "T'was Fun. Thank you for the good times. To infinity and beyond..." (Source: Martellus Bennett on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In Martysaurus-Rex fashion, Bennett said his goodbyes to Patriots nation via Twitter. With a $9 million per year asking price, it was unlikely that New England would sign him at that number, and Bennett's message all but confirms he will depart in free agency. Expect the Giants, Raiders and Jaguars, who all have a need at tight end, to pursue Bennett once the market opens at 4 pm Thursday.

Category: Rumors


New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (back) told the media he "will be ready" for the 2017 season. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gronkowski suffered a season-ending back injury in Week 12 of the regular season. It was the third of his career. Gronkowski, who only played in eight games last season, accumulated 25 receptions for 540 yards and five touchdowns. It was his worst statistical season since 2013. Although he will enter 2017 as a starter, the Patriots could ultimately limit his role in an attempt to prolong longevity.

Category: Injury Updates


AJ Derby, who caught six passes for 71 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason win over the Bears, continues to push for the Patriots' No. 3 tight end job, ESPN.com reports.

Fantasy Impact: Former sixth-round pick Derby spent last year on the injured reserve list and did not play a snap. He has been impressive in camp and looked good on Thursday against the Bears. He has a strong chance to make the team but playing behind Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennet at tight end will mean very limited chances to see targets and not much of a fantasy option.

Category: Game Recaps


Bryce Williams, a 6-foot-6, 260-pound undrafted rookie TE out of East Carolina is coming off a good weekend in training camp, cbslocal.com reports. (Source: CBS Boston)

Fantasy Impact: Williams is a long shot to make the team as he is currently behind big names like Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett as well as veterans like Clay Harbor and Bear Pascoe. But the Patriots are always willing to give chances to rookie free agents and if he can outperform the veterans he could find a spot on the roster.


Adam Kurkjian of the Boston Herald believes New England Patriots tight end Clay Harbor could play multiple roles under Bill Belichick this year. (Source: Boston Herald)

Fantasy Impact: Signed to a two-year, $3 million deal this offseason, Harbor projects as a FB/TE hybrid. Whatever roles he plays, one role he is unlikely to land is that of fantasy contributor. Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett are far ahead of him in the target pecking order, making him only a worthwhile add should one of them succumb to injury.


Michael Williams tore his left ACL during Wednesday's practice and he'll likely be placed on Injured Reserve, Jim McBride of the Boston Globe reports. As expected, Williams' injury was a serious one as he was seen on crutches Thursday awaiting the unfortunate results. (Source: Jim McBride on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Michael Williams was projected to be the third TE on the depth chart for the Patriots. He has no fantasy values and his main role on the team is as a blocker. He did not get targeted in the Patriots passing game last season only catching three passes.

Category: Injury Updates


The New England Patriots released reserve-tight end Scott Chandler on Wednesday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Scott Chandler played well for New England in 2015. Rob Gronkowski missed most of Week 12 and sat out Week 13 due to injury and Chandler had a pair of servicable games in his absence. In those outings, Chandler totaled nine receptions for 129 yards and two touchdowns.

Category: Transactions


The Saints have traded Akiem Hicks to the Patriots in exchange for Michael Hoomanawanui, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. (Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Fantasy Impact: Michael Hoomanawanui played the first two games this season and did not record a catch. He was inactive for Week 3 as the Patriots were four deep in tight ends. Hoo-Man did not have a much of a role in the Patriots offense and may get a few more targets in New Orleans but still will not be fantasy relevant.


After being waived by New England on Thursday, the Buccaneers claimed Tim Wright off waivers. (Source: Sporting News NFL on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He played in every game with Tampa Bay in 2013 as an undrafted rookie from Rutgers. Brandon Myers and Austin Seferian-Jenkins will kill his value.

Category: Transactions


Stephen Gostkowski made all three of his field-goal attempts and made three of four extra points in the Patriots AFC Championship win on Sunday over the Steelers.

Fantasy Impact: Gostkowski was money on his FG attempts in a high pressure game but did miss an extra point which did not come back to haunt the Patriots. The veteran kicker has had struggles this season but the Patriots will need him at his best for the Super Bowl. This could be a high scoring and close game and could come down to a field goal.

Category: Game Recaps


The New England Patriots have won Super Bowl LI, beating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots have won Super Bowl LI, beating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime -- it was the first time in NFL history that the Super Bowl was decided in the extra frame. Overcoming a 25-point deficit -- a Super Bowl record -- Tom Brady, and the Patriots have earned their fifth Championship in the Brady-Belichick era.


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


The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with CB Logan Ryan for 3-years at $30M. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Ryan, one of the top fee-agent CBs, has signed with the Titans and adds to a much important need in their pass defense. Ryan finished 2016 with 92 tackles, two interceptions, one forced fumble, and one sack. Ryan will team up with new signee Jonathan Cyprien and change the Titans to become one of the top defenses in football. I would consider drafting them with a top-5 pick once defenses start to go.

Category: Transactions


Alan Branch is expected to sign a two-year, $12 million deal with the Patriots on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was an important signing for the Patriots defense. Branch is big at 6'6" and 350 pounds. He clogs up the middle at DT and was the key reason the Patriots ranked fourth in the NFL with only 88.4 rushing yards allowed per game.


The Patriots placed a first-round restricted free-agent tender on Malcolm Butler on Tuesday, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports. If another organization is interested in Butler, a first-round selection must be coughed up in order to pry him away from the defending champions. (Source: Ben Volin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Butler has become one of the top CBs in the NFL after just three years in the league. If the Patriots were to lose Butler it would be a big loss to their defense and would be hard to replace. If he returns to the Patriots, he'll serve as the unquestioned number one cornerback.


Sebastian Vollmer will be released by the Patriots, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports. Vollmer had a hip injury held him out for the entire 2016 season, and the veteran would have been owed $2.25 million in 2017, an amount that didn't seem worth it considering Vollmer's health issues. (Source: Jeff Howe on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Vollmer has been one of the Patriots offensive linemen over the course of his eight-year career, starting 80 games over that time frame. However while missing this past season he was replaced by Marcus Cannon who did an outstanding job replacing Vollmer. The veteran tackle may retire but also could find work with a team needing line help.

Category: Injury Updates


Coach Bill Belichick said DE Jabaal Sheard has been good the last couple weeks. Sheard did not even travel with the team for the Week 11 game in San Francisco, but he has played 44 percent and 54 percent of the defensive snaps in the last two games with seven tackles and a couple pass breakups over that span.

Fantasy Impact: Sheard came into the season as a potential breakout for IDP leagues. He has been disappointing most of the year leading up to his benching in Week 11. He should be on fantasy owners radar as he can easily create turnovers along with sacks when he gets going.

Category: Game Recaps


ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Patriots will trade Jamie Collins to the Browns in exchange for a compensatory third-round draft pick. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is surprising news as Collins was one of the top players on the Patriot defense. But he has not really improved from last year and in fact has regressed a little bit. His fantasy numbers in IDP are down as he has just 43 tackles, two picks, and a sack. Maybe this trade will be the wake up call he needs so owners may want to see how he performs in a new uniform.


Patriots LT Nate Solder (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 1. The Pats also ruled out RG Jonathan Cooper (foot), in addition to Rob Gronkowski (hamstring). Backup RG Shaq Mason (hand) is listed as questionable.

Fantasy Impact: The loss of Solder for Sunday's game along with Cooper and potentially Mason really hurts the Patriot's depth at the Offensive Line. This could make things tougher for QB Jimmy Garoppolo who will be starting for the first time and on national TV. It may be a good idea to sit out the young QB in fantasy leagues along with DFS.

Category: Injury Updates


Rob Ninkovich has been suspended for four games after testing positive for a banned substance, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports. The veteran defensive end claimed to be devastated and shocked by the news that he tested positive, claiming to have never knowingly taken a banned substance. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: This may actually be a positive for the Patriots and Ninkovich. He has been recovering from a torn triceps injury and he was questionable to be ready for the start of the season. The team can replace him on the roster and Ninkovich can get back to full health. The defensive end was on the radar of owners in IDP fantasy leagues after finishing last season with 52 tackles and 6.5 sacks.


Ian Rapoport reports that the New England Patriots have traded center Bryan Stork to the Washington Redskins for an undisclosed conditional draft pick. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The condition for the pick likely hinges on whether Stork is kept on the 53-man roster by the Redskins this season, but more information should come out in the next few hours. Stork has a history of concussions, which is what prompted the Patriots to originally say they would release him, only to then go and trade him to the Redskins. If healthy, Stork is a capable a starter, and the Redskins sorely need help along the line after two disappointing preseason games. Stork could provide a slight boost to the prospects of starting running back Matt Jones.

Category: Transactions


Shaq Mason was taken off the Patriots' PUP list Thursday and has promptly begun practicing with the team, Doug Kyed of NESN reports. (Source: Doug Kyed on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mason who started 10 games for the Patriots last year is expected to start for the Patriots at right guard during the regular season opener. The Patriots struggled with the offensive line throughout the season and the health of Mason will be important for the team.

Category: Injury Updates


New England Patriots OL Jonathan Cooper (leg) was carted off of the practice field on Saturday following a leg injury The three-year veteran is also battling a plantar fascia issue that is not structural with his ankle according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jonathan Cooper is entering the 2016 season with the New England Patriots attempting to rejuvenate his disappointing career. Cooper was acquired from the Cardinals earlier in the offseason as a part of the Chandler Jones trade. When healthy, Cooper will return to his training camp position battle with Tre Jackson for the starting right guard spot.

Category: Injury Updates


The New England Patriots have traded LB Jonathan Bostic to the Detroit Lions for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2017. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Lions acquired Jon Bostic from the Patriots on Monday. Bostic was dealt to New England in 2014 by Chicago, where he played his best football at the pro level. He appeared in 11 games with the Patriots in 2015 and only accounted for two tackles.

Category: Transactions


The New England Patriots released DT Dominique Easley on Wednesday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots released Dominique Easley. Easley was New England's first-round pick in 2014. He was hampered by injuries since entering the NFL and only played in 22 games in a two-year span. Easley has three sacks and an interception in his short career.

Category: Transactions


The New England Patriots and DT Terrance Knighton agreed to terms on a one-year, $4.5 million deal on Thursday. (Source: Around the NFL)

Fantasy Impact: The New England Patriots shuffled the deck on their defensive line in the past two offseasons, losing Vince Wilfork via free agency in 2015 and dealing away Chandler Jones last month replacing them with two veterans who fit the mold of the Patriots in Chris Long and the newly acquired Terrance Knighton. Knighton will provide that big presence on the interior line that Wilfork left while Long will attempt to rejuvenate his career as he has his first opportunity to play with a legit Super Bowl contender.

Category: Transactions


According to Adam Schefter, the New England Patriots have sent star defensive end Chandler Jones to Arizona in exchange for OG Jonathan Cooper and a 2nd round selection. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This move would save them a pretty good chunk of cap space and help fortify the offensive line to keep Tom Brady upright in 2016.

Category: Transactions


New England Patriots' linebacker Jerod Mayo announced his retirement after eight NFL seasons. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jerod Mayo's retirement from New England leaves a gaping hole at the linebacker position. Look for the Patriots to fill this void through the draft in April.

Category: Transactions


Devin McCourty's injury suffered Sunday night against the Texans is feared to be a high ankle sprain, the Boston Globe reports. McCourty reportedly avoided suffering any broken bones in his ankle, which is, at least, encouraging after he went down with a non-contact injury Sunday night. (Source: Jeff Howe on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If it is a high ankle sprain, Devin McCourty will miss some time. If you are in the fantasy playoffs and have McCourty as your IDP you may want to move on. This will also affect the Patriots defense as McCourty is the leader of the secondary.

Category: Injury Updates, Game Recaps


The Patriots are placing CB Tarell Brown on Injured Reserve according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This news definitely weakens the Patriots defense in the secondary as Tarell Brown was the starting cornerback opposite Malcolm Butler. The team does not have depth at that position which could make them vulnerable against a potentially dangerous Colts offense on Sunday. This could mean big days for secondary Colt receivers like Donte Moncrief and Andre Johnson.

Category: Injury Updates


Bradley Fletcher was released by the Patriots on Saturday, ESPN's Field Yates reports. Fletcher hasn't played since Week 2 when he picked up four tackles and a forced fumble in a win over the Bills, as the veteran cornerback had fallen to No. 5 on the depth chart. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bradley Fletcher had a golden opportunity with the Patriots to win a starting corner back job and make an impact on defense this season. But Fletcher failed to distinguish himself and struggled in pass coverage. Fletcher may catch on with another team but will only be a depth signing.


Rookie defensive end Trey Flowers has remained anxious to make his NFL debut. The fourth-round pick out of Arkansas had one sack, three quarterback hits and two pressures in three preseason games, but he was held out of the regular-season opener. Despite being listed as a full participant with a knee injury in all three practices in Week 1, a team source said the knee did indeed keep him out against the Steelers, and it wasn’t depth-chart related. (Source: Boston Herald)

Fantasy Impact: Trey Flowers made a huge impression with his pass rushing skills in exhibition games which included a sack of Aaron Rodgers. Flowers should get an opportunity to play on Sunday against the Bills. If he can carry over his results from the preseason, Flowers could be a sleeper candidate for IDP and also help New England's overall defense.


First-round draft choice Malcom Brown sustained a left foot or ankle injury that required him to stay down on the sideline for several minutes with his shoe off. He soon put the shoe back on and remained on the field as a spectator for the rest of the practice. It did not appear that Brown’s injury was too much of a cause for concern, however, as the medical staff did not treat him on the field, and the rookie defensive lineman actually spoke to reporters afterward. “Just working and competing,” he said with a smile several times in response to repeated questions. (Source: patriots.com)

Fantasy Impact: It does not look like Malcom Brown suffered a serious injury on Friday but it is worth keeping an eye on updates. Brown is expected to help fill Vince Wilfork's shoes in the middle of the Patriots defense. If he can produce like he did in college, Brown could be a sleeper pick at IDP.

Category: Injury Updates


Jordan Richards, the Patriots second-round pick in this year's draft, has quickly made himself right at home in New England. On the field, he has made a handful of standout plays against older, more established pros. Off the field, he's impressed his teammates and coaches alike with his football intelligence and his diligence in the classroom. (Source: CSNNE)

Fantasy Impact: Jordan Richards was considered a reach when the Patriots took him in the second round. The team obviously sees something special in the Stanford rookie. The secondary in New England is wide open this year so Richards has a chance to move up the depth chart and make an impact on the defense.


After being involved in a hit-and-run accident, Brandon Spikes was released by the New England Patriots less than a month after being signed. (Source: Albert Breer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Spikes' Mercedes Maybach was found abandoned close to Foxborough, MA early Sunday morning. Later on, someone claimed their vehicle was hit by a car that matched Spikes' Maybach. Charges haven't been filed, but this solidifies that he will never play for the Patriots ever again. He played with them from 2010-2013, then spent last season with the Bills.

Category: Transactions


The New England Patriots added another layer of uncertainty to their cornerback position Monday, informing seventh-year veteran Kyle Arrington that he will be released, according to a league source. A reunion between Arrington and the Patriots in the future has not been ruled out, the source said. Arrington was scheduled to earn $3 million this season and count $4.625 million against the salary cap. (Source: ESPN Boston)

Fantasy Impact: Kyle Arrington has been a part of the Patriots secondary for years now. While he has never been a top notch cornerback he has always been serviceable and provided depth at the position for New England. This move makes the Patriots secondary even weaker after losing Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner and cutting Alfonzo Dennard. Look for the Patriots to pick up some more cornerbacks before preseason.


Patriots cut Alfonzo Dennard

Tue, May 5th 9:31am EDT
By John Aubin

The Patriots are releasing CB Alfonzo Dennard, who they drafted in 2012, source said. He had four starts this year. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With the lack of depth at cornerback for the Patriots, they must have really soured on Alfonzo Dennard after the second half of last season when he struggled with injuries. This move helps the salary cap situation for New England. And Dennard should get picked up by another team.


Part of what might have appealed to the Patriots in signing free-agent cornerback Robert McClain (Falcons) is his versatility. He lined up outside right (184 snaps), outside left (14), slot left (105), slot right (99) and at safety (67) last season. (Source: ESPN Boston)

Fantasy Impact: One of the Patriot's strengths last year was the cornerback position which due to free agency losses is now one of the weaker spots on the team. Robert McClain could be an underrated signing by New England. He has the versatility the coaching staff loves and will be utilized in different situations for the defense.


According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport Vince Wilfork hasn't ruled out re-signing with the Patriots. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: A day after losing their most prized possession Darrelle Revis, the Patriots would take any good news. Getting their Captain and long time nose tackle could help. Wilfork has been the ultimate Patriot over the years re-working his contract as needed while sticking with the team. The Patriots will have to contend with Bill O'Brien's Texans for Wilfork.


The Cleveland Browns are interested in signing Darrelle Revis after the Patriots declined his option yesterday. (Source: Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Revis and Joe Haden would form a lethal combination at defensive back for the Browns. Although it is unclear whether the interest is mutual, don't forget that Revis played for coach Mike Pettine while both were with the Jets.

Category: Transactions


Brandon Browner (knee) is listed as probable for the AFC Championship Game.

Fantasy Impact: Brandon Browner had suffered a knee injury in Saturday's divisional game against the Ravens. Despite being limited being able to practice is good news for the Patriots defense who will need Browner against a strong Colts wide receiver core.


The Dolphins have claimed safety Don Jones, their 2013 seventh-round draft pick off waivers after release by the New England Patriots. Miami cut corner Lowell Rose to make room for Jones. (Source: Sun Sentinel)

Fantasy Impact: Miami has lost a number of defensive backs to injury including Jamar Taylor (shoulder) and Cortland Finnegan (ankle). Jones, who can play corner, safety, and is a gunner on special teams, should be an immediate contributor.


Alan Branch is expected to sign a two-year, $12 million deal with the Patriots on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was an important signing for the Patriots defense. Branch is big at 6'6" and 350 pounds. He clogs up the middle at DT and was the key reason the Patriots ranked fourth in the NFL with only 88.4 rushing yards allowed per game.


Coach Bill Belichick said DE Jabaal Sheard has been good the last couple weeks. Sheard did not even travel with the team for the Week 11 game in San Francisco, but he has played 44 percent and 54 percent of the defensive snaps in the last two games with seven tackles and a couple pass breakups over that span.

Fantasy Impact: Sheard came into the season as a potential breakout for IDP leagues. He has been disappointing most of the year leading up to his benching in Week 11. He should be on fantasy owners radar as he can easily create turnovers along with sacks when he gets going.

Category: Game Recaps


Rob Ninkovich has been suspended for four games after testing positive for a banned substance, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports. The veteran defensive end claimed to be devastated and shocked by the news that he tested positive, claiming to have never knowingly taken a banned substance. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: This may actually be a positive for the Patriots and Ninkovich. He has been recovering from a torn triceps injury and he was questionable to be ready for the start of the season. The team can replace him on the roster and Ninkovich can get back to full health. The defensive end was on the radar of owners in IDP fantasy leagues after finishing last season with 52 tackles and 6.5 sacks.


The New England Patriots released DT Dominique Easley on Wednesday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots released Dominique Easley. Easley was New England's first-round pick in 2014. He was hampered by injuries since entering the NFL and only played in 22 games in a two-year span. Easley has three sacks and an interception in his short career.

Category: Transactions


The New England Patriots and DT Terrance Knighton agreed to terms on a one-year, $4.5 million deal on Thursday. (Source: Around the NFL)

Fantasy Impact: The New England Patriots shuffled the deck on their defensive line in the past two offseasons, losing Vince Wilfork via free agency in 2015 and dealing away Chandler Jones last month replacing them with two veterans who fit the mold of the Patriots in Chris Long and the newly acquired Terrance Knighton. Knighton will provide that big presence on the interior line that Wilfork left while Long will attempt to rejuvenate his career as he has his first opportunity to play with a legit Super Bowl contender.

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Rookie defensive end Trey Flowers has remained anxious to make his NFL debut. The fourth-round pick out of Arkansas had one sack, three quarterback hits and two pressures in three preseason games, but he was held out of the regular-season opener. Despite being listed as a full participant with a knee injury in all three practices in Week 1, a team source said the knee did indeed keep him out against the Steelers, and it wasn’t depth-chart related. (Source: Boston Herald)

Fantasy Impact: Trey Flowers made a huge impression with his pass rushing skills in exhibition games which included a sack of Aaron Rodgers. Flowers should get an opportunity to play on Sunday against the Bills. If he can carry over his results from the preseason, Flowers could be a sleeper candidate for IDP and also help New England's overall defense.


First-round draft choice Malcom Brown sustained a left foot or ankle injury that required him to stay down on the sideline for several minutes with his shoe off. He soon put the shoe back on and remained on the field as a spectator for the rest of the practice. It did not appear that Brown’s injury was too much of a cause for concern, however, as the medical staff did not treat him on the field, and the rookie defensive lineman actually spoke to reporters afterward. “Just working and competing,” he said with a smile several times in response to repeated questions. (Source: patriots.com)

Fantasy Impact: It does not look like Malcom Brown suffered a serious injury on Friday but it is worth keeping an eye on updates. Brown is expected to help fill Vince Wilfork's shoes in the middle of the Patriots defense. If he can produce like he did in college, Brown could be a sleeper pick at IDP.

Category: Injury Updates


According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport Vince Wilfork hasn't ruled out re-signing with the Patriots. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: A day after losing their most prized possession Darrelle Revis, the Patriots would take any good news. Getting their Captain and long time nose tackle could help. Wilfork has been the ultimate Patriot over the years re-working his contract as needed while sticking with the team. The Patriots will have to contend with Bill O'Brien's Texans for Wilfork.


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


ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Patriots will trade Jamie Collins to the Browns in exchange for a compensatory third-round draft pick. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is surprising news as Collins was one of the top players on the Patriot defense. But he has not really improved from last year and in fact has regressed a little bit. His fantasy numbers in IDP are down as he has just 43 tackles, two picks, and a sack. Maybe this trade will be the wake up call he needs so owners may want to see how he performs in a new uniform.


The New England Patriots have traded LB Jonathan Bostic to the Detroit Lions for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2017. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Lions acquired Jon Bostic from the Patriots on Monday. Bostic was dealt to New England in 2014 by Chicago, where he played his best football at the pro level. He appeared in 11 games with the Patriots in 2015 and only accounted for two tackles.

Category: Transactions


According to Adam Schefter, the New England Patriots have sent star defensive end Chandler Jones to Arizona in exchange for OG Jonathan Cooper and a 2nd round selection. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This move would save them a pretty good chunk of cap space and help fortify the offensive line to keep Tom Brady upright in 2016.

Category: Transactions


New England Patriots' linebacker Jerod Mayo announced his retirement after eight NFL seasons. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jerod Mayo's retirement from New England leaves a gaping hole at the linebacker position. Look for the Patriots to fill this void through the draft in April.

Category: Transactions


After being involved in a hit-and-run accident, Brandon Spikes was released by the New England Patriots less than a month after being signed. (Source: Albert Breer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Spikes' Mercedes Maybach was found abandoned close to Foxborough, MA early Sunday morning. Later on, someone claimed their vehicle was hit by a car that matched Spikes' Maybach. Charges haven't been filed, but this solidifies that he will never play for the Patriots ever again. He played with them from 2010-2013, then spent last season with the Bills.

Category: Transactions


The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with CB Logan Ryan for 3-years at $30M. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Ryan, one of the top fee-agent CBs, has signed with the Titans and adds to a much important need in their pass defense. Ryan finished 2016 with 92 tackles, two interceptions, one forced fumble, and one sack. Ryan will team up with new signee Jonathan Cyprien and change the Titans to become one of the top defenses in football. I would consider drafting them with a top-5 pick once defenses start to go.

Category: Transactions


The Patriots placed a first-round restricted free-agent tender on Malcolm Butler on Tuesday, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports. If another organization is interested in Butler, a first-round selection must be coughed up in order to pry him away from the defending champions. (Source: Ben Volin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Butler has become one of the top CBs in the NFL after just three years in the league. If the Patriots were to lose Butler it would be a big loss to their defense and would be hard to replace. If he returns to the Patriots, he'll serve as the unquestioned number one cornerback.


Devin McCourty's injury suffered Sunday night against the Texans is feared to be a high ankle sprain, the Boston Globe reports. McCourty reportedly avoided suffering any broken bones in his ankle, which is, at least, encouraging after he went down with a non-contact injury Sunday night. (Source: Jeff Howe on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If it is a high ankle sprain, Devin McCourty will miss some time. If you are in the fantasy playoffs and have McCourty as your IDP you may want to move on. This will also affect the Patriots defense as McCourty is the leader of the secondary.

Category: Injury Updates, Game Recaps


The Patriots are placing CB Tarell Brown on Injured Reserve according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This news definitely weakens the Patriots defense in the secondary as Tarell Brown was the starting cornerback opposite Malcolm Butler. The team does not have depth at that position which could make them vulnerable against a potentially dangerous Colts offense on Sunday. This could mean big days for secondary Colt receivers like Donte Moncrief and Andre Johnson.

Category: Injury Updates


Bradley Fletcher was released by the Patriots on Saturday, ESPN's Field Yates reports. Fletcher hasn't played since Week 2 when he picked up four tackles and a forced fumble in a win over the Bills, as the veteran cornerback had fallen to No. 5 on the depth chart. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bradley Fletcher had a golden opportunity with the Patriots to win a starting corner back job and make an impact on defense this season. But Fletcher failed to distinguish himself and struggled in pass coverage. Fletcher may catch on with another team but will only be a depth signing.


Jordan Richards, the Patriots second-round pick in this year's draft, has quickly made himself right at home in New England. On the field, he has made a handful of standout plays against older, more established pros. Off the field, he's impressed his teammates and coaches alike with his football intelligence and his diligence in the classroom. (Source: CSNNE)

Fantasy Impact: Jordan Richards was considered a reach when the Patriots took him in the second round. The team obviously sees something special in the Stanford rookie. The secondary in New England is wide open this year so Richards has a chance to move up the depth chart and make an impact on the defense.


The New England Patriots added another layer of uncertainty to their cornerback position Monday, informing seventh-year veteran Kyle Arrington that he will be released, according to a league source. A reunion between Arrington and the Patriots in the future has not been ruled out, the source said. Arrington was scheduled to earn $3 million this season and count $4.625 million against the salary cap. (Source: ESPN Boston)

Fantasy Impact: Kyle Arrington has been a part of the Patriots secondary for years now. While he has never been a top notch cornerback he has always been serviceable and provided depth at the position for New England. This move makes the Patriots secondary even weaker after losing Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner and cutting Alfonzo Dennard. Look for the Patriots to pick up some more cornerbacks before preseason.


Patriots cut Alfonzo Dennard

Tue, May 5th 9:31am EDT
By John Aubin

The Patriots are releasing CB Alfonzo Dennard, who they drafted in 2012, source said. He had four starts this year. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With the lack of depth at cornerback for the Patriots, they must have really soured on Alfonzo Dennard after the second half of last season when he struggled with injuries. This move helps the salary cap situation for New England. And Dennard should get picked up by another team.


The Cleveland Browns are interested in signing Darrelle Revis after the Patriots declined his option yesterday. (Source: Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Revis and Joe Haden would form a lethal combination at defensive back for the Browns. Although it is unclear whether the interest is mutual, don't forget that Revis played for coach Mike Pettine while both were with the Jets.

Category: Transactions


Brandon Browner (knee) is listed as probable for the AFC Championship Game.

Fantasy Impact: Brandon Browner had suffered a knee injury in Saturday's divisional game against the Ravens. Despite being limited being able to practice is good news for the Patriots defense who will need Browner against a strong Colts wide receiver core.


The Dolphins have claimed safety Don Jones, their 2013 seventh-round draft pick off waivers after release by the New England Patriots. Miami cut corner Lowell Rose to make room for Jones. (Source: Sun Sentinel)

Fantasy Impact: Miami has lost a number of defensive backs to injury including Jamar Taylor (shoulder) and Cortland Finnegan (ankle). Jones, who can play corner, safety, and is a gunner on special teams, should be an immediate contributor.