New England Patriots

AFC East

Demaryius Thomas was placed on the PUP list ahead of Patriots training camp. (Source: Mike Reiss on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Thomas lands on the PUP list due to a torn Achilles suffered last season. The four-time Pro Bowler has registered 9,330 yards and 62 TDs in his 10 year career, and New England signed him to a one-year, incentive-laden deal in the offseason. He's not a lock to make the final 53-man roster, even with a lack of depth at the WR position.

Category: Injury Updates

Patriots RB Sony Michel has landed on the PUP list ahead of training camp. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Michel won't be ready to go for training camp, but by all accounts, his knee scope and subsequent recovery have been coming along very well. This is likely a precautionary move for New England to protect their second-year back who ran for a rookie record six rushing TDs in last year's playoffs. Michel's health should continue to be monitored by fantasy owners who are thinking of drafting him this season.

Category: Injury Updates

Julian Edelman is expected to be out the next three weeks with a thumb injury. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Edelman was spotted with a brace on his thumb, and will miss most or all of training camp. Edelman’s absence will free up more first team reps for N’Keal Harry, Maurice Harris, and Braxton Berrios.

Category: Injury Updates

Braxton Berrios who was stashed on injured reserve as a rookie, has looked good at spring practices in hopes to landing a roster spot as part of the Patriots receiving corps. (Source: Mike Reiss of

Fantasy Impact: Berrios, a sixth round pick in 2018, is in good health after spending his entire rookie season on the injured reserve. He will need his strong May and June to carry over into training camp, if he hopes to land a roster spot with the team. His odds will largely remain on the health of Demaryius Thomas and the suspension status of Josh Gordon. According to Reiss, Berrios would be in a Danny Amendola-type role as a slot receiver while also working as a return specialist.

The Detroit Lions have traded TE Michael Roberts to the New England Patriots for a conditional 2020 seventh-round pick. (Source: Mike Reiss on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Roberts becomes another acquisition for the Patriots in the passing game, and he may have some late-round fantasy upside. At 6-5, 265 pounds, he’s a matchup problem in the red zone and could make an impact around the goal line. Matt LaCosse is likely to open the season as the starting TE, but with Benjamin Watson suspended the first four games of the season, Roberts could see his number called regularly. Although he’s accumulated just 13 receptions for 146 receiving yards and three TDs in two NFL seasons, the change of scenery will surely boost his outlook.

Category: Transactions

Jeff Howe of The Athletic believes rookie running back Damien Harris has a chance to earn a "prominent role" with the Patriots this season. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Harris' off-season hype continues to grow as Sony Michel has not been on the practice field much this spring. Howe writes that Harris has had a "strong spring", so he's worth taking a flier on in best-ball drafts right now. The New England backfield will once again be a situation to monitor throughout training camp.

Matt LaCosse has a great chance to be the Patriots' starting TE this season. (Source: Boston Herald)

Fantasy Impact: LaCosse was one of the Patriots' first acquisitions this offseason, and according to a report from the Boston Herald, "all signs point to Matt LaCosse as the Patriots’ starting tight end in Week 1." Austin Sefarian-Jenkins was just released, and Ben Watson will serve a four game suspension for a PED violation, leaving the door open for LaCosse to see a lot of snaps. LaCosse has racked up a modest 27-272-1 line in three NFL seasons for the Giants and Broncos, but he looks to be heavily involved in New England's offensive scheme in 2019, filling a role vacated by Rob Gronkowski, who totaled 177 targets in his final two years with the Pats. LaCosse is the TE71 in our half-PPR ECR, but that ranking is sure to rise dramatically as the season approaches.

Category: Rumors

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.

Category: Transactions

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.

Category: Transactions

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.

Category: Transactions

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.

Category: Transactions

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

Category: Game Recaps

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.

Category: Game Recaps

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.

Category: Game Recaps