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New England Patriots

AFC East

2016 Schedule

  • Week 1

    NE @ ARI

    09/11/16

    9:30 pm

  • Week 2

    MIA @ NE

    09/18/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 2

    HOU @ NE

    09/22/16

    9:30 pm

  • Week 4

    BUF @ NE

    10/02/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 5

    NE @ CLE

    10/09/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 6

    CIN @ NE

    10/16/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 7

    NE @ PIT

    10/23/16

    4:30 pm

  • Week 8

    NE @ BUF

    10/30/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 9

    bye

  • Week 10

    SEA @ NE

    11/13/16

    8:30 pm

  • Week 11

    NE @ SF

    11/20/16

    4:30 pm

  • Week 12

    NE @ NYJ

    11/27/16

    8:30 pm

  • Week 13

    LAR @ NE

    12/04/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 14

    BAL @ NE

    12/12/16

    8:30 pm

  • Week 15

    NE @ DEN

    12/18/16

    4:30 pm

  • Week 16

    NYJ @ NE

    12/24/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 17

    NE @ MIA

    01/01/17

    1:00 pm

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.

New England Patriots - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview

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New England Patriots - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview


 


 


Last year nine teams had three or more fantasy starters in the top 60 and it is likely that it’ll continue to be that way in 2014. This series: Dressed for Success, will look at NFL teams going into 2014 to find teams that have assembled the right players to be a treasure trove of fantasy studs. 


 


The team I am really excited about is New England, which finished the season ranking in the lower half of fantasy output at 19th. But three reasons I am high on drafting players on the Patriots going into next season are: 1) continuity at the starting positions; 2) an improved defense; 3) high risk and reward based on health players.


 


Last year was a first for many of the offensive starters on the Patriots; first year in the NFL for rookie WRs, first year for Edelman being the number one receiver, first year for Brady to be without Welker or Hernandez, first year without either starting TE available at the beginning of the season. Another year in this system will help the highly lauded WRs move the Patriots offense, which was unusually poor last year, gaining nearly 600 less yards in 2013 than in 2012. This team’s offense brought the recent up-tempo offense to the league a few years back and there’s every reason to believe that’s where Josh McDaniel’s wants to lead this offense in 2014.


 


Another reason for optimism is the team’s defense. The team’s defense started getting bitten by the injury bug early in the season, leaving opposing offenses on the field throughout the season. But with most two major free agent signings on defense, two stout corners, which had been a perennially weak position for the team, the Patriots should see a jump in converting three and outs. I am also convinced that Brandon LaFell is actually being brought in to be a corner, but I don’t have any proof of that. The Patriots defense could be a value pick with many owners and analysts overvaluing Brandon Browner’s four-game suspension at the beginning of the season and the rise of defenses in the NFC West and South. Bottom line is don’t be afraid to wait and get this defense that finished 12th on the season in standard scoring and will likely causing way more three and outs. Three and outs lead to the offense getting the chance to run up the score, which we know Belichick isn’t afraid to do.


 


The final reason I’m high on these players are because the Patriots are looking unsexy in fantasy this year and will all be available at points in the draft where the risk is lower and the chance of reward is high. Last year, Danny Amendola’s ADP was 49.53 (according to CBS Sports), which in light of his injury risk was unjustifiably high. With plenty of fantasy owners getting burned last year, expect his ADP to drop plenty now. But as with DeSean Jackson last year, picking up Danny Amendola in the 8th round or later has potential to be an ADP victory. Danny managed three 100 yard games while only playing in 12, so the potential is there. I wouldn’t move him earlier than the seventh or eighth round in standard scoring though because historically, he has trouble finding the end zone. But then again, historically his QBs were Marc Bulger, rookie Sam Bradford, and third year Sam Bradford.


 


Another player that will see his ADP fall is Stevan Ridley, who soared to an ADP of 23.75 in 2013. In light of the Patriots being a true Running-Back-by-Committee (when a group of running backs wear onesies together, there’s a pretty good chance it’ll be a committee) and Ridley’s characteristically poorly timed fumbles, his ADP should be lower than borderline second round pick. But the Patriots did score the 2nd most running TDs in the league last season, first the year before, and Ridley continued to produce the most yards of all Patriots RBs. If I see Ridley slip past the third round in a standard league, I would take him. He might even make you a fan of onesies. 


 


 


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The two other health risk-and-reward players on the Patriots are Shane Vereen and Rob Gronkowski. Both players missed most of the regular season with injuries; Vereen breaking his wrist and Gronkowski recovering from back surgery and subsequently took a shoulder to the knee.


 




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This Bill Belichick gif pretty much sums up the reaction of Gronkowski Fantasy owners last year


 


The risks with Gronkowski are real; he hasn’t played a full season since 2011. But whatever health voodoo curse he is afflicted with hasn’t prevented him from producing three double digit TD seasons even in limited play. If Gronkowski could play a full or even two thirds of a season and replicates his prior production, he would be a great value after the third round. 




Going into 2014, Gronkowski is still rehabbing from surgery and there is no estimate on when he will return. Everything indicates this offseason will be a repeat of waiting on Gronkowski. If Gronkowski started playing in the preseason, I would start drafting him in the late second-third round, but if he is likely to miss a couple of games in the beginning of the season, I would wait until he fell to the 5th round. If someone in your league auto-drafts Gronkowski and is impatient about not having Gronk for a number of games, be sure send him some trade requests. 




Being down a starter for any portion of the fantasy season can be hard to overcome, so if you draft Gronkowski, all your other draft picks should be starters. But, if I were to take a chance on any injury-prone player, I’d take a chance on Gronkowski. 


 


Shane Vereen has been injured every season in some way. Last season was supposed to be his break out season and his first game had every indication of a breakout, getting 101 rushing yards on 14 rushes, seven catches and 58 receiving yards. But after breaking his wrist and returning in November, he never rushed more than 10 times in a game.


 


A year removed from his injury and with a less crowded backfield, he has sleeper potential if enough fantasy owners pass on him due to his injury history. His value in PPR versus standard is huge; he averaged 6 catches a game in 2013. He has the potential to be the 2013 Danny Woodhead of 2014, who finished as the 19th best RB in standard. He runs a terrific wheel route and gets plenty of red zone looks.  


 


It’s an exciting time to be drafting the Patriots, who performed uncharacteristically poorly in 2013. The Patriots players will reward fantasy owners who are willing to draft these players and not let them slide too far. 


 


 

 


PLEASE CHECK OUT TEAM 2 of 32:


Indianapolis Colts - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview


 


 


 


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The Tuck Rule Game

Rule 3, Section 22, Article 2, Note 2 of the NFL rule book, which states that "any intentional forward movement of [the thrower's] arm starts a forward pass, even if the player loses possession of the ball as he is attempting to tuck it back toward his body."

That is the NFL’s Tuck rule, which was instituted in 1999. The rule was repealed in March of 2013 by a vote of 29-1 with two abstentions. The reason for the repeal was due to this controversial call impacting games at key moments. There is no better example of this happening than during a Divisional Playoff game in Foxboro between the New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders on January 19th, 2002, which has since come to be known as “The Tuck Rule Game”.

Tom Brady had taken over as the Patriots quarterback, after Drew Bledsoe was knocked out earlier in the season, and was preparing to start his first ever playoff game. The Oakland Raiders had made the long cross-country trip after defeating the New Yorks Jets at home the previous week. The Raiders were coached by Jon Gruden, and had started the season 8-2, but finished 10-6, losing their final three games of the regular season. The Raiders would not only have to deal with the time zone adjustment, but the California team also had to deal winter conditions.  It was a blustery New England day, with 28-degree temperatures, wind, and a steady snowfall.

The game began with each time fighting to find their footing, and neither team was able to score in the first quarter. The Raiders had the ball in good field position at the start of the second quarter, and proceeded to drive 50 yards downfield, culminating in a James Jett 13-yard touchdown catch. That would be the only score of the half, with the Raiders leading 7-0.

The Patriots received the second half kickoff, and Tom Brady led a methodical six minute plus drive down to the Raiders five-yard line, but stalled out there. The Patriots would have to settle for an Adam Vinatieri 23-yard field goal, to cut the lead to 7-3. The Raiders dominated the rest of the third quarter scoring, but only mustered two Sebastian Janikowski field goals and a 13-3 lead heading into the final quarter.

It was at this point that Tom Brady gave the first glimpse of the clutch quarterback he would become. The Patriots got possession of the ball at their own 33-yard line, with 12:29 left to play.   Brady would complete nine consecutive passes on the drive, which ended with a Brady 6-yard scramble for a touchdown and only 7:57 remaining in the game. The Patriots now trailed 13-10.

The Raiders then put a decent drive together, but stalled out at the Patriots 45-yard line and were forced to punt. Brady and the Pats were unable to do anything on the drive, and were forced to punt back to the Raiders with only 2:41 left to play in the game. Charlie Garner ran for seven yards on the first play, followed by the Patriots first timeout. Garner would carry again for two yards, followed by the Patriots second timeout. On the crucial third and one play the Raiders gave the ball to 240-pound fullback Zack Crockett, who was shut down for no gain by Teddy Bruschi and Ty Law. Oakland would have to punt. This is when the fun began.

Troy Brown returned the punt 27 yards, before he fumbled the ball. Luckily for the Patriots, teammate Larry Izzo recovered the fumble at the Patriots 46-yard line with 2:06 remaining. Brady would then complete a pass to Kevin Faulk for seven yards, followed by a scramble for five yards. New England had first and ten at the Raiders 42-yard line with 1:50 left to play. Tom Brady dropped back to pass, pumped the ball and pulled it back when it was knocked out of his hands by Oakland’s Charles Woodson, and recovered by teammate Greg Biekert. The ruling on the field by head referee Walt Coleman was fumbled and recovered by Oakland, but the game was inside the two-minute warning meaning replays were initiated by the replay official. Replay official Rex Stuart called for a review of the play. The replay showed that Brady started to throw the ball but when he felt Woodson’s pressure he brought the ball back, bringing his throwing arm down and tucking the ball, like he was going to run with or protect the ball.

When Walt Coleman exited the replay booth, he ruled that the pass was incomplete due to the tuck rule. It was at this point that NFL fans became acutely aware of Rule 3, Section 22, Article 2, Note 2 of the NFL rulebook. The Patriots maintained possession of the ball and would finish the drive five plays later with an Adam Vinatieri 45-yard field goal to tie the game 13-13 with only 0:32 left in regulation. The game would go to overtime, and it was clear that the wind had been taken out of the Raiders sails after the tuck call took their fumble recovery away.

New England won the toss, and elected to receive the overtime kickoff. Brady led the Patriots on the first of many big game winning drives. Brady would complete nine consecutive passes during the 15-play, 61-yard drive that lasted 8:25. Brady drove the Patriots all the way to the Raiders 5-yard line, before Adam Vinatieri sealed the game with a 23-yard field goal.

Needless to say, Oakland felt cheated out of this game, and it would even cost Jon Gruden his job with the Raiders. It would go on to become known as “The Tuck Rule Game”, and it will forever remain that way in history, now that the rule has been abolished. The impact of this game became two fold, as it also became the catalyst to Tom Brady becoming Tom Brady. If the Raiders had won that game, it would have been one and done for Tom in his first playoff game. Instead, he would rally that into his first of three Super Bowl victories. The Raiders would make it to the Super Bowl the following season, although they would run into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, coached by Jon Gruden, who destroyed his former team 48-21. In the end, the tuck rule was all bad for Oakland, and all good for New England and Tom Brady.


 









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Blount riding high

LeGarrette Blount is just one game shy of tying the number of double digit fantasy performances he had last season.

Pyro's take: LeGarrette Blount is just one game shy of tying the number of double digit fantasy performances he had last season.

09/26/16, 06:26 PM CDT by Stagg Party
Source: pyromaniac.com

Patriots Injury Report 9-22-16

Patriots Injury Report 9-22-16

Pyro's take: Player- Rob Gonkowski, TE

Injury- Continuous hamstring issue, has been telling his teammates all week that he will play Thursday night.

Source- www.bostonglobe.com

Impact- Several reporters have come out saying that Gronk has a real shot at playing tonight. I would expect him to suit up and pay, but definitely monitor the situation until gametime in case he aggravates the injury or cannot go.

Player- Dont'a Hightower, LB

Injury- Knee issue, is still questionable for Thursday night.

Source- Ben Volin on Twitter

Impact- Hightower logged a limited practice this week after missing that last game with his knee injury. It is unknown if he will suit up yet or not, so monitor up until the game. He definitely has a shot at playing though.

09/22/16, 02:44 PM CDT by Kenny Mills
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Missing the Gronk

@AaronWilson_NFL Patriots list Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) as questionable

Pyro's take: @AaronWilson_NFL Patriots list Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) as questionable

Fantasy Goo: Martellus Bennett and Rob Gronkowski will play together on the same field one day and it will be glorious. Patience will be tested for now. Tom Brady will make both tight ends shine in the Patriots double tight end offense. If you like to roster two tight ends you might want to grab Pitta or Tamme if they are available until Gronk shows that he is in to stay.


09/21/16, 04:53 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: twitter.com

Rob Gronkowski Should Be Ready To Make His Season Debut On Thursday Night

The Boston Herald's

Pyro's take: The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe said he "thinks this is the week" Rob Gronkowski makes his season debut. The Patriots had a walkthrough-type practice Tuesday, but Gronkowski came out on the field in pads and had a "different attitude" than past weeks, according to Howe. "Today was a stark difference in his attitude and willingness to be out there," added Howe.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots could use Gronkowski on Thursday as they need all the weapons they can get against Houston. It looks like rookie Jacoby Brissett will be the starter at QB for New England. Having Gronkowski would be important for Brissett for his blocking and ability to catch passes over the middle. If Gronk does play he could become a security blanket for Brissett who will be facing a tough defense.

09/21/16, 12:46 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.csnne.com

Gronk Out Yet Again - Fantasy Owners Cry Woe Is Me

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Pyro's take: Well, here we go again. Gronk is out for Week #2

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots are 6.5 home favorites as they host the Dolphins. Bennett will obviously get more looks, but in 2015, only 6 teams gave up fewer points to the opposing TEs than Miami. The Black unicorn fell woefully shy of expectations last week. He was targeted 5 times but only caught 3 for 14 yards. There were 29 TEs that had better fantasy days. He just needs to convert a red zone TD for him to be fantasy relevant.


09/18/16, 10:53 AM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.cbssports.com

Blount Plans to Make the Dolphins D Sleep with the Fishes

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Pyro's take: Vegas has the Patriots beating the Dolphins in Week #2 by 6.5.

Fantasy Goo: With the spread so high, that means the Patriots will face a positive game script. Thus, Blount should shoulder a great portion of the road. They’ll want to ground, pound, and play D. In 20215, only 3 teams gave up more rushing yards per game. Wild Bill always looks to exploit a bad run D!


09/17/16, 10:05 PM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.nfl.com

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Pyro's take: Vegas has the Patriots beating the Dolphins in Week #2 by 6.5.

Fantasy Goo: With the spread so high, that means the Patriots will face a positive game script. Thus, Blount should shoulder a great portion of the road. They’ll want to ground, pound, and play D. In 20215, only 3 teams gave up more rushing yards per game. Wild Bill always looks to exploit a bad run D!


09/17/16, 10:05 PM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.nfl.com

Gronk Is Out For Second Straight Week

Rob Gronkowski

Pyro's take: Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) is out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. Gronkowski, who was one of nine Patriots listed as questionable this week, is now truly out for Sunday's contest, despite logging limited practices all week.

Fantasy Goo:The decision to not play Gronkowski was a long term play it safe decision for the Patriots. Since Gronk is indeed out for the second straight week Martellus Bennett should see an uptick in targets, another good thing for fantasy owners is New England's decision gave fantasy owners time to change him out for another tight end.

09/17/16, 09:10 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.espn.com

Chris "Seven-Eleven" Hogan Listed as Questionable For Week Two

Chris Hogan

Pyro's take: Chris Hogan (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Fantasy Goo: Hogan was a full participant in practice this week so the questionable tag is surprising. The wide receiver more than likely would have been probable if the NFL still had that designation. But keep an eye on his status up until game time.

09/17/16, 09:04 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.patriots.com

Gronk Returns To Practice

After missing

Pyro's take: After missing Week 1 with a hamstring injury, the star tight end was a limited participant at practice Wednesday. Gronk practiced in a limited capacity all last week before being ruled out for the game on Friday.

Fantasy Goo:The Patriots were able to surprise the Cardinals on Sunday night, earning a narrow victory without Gronk. New England got the victory with Jimmy Garoppolo running the offense as Tom Brady served the first of his four-game suspension.
Getting Gronkowski back would be a huge boost for the offense as they face the division-rival Miami Dolphins at home on Sunday. A return to practice is the first step towards that.




09/14/16, 04:01 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.nfl.com

Chris "Seven - Eleven" Hogan To Have an Evolving Role In Patriots Offense

Patriots

Pyro's take: Patriots WR Chris Hogan expects his role to evolve "week by week." "There are going to be a lot of opportunities for all of us," Hogan said. "Week by week" is a safe bet in what is always a game-plan specific offense.


Fantasy Goo: Hogan could be a breakout player this year. With the Patriots only carrying four wide receivers on the roster it looks like Hogan could see his share of targets. With fellow receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola playing the same position at the slot that leaves Hogan and rookie Malcolm Mitchell on the outside. Hogan is a good target in later rounds for fantasy owners looking to add depth to their reciever corp.

09/09/16, 11:14 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: itiswhatitis.weei.com

Gronk Spiked Patriots TE To Miss Opening Game

New England Patriots

Pyro's take: New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) is "not expected" to play in Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals. Gronkowski did not travel with the team to Arizona.


Fantasy Goo: With Gronkowski out in Week one, Martellus Bennett will draw the start against the Cardinals. Bennett has a solid matchup this week in Arizona. Their defense finished the 2015 campaign ranked 14th versus opposing tight ends in fantasy points allowed giving up 7.9 FPPG. Bennett should be considered a low-end TE1 in the upcoming contest.

09/09/16, 11:03 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: twitter.com

Rob not going to play?

According to Pats beat writer mark Daniels "I'm hearing that Rob Gronkowski, Jonathan Cooper and Nate Solder weren't with their teammates on the flight to Arizona."

Fantasy Goo: Not being on the flight is not a good sign for groks availability for Sunday night. Make necessary arrangements by picking up someone now. If you want a chance to wait and see Sunday, look for someone like Jesse James on the waiver wire. Bennett would see a big bump in the rankings if Gronk were to sit as well.

Pyro's take: According to Pats beat writer mark Daniels "I'm hearing that Rob Gronkowski, Jonathan Cooper and Nate Solder weren't with their teammates on the flight to Arizona."

Fantasy Goo: Not being on the flight is not a good sign for groks availability for Sunday night. Make necessary arrangements by picking up someone now. If you want a chance to wait and see Sunday, look for someone like Jesse James on the waiver wire. Bennett would see a big bump in the rankings if Gronk were to sit as well.

09/09/16, 03:50 PM CDT by Stagg Party
Source: twitter.com

Too early to plan ahead?

Running back Dion Lewis will be sidelined for another 8-10 weeks after he endures a second surgery on his left knee, according to a source.

Pyro's take: Running back Dion Lewis will be sidelined for another 8-10 weeks after he endures a second surgery on his left knee, according to a source.

Fantasy Goo: We know that Dion Lewis is out for a long time this season. They say the second surgery is not a major surgery and even use the words minor. Lewis was said to have been having his best off-season this year. People like me could not wait to draft him (PPR especially). So, are you willing to take a risk? How much of a risk? Could you draft him now and place him on your IR until he returns? If you have space then you can try and hope none of your other players need to go to the IR if your league designates a space for IR. If not, they say he could come back by week 8. I recommend stashing him before someone else does. This will be a game of Russian roulette. Who will snipe him off your waiver wire first? Follow his recovery closely and pounce if the words are positive. Maybe by week 4 or no later than 5 you should be an early bird or your opponent will use him during the fantasy playoffs against YOU!!


08/26/16, 02:22 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: www.bostonherald.com

James White To Hold Down Pass Catching Duties Out Of Patriots Backfield

ESPN

Pyro's take: ESPN New England Patriots reporter Mike Reiss believes Bill Belichick will place Dion Lewis on PUP to open the season. If this does occur then Lewis will miss at least the first six games of the season and James White will fill in like he did last season. Now that the Patriots know Lewis will need a second surgery, look for Jimmy Garoppolo to build more chemistry with White these last two games of the preseason.

Fantasy Goo: Lewis tore his ACL in Week 9 and from Week 10-17 as the primary receiving back, White finished as the RB7 in PPR leagues. White's ADP should rise to the middle rounds in drafts as he should be going as a solid RB2 in PPR format.



08/23/16, 11:35 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.espn.com

4 games to shine for Jimmy?

Garoppolo checked in at 16-21, 181 yards and one TD, 12 of the completions going for first downs, with no interceptions.

Pyro's take: Garoppolo checked in at 16-21, 181 yards and one TD, 12 of the completions going for first downs, with no interceptions. "I think Jimmy's been pretty consistent through camp," Belichick said. "He's been taking care of the football and making the most of his opportunities."

Fantasy Goo: Jimmy had a very nice stat line. Fantasy owners are a bit worried about the passing game of the Patriots with Tom Brady out of action four weeks. The fear that I see is that the Patriots have too many mouths for young Jimmy to feed. Those fighting for the pigskin at the dinner table are Edelman, Amendola, Hogan, Gronkowski, Bennett and White out of the backfield. On draft day I plan to shy away from all of them except for one. I feel Martellus Bennett offers very good reward for his current ADP of 13th tight end in the 11th round of a 12 team league. I will even consider drafting two tight ends with Bennett being one of the. Jimmy will need a close target to get him out of trouble. Tom will use Martellus as he once did with Aaron Hernandez. Bennett = Bargain in 2016.


08/23/16, 02:46 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: www.thesunchronicle.com

Dion Lewis Needs A Second Surgery

New England

Pyro's take: New England RB Dion Lewis will undergo a cleanup procedure on his knee, leaving him out for an indefinite period. Lewis tore his ACL in November and is a good candidate to start the season on the PUP list.

Fantasy Goo: Tough blow for the Patriots as they are missing Tom Brady for the first four games and now Lewis is likely to be out for the first six weeks. LeGarrette Blount was already expected to take on a heavy role in the backfield. Expect James White to take over the receiving back role in New England, making him worth a late-round pick on most drafts. Lewis is only draftable in the final round of deep leagues at this point due to the uncertainty around his health.

08/21/16, 12:45 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: twitter.com

Tyler Gaffney Sleeper Running Back In 2016 Here Come The Belitrix

Tyler Gaffney

Pyro's take: Tyler Gaffney has started the preseason out strong as he finished Thursday's preseason game with 64 yards (including a 44-yard touchdown run) on nine second-half carries.

Fantasy Goo: Gaffney has spent the last two years on injured reserve so he has become a forgotten name. But Bill Belichick is a fan of his and scooped him up from the Panthers two seasons ago. If Gaffney stays healthy he could be this year's Dion Lewis. Keep on eye on Gaffney during the preseason as this could be a name that pops up again this year.
So it's 2016 and one thing remains the same Which Patriots running back can you trust to draft in fantasy this season? Currently Dion Lewis is has the highest ADP but can he be trusted coming back from knee injury then there's LeGarrette Blount who is still lingering around Foxborough.Brandon Bolden, Tyler Gaffney, Donald Brown, James White, Joey Ioesefa and Rookie from Arizona State D.J.Foster are all fighting to make the roster, this backfield is as hard to predict as ever but is worth being monitored as the Patriots offense is a perennial fantasy scoring machine.

08/15/16, 11:36 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.bostonglobe.com

Patience Grasshoppah

Lewis has to be ahead of schedule, which is great news. I wouldn’t be shocked if he were ready and able to go for week 1 of this upcoming season (sound the horns, fantasy football players).

Pyro's take: Lewis has to be ahead of schedule, which is great news. I wouldn’t be shocked if he were ready and able to go for week 1 of this upcoming season (sound the horns, fantasy football players). While he is not yet at 100%, he is seven months out of his ACL surgery and could be back at full strength for opening week.

Fantasy Goo: If you are like me then you want to draft Dion Lewis in all of your leagues. We have to be very careful to not let our lusting interfere with our decision making. Word out of Patriot World is that they plan to go easy on Lewis to keep him alive and well for the full 2016 season. These words are usually stakes through fantasy owner’s hearts. Dion Lewis is not a bell-cow runner. Dion kept fantasy teams afloat in 2015 with his 10 to 12 touches per game. That is not many to start with and if they remove 4 touches per game then Lewis will not justify his 4th round and 20th RB drafted in 12 team leagues. We need to keep our ears to the ground for words such as… we are taking the training wheels off. Dion Lewis can help us all but, he has to get the football first.



08/14/16, 07:36 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: www.patspulpit.com

Tom Brady Will Serve Four Game Suspension In 2016

New England Patriots

Pyro's take: New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will officially miss the first four games of the 2016 regular season as he announced on Friday that he will no longer proceed with legal action against the NFL. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Goo: Deflategate is officially over as Tom Brady accepts his four-game ban and will serve the suspension during the first quarter of the 2016 regular season. Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to start in Brady's absence.

07/15/16, 02:18 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.twitter.com

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