Week 4
September 26, 2017
 

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Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Waiver Wire Target


Amendola was back, but he did not make a major impact this week with three receptions for 48 yards. He should be owned in most leagues, especially PPR leagues, as he is going to see a lot of targets when healthy.


09/25/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: pyromaniac.com


Jacoby Brissett

New England Patriots

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Scott Tolzien

Indianapolis Colts

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Malcolm Mitchell

New England Patriots

Mitchell To IR


Malcolm Mitchell, who I liked as a potential surpise fantasy option in the NE pass attack will be ruled out for at least 8 weeks on the IR designated to return.

Fantasy Goo: Although I don't believe this has any impact on tonight's game or the Pat's other pass catchers who you wouldn't otherwise play in fantasy, it does open the door for the Amendola's and Dorsett's to see expanded roles.


09/07/17, 04:23 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk ready for Week 1


Gronk should and will be a huge part of the Patriots offense this season. The loss of Julian Edelman should mean more work for Gronk who could be in line for his biggest season since 2011. He faces the Chiefs in Week 1, and with Brady trying to find timing with Brandin Cooks, Gronk should see extra looks in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.metro.us


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks looks to make an impression in Week 1


The Patriots are hoping that Brandin Cooks and Tom Brady get on the same page as soon as possible. As Brady said at the end of August:
"We're working hard at it," Brady told reporters "We're talking about things."

The loss of Julian Edelman should mean an increased target share for Cooks, and his speed makes him a deep threat option as well. He could have a chance for some big plays in Week 1, as he is facing a Chiefs defense that likes to take chances in the defensive backfield.


09/04/17, 04:25 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.oregonlive.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gilislee's workload is biggest question in Week 1


The Patriots have a loaded backfield, so while there was a lot of preseason hype about getting Mike Gilislee, it remains to be seen exactly how Belichick will utilize him. The odds are that he does not have more than 15 carries, and we need to see him on the field in the redzone to feel good about starting him in Week 1.


09/04/17, 04:15 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: patriotswire.usatoday.com


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tough Week 1 matchup for Brady


Tom Brady will open the season on Thursday night hosting the Chiefs. Kansas City is a ball hawking defense that was tied for the league lead last season with 18 interceptions. This will be a tough test, especially in his first game without Julian Edelman, and in his first real game with Brandin Cooks. Brady is still a top option, but he could have timing issues with hie receivers in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:07 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.nfl.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

A healthy Amendola will need to step up his game!


Talk about a player skyrocketing up my Tiers for v4! Expect a ton of 3rd down catches for Amendola in 2017. Julian Edelman is gone with a torn ACL, it's time for Danny to step it up a notch: "Amendola’s role will be as important as ever."

Fantasy Goo: Danny is healthier to start a season than he has ever been for the Patriots. Now he needs to fill the slot role left vacant by Edelman's season ending injury. I know Brady and Belichick have faith he can pull it off, hopefully, his 31-year-old body is up to the task.


08/28/17, 07:41 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gillislee Ground to Make Up


Gillislee missed time during OTA’s and was sidelined for two weeks during camp with a hamstring injury. "I think he still has quite a ways to go," Belichick said. "We gained some ground last week...We'll continue to keep pushing through it."

Fantasy Goo: Gillislee was being drafted in the 5th round at one point, but he’s starting to slide down to the seventh now. The only back in NE that we can expect any kind of consistency from is White. Burkhead, Gillislee, and Lewis should only be drafted in best-ball drafts because we will probably not be given any indication which one will be getting the majority of touches each week.


08/26/17, 06:40 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Julian Edelman

New England Patriots

Edelman Tears ACL


Patriots WR Julian Edelman has a complete ACL tear in his right knee, going down awkwardly while making a cut. “He had caught three passes for 52 yards before hobbling off the field and eventually leaving on the cart. It appeared to be a non-contact injury, as Edelman planted, cut, and went down.”
Edelman will be out for the season.

Fantasy Goo:Everyone will see a small piece of his targets, Cooks and Gronk probably benefit the most. Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Amendola are all viable late round flyers, but good luck predicting which week each will perform. Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis will all scrape a few targets away and, TE Dwayne Allen could see a few of those as well.


08/26/17, 11:46 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead's Versatility Shines in Camp


“The Pats haven’t been shy about trying Burkhead in short yardage situation down at the goal line either. Running backs coach Ivan Fears is on record saying the team needs to find it’s power back and while Mike Gilislee is probably the lead dog in that area, Burkhead is bigger than you think, right around 210 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo: There is no way there should be eight to ten ADP rounds difference between Gillislee and Burkhead. Blounts 300 vacated carries will probably mostly go to Gillislee, but those TD carries inside the 5 will be split several ways. The Blount “role” disappears and this becomes a true community backfield this year.


08/05/17, 07:50 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks Will Be A Volatile Play


The last time Tom Brady played with a first round WR they hooked up for 98 catches, 1,493 yards and 23 TDs. This is not a repeatable stat as it was a top 3 WR in the history of the NFL with a younger Brady and significantly less mouths to feed in the offense.

Fantasy Goo: Cooks had the 7th highest volatility on week to week production among WRs, but for those worried about who will play the slot, Cooks was in the slot only 19% of the time last season.


07/31/17, 01:43 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: pyromaniac.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

To Gillislee or Not to Gillislee?


“First goal-line carry of camp in full pads goes to Mike Gillislee. Powers up middle for TD. Top candidate to replace LeGarrette Blount.”

Fantasy Goo: About 12 hours after a Pyro discussion about Gillislee’s draft value we see him get the first goal-line carry in camp. If we see him get even half of the goal-line work that Blount has vacated and 220-250 touches Gillislee should easily return his draft value. Gillislee is currently going of the board as RB22 in MFL10’s, and he’s ranked as RB28 in the Pyro rankings, as Staggs has him projected for closer to 200 carries. If we can guarantee that he is going to get all of the goal-line work he will continue to rise, but we always have to look out for those Belitricks.


07/29/17, 09:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk "Full-Go"


After a busy off season, highlighted by a short WWE debut, Rob Gronkowski is back at 100% health.

Fantasy Goo: Brandin Cooks the new WR addition should take some value away from Gronk's potential. Gronk is still widely considered the TE1 and being healthy for an offseason should allow the Patriots to integrate Cooks into the offense more seamlessly.


06/05/17, 11:04 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Patriots Add Depth at RB


The Buffalo Bills declined to match the offer sheet for Gillislee and he will now become a Patriot on a 2 year deal for $6.4mm.The Patriots vacate a 5th round pick to the Bills.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots backfield is already loaded with depth, Gillislee adds more as a part time back who is capable of getting a 5+ YPC with limited snaps.


04/24/17, 03:00 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


James White

New England Patriots

Follow The Money


James White signed a 3 year extension with the Patriots today through the 2020 season.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB confusion saga continues. White got a base deal of $12mm with 4.69 guaranteed. Keep this number in mind when ranking Patriots RBs.


04/18/17, 06:27 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Amendola Restructures Contract, LE$$ MONEY MO RINGS


Amendola was likely hit by BB with the "Take less or were cutting you" Amendola chose to stay on the reigning Super Bowl Champion Patriots despite adding Cooks.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots WR core stays deep, this move implies that the Pats are moving money around to be able to afford a high draft pick (to trade for) or Richard Sherman from the Seahawks.


04/18/17, 12:57 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com

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Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Waiver Wire Target


Amendola was back, but he did not make a major impact this week with three receptions for 48 yards. He should be owned in most leagues, especially PPR leagues, as he is going to see a lot of targets when healthy.


09/25/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: pyromaniac.com


Jacoby Brissett

New England Patriots

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Scott Tolzien

Indianapolis Colts

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Malcolm Mitchell

New England Patriots

Mitchell To IR


Malcolm Mitchell, who I liked as a potential surpise fantasy option in the NE pass attack will be ruled out for at least 8 weeks on the IR designated to return.

Fantasy Goo: Although I don't believe this has any impact on tonight's game or the Pat's other pass catchers who you wouldn't otherwise play in fantasy, it does open the door for the Amendola's and Dorsett's to see expanded roles.


09/07/17, 04:23 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk ready for Week 1


Gronk should and will be a huge part of the Patriots offense this season. The loss of Julian Edelman should mean more work for Gronk who could be in line for his biggest season since 2011. He faces the Chiefs in Week 1, and with Brady trying to find timing with Brandin Cooks, Gronk should see extra looks in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.metro.us


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks looks to make an impression in Week 1


The Patriots are hoping that Brandin Cooks and Tom Brady get on the same page as soon as possible. As Brady said at the end of August:
"We're working hard at it," Brady told reporters "We're talking about things."

The loss of Julian Edelman should mean an increased target share for Cooks, and his speed makes him a deep threat option as well. He could have a chance for some big plays in Week 1, as he is facing a Chiefs defense that likes to take chances in the defensive backfield.


09/04/17, 04:25 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.oregonlive.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gilislee's workload is biggest question in Week 1


The Patriots have a loaded backfield, so while there was a lot of preseason hype about getting Mike Gilislee, it remains to be seen exactly how Belichick will utilize him. The odds are that he does not have more than 15 carries, and we need to see him on the field in the redzone to feel good about starting him in Week 1.


09/04/17, 04:15 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: patriotswire.usatoday.com


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tough Week 1 matchup for Brady


Tom Brady will open the season on Thursday night hosting the Chiefs. Kansas City is a ball hawking defense that was tied for the league lead last season with 18 interceptions. This will be a tough test, especially in his first game without Julian Edelman, and in his first real game with Brandin Cooks. Brady is still a top option, but he could have timing issues with hie receivers in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:07 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.nfl.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

A healthy Amendola will need to step up his game!


Talk about a player skyrocketing up my Tiers for v4! Expect a ton of 3rd down catches for Amendola in 2017. Julian Edelman is gone with a torn ACL, it's time for Danny to step it up a notch: "Amendola’s role will be as important as ever."

Fantasy Goo: Danny is healthier to start a season than he has ever been for the Patriots. Now he needs to fill the slot role left vacant by Edelman's season ending injury. I know Brady and Belichick have faith he can pull it off, hopefully, his 31-year-old body is up to the task.


08/28/17, 07:41 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gillislee Ground to Make Up


Gillislee missed time during OTA’s and was sidelined for two weeks during camp with a hamstring injury. "I think he still has quite a ways to go," Belichick said. "We gained some ground last week...We'll continue to keep pushing through it."

Fantasy Goo: Gillislee was being drafted in the 5th round at one point, but he’s starting to slide down to the seventh now. The only back in NE that we can expect any kind of consistency from is White. Burkhead, Gillislee, and Lewis should only be drafted in best-ball drafts because we will probably not be given any indication which one will be getting the majority of touches each week.


08/26/17, 06:40 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Julian Edelman

New England Patriots

Edelman Tears ACL


Patriots WR Julian Edelman has a complete ACL tear in his right knee, going down awkwardly while making a cut. “He had caught three passes for 52 yards before hobbling off the field and eventually leaving on the cart. It appeared to be a non-contact injury, as Edelman planted, cut, and went down.”
Edelman will be out for the season.

Fantasy Goo:Everyone will see a small piece of his targets, Cooks and Gronk probably benefit the most. Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Amendola are all viable late round flyers, but good luck predicting which week each will perform. Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis will all scrape a few targets away and, TE Dwayne Allen could see a few of those as well.


08/26/17, 11:46 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead's Versatility Shines in Camp


“The Pats haven’t been shy about trying Burkhead in short yardage situation down at the goal line either. Running backs coach Ivan Fears is on record saying the team needs to find it’s power back and while Mike Gilislee is probably the lead dog in that area, Burkhead is bigger than you think, right around 210 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo: There is no way there should be eight to ten ADP rounds difference between Gillislee and Burkhead. Blounts 300 vacated carries will probably mostly go to Gillislee, but those TD carries inside the 5 will be split several ways. The Blount “role” disappears and this becomes a true community backfield this year.


08/05/17, 07:50 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks Will Be A Volatile Play


The last time Tom Brady played with a first round WR they hooked up for 98 catches, 1,493 yards and 23 TDs. This is not a repeatable stat as it was a top 3 WR in the history of the NFL with a younger Brady and significantly less mouths to feed in the offense.

Fantasy Goo: Cooks had the 7th highest volatility on week to week production among WRs, but for those worried about who will play the slot, Cooks was in the slot only 19% of the time last season.


07/31/17, 01:43 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: pyromaniac.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

To Gillislee or Not to Gillislee?


“First goal-line carry of camp in full pads goes to Mike Gillislee. Powers up middle for TD. Top candidate to replace LeGarrette Blount.”

Fantasy Goo: About 12 hours after a Pyro discussion about Gillislee’s draft value we see him get the first goal-line carry in camp. If we see him get even half of the goal-line work that Blount has vacated and 220-250 touches Gillislee should easily return his draft value. Gillislee is currently going of the board as RB22 in MFL10’s, and he’s ranked as RB28 in the Pyro rankings, as Staggs has him projected for closer to 200 carries. If we can guarantee that he is going to get all of the goal-line work he will continue to rise, but we always have to look out for those Belitricks.


07/29/17, 09:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk "Full-Go"


After a busy off season, highlighted by a short WWE debut, Rob Gronkowski is back at 100% health.

Fantasy Goo: Brandin Cooks the new WR addition should take some value away from Gronk's potential. Gronk is still widely considered the TE1 and being healthy for an offseason should allow the Patriots to integrate Cooks into the offense more seamlessly.


06/05/17, 11:04 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Patriots Add Depth at RB


The Buffalo Bills declined to match the offer sheet for Gillislee and he will now become a Patriot on a 2 year deal for $6.4mm.The Patriots vacate a 5th round pick to the Bills.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots backfield is already loaded with depth, Gillislee adds more as a part time back who is capable of getting a 5+ YPC with limited snaps.


04/24/17, 03:00 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


James White

New England Patriots

Follow The Money


James White signed a 3 year extension with the Patriots today through the 2020 season.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB confusion saga continues. White got a base deal of $12mm with 4.69 guaranteed. Keep this number in mind when ranking Patriots RBs.


04/18/17, 06:27 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Amendola Restructures Contract, LE$$ MONEY MO RINGS


Amendola was likely hit by BB with the "Take less or were cutting you" Amendola chose to stay on the reigning Super Bowl Champion Patriots despite adding Cooks.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots WR core stays deep, this move implies that the Pats are moving money around to be able to afford a high draft pick (to trade for) or Richard Sherman from the Seahawks.


04/18/17, 12:57 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com

Newsfeeds

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Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Waiver Wire Target


Amendola was back, but he did not make a major impact this week with three receptions for 48 yards. He should be owned in most leagues, especially PPR leagues, as he is going to see a lot of targets when healthy.


09/25/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: pyromaniac.com


Jacoby Brissett

New England Patriots

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Scott Tolzien

Indianapolis Colts

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Malcolm Mitchell

New England Patriots

Mitchell To IR


Malcolm Mitchell, who I liked as a potential surpise fantasy option in the NE pass attack will be ruled out for at least 8 weeks on the IR designated to return.

Fantasy Goo: Although I don't believe this has any impact on tonight's game or the Pat's other pass catchers who you wouldn't otherwise play in fantasy, it does open the door for the Amendola's and Dorsett's to see expanded roles.


09/07/17, 04:23 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk ready for Week 1


Gronk should and will be a huge part of the Patriots offense this season. The loss of Julian Edelman should mean more work for Gronk who could be in line for his biggest season since 2011. He faces the Chiefs in Week 1, and with Brady trying to find timing with Brandin Cooks, Gronk should see extra looks in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.metro.us


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks looks to make an impression in Week 1


The Patriots are hoping that Brandin Cooks and Tom Brady get on the same page as soon as possible. As Brady said at the end of August:
"We're working hard at it," Brady told reporters "We're talking about things."

The loss of Julian Edelman should mean an increased target share for Cooks, and his speed makes him a deep threat option as well. He could have a chance for some big plays in Week 1, as he is facing a Chiefs defense that likes to take chances in the defensive backfield.


09/04/17, 04:25 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.oregonlive.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gilislee's workload is biggest question in Week 1


The Patriots have a loaded backfield, so while there was a lot of preseason hype about getting Mike Gilislee, it remains to be seen exactly how Belichick will utilize him. The odds are that he does not have more than 15 carries, and we need to see him on the field in the redzone to feel good about starting him in Week 1.


09/04/17, 04:15 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: patriotswire.usatoday.com


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tough Week 1 matchup for Brady


Tom Brady will open the season on Thursday night hosting the Chiefs. Kansas City is a ball hawking defense that was tied for the league lead last season with 18 interceptions. This will be a tough test, especially in his first game without Julian Edelman, and in his first real game with Brandin Cooks. Brady is still a top option, but he could have timing issues with hie receivers in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:07 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.nfl.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

A healthy Amendola will need to step up his game!


Talk about a player skyrocketing up my Tiers for v4! Expect a ton of 3rd down catches for Amendola in 2017. Julian Edelman is gone with a torn ACL, it's time for Danny to step it up a notch: "Amendola’s role will be as important as ever."

Fantasy Goo: Danny is healthier to start a season than he has ever been for the Patriots. Now he needs to fill the slot role left vacant by Edelman's season ending injury. I know Brady and Belichick have faith he can pull it off, hopefully, his 31-year-old body is up to the task.


08/28/17, 07:41 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gillislee Ground to Make Up


Gillislee missed time during OTA’s and was sidelined for two weeks during camp with a hamstring injury. "I think he still has quite a ways to go," Belichick said. "We gained some ground last week...We'll continue to keep pushing through it."

Fantasy Goo: Gillislee was being drafted in the 5th round at one point, but he’s starting to slide down to the seventh now. The only back in NE that we can expect any kind of consistency from is White. Burkhead, Gillislee, and Lewis should only be drafted in best-ball drafts because we will probably not be given any indication which one will be getting the majority of touches each week.


08/26/17, 06:40 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Julian Edelman

New England Patriots

Edelman Tears ACL


Patriots WR Julian Edelman has a complete ACL tear in his right knee, going down awkwardly while making a cut. “He had caught three passes for 52 yards before hobbling off the field and eventually leaving on the cart. It appeared to be a non-contact injury, as Edelman planted, cut, and went down.”
Edelman will be out for the season.

Fantasy Goo:Everyone will see a small piece of his targets, Cooks and Gronk probably benefit the most. Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Amendola are all viable late round flyers, but good luck predicting which week each will perform. Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis will all scrape a few targets away and, TE Dwayne Allen could see a few of those as well.


08/26/17, 11:46 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead's Versatility Shines in Camp


“The Pats haven’t been shy about trying Burkhead in short yardage situation down at the goal line either. Running backs coach Ivan Fears is on record saying the team needs to find it’s power back and while Mike Gilislee is probably the lead dog in that area, Burkhead is bigger than you think, right around 210 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo: There is no way there should be eight to ten ADP rounds difference between Gillislee and Burkhead. Blounts 300 vacated carries will probably mostly go to Gillislee, but those TD carries inside the 5 will be split several ways. The Blount “role” disappears and this becomes a true community backfield this year.


08/05/17, 07:50 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks Will Be A Volatile Play


The last time Tom Brady played with a first round WR they hooked up for 98 catches, 1,493 yards and 23 TDs. This is not a repeatable stat as it was a top 3 WR in the history of the NFL with a younger Brady and significantly less mouths to feed in the offense.

Fantasy Goo: Cooks had the 7th highest volatility on week to week production among WRs, but for those worried about who will play the slot, Cooks was in the slot only 19% of the time last season.


07/31/17, 01:43 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: pyromaniac.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

To Gillislee or Not to Gillislee?


“First goal-line carry of camp in full pads goes to Mike Gillislee. Powers up middle for TD. Top candidate to replace LeGarrette Blount.”

Fantasy Goo: About 12 hours after a Pyro discussion about Gillislee’s draft value we see him get the first goal-line carry in camp. If we see him get even half of the goal-line work that Blount has vacated and 220-250 touches Gillislee should easily return his draft value. Gillislee is currently going of the board as RB22 in MFL10’s, and he’s ranked as RB28 in the Pyro rankings, as Staggs has him projected for closer to 200 carries. If we can guarantee that he is going to get all of the goal-line work he will continue to rise, but we always have to look out for those Belitricks.


07/29/17, 09:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk "Full-Go"


After a busy off season, highlighted by a short WWE debut, Rob Gronkowski is back at 100% health.

Fantasy Goo: Brandin Cooks the new WR addition should take some value away from Gronk's potential. Gronk is still widely considered the TE1 and being healthy for an offseason should allow the Patriots to integrate Cooks into the offense more seamlessly.


06/05/17, 11:04 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Patriots Add Depth at RB


The Buffalo Bills declined to match the offer sheet for Gillislee and he will now become a Patriot on a 2 year deal for $6.4mm.The Patriots vacate a 5th round pick to the Bills.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots backfield is already loaded with depth, Gillislee adds more as a part time back who is capable of getting a 5+ YPC with limited snaps.


04/24/17, 03:00 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


James White

New England Patriots

Follow The Money


James White signed a 3 year extension with the Patriots today through the 2020 season.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB confusion saga continues. White got a base deal of $12mm with 4.69 guaranteed. Keep this number in mind when ranking Patriots RBs.


04/18/17, 06:27 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Amendola Restructures Contract, LE$$ MONEY MO RINGS


Amendola was likely hit by BB with the "Take less or were cutting you" Amendola chose to stay on the reigning Super Bowl Champion Patriots despite adding Cooks.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots WR core stays deep, this move implies that the Pats are moving money around to be able to afford a high draft pick (to trade for) or Richard Sherman from the Seahawks.


04/18/17, 12:57 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com

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Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Waiver Wire Target


Amendola was back, but he did not make a major impact this week with three receptions for 48 yards. He should be owned in most leagues, especially PPR leagues, as he is going to see a lot of targets when healthy.


09/25/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: pyromaniac.com


Jacoby Brissett

New England Patriots

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Scott Tolzien

Indianapolis Colts

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Malcolm Mitchell

New England Patriots

Mitchell To IR


Malcolm Mitchell, who I liked as a potential surpise fantasy option in the NE pass attack will be ruled out for at least 8 weeks on the IR designated to return.

Fantasy Goo: Although I don't believe this has any impact on tonight's game or the Pat's other pass catchers who you wouldn't otherwise play in fantasy, it does open the door for the Amendola's and Dorsett's to see expanded roles.


09/07/17, 04:23 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk ready for Week 1


Gronk should and will be a huge part of the Patriots offense this season. The loss of Julian Edelman should mean more work for Gronk who could be in line for his biggest season since 2011. He faces the Chiefs in Week 1, and with Brady trying to find timing with Brandin Cooks, Gronk should see extra looks in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.metro.us


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks looks to make an impression in Week 1


The Patriots are hoping that Brandin Cooks and Tom Brady get on the same page as soon as possible. As Brady said at the end of August:
"We're working hard at it," Brady told reporters "We're talking about things."

The loss of Julian Edelman should mean an increased target share for Cooks, and his speed makes him a deep threat option as well. He could have a chance for some big plays in Week 1, as he is facing a Chiefs defense that likes to take chances in the defensive backfield.


09/04/17, 04:25 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.oregonlive.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gilislee's workload is biggest question in Week 1


The Patriots have a loaded backfield, so while there was a lot of preseason hype about getting Mike Gilislee, it remains to be seen exactly how Belichick will utilize him. The odds are that he does not have more than 15 carries, and we need to see him on the field in the redzone to feel good about starting him in Week 1.


09/04/17, 04:15 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: patriotswire.usatoday.com


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tough Week 1 matchup for Brady


Tom Brady will open the season on Thursday night hosting the Chiefs. Kansas City is a ball hawking defense that was tied for the league lead last season with 18 interceptions. This will be a tough test, especially in his first game without Julian Edelman, and in his first real game with Brandin Cooks. Brady is still a top option, but he could have timing issues with hie receivers in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:07 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.nfl.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

A healthy Amendola will need to step up his game!


Talk about a player skyrocketing up my Tiers for v4! Expect a ton of 3rd down catches for Amendola in 2017. Julian Edelman is gone with a torn ACL, it's time for Danny to step it up a notch: "Amendola’s role will be as important as ever."

Fantasy Goo: Danny is healthier to start a season than he has ever been for the Patriots. Now he needs to fill the slot role left vacant by Edelman's season ending injury. I know Brady and Belichick have faith he can pull it off, hopefully, his 31-year-old body is up to the task.


08/28/17, 07:41 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gillislee Ground to Make Up


Gillislee missed time during OTA’s and was sidelined for two weeks during camp with a hamstring injury. "I think he still has quite a ways to go," Belichick said. "We gained some ground last week...We'll continue to keep pushing through it."

Fantasy Goo: Gillislee was being drafted in the 5th round at one point, but he’s starting to slide down to the seventh now. The only back in NE that we can expect any kind of consistency from is White. Burkhead, Gillislee, and Lewis should only be drafted in best-ball drafts because we will probably not be given any indication which one will be getting the majority of touches each week.


08/26/17, 06:40 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Julian Edelman

New England Patriots

Edelman Tears ACL


Patriots WR Julian Edelman has a complete ACL tear in his right knee, going down awkwardly while making a cut. “He had caught three passes for 52 yards before hobbling off the field and eventually leaving on the cart. It appeared to be a non-contact injury, as Edelman planted, cut, and went down.”
Edelman will be out for the season.

Fantasy Goo:Everyone will see a small piece of his targets, Cooks and Gronk probably benefit the most. Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Amendola are all viable late round flyers, but good luck predicting which week each will perform. Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis will all scrape a few targets away and, TE Dwayne Allen could see a few of those as well.


08/26/17, 11:46 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead's Versatility Shines in Camp


“The Pats haven’t been shy about trying Burkhead in short yardage situation down at the goal line either. Running backs coach Ivan Fears is on record saying the team needs to find it’s power back and while Mike Gilislee is probably the lead dog in that area, Burkhead is bigger than you think, right around 210 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo: There is no way there should be eight to ten ADP rounds difference between Gillislee and Burkhead. Blounts 300 vacated carries will probably mostly go to Gillislee, but those TD carries inside the 5 will be split several ways. The Blount “role” disappears and this becomes a true community backfield this year.


08/05/17, 07:50 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks Will Be A Volatile Play


The last time Tom Brady played with a first round WR they hooked up for 98 catches, 1,493 yards and 23 TDs. This is not a repeatable stat as it was a top 3 WR in the history of the NFL with a younger Brady and significantly less mouths to feed in the offense.

Fantasy Goo: Cooks had the 7th highest volatility on week to week production among WRs, but for those worried about who will play the slot, Cooks was in the slot only 19% of the time last season.


07/31/17, 01:43 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: pyromaniac.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

To Gillislee or Not to Gillislee?


“First goal-line carry of camp in full pads goes to Mike Gillislee. Powers up middle for TD. Top candidate to replace LeGarrette Blount.”

Fantasy Goo: About 12 hours after a Pyro discussion about Gillislee’s draft value we see him get the first goal-line carry in camp. If we see him get even half of the goal-line work that Blount has vacated and 220-250 touches Gillislee should easily return his draft value. Gillislee is currently going of the board as RB22 in MFL10’s, and he’s ranked as RB28 in the Pyro rankings, as Staggs has him projected for closer to 200 carries. If we can guarantee that he is going to get all of the goal-line work he will continue to rise, but we always have to look out for those Belitricks.


07/29/17, 09:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk "Full-Go"


After a busy off season, highlighted by a short WWE debut, Rob Gronkowski is back at 100% health.

Fantasy Goo: Brandin Cooks the new WR addition should take some value away from Gronk's potential. Gronk is still widely considered the TE1 and being healthy for an offseason should allow the Patriots to integrate Cooks into the offense more seamlessly.


06/05/17, 11:04 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Patriots Add Depth at RB


The Buffalo Bills declined to match the offer sheet for Gillislee and he will now become a Patriot on a 2 year deal for $6.4mm.The Patriots vacate a 5th round pick to the Bills.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots backfield is already loaded with depth, Gillislee adds more as a part time back who is capable of getting a 5+ YPC with limited snaps.


04/24/17, 03:00 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


James White

New England Patriots

Follow The Money


James White signed a 3 year extension with the Patriots today through the 2020 season.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB confusion saga continues. White got a base deal of $12mm with 4.69 guaranteed. Keep this number in mind when ranking Patriots RBs.


04/18/17, 06:27 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Amendola Restructures Contract, LE$$ MONEY MO RINGS


Amendola was likely hit by BB with the "Take less or were cutting you" Amendola chose to stay on the reigning Super Bowl Champion Patriots despite adding Cooks.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots WR core stays deep, this move implies that the Pats are moving money around to be able to afford a high draft pick (to trade for) or Richard Sherman from the Seahawks.


04/18/17, 12:57 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com

Newsfeeds

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Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Waiver Wire Target


Amendola was back, but he did not make a major impact this week with three receptions for 48 yards. He should be owned in most leagues, especially PPR leagues, as he is going to see a lot of targets when healthy.


09/25/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: pyromaniac.com


Jacoby Brissett

New England Patriots

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Scott Tolzien

Indianapolis Colts

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Malcolm Mitchell

New England Patriots

Mitchell To IR


Malcolm Mitchell, who I liked as a potential surpise fantasy option in the NE pass attack will be ruled out for at least 8 weeks on the IR designated to return.

Fantasy Goo: Although I don't believe this has any impact on tonight's game or the Pat's other pass catchers who you wouldn't otherwise play in fantasy, it does open the door for the Amendola's and Dorsett's to see expanded roles.


09/07/17, 04:23 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk ready for Week 1


Gronk should and will be a huge part of the Patriots offense this season. The loss of Julian Edelman should mean more work for Gronk who could be in line for his biggest season since 2011. He faces the Chiefs in Week 1, and with Brady trying to find timing with Brandin Cooks, Gronk should see extra looks in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.metro.us


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks looks to make an impression in Week 1


The Patriots are hoping that Brandin Cooks and Tom Brady get on the same page as soon as possible. As Brady said at the end of August:
"We're working hard at it," Brady told reporters "We're talking about things."

The loss of Julian Edelman should mean an increased target share for Cooks, and his speed makes him a deep threat option as well. He could have a chance for some big plays in Week 1, as he is facing a Chiefs defense that likes to take chances in the defensive backfield.


09/04/17, 04:25 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.oregonlive.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gilislee's workload is biggest question in Week 1


The Patriots have a loaded backfield, so while there was a lot of preseason hype about getting Mike Gilislee, it remains to be seen exactly how Belichick will utilize him. The odds are that he does not have more than 15 carries, and we need to see him on the field in the redzone to feel good about starting him in Week 1.


09/04/17, 04:15 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: patriotswire.usatoday.com


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tough Week 1 matchup for Brady


Tom Brady will open the season on Thursday night hosting the Chiefs. Kansas City is a ball hawking defense that was tied for the league lead last season with 18 interceptions. This will be a tough test, especially in his first game without Julian Edelman, and in his first real game with Brandin Cooks. Brady is still a top option, but he could have timing issues with hie receivers in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:07 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.nfl.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

A healthy Amendola will need to step up his game!


Talk about a player skyrocketing up my Tiers for v4! Expect a ton of 3rd down catches for Amendola in 2017. Julian Edelman is gone with a torn ACL, it's time for Danny to step it up a notch: "Amendola’s role will be as important as ever."

Fantasy Goo: Danny is healthier to start a season than he has ever been for the Patriots. Now he needs to fill the slot role left vacant by Edelman's season ending injury. I know Brady and Belichick have faith he can pull it off, hopefully, his 31-year-old body is up to the task.


08/28/17, 07:41 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gillislee Ground to Make Up


Gillislee missed time during OTA’s and was sidelined for two weeks during camp with a hamstring injury. "I think he still has quite a ways to go," Belichick said. "We gained some ground last week...We'll continue to keep pushing through it."

Fantasy Goo: Gillislee was being drafted in the 5th round at one point, but he’s starting to slide down to the seventh now. The only back in NE that we can expect any kind of consistency from is White. Burkhead, Gillislee, and Lewis should only be drafted in best-ball drafts because we will probably not be given any indication which one will be getting the majority of touches each week.


08/26/17, 06:40 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Julian Edelman

New England Patriots

Edelman Tears ACL


Patriots WR Julian Edelman has a complete ACL tear in his right knee, going down awkwardly while making a cut. “He had caught three passes for 52 yards before hobbling off the field and eventually leaving on the cart. It appeared to be a non-contact injury, as Edelman planted, cut, and went down.”
Edelman will be out for the season.

Fantasy Goo:Everyone will see a small piece of his targets, Cooks and Gronk probably benefit the most. Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Amendola are all viable late round flyers, but good luck predicting which week each will perform. Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis will all scrape a few targets away and, TE Dwayne Allen could see a few of those as well.


08/26/17, 11:46 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead's Versatility Shines in Camp


“The Pats haven’t been shy about trying Burkhead in short yardage situation down at the goal line either. Running backs coach Ivan Fears is on record saying the team needs to find it’s power back and while Mike Gilislee is probably the lead dog in that area, Burkhead is bigger than you think, right around 210 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo: There is no way there should be eight to ten ADP rounds difference between Gillislee and Burkhead. Blounts 300 vacated carries will probably mostly go to Gillislee, but those TD carries inside the 5 will be split several ways. The Blount “role” disappears and this becomes a true community backfield this year.


08/05/17, 07:50 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks Will Be A Volatile Play


The last time Tom Brady played with a first round WR they hooked up for 98 catches, 1,493 yards and 23 TDs. This is not a repeatable stat as it was a top 3 WR in the history of the NFL with a younger Brady and significantly less mouths to feed in the offense.

Fantasy Goo: Cooks had the 7th highest volatility on week to week production among WRs, but for those worried about who will play the slot, Cooks was in the slot only 19% of the time last season.


07/31/17, 01:43 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: pyromaniac.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

To Gillislee or Not to Gillislee?


“First goal-line carry of camp in full pads goes to Mike Gillislee. Powers up middle for TD. Top candidate to replace LeGarrette Blount.”

Fantasy Goo: About 12 hours after a Pyro discussion about Gillislee’s draft value we see him get the first goal-line carry in camp. If we see him get even half of the goal-line work that Blount has vacated and 220-250 touches Gillislee should easily return his draft value. Gillislee is currently going of the board as RB22 in MFL10’s, and he’s ranked as RB28 in the Pyro rankings, as Staggs has him projected for closer to 200 carries. If we can guarantee that he is going to get all of the goal-line work he will continue to rise, but we always have to look out for those Belitricks.


07/29/17, 09:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk "Full-Go"


After a busy off season, highlighted by a short WWE debut, Rob Gronkowski is back at 100% health.

Fantasy Goo: Brandin Cooks the new WR addition should take some value away from Gronk's potential. Gronk is still widely considered the TE1 and being healthy for an offseason should allow the Patriots to integrate Cooks into the offense more seamlessly.


06/05/17, 11:04 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Patriots Add Depth at RB


The Buffalo Bills declined to match the offer sheet for Gillislee and he will now become a Patriot on a 2 year deal for $6.4mm.The Patriots vacate a 5th round pick to the Bills.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots backfield is already loaded with depth, Gillislee adds more as a part time back who is capable of getting a 5+ YPC with limited snaps.


04/24/17, 03:00 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


James White

New England Patriots

Follow The Money


James White signed a 3 year extension with the Patriots today through the 2020 season.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB confusion saga continues. White got a base deal of $12mm with 4.69 guaranteed. Keep this number in mind when ranking Patriots RBs.


04/18/17, 06:27 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Amendola Restructures Contract, LE$$ MONEY MO RINGS


Amendola was likely hit by BB with the "Take less or were cutting you" Amendola chose to stay on the reigning Super Bowl Champion Patriots despite adding Cooks.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots WR core stays deep, this move implies that the Pats are moving money around to be able to afford a high draft pick (to trade for) or Richard Sherman from the Seahawks.


04/18/17, 12:57 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com

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Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Waiver Wire Target


Amendola was back, but he did not make a major impact this week with three receptions for 48 yards. He should be owned in most leagues, especially PPR leagues, as he is going to see a lot of targets when healthy.


09/25/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: pyromaniac.com


Jacoby Brissett

New England Patriots

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Scott Tolzien

Indianapolis Colts

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Malcolm Mitchell

New England Patriots

Mitchell To IR


Malcolm Mitchell, who I liked as a potential surpise fantasy option in the NE pass attack will be ruled out for at least 8 weeks on the IR designated to return.

Fantasy Goo: Although I don't believe this has any impact on tonight's game or the Pat's other pass catchers who you wouldn't otherwise play in fantasy, it does open the door for the Amendola's and Dorsett's to see expanded roles.


09/07/17, 04:23 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk ready for Week 1


Gronk should and will be a huge part of the Patriots offense this season. The loss of Julian Edelman should mean more work for Gronk who could be in line for his biggest season since 2011. He faces the Chiefs in Week 1, and with Brady trying to find timing with Brandin Cooks, Gronk should see extra looks in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.metro.us


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks looks to make an impression in Week 1


The Patriots are hoping that Brandin Cooks and Tom Brady get on the same page as soon as possible. As Brady said at the end of August:
"We're working hard at it," Brady told reporters "We're talking about things."

The loss of Julian Edelman should mean an increased target share for Cooks, and his speed makes him a deep threat option as well. He could have a chance for some big plays in Week 1, as he is facing a Chiefs defense that likes to take chances in the defensive backfield.


09/04/17, 04:25 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.oregonlive.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gilislee's workload is biggest question in Week 1


The Patriots have a loaded backfield, so while there was a lot of preseason hype about getting Mike Gilislee, it remains to be seen exactly how Belichick will utilize him. The odds are that he does not have more than 15 carries, and we need to see him on the field in the redzone to feel good about starting him in Week 1.


09/04/17, 04:15 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: patriotswire.usatoday.com


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tough Week 1 matchup for Brady


Tom Brady will open the season on Thursday night hosting the Chiefs. Kansas City is a ball hawking defense that was tied for the league lead last season with 18 interceptions. This will be a tough test, especially in his first game without Julian Edelman, and in his first real game with Brandin Cooks. Brady is still a top option, but he could have timing issues with hie receivers in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:07 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.nfl.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

A healthy Amendola will need to step up his game!


Talk about a player skyrocketing up my Tiers for v4! Expect a ton of 3rd down catches for Amendola in 2017. Julian Edelman is gone with a torn ACL, it's time for Danny to step it up a notch: "Amendola’s role will be as important as ever."

Fantasy Goo: Danny is healthier to start a season than he has ever been for the Patriots. Now he needs to fill the slot role left vacant by Edelman's season ending injury. I know Brady and Belichick have faith he can pull it off, hopefully, his 31-year-old body is up to the task.


08/28/17, 07:41 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gillislee Ground to Make Up


Gillislee missed time during OTA’s and was sidelined for two weeks during camp with a hamstring injury. "I think he still has quite a ways to go," Belichick said. "We gained some ground last week...We'll continue to keep pushing through it."

Fantasy Goo: Gillislee was being drafted in the 5th round at one point, but he’s starting to slide down to the seventh now. The only back in NE that we can expect any kind of consistency from is White. Burkhead, Gillislee, and Lewis should only be drafted in best-ball drafts because we will probably not be given any indication which one will be getting the majority of touches each week.


08/26/17, 06:40 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Julian Edelman

New England Patriots

Edelman Tears ACL


Patriots WR Julian Edelman has a complete ACL tear in his right knee, going down awkwardly while making a cut. “He had caught three passes for 52 yards before hobbling off the field and eventually leaving on the cart. It appeared to be a non-contact injury, as Edelman planted, cut, and went down.”
Edelman will be out for the season.

Fantasy Goo:Everyone will see a small piece of his targets, Cooks and Gronk probably benefit the most. Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Amendola are all viable late round flyers, but good luck predicting which week each will perform. Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis will all scrape a few targets away and, TE Dwayne Allen could see a few of those as well.


08/26/17, 11:46 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead's Versatility Shines in Camp


“The Pats haven’t been shy about trying Burkhead in short yardage situation down at the goal line either. Running backs coach Ivan Fears is on record saying the team needs to find it’s power back and while Mike Gilislee is probably the lead dog in that area, Burkhead is bigger than you think, right around 210 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo: There is no way there should be eight to ten ADP rounds difference between Gillislee and Burkhead. Blounts 300 vacated carries will probably mostly go to Gillislee, but those TD carries inside the 5 will be split several ways. The Blount “role” disappears and this becomes a true community backfield this year.


08/05/17, 07:50 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks Will Be A Volatile Play


The last time Tom Brady played with a first round WR they hooked up for 98 catches, 1,493 yards and 23 TDs. This is not a repeatable stat as it was a top 3 WR in the history of the NFL with a younger Brady and significantly less mouths to feed in the offense.

Fantasy Goo: Cooks had the 7th highest volatility on week to week production among WRs, but for those worried about who will play the slot, Cooks was in the slot only 19% of the time last season.


07/31/17, 01:43 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: pyromaniac.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

To Gillislee or Not to Gillislee?


“First goal-line carry of camp in full pads goes to Mike Gillislee. Powers up middle for TD. Top candidate to replace LeGarrette Blount.”

Fantasy Goo: About 12 hours after a Pyro discussion about Gillislee’s draft value we see him get the first goal-line carry in camp. If we see him get even half of the goal-line work that Blount has vacated and 220-250 touches Gillislee should easily return his draft value. Gillislee is currently going of the board as RB22 in MFL10’s, and he’s ranked as RB28 in the Pyro rankings, as Staggs has him projected for closer to 200 carries. If we can guarantee that he is going to get all of the goal-line work he will continue to rise, but we always have to look out for those Belitricks.


07/29/17, 09:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk "Full-Go"


After a busy off season, highlighted by a short WWE debut, Rob Gronkowski is back at 100% health.

Fantasy Goo: Brandin Cooks the new WR addition should take some value away from Gronk's potential. Gronk is still widely considered the TE1 and being healthy for an offseason should allow the Patriots to integrate Cooks into the offense more seamlessly.


06/05/17, 11:04 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Patriots Add Depth at RB


The Buffalo Bills declined to match the offer sheet for Gillislee and he will now become a Patriot on a 2 year deal for $6.4mm.The Patriots vacate a 5th round pick to the Bills.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots backfield is already loaded with depth, Gillislee adds more as a part time back who is capable of getting a 5+ YPC with limited snaps.


04/24/17, 03:00 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


James White

New England Patriots

Follow The Money


James White signed a 3 year extension with the Patriots today through the 2020 season.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB confusion saga continues. White got a base deal of $12mm with 4.69 guaranteed. Keep this number in mind when ranking Patriots RBs.


04/18/17, 06:27 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Amendola Restructures Contract, LE$$ MONEY MO RINGS


Amendola was likely hit by BB with the "Take less or were cutting you" Amendola chose to stay on the reigning Super Bowl Champion Patriots despite adding Cooks.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots WR core stays deep, this move implies that the Pats are moving money around to be able to afford a high draft pick (to trade for) or Richard Sherman from the Seahawks.


04/18/17, 12:57 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com

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Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Waiver Wire Target


Amendola was back, but he did not make a major impact this week with three receptions for 48 yards. He should be owned in most leagues, especially PPR leagues, as he is going to see a lot of targets when healthy.


09/25/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: pyromaniac.com


Jacoby Brissett

New England Patriots

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Scott Tolzien

Indianapolis Colts

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Malcolm Mitchell

New England Patriots

Mitchell To IR


Malcolm Mitchell, who I liked as a potential surpise fantasy option in the NE pass attack will be ruled out for at least 8 weeks on the IR designated to return.

Fantasy Goo: Although I don't believe this has any impact on tonight's game or the Pat's other pass catchers who you wouldn't otherwise play in fantasy, it does open the door for the Amendola's and Dorsett's to see expanded roles.


09/07/17, 04:23 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk ready for Week 1


Gronk should and will be a huge part of the Patriots offense this season. The loss of Julian Edelman should mean more work for Gronk who could be in line for his biggest season since 2011. He faces the Chiefs in Week 1, and with Brady trying to find timing with Brandin Cooks, Gronk should see extra looks in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.metro.us


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks looks to make an impression in Week 1


The Patriots are hoping that Brandin Cooks and Tom Brady get on the same page as soon as possible. As Brady said at the end of August:
"We're working hard at it," Brady told reporters "We're talking about things."

The loss of Julian Edelman should mean an increased target share for Cooks, and his speed makes him a deep threat option as well. He could have a chance for some big plays in Week 1, as he is facing a Chiefs defense that likes to take chances in the defensive backfield.


09/04/17, 04:25 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.oregonlive.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gilislee's workload is biggest question in Week 1


The Patriots have a loaded backfield, so while there was a lot of preseason hype about getting Mike Gilislee, it remains to be seen exactly how Belichick will utilize him. The odds are that he does not have more than 15 carries, and we need to see him on the field in the redzone to feel good about starting him in Week 1.


09/04/17, 04:15 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: patriotswire.usatoday.com


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tough Week 1 matchup for Brady


Tom Brady will open the season on Thursday night hosting the Chiefs. Kansas City is a ball hawking defense that was tied for the league lead last season with 18 interceptions. This will be a tough test, especially in his first game without Julian Edelman, and in his first real game with Brandin Cooks. Brady is still a top option, but he could have timing issues with hie receivers in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:07 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.nfl.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

A healthy Amendola will need to step up his game!


Talk about a player skyrocketing up my Tiers for v4! Expect a ton of 3rd down catches for Amendola in 2017. Julian Edelman is gone with a torn ACL, it's time for Danny to step it up a notch: "Amendola’s role will be as important as ever."

Fantasy Goo: Danny is healthier to start a season than he has ever been for the Patriots. Now he needs to fill the slot role left vacant by Edelman's season ending injury. I know Brady and Belichick have faith he can pull it off, hopefully, his 31-year-old body is up to the task.


08/28/17, 07:41 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gillislee Ground to Make Up


Gillislee missed time during OTA’s and was sidelined for two weeks during camp with a hamstring injury. "I think he still has quite a ways to go," Belichick said. "We gained some ground last week...We'll continue to keep pushing through it."

Fantasy Goo: Gillislee was being drafted in the 5th round at one point, but he’s starting to slide down to the seventh now. The only back in NE that we can expect any kind of consistency from is White. Burkhead, Gillislee, and Lewis should only be drafted in best-ball drafts because we will probably not be given any indication which one will be getting the majority of touches each week.


08/26/17, 06:40 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Julian Edelman

New England Patriots

Edelman Tears ACL


Patriots WR Julian Edelman has a complete ACL tear in his right knee, going down awkwardly while making a cut. “He had caught three passes for 52 yards before hobbling off the field and eventually leaving on the cart. It appeared to be a non-contact injury, as Edelman planted, cut, and went down.”
Edelman will be out for the season.

Fantasy Goo:Everyone will see a small piece of his targets, Cooks and Gronk probably benefit the most. Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Amendola are all viable late round flyers, but good luck predicting which week each will perform. Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis will all scrape a few targets away and, TE Dwayne Allen could see a few of those as well.


08/26/17, 11:46 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead's Versatility Shines in Camp


“The Pats haven’t been shy about trying Burkhead in short yardage situation down at the goal line either. Running backs coach Ivan Fears is on record saying the team needs to find it’s power back and while Mike Gilislee is probably the lead dog in that area, Burkhead is bigger than you think, right around 210 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo: There is no way there should be eight to ten ADP rounds difference between Gillislee and Burkhead. Blounts 300 vacated carries will probably mostly go to Gillislee, but those TD carries inside the 5 will be split several ways. The Blount “role” disappears and this becomes a true community backfield this year.


08/05/17, 07:50 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks Will Be A Volatile Play


The last time Tom Brady played with a first round WR they hooked up for 98 catches, 1,493 yards and 23 TDs. This is not a repeatable stat as it was a top 3 WR in the history of the NFL with a younger Brady and significantly less mouths to feed in the offense.

Fantasy Goo: Cooks had the 7th highest volatility on week to week production among WRs, but for those worried about who will play the slot, Cooks was in the slot only 19% of the time last season.


07/31/17, 01:43 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: pyromaniac.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

To Gillislee or Not to Gillislee?


“First goal-line carry of camp in full pads goes to Mike Gillislee. Powers up middle for TD. Top candidate to replace LeGarrette Blount.”

Fantasy Goo: About 12 hours after a Pyro discussion about Gillislee’s draft value we see him get the first goal-line carry in camp. If we see him get even half of the goal-line work that Blount has vacated and 220-250 touches Gillislee should easily return his draft value. Gillislee is currently going of the board as RB22 in MFL10’s, and he’s ranked as RB28 in the Pyro rankings, as Staggs has him projected for closer to 200 carries. If we can guarantee that he is going to get all of the goal-line work he will continue to rise, but we always have to look out for those Belitricks.


07/29/17, 09:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk "Full-Go"


After a busy off season, highlighted by a short WWE debut, Rob Gronkowski is back at 100% health.

Fantasy Goo: Brandin Cooks the new WR addition should take some value away from Gronk's potential. Gronk is still widely considered the TE1 and being healthy for an offseason should allow the Patriots to integrate Cooks into the offense more seamlessly.


06/05/17, 11:04 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Patriots Add Depth at RB


The Buffalo Bills declined to match the offer sheet for Gillislee and he will now become a Patriot on a 2 year deal for $6.4mm.The Patriots vacate a 5th round pick to the Bills.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots backfield is already loaded with depth, Gillislee adds more as a part time back who is capable of getting a 5+ YPC with limited snaps.


04/24/17, 03:00 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


James White

New England Patriots

Follow The Money


James White signed a 3 year extension with the Patriots today through the 2020 season.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB confusion saga continues. White got a base deal of $12mm with 4.69 guaranteed. Keep this number in mind when ranking Patriots RBs.


04/18/17, 06:27 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Amendola Restructures Contract, LE$$ MONEY MO RINGS


Amendola was likely hit by BB with the "Take less or were cutting you" Amendola chose to stay on the reigning Super Bowl Champion Patriots despite adding Cooks.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots WR core stays deep, this move implies that the Pats are moving money around to be able to afford a high draft pick (to trade for) or Richard Sherman from the Seahawks.


04/18/17, 12:57 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com

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Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Waiver Wire Target


Amendola was back, but he did not make a major impact this week with three receptions for 48 yards. He should be owned in most leagues, especially PPR leagues, as he is going to see a lot of targets when healthy.


09/25/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: pyromaniac.com


Jacoby Brissett

New England Patriots

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Scott Tolzien

Indianapolis Colts

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Malcolm Mitchell

New England Patriots

Mitchell To IR


Malcolm Mitchell, who I liked as a potential surpise fantasy option in the NE pass attack will be ruled out for at least 8 weeks on the IR designated to return.

Fantasy Goo: Although I don't believe this has any impact on tonight's game or the Pat's other pass catchers who you wouldn't otherwise play in fantasy, it does open the door for the Amendola's and Dorsett's to see expanded roles.


09/07/17, 04:23 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk ready for Week 1


Gronk should and will be a huge part of the Patriots offense this season. The loss of Julian Edelman should mean more work for Gronk who could be in line for his biggest season since 2011. He faces the Chiefs in Week 1, and with Brady trying to find timing with Brandin Cooks, Gronk should see extra looks in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.metro.us


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks looks to make an impression in Week 1


The Patriots are hoping that Brandin Cooks and Tom Brady get on the same page as soon as possible. As Brady said at the end of August:
"We're working hard at it," Brady told reporters "We're talking about things."

The loss of Julian Edelman should mean an increased target share for Cooks, and his speed makes him a deep threat option as well. He could have a chance for some big plays in Week 1, as he is facing a Chiefs defense that likes to take chances in the defensive backfield.


09/04/17, 04:25 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.oregonlive.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gilislee's workload is biggest question in Week 1


The Patriots have a loaded backfield, so while there was a lot of preseason hype about getting Mike Gilislee, it remains to be seen exactly how Belichick will utilize him. The odds are that he does not have more than 15 carries, and we need to see him on the field in the redzone to feel good about starting him in Week 1.


09/04/17, 04:15 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: patriotswire.usatoday.com


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tough Week 1 matchup for Brady


Tom Brady will open the season on Thursday night hosting the Chiefs. Kansas City is a ball hawking defense that was tied for the league lead last season with 18 interceptions. This will be a tough test, especially in his first game without Julian Edelman, and in his first real game with Brandin Cooks. Brady is still a top option, but he could have timing issues with hie receivers in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:07 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.nfl.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

A healthy Amendola will need to step up his game!


Talk about a player skyrocketing up my Tiers for v4! Expect a ton of 3rd down catches for Amendola in 2017. Julian Edelman is gone with a torn ACL, it's time for Danny to step it up a notch: "Amendola’s role will be as important as ever."

Fantasy Goo: Danny is healthier to start a season than he has ever been for the Patriots. Now he needs to fill the slot role left vacant by Edelman's season ending injury. I know Brady and Belichick have faith he can pull it off, hopefully, his 31-year-old body is up to the task.


08/28/17, 07:41 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gillislee Ground to Make Up


Gillislee missed time during OTA’s and was sidelined for two weeks during camp with a hamstring injury. "I think he still has quite a ways to go," Belichick said. "We gained some ground last week...We'll continue to keep pushing through it."

Fantasy Goo: Gillislee was being drafted in the 5th round at one point, but he’s starting to slide down to the seventh now. The only back in NE that we can expect any kind of consistency from is White. Burkhead, Gillislee, and Lewis should only be drafted in best-ball drafts because we will probably not be given any indication which one will be getting the majority of touches each week.


08/26/17, 06:40 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Julian Edelman

New England Patriots

Edelman Tears ACL


Patriots WR Julian Edelman has a complete ACL tear in his right knee, going down awkwardly while making a cut. “He had caught three passes for 52 yards before hobbling off the field and eventually leaving on the cart. It appeared to be a non-contact injury, as Edelman planted, cut, and went down.”
Edelman will be out for the season.

Fantasy Goo:Everyone will see a small piece of his targets, Cooks and Gronk probably benefit the most. Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Amendola are all viable late round flyers, but good luck predicting which week each will perform. Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis will all scrape a few targets away and, TE Dwayne Allen could see a few of those as well.


08/26/17, 11:46 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead's Versatility Shines in Camp


“The Pats haven’t been shy about trying Burkhead in short yardage situation down at the goal line either. Running backs coach Ivan Fears is on record saying the team needs to find it’s power back and while Mike Gilislee is probably the lead dog in that area, Burkhead is bigger than you think, right around 210 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo: There is no way there should be eight to ten ADP rounds difference between Gillislee and Burkhead. Blounts 300 vacated carries will probably mostly go to Gillislee, but those TD carries inside the 5 will be split several ways. The Blount “role” disappears and this becomes a true community backfield this year.


08/05/17, 07:50 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks Will Be A Volatile Play


The last time Tom Brady played with a first round WR they hooked up for 98 catches, 1,493 yards and 23 TDs. This is not a repeatable stat as it was a top 3 WR in the history of the NFL with a younger Brady and significantly less mouths to feed in the offense.

Fantasy Goo: Cooks had the 7th highest volatility on week to week production among WRs, but for those worried about who will play the slot, Cooks was in the slot only 19% of the time last season.


07/31/17, 01:43 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: pyromaniac.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

To Gillislee or Not to Gillislee?


“First goal-line carry of camp in full pads goes to Mike Gillislee. Powers up middle for TD. Top candidate to replace LeGarrette Blount.”

Fantasy Goo: About 12 hours after a Pyro discussion about Gillislee’s draft value we see him get the first goal-line carry in camp. If we see him get even half of the goal-line work that Blount has vacated and 220-250 touches Gillislee should easily return his draft value. Gillislee is currently going of the board as RB22 in MFL10’s, and he’s ranked as RB28 in the Pyro rankings, as Staggs has him projected for closer to 200 carries. If we can guarantee that he is going to get all of the goal-line work he will continue to rise, but we always have to look out for those Belitricks.


07/29/17, 09:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk "Full-Go"


After a busy off season, highlighted by a short WWE debut, Rob Gronkowski is back at 100% health.

Fantasy Goo: Brandin Cooks the new WR addition should take some value away from Gronk's potential. Gronk is still widely considered the TE1 and being healthy for an offseason should allow the Patriots to integrate Cooks into the offense more seamlessly.


06/05/17, 11:04 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Patriots Add Depth at RB


The Buffalo Bills declined to match the offer sheet for Gillislee and he will now become a Patriot on a 2 year deal for $6.4mm.The Patriots vacate a 5th round pick to the Bills.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots backfield is already loaded with depth, Gillislee adds more as a part time back who is capable of getting a 5+ YPC with limited snaps.


04/24/17, 03:00 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


James White

New England Patriots

Follow The Money


James White signed a 3 year extension with the Patriots today through the 2020 season.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB confusion saga continues. White got a base deal of $12mm with 4.69 guaranteed. Keep this number in mind when ranking Patriots RBs.


04/18/17, 06:27 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Amendola Restructures Contract, LE$$ MONEY MO RINGS


Amendola was likely hit by BB with the "Take less or were cutting you" Amendola chose to stay on the reigning Super Bowl Champion Patriots despite adding Cooks.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots WR core stays deep, this move implies that the Pats are moving money around to be able to afford a high draft pick (to trade for) or Richard Sherman from the Seahawks.


04/18/17, 12:57 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com

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Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Waiver Wire Target


Amendola was back, but he did not make a major impact this week with three receptions for 48 yards. He should be owned in most leagues, especially PPR leagues, as he is going to see a lot of targets when healthy.


09/25/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: pyromaniac.com


Jacoby Brissett

New England Patriots

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Scott Tolzien

Indianapolis Colts

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Malcolm Mitchell

New England Patriots

Mitchell To IR


Malcolm Mitchell, who I liked as a potential surpise fantasy option in the NE pass attack will be ruled out for at least 8 weeks on the IR designated to return.

Fantasy Goo: Although I don't believe this has any impact on tonight's game or the Pat's other pass catchers who you wouldn't otherwise play in fantasy, it does open the door for the Amendola's and Dorsett's to see expanded roles.


09/07/17, 04:23 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk ready for Week 1


Gronk should and will be a huge part of the Patriots offense this season. The loss of Julian Edelman should mean more work for Gronk who could be in line for his biggest season since 2011. He faces the Chiefs in Week 1, and with Brady trying to find timing with Brandin Cooks, Gronk should see extra looks in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.metro.us


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks looks to make an impression in Week 1


The Patriots are hoping that Brandin Cooks and Tom Brady get on the same page as soon as possible. As Brady said at the end of August:
"We're working hard at it," Brady told reporters "We're talking about things."

The loss of Julian Edelman should mean an increased target share for Cooks, and his speed makes him a deep threat option as well. He could have a chance for some big plays in Week 1, as he is facing a Chiefs defense that likes to take chances in the defensive backfield.


09/04/17, 04:25 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.oregonlive.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gilislee's workload is biggest question in Week 1


The Patriots have a loaded backfield, so while there was a lot of preseason hype about getting Mike Gilislee, it remains to be seen exactly how Belichick will utilize him. The odds are that he does not have more than 15 carries, and we need to see him on the field in the redzone to feel good about starting him in Week 1.


09/04/17, 04:15 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: patriotswire.usatoday.com


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tough Week 1 matchup for Brady


Tom Brady will open the season on Thursday night hosting the Chiefs. Kansas City is a ball hawking defense that was tied for the league lead last season with 18 interceptions. This will be a tough test, especially in his first game without Julian Edelman, and in his first real game with Brandin Cooks. Brady is still a top option, but he could have timing issues with hie receivers in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:07 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.nfl.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

A healthy Amendola will need to step up his game!


Talk about a player skyrocketing up my Tiers for v4! Expect a ton of 3rd down catches for Amendola in 2017. Julian Edelman is gone with a torn ACL, it's time for Danny to step it up a notch: "Amendola’s role will be as important as ever."

Fantasy Goo: Danny is healthier to start a season than he has ever been for the Patriots. Now he needs to fill the slot role left vacant by Edelman's season ending injury. I know Brady and Belichick have faith he can pull it off, hopefully, his 31-year-old body is up to the task.


08/28/17, 07:41 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gillislee Ground to Make Up


Gillislee missed time during OTA’s and was sidelined for two weeks during camp with a hamstring injury. "I think he still has quite a ways to go," Belichick said. "We gained some ground last week...We'll continue to keep pushing through it."

Fantasy Goo: Gillislee was being drafted in the 5th round at one point, but he’s starting to slide down to the seventh now. The only back in NE that we can expect any kind of consistency from is White. Burkhead, Gillislee, and Lewis should only be drafted in best-ball drafts because we will probably not be given any indication which one will be getting the majority of touches each week.


08/26/17, 06:40 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Julian Edelman

New England Patriots

Edelman Tears ACL


Patriots WR Julian Edelman has a complete ACL tear in his right knee, going down awkwardly while making a cut. “He had caught three passes for 52 yards before hobbling off the field and eventually leaving on the cart. It appeared to be a non-contact injury, as Edelman planted, cut, and went down.”
Edelman will be out for the season.

Fantasy Goo:Everyone will see a small piece of his targets, Cooks and Gronk probably benefit the most. Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Amendola are all viable late round flyers, but good luck predicting which week each will perform. Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis will all scrape a few targets away and, TE Dwayne Allen could see a few of those as well.


08/26/17, 11:46 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead's Versatility Shines in Camp


“The Pats haven’t been shy about trying Burkhead in short yardage situation down at the goal line either. Running backs coach Ivan Fears is on record saying the team needs to find it’s power back and while Mike Gilislee is probably the lead dog in that area, Burkhead is bigger than you think, right around 210 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo: There is no way there should be eight to ten ADP rounds difference between Gillislee and Burkhead. Blounts 300 vacated carries will probably mostly go to Gillislee, but those TD carries inside the 5 will be split several ways. The Blount “role” disappears and this becomes a true community backfield this year.


08/05/17, 07:50 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks Will Be A Volatile Play


The last time Tom Brady played with a first round WR they hooked up for 98 catches, 1,493 yards and 23 TDs. This is not a repeatable stat as it was a top 3 WR in the history of the NFL with a younger Brady and significantly less mouths to feed in the offense.

Fantasy Goo: Cooks had the 7th highest volatility on week to week production among WRs, but for those worried about who will play the slot, Cooks was in the slot only 19% of the time last season.


07/31/17, 01:43 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: pyromaniac.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

To Gillislee or Not to Gillislee?


“First goal-line carry of camp in full pads goes to Mike Gillislee. Powers up middle for TD. Top candidate to replace LeGarrette Blount.”

Fantasy Goo: About 12 hours after a Pyro discussion about Gillislee’s draft value we see him get the first goal-line carry in camp. If we see him get even half of the goal-line work that Blount has vacated and 220-250 touches Gillislee should easily return his draft value. Gillislee is currently going of the board as RB22 in MFL10’s, and he’s ranked as RB28 in the Pyro rankings, as Staggs has him projected for closer to 200 carries. If we can guarantee that he is going to get all of the goal-line work he will continue to rise, but we always have to look out for those Belitricks.


07/29/17, 09:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk "Full-Go"


After a busy off season, highlighted by a short WWE debut, Rob Gronkowski is back at 100% health.

Fantasy Goo: Brandin Cooks the new WR addition should take some value away from Gronk's potential. Gronk is still widely considered the TE1 and being healthy for an offseason should allow the Patriots to integrate Cooks into the offense more seamlessly.


06/05/17, 11:04 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Patriots Add Depth at RB


The Buffalo Bills declined to match the offer sheet for Gillislee and he will now become a Patriot on a 2 year deal for $6.4mm.The Patriots vacate a 5th round pick to the Bills.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots backfield is already loaded with depth, Gillislee adds more as a part time back who is capable of getting a 5+ YPC with limited snaps.


04/24/17, 03:00 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


James White

New England Patriots

Follow The Money


James White signed a 3 year extension with the Patriots today through the 2020 season.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB confusion saga continues. White got a base deal of $12mm with 4.69 guaranteed. Keep this number in mind when ranking Patriots RBs.


04/18/17, 06:27 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Amendola Restructures Contract, LE$$ MONEY MO RINGS


Amendola was likely hit by BB with the "Take less or were cutting you" Amendola chose to stay on the reigning Super Bowl Champion Patriots despite adding Cooks.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots WR core stays deep, this move implies that the Pats are moving money around to be able to afford a high draft pick (to trade for) or Richard Sherman from the Seahawks.


04/18/17, 12:57 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com

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Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Waiver Wire Target


Amendola was back, but he did not make a major impact this week with three receptions for 48 yards. He should be owned in most leagues, especially PPR leagues, as he is going to see a lot of targets when healthy.


09/25/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: pyromaniac.com


Jacoby Brissett

New England Patriots

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Scott Tolzien

Indianapolis Colts

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Malcolm Mitchell

New England Patriots

Mitchell To IR


Malcolm Mitchell, who I liked as a potential surpise fantasy option in the NE pass attack will be ruled out for at least 8 weeks on the IR designated to return.

Fantasy Goo: Although I don't believe this has any impact on tonight's game or the Pat's other pass catchers who you wouldn't otherwise play in fantasy, it does open the door for the Amendola's and Dorsett's to see expanded roles.


09/07/17, 04:23 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk ready for Week 1


Gronk should and will be a huge part of the Patriots offense this season. The loss of Julian Edelman should mean more work for Gronk who could be in line for his biggest season since 2011. He faces the Chiefs in Week 1, and with Brady trying to find timing with Brandin Cooks, Gronk should see extra looks in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.metro.us


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks looks to make an impression in Week 1


The Patriots are hoping that Brandin Cooks and Tom Brady get on the same page as soon as possible. As Brady said at the end of August:
"We're working hard at it," Brady told reporters "We're talking about things."

The loss of Julian Edelman should mean an increased target share for Cooks, and his speed makes him a deep threat option as well. He could have a chance for some big plays in Week 1, as he is facing a Chiefs defense that likes to take chances in the defensive backfield.


09/04/17, 04:25 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.oregonlive.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gilislee's workload is biggest question in Week 1


The Patriots have a loaded backfield, so while there was a lot of preseason hype about getting Mike Gilislee, it remains to be seen exactly how Belichick will utilize him. The odds are that he does not have more than 15 carries, and we need to see him on the field in the redzone to feel good about starting him in Week 1.


09/04/17, 04:15 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: patriotswire.usatoday.com


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tough Week 1 matchup for Brady


Tom Brady will open the season on Thursday night hosting the Chiefs. Kansas City is a ball hawking defense that was tied for the league lead last season with 18 interceptions. This will be a tough test, especially in his first game without Julian Edelman, and in his first real game with Brandin Cooks. Brady is still a top option, but he could have timing issues with hie receivers in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:07 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.nfl.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

A healthy Amendola will need to step up his game!


Talk about a player skyrocketing up my Tiers for v4! Expect a ton of 3rd down catches for Amendola in 2017. Julian Edelman is gone with a torn ACL, it's time for Danny to step it up a notch: "Amendola’s role will be as important as ever."

Fantasy Goo: Danny is healthier to start a season than he has ever been for the Patriots. Now he needs to fill the slot role left vacant by Edelman's season ending injury. I know Brady and Belichick have faith he can pull it off, hopefully, his 31-year-old body is up to the task.


08/28/17, 07:41 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gillislee Ground to Make Up


Gillislee missed time during OTA’s and was sidelined for two weeks during camp with a hamstring injury. "I think he still has quite a ways to go," Belichick said. "We gained some ground last week...We'll continue to keep pushing through it."

Fantasy Goo: Gillislee was being drafted in the 5th round at one point, but he’s starting to slide down to the seventh now. The only back in NE that we can expect any kind of consistency from is White. Burkhead, Gillislee, and Lewis should only be drafted in best-ball drafts because we will probably not be given any indication which one will be getting the majority of touches each week.


08/26/17, 06:40 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Julian Edelman

New England Patriots

Edelman Tears ACL


Patriots WR Julian Edelman has a complete ACL tear in his right knee, going down awkwardly while making a cut. “He had caught three passes for 52 yards before hobbling off the field and eventually leaving on the cart. It appeared to be a non-contact injury, as Edelman planted, cut, and went down.”
Edelman will be out for the season.

Fantasy Goo:Everyone will see a small piece of his targets, Cooks and Gronk probably benefit the most. Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Amendola are all viable late round flyers, but good luck predicting which week each will perform. Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis will all scrape a few targets away and, TE Dwayne Allen could see a few of those as well.


08/26/17, 11:46 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead's Versatility Shines in Camp


“The Pats haven’t been shy about trying Burkhead in short yardage situation down at the goal line either. Running backs coach Ivan Fears is on record saying the team needs to find it’s power back and while Mike Gilislee is probably the lead dog in that area, Burkhead is bigger than you think, right around 210 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo: There is no way there should be eight to ten ADP rounds difference between Gillislee and Burkhead. Blounts 300 vacated carries will probably mostly go to Gillislee, but those TD carries inside the 5 will be split several ways. The Blount “role” disappears and this becomes a true community backfield this year.


08/05/17, 07:50 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks Will Be A Volatile Play


The last time Tom Brady played with a first round WR they hooked up for 98 catches, 1,493 yards and 23 TDs. This is not a repeatable stat as it was a top 3 WR in the history of the NFL with a younger Brady and significantly less mouths to feed in the offense.

Fantasy Goo: Cooks had the 7th highest volatility on week to week production among WRs, but for those worried about who will play the slot, Cooks was in the slot only 19% of the time last season.


07/31/17, 01:43 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: pyromaniac.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

To Gillislee or Not to Gillislee?


“First goal-line carry of camp in full pads goes to Mike Gillislee. Powers up middle for TD. Top candidate to replace LeGarrette Blount.”

Fantasy Goo: About 12 hours after a Pyro discussion about Gillislee’s draft value we see him get the first goal-line carry in camp. If we see him get even half of the goal-line work that Blount has vacated and 220-250 touches Gillislee should easily return his draft value. Gillislee is currently going of the board as RB22 in MFL10’s, and he’s ranked as RB28 in the Pyro rankings, as Staggs has him projected for closer to 200 carries. If we can guarantee that he is going to get all of the goal-line work he will continue to rise, but we always have to look out for those Belitricks.


07/29/17, 09:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk "Full-Go"


After a busy off season, highlighted by a short WWE debut, Rob Gronkowski is back at 100% health.

Fantasy Goo: Brandin Cooks the new WR addition should take some value away from Gronk's potential. Gronk is still widely considered the TE1 and being healthy for an offseason should allow the Patriots to integrate Cooks into the offense more seamlessly.


06/05/17, 11:04 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Patriots Add Depth at RB


The Buffalo Bills declined to match the offer sheet for Gillislee and he will now become a Patriot on a 2 year deal for $6.4mm.The Patriots vacate a 5th round pick to the Bills.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots backfield is already loaded with depth, Gillislee adds more as a part time back who is capable of getting a 5+ YPC with limited snaps.


04/24/17, 03:00 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


James White

New England Patriots

Follow The Money


James White signed a 3 year extension with the Patriots today through the 2020 season.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB confusion saga continues. White got a base deal of $12mm with 4.69 guaranteed. Keep this number in mind when ranking Patriots RBs.


04/18/17, 06:27 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Amendola Restructures Contract, LE$$ MONEY MO RINGS


Amendola was likely hit by BB with the "Take less or were cutting you" Amendola chose to stay on the reigning Super Bowl Champion Patriots despite adding Cooks.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots WR core stays deep, this move implies that the Pats are moving money around to be able to afford a high draft pick (to trade for) or Richard Sherman from the Seahawks.


04/18/17, 12:57 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com

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Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Waiver Wire Target


Amendola was back, but he did not make a major impact this week with three receptions for 48 yards. He should be owned in most leagues, especially PPR leagues, as he is going to see a lot of targets when healthy.


09/25/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: pyromaniac.com


Jacoby Brissett

New England Patriots

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Scott Tolzien

Indianapolis Colts

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Malcolm Mitchell

New England Patriots

Mitchell To IR


Malcolm Mitchell, who I liked as a potential surpise fantasy option in the NE pass attack will be ruled out for at least 8 weeks on the IR designated to return.

Fantasy Goo: Although I don't believe this has any impact on tonight's game or the Pat's other pass catchers who you wouldn't otherwise play in fantasy, it does open the door for the Amendola's and Dorsett's to see expanded roles.


09/07/17, 04:23 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk ready for Week 1


Gronk should and will be a huge part of the Patriots offense this season. The loss of Julian Edelman should mean more work for Gronk who could be in line for his biggest season since 2011. He faces the Chiefs in Week 1, and with Brady trying to find timing with Brandin Cooks, Gronk should see extra looks in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.metro.us


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks looks to make an impression in Week 1


The Patriots are hoping that Brandin Cooks and Tom Brady get on the same page as soon as possible. As Brady said at the end of August:
"We're working hard at it," Brady told reporters "We're talking about things."

The loss of Julian Edelman should mean an increased target share for Cooks, and his speed makes him a deep threat option as well. He could have a chance for some big plays in Week 1, as he is facing a Chiefs defense that likes to take chances in the defensive backfield.


09/04/17, 04:25 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.oregonlive.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gilislee's workload is biggest question in Week 1


The Patriots have a loaded backfield, so while there was a lot of preseason hype about getting Mike Gilislee, it remains to be seen exactly how Belichick will utilize him. The odds are that he does not have more than 15 carries, and we need to see him on the field in the redzone to feel good about starting him in Week 1.


09/04/17, 04:15 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: patriotswire.usatoday.com


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tough Week 1 matchup for Brady


Tom Brady will open the season on Thursday night hosting the Chiefs. Kansas City is a ball hawking defense that was tied for the league lead last season with 18 interceptions. This will be a tough test, especially in his first game without Julian Edelman, and in his first real game with Brandin Cooks. Brady is still a top option, but he could have timing issues with hie receivers in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:07 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.nfl.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

A healthy Amendola will need to step up his game!


Talk about a player skyrocketing up my Tiers for v4! Expect a ton of 3rd down catches for Amendola in 2017. Julian Edelman is gone with a torn ACL, it's time for Danny to step it up a notch: "Amendola’s role will be as important as ever."

Fantasy Goo: Danny is healthier to start a season than he has ever been for the Patriots. Now he needs to fill the slot role left vacant by Edelman's season ending injury. I know Brady and Belichick have faith he can pull it off, hopefully, his 31-year-old body is up to the task.


08/28/17, 07:41 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gillislee Ground to Make Up


Gillislee missed time during OTA’s and was sidelined for two weeks during camp with a hamstring injury. "I think he still has quite a ways to go," Belichick said. "We gained some ground last week...We'll continue to keep pushing through it."

Fantasy Goo: Gillislee was being drafted in the 5th round at one point, but he’s starting to slide down to the seventh now. The only back in NE that we can expect any kind of consistency from is White. Burkhead, Gillislee, and Lewis should only be drafted in best-ball drafts because we will probably not be given any indication which one will be getting the majority of touches each week.


08/26/17, 06:40 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Julian Edelman

New England Patriots

Edelman Tears ACL


Patriots WR Julian Edelman has a complete ACL tear in his right knee, going down awkwardly while making a cut. “He had caught three passes for 52 yards before hobbling off the field and eventually leaving on the cart. It appeared to be a non-contact injury, as Edelman planted, cut, and went down.”
Edelman will be out for the season.

Fantasy Goo:Everyone will see a small piece of his targets, Cooks and Gronk probably benefit the most. Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Amendola are all viable late round flyers, but good luck predicting which week each will perform. Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis will all scrape a few targets away and, TE Dwayne Allen could see a few of those as well.


08/26/17, 11:46 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead's Versatility Shines in Camp


“The Pats haven’t been shy about trying Burkhead in short yardage situation down at the goal line either. Running backs coach Ivan Fears is on record saying the team needs to find it’s power back and while Mike Gilislee is probably the lead dog in that area, Burkhead is bigger than you think, right around 210 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo: There is no way there should be eight to ten ADP rounds difference between Gillislee and Burkhead. Blounts 300 vacated carries will probably mostly go to Gillislee, but those TD carries inside the 5 will be split several ways. The Blount “role” disappears and this becomes a true community backfield this year.


08/05/17, 07:50 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks Will Be A Volatile Play


The last time Tom Brady played with a first round WR they hooked up for 98 catches, 1,493 yards and 23 TDs. This is not a repeatable stat as it was a top 3 WR in the history of the NFL with a younger Brady and significantly less mouths to feed in the offense.

Fantasy Goo: Cooks had the 7th highest volatility on week to week production among WRs, but for those worried about who will play the slot, Cooks was in the slot only 19% of the time last season.


07/31/17, 01:43 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: pyromaniac.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

To Gillislee or Not to Gillislee?


“First goal-line carry of camp in full pads goes to Mike Gillislee. Powers up middle for TD. Top candidate to replace LeGarrette Blount.”

Fantasy Goo: About 12 hours after a Pyro discussion about Gillislee’s draft value we see him get the first goal-line carry in camp. If we see him get even half of the goal-line work that Blount has vacated and 220-250 touches Gillislee should easily return his draft value. Gillislee is currently going of the board as RB22 in MFL10’s, and he’s ranked as RB28 in the Pyro rankings, as Staggs has him projected for closer to 200 carries. If we can guarantee that he is going to get all of the goal-line work he will continue to rise, but we always have to look out for those Belitricks.


07/29/17, 09:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk "Full-Go"


After a busy off season, highlighted by a short WWE debut, Rob Gronkowski is back at 100% health.

Fantasy Goo: Brandin Cooks the new WR addition should take some value away from Gronk's potential. Gronk is still widely considered the TE1 and being healthy for an offseason should allow the Patriots to integrate Cooks into the offense more seamlessly.


06/05/17, 11:04 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Patriots Add Depth at RB


The Buffalo Bills declined to match the offer sheet for Gillislee and he will now become a Patriot on a 2 year deal for $6.4mm.The Patriots vacate a 5th round pick to the Bills.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots backfield is already loaded with depth, Gillislee adds more as a part time back who is capable of getting a 5+ YPC with limited snaps.


04/24/17, 03:00 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


James White

New England Patriots

Follow The Money


James White signed a 3 year extension with the Patriots today through the 2020 season.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB confusion saga continues. White got a base deal of $12mm with 4.69 guaranteed. Keep this number in mind when ranking Patriots RBs.


04/18/17, 06:27 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Amendola Restructures Contract, LE$$ MONEY MO RINGS


Amendola was likely hit by BB with the "Take less or were cutting you" Amendola chose to stay on the reigning Super Bowl Champion Patriots despite adding Cooks.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots WR core stays deep, this move implies that the Pats are moving money around to be able to afford a high draft pick (to trade for) or Richard Sherman from the Seahawks.


04/18/17, 12:57 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com

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Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Waiver Wire Target


Amendola was back, but he did not make a major impact this week with three receptions for 48 yards. He should be owned in most leagues, especially PPR leagues, as he is going to see a lot of targets when healthy.


09/25/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: pyromaniac.com


Jacoby Brissett

New England Patriots

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Scott Tolzien

Indianapolis Colts

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Malcolm Mitchell

New England Patriots

Mitchell To IR


Malcolm Mitchell, who I liked as a potential surpise fantasy option in the NE pass attack will be ruled out for at least 8 weeks on the IR designated to return.

Fantasy Goo: Although I don't believe this has any impact on tonight's game or the Pat's other pass catchers who you wouldn't otherwise play in fantasy, it does open the door for the Amendola's and Dorsett's to see expanded roles.


09/07/17, 04:23 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk ready for Week 1


Gronk should and will be a huge part of the Patriots offense this season. The loss of Julian Edelman should mean more work for Gronk who could be in line for his biggest season since 2011. He faces the Chiefs in Week 1, and with Brady trying to find timing with Brandin Cooks, Gronk should see extra looks in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.metro.us


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks looks to make an impression in Week 1


The Patriots are hoping that Brandin Cooks and Tom Brady get on the same page as soon as possible. As Brady said at the end of August:
"We're working hard at it," Brady told reporters "We're talking about things."

The loss of Julian Edelman should mean an increased target share for Cooks, and his speed makes him a deep threat option as well. He could have a chance for some big plays in Week 1, as he is facing a Chiefs defense that likes to take chances in the defensive backfield.


09/04/17, 04:25 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.oregonlive.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gilislee's workload is biggest question in Week 1


The Patriots have a loaded backfield, so while there was a lot of preseason hype about getting Mike Gilislee, it remains to be seen exactly how Belichick will utilize him. The odds are that he does not have more than 15 carries, and we need to see him on the field in the redzone to feel good about starting him in Week 1.


09/04/17, 04:15 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: patriotswire.usatoday.com


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tough Week 1 matchup for Brady


Tom Brady will open the season on Thursday night hosting the Chiefs. Kansas City is a ball hawking defense that was tied for the league lead last season with 18 interceptions. This will be a tough test, especially in his first game without Julian Edelman, and in his first real game with Brandin Cooks. Brady is still a top option, but he could have timing issues with hie receivers in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:07 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.nfl.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

A healthy Amendola will need to step up his game!


Talk about a player skyrocketing up my Tiers for v4! Expect a ton of 3rd down catches for Amendola in 2017. Julian Edelman is gone with a torn ACL, it's time for Danny to step it up a notch: "Amendola’s role will be as important as ever."

Fantasy Goo: Danny is healthier to start a season than he has ever been for the Patriots. Now he needs to fill the slot role left vacant by Edelman's season ending injury. I know Brady and Belichick have faith he can pull it off, hopefully, his 31-year-old body is up to the task.


08/28/17, 07:41 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gillislee Ground to Make Up


Gillislee missed time during OTA’s and was sidelined for two weeks during camp with a hamstring injury. "I think he still has quite a ways to go," Belichick said. "We gained some ground last week...We'll continue to keep pushing through it."

Fantasy Goo: Gillislee was being drafted in the 5th round at one point, but he’s starting to slide down to the seventh now. The only back in NE that we can expect any kind of consistency from is White. Burkhead, Gillislee, and Lewis should only be drafted in best-ball drafts because we will probably not be given any indication which one will be getting the majority of touches each week.


08/26/17, 06:40 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Julian Edelman

New England Patriots

Edelman Tears ACL


Patriots WR Julian Edelman has a complete ACL tear in his right knee, going down awkwardly while making a cut. “He had caught three passes for 52 yards before hobbling off the field and eventually leaving on the cart. It appeared to be a non-contact injury, as Edelman planted, cut, and went down.”
Edelman will be out for the season.

Fantasy Goo:Everyone will see a small piece of his targets, Cooks and Gronk probably benefit the most. Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Amendola are all viable late round flyers, but good luck predicting which week each will perform. Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis will all scrape a few targets away and, TE Dwayne Allen could see a few of those as well.


08/26/17, 11:46 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead's Versatility Shines in Camp


“The Pats haven’t been shy about trying Burkhead in short yardage situation down at the goal line either. Running backs coach Ivan Fears is on record saying the team needs to find it’s power back and while Mike Gilislee is probably the lead dog in that area, Burkhead is bigger than you think, right around 210 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo: There is no way there should be eight to ten ADP rounds difference between Gillislee and Burkhead. Blounts 300 vacated carries will probably mostly go to Gillislee, but those TD carries inside the 5 will be split several ways. The Blount “role” disappears and this becomes a true community backfield this year.


08/05/17, 07:50 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks Will Be A Volatile Play


The last time Tom Brady played with a first round WR they hooked up for 98 catches, 1,493 yards and 23 TDs. This is not a repeatable stat as it was a top 3 WR in the history of the NFL with a younger Brady and significantly less mouths to feed in the offense.

Fantasy Goo: Cooks had the 7th highest volatility on week to week production among WRs, but for those worried about who will play the slot, Cooks was in the slot only 19% of the time last season.


07/31/17, 01:43 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: pyromaniac.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

To Gillislee or Not to Gillislee?


“First goal-line carry of camp in full pads goes to Mike Gillislee. Powers up middle for TD. Top candidate to replace LeGarrette Blount.”

Fantasy Goo: About 12 hours after a Pyro discussion about Gillislee’s draft value we see him get the first goal-line carry in camp. If we see him get even half of the goal-line work that Blount has vacated and 220-250 touches Gillislee should easily return his draft value. Gillislee is currently going of the board as RB22 in MFL10’s, and he’s ranked as RB28 in the Pyro rankings, as Staggs has him projected for closer to 200 carries. If we can guarantee that he is going to get all of the goal-line work he will continue to rise, but we always have to look out for those Belitricks.


07/29/17, 09:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk "Full-Go"


After a busy off season, highlighted by a short WWE debut, Rob Gronkowski is back at 100% health.

Fantasy Goo: Brandin Cooks the new WR addition should take some value away from Gronk's potential. Gronk is still widely considered the TE1 and being healthy for an offseason should allow the Patriots to integrate Cooks into the offense more seamlessly.


06/05/17, 11:04 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Patriots Add Depth at RB


The Buffalo Bills declined to match the offer sheet for Gillislee and he will now become a Patriot on a 2 year deal for $6.4mm.The Patriots vacate a 5th round pick to the Bills.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots backfield is already loaded with depth, Gillislee adds more as a part time back who is capable of getting a 5+ YPC with limited snaps.


04/24/17, 03:00 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


James White

New England Patriots

Follow The Money


James White signed a 3 year extension with the Patriots today through the 2020 season.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB confusion saga continues. White got a base deal of $12mm with 4.69 guaranteed. Keep this number in mind when ranking Patriots RBs.


04/18/17, 06:27 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Amendola Restructures Contract, LE$$ MONEY MO RINGS


Amendola was likely hit by BB with the "Take less or were cutting you" Amendola chose to stay on the reigning Super Bowl Champion Patriots despite adding Cooks.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots WR core stays deep, this move implies that the Pats are moving money around to be able to afford a high draft pick (to trade for) or Richard Sherman from the Seahawks.


04/18/17, 12:57 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com

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Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Waiver Wire Target


Amendola was back, but he did not make a major impact this week with three receptions for 48 yards. He should be owned in most leagues, especially PPR leagues, as he is going to see a lot of targets when healthy.


09/25/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: pyromaniac.com


Jacoby Brissett

New England Patriots

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Scott Tolzien

Indianapolis Colts

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Malcolm Mitchell

New England Patriots

Mitchell To IR


Malcolm Mitchell, who I liked as a potential surpise fantasy option in the NE pass attack will be ruled out for at least 8 weeks on the IR designated to return.

Fantasy Goo: Although I don't believe this has any impact on tonight's game or the Pat's other pass catchers who you wouldn't otherwise play in fantasy, it does open the door for the Amendola's and Dorsett's to see expanded roles.


09/07/17, 04:23 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk ready for Week 1


Gronk should and will be a huge part of the Patriots offense this season. The loss of Julian Edelman should mean more work for Gronk who could be in line for his biggest season since 2011. He faces the Chiefs in Week 1, and with Brady trying to find timing with Brandin Cooks, Gronk should see extra looks in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.metro.us


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks looks to make an impression in Week 1


The Patriots are hoping that Brandin Cooks and Tom Brady get on the same page as soon as possible. As Brady said at the end of August:
"We're working hard at it," Brady told reporters "We're talking about things."

The loss of Julian Edelman should mean an increased target share for Cooks, and his speed makes him a deep threat option as well. He could have a chance for some big plays in Week 1, as he is facing a Chiefs defense that likes to take chances in the defensive backfield.


09/04/17, 04:25 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.oregonlive.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gilislee's workload is biggest question in Week 1


The Patriots have a loaded backfield, so while there was a lot of preseason hype about getting Mike Gilislee, it remains to be seen exactly how Belichick will utilize him. The odds are that he does not have more than 15 carries, and we need to see him on the field in the redzone to feel good about starting him in Week 1.


09/04/17, 04:15 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: patriotswire.usatoday.com


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tough Week 1 matchup for Brady


Tom Brady will open the season on Thursday night hosting the Chiefs. Kansas City is a ball hawking defense that was tied for the league lead last season with 18 interceptions. This will be a tough test, especially in his first game without Julian Edelman, and in his first real game with Brandin Cooks. Brady is still a top option, but he could have timing issues with hie receivers in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:07 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.nfl.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

A healthy Amendola will need to step up his game!


Talk about a player skyrocketing up my Tiers for v4! Expect a ton of 3rd down catches for Amendola in 2017. Julian Edelman is gone with a torn ACL, it's time for Danny to step it up a notch: "Amendola’s role will be as important as ever."

Fantasy Goo: Danny is healthier to start a season than he has ever been for the Patriots. Now he needs to fill the slot role left vacant by Edelman's season ending injury. I know Brady and Belichick have faith he can pull it off, hopefully, his 31-year-old body is up to the task.


08/28/17, 07:41 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gillislee Ground to Make Up


Gillislee missed time during OTA’s and was sidelined for two weeks during camp with a hamstring injury. "I think he still has quite a ways to go," Belichick said. "We gained some ground last week...We'll continue to keep pushing through it."

Fantasy Goo: Gillislee was being drafted in the 5th round at one point, but he’s starting to slide down to the seventh now. The only back in NE that we can expect any kind of consistency from is White. Burkhead, Gillislee, and Lewis should only be drafted in best-ball drafts because we will probably not be given any indication which one will be getting the majority of touches each week.


08/26/17, 06:40 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Julian Edelman

New England Patriots

Edelman Tears ACL


Patriots WR Julian Edelman has a complete ACL tear in his right knee, going down awkwardly while making a cut. “He had caught three passes for 52 yards before hobbling off the field and eventually leaving on the cart. It appeared to be a non-contact injury, as Edelman planted, cut, and went down.”
Edelman will be out for the season.

Fantasy Goo:Everyone will see a small piece of his targets, Cooks and Gronk probably benefit the most. Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Amendola are all viable late round flyers, but good luck predicting which week each will perform. Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis will all scrape a few targets away and, TE Dwayne Allen could see a few of those as well.


08/26/17, 11:46 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead's Versatility Shines in Camp


“The Pats haven’t been shy about trying Burkhead in short yardage situation down at the goal line either. Running backs coach Ivan Fears is on record saying the team needs to find it’s power back and while Mike Gilislee is probably the lead dog in that area, Burkhead is bigger than you think, right around 210 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo: There is no way there should be eight to ten ADP rounds difference between Gillislee and Burkhead. Blounts 300 vacated carries will probably mostly go to Gillislee, but those TD carries inside the 5 will be split several ways. The Blount “role” disappears and this becomes a true community backfield this year.


08/05/17, 07:50 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks Will Be A Volatile Play


The last time Tom Brady played with a first round WR they hooked up for 98 catches, 1,493 yards and 23 TDs. This is not a repeatable stat as it was a top 3 WR in the history of the NFL with a younger Brady and significantly less mouths to feed in the offense.

Fantasy Goo: Cooks had the 7th highest volatility on week to week production among WRs, but for those worried about who will play the slot, Cooks was in the slot only 19% of the time last season.


07/31/17, 01:43 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: pyromaniac.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

To Gillislee or Not to Gillislee?


“First goal-line carry of camp in full pads goes to Mike Gillislee. Powers up middle for TD. Top candidate to replace LeGarrette Blount.”

Fantasy Goo: About 12 hours after a Pyro discussion about Gillislee’s draft value we see him get the first goal-line carry in camp. If we see him get even half of the goal-line work that Blount has vacated and 220-250 touches Gillislee should easily return his draft value. Gillislee is currently going of the board as RB22 in MFL10’s, and he’s ranked as RB28 in the Pyro rankings, as Staggs has him projected for closer to 200 carries. If we can guarantee that he is going to get all of the goal-line work he will continue to rise, but we always have to look out for those Belitricks.


07/29/17, 09:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk "Full-Go"


After a busy off season, highlighted by a short WWE debut, Rob Gronkowski is back at 100% health.

Fantasy Goo: Brandin Cooks the new WR addition should take some value away from Gronk's potential. Gronk is still widely considered the TE1 and being healthy for an offseason should allow the Patriots to integrate Cooks into the offense more seamlessly.


06/05/17, 11:04 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Patriots Add Depth at RB


The Buffalo Bills declined to match the offer sheet for Gillislee and he will now become a Patriot on a 2 year deal for $6.4mm.The Patriots vacate a 5th round pick to the Bills.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots backfield is already loaded with depth, Gillislee adds more as a part time back who is capable of getting a 5+ YPC with limited snaps.


04/24/17, 03:00 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


James White

New England Patriots

Follow The Money


James White signed a 3 year extension with the Patriots today through the 2020 season.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB confusion saga continues. White got a base deal of $12mm with 4.69 guaranteed. Keep this number in mind when ranking Patriots RBs.


04/18/17, 06:27 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Amendola Restructures Contract, LE$$ MONEY MO RINGS


Amendola was likely hit by BB with the "Take less or were cutting you" Amendola chose to stay on the reigning Super Bowl Champion Patriots despite adding Cooks.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots WR core stays deep, this move implies that the Pats are moving money around to be able to afford a high draft pick (to trade for) or Richard Sherman from the Seahawks.


04/18/17, 12:57 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com

Newsfeeds

View all +


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Waiver Wire Target


Amendola was back, but he did not make a major impact this week with three receptions for 48 yards. He should be owned in most leagues, especially PPR leagues, as he is going to see a lot of targets when healthy.


09/25/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: pyromaniac.com


Jacoby Brissett

New England Patriots

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Scott Tolzien

Indianapolis Colts

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Malcolm Mitchell

New England Patriots

Mitchell To IR


Malcolm Mitchell, who I liked as a potential surpise fantasy option in the NE pass attack will be ruled out for at least 8 weeks on the IR designated to return.

Fantasy Goo: Although I don't believe this has any impact on tonight's game or the Pat's other pass catchers who you wouldn't otherwise play in fantasy, it does open the door for the Amendola's and Dorsett's to see expanded roles.


09/07/17, 04:23 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk ready for Week 1


Gronk should and will be a huge part of the Patriots offense this season. The loss of Julian Edelman should mean more work for Gronk who could be in line for his biggest season since 2011. He faces the Chiefs in Week 1, and with Brady trying to find timing with Brandin Cooks, Gronk should see extra looks in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.metro.us


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks looks to make an impression in Week 1


The Patriots are hoping that Brandin Cooks and Tom Brady get on the same page as soon as possible. As Brady said at the end of August:
"We're working hard at it," Brady told reporters "We're talking about things."

The loss of Julian Edelman should mean an increased target share for Cooks, and his speed makes him a deep threat option as well. He could have a chance for some big plays in Week 1, as he is facing a Chiefs defense that likes to take chances in the defensive backfield.


09/04/17, 04:25 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.oregonlive.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gilislee's workload is biggest question in Week 1


The Patriots have a loaded backfield, so while there was a lot of preseason hype about getting Mike Gilislee, it remains to be seen exactly how Belichick will utilize him. The odds are that he does not have more than 15 carries, and we need to see him on the field in the redzone to feel good about starting him in Week 1.


09/04/17, 04:15 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: patriotswire.usatoday.com


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tough Week 1 matchup for Brady


Tom Brady will open the season on Thursday night hosting the Chiefs. Kansas City is a ball hawking defense that was tied for the league lead last season with 18 interceptions. This will be a tough test, especially in his first game without Julian Edelman, and in his first real game with Brandin Cooks. Brady is still a top option, but he could have timing issues with hie receivers in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:07 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.nfl.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

A healthy Amendola will need to step up his game!


Talk about a player skyrocketing up my Tiers for v4! Expect a ton of 3rd down catches for Amendola in 2017. Julian Edelman is gone with a torn ACL, it's time for Danny to step it up a notch: "Amendola’s role will be as important as ever."

Fantasy Goo: Danny is healthier to start a season than he has ever been for the Patriots. Now he needs to fill the slot role left vacant by Edelman's season ending injury. I know Brady and Belichick have faith he can pull it off, hopefully, his 31-year-old body is up to the task.


08/28/17, 07:41 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gillislee Ground to Make Up


Gillislee missed time during OTA’s and was sidelined for two weeks during camp with a hamstring injury. "I think he still has quite a ways to go," Belichick said. "We gained some ground last week...We'll continue to keep pushing through it."

Fantasy Goo: Gillislee was being drafted in the 5th round at one point, but he’s starting to slide down to the seventh now. The only back in NE that we can expect any kind of consistency from is White. Burkhead, Gillislee, and Lewis should only be drafted in best-ball drafts because we will probably not be given any indication which one will be getting the majority of touches each week.


08/26/17, 06:40 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Julian Edelman

New England Patriots

Edelman Tears ACL


Patriots WR Julian Edelman has a complete ACL tear in his right knee, going down awkwardly while making a cut. “He had caught three passes for 52 yards before hobbling off the field and eventually leaving on the cart. It appeared to be a non-contact injury, as Edelman planted, cut, and went down.”
Edelman will be out for the season.

Fantasy Goo:Everyone will see a small piece of his targets, Cooks and Gronk probably benefit the most. Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Amendola are all viable late round flyers, but good luck predicting which week each will perform. Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis will all scrape a few targets away and, TE Dwayne Allen could see a few of those as well.


08/26/17, 11:46 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead's Versatility Shines in Camp


“The Pats haven’t been shy about trying Burkhead in short yardage situation down at the goal line either. Running backs coach Ivan Fears is on record saying the team needs to find it’s power back and while Mike Gilislee is probably the lead dog in that area, Burkhead is bigger than you think, right around 210 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo: There is no way there should be eight to ten ADP rounds difference between Gillislee and Burkhead. Blounts 300 vacated carries will probably mostly go to Gillislee, but those TD carries inside the 5 will be split several ways. The Blount “role” disappears and this becomes a true community backfield this year.


08/05/17, 07:50 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks Will Be A Volatile Play


The last time Tom Brady played with a first round WR they hooked up for 98 catches, 1,493 yards and 23 TDs. This is not a repeatable stat as it was a top 3 WR in the history of the NFL with a younger Brady and significantly less mouths to feed in the offense.

Fantasy Goo: Cooks had the 7th highest volatility on week to week production among WRs, but for those worried about who will play the slot, Cooks was in the slot only 19% of the time last season.


07/31/17, 01:43 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: pyromaniac.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

To Gillislee or Not to Gillislee?


“First goal-line carry of camp in full pads goes to Mike Gillislee. Powers up middle for TD. Top candidate to replace LeGarrette Blount.”

Fantasy Goo: About 12 hours after a Pyro discussion about Gillislee’s draft value we see him get the first goal-line carry in camp. If we see him get even half of the goal-line work that Blount has vacated and 220-250 touches Gillislee should easily return his draft value. Gillislee is currently going of the board as RB22 in MFL10’s, and he’s ranked as RB28 in the Pyro rankings, as Staggs has him projected for closer to 200 carries. If we can guarantee that he is going to get all of the goal-line work he will continue to rise, but we always have to look out for those Belitricks.


07/29/17, 09:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk "Full-Go"


After a busy off season, highlighted by a short WWE debut, Rob Gronkowski is back at 100% health.

Fantasy Goo: Brandin Cooks the new WR addition should take some value away from Gronk's potential. Gronk is still widely considered the TE1 and being healthy for an offseason should allow the Patriots to integrate Cooks into the offense more seamlessly.


06/05/17, 11:04 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Patriots Add Depth at RB


The Buffalo Bills declined to match the offer sheet for Gillislee and he will now become a Patriot on a 2 year deal for $6.4mm.The Patriots vacate a 5th round pick to the Bills.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots backfield is already loaded with depth, Gillislee adds more as a part time back who is capable of getting a 5+ YPC with limited snaps.


04/24/17, 03:00 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


James White

New England Patriots

Follow The Money


James White signed a 3 year extension with the Patriots today through the 2020 season.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB confusion saga continues. White got a base deal of $12mm with 4.69 guaranteed. Keep this number in mind when ranking Patriots RBs.


04/18/17, 06:27 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Amendola Restructures Contract, LE$$ MONEY MO RINGS


Amendola was likely hit by BB with the "Take less or were cutting you" Amendola chose to stay on the reigning Super Bowl Champion Patriots despite adding Cooks.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots WR core stays deep, this move implies that the Pats are moving money around to be able to afford a high draft pick (to trade for) or Richard Sherman from the Seahawks.


04/18/17, 12:57 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com

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Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Waiver Wire Target


Amendola was back, but he did not make a major impact this week with three receptions for 48 yards. He should be owned in most leagues, especially PPR leagues, as he is going to see a lot of targets when healthy.


09/25/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: pyromaniac.com


Jacoby Brissett

New England Patriots

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Scott Tolzien

Indianapolis Colts

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Malcolm Mitchell

New England Patriots

Mitchell To IR


Malcolm Mitchell, who I liked as a potential surpise fantasy option in the NE pass attack will be ruled out for at least 8 weeks on the IR designated to return.

Fantasy Goo: Although I don't believe this has any impact on tonight's game or the Pat's other pass catchers who you wouldn't otherwise play in fantasy, it does open the door for the Amendola's and Dorsett's to see expanded roles.


09/07/17, 04:23 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk ready for Week 1


Gronk should and will be a huge part of the Patriots offense this season. The loss of Julian Edelman should mean more work for Gronk who could be in line for his biggest season since 2011. He faces the Chiefs in Week 1, and with Brady trying to find timing with Brandin Cooks, Gronk should see extra looks in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.metro.us


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks looks to make an impression in Week 1


The Patriots are hoping that Brandin Cooks and Tom Brady get on the same page as soon as possible. As Brady said at the end of August:
"We're working hard at it," Brady told reporters "We're talking about things."

The loss of Julian Edelman should mean an increased target share for Cooks, and his speed makes him a deep threat option as well. He could have a chance for some big plays in Week 1, as he is facing a Chiefs defense that likes to take chances in the defensive backfield.


09/04/17, 04:25 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.oregonlive.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gilislee's workload is biggest question in Week 1


The Patriots have a loaded backfield, so while there was a lot of preseason hype about getting Mike Gilislee, it remains to be seen exactly how Belichick will utilize him. The odds are that he does not have more than 15 carries, and we need to see him on the field in the redzone to feel good about starting him in Week 1.


09/04/17, 04:15 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: patriotswire.usatoday.com


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tough Week 1 matchup for Brady


Tom Brady will open the season on Thursday night hosting the Chiefs. Kansas City is a ball hawking defense that was tied for the league lead last season with 18 interceptions. This will be a tough test, especially in his first game without Julian Edelman, and in his first real game with Brandin Cooks. Brady is still a top option, but he could have timing issues with hie receivers in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:07 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.nfl.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

A healthy Amendola will need to step up his game!


Talk about a player skyrocketing up my Tiers for v4! Expect a ton of 3rd down catches for Amendola in 2017. Julian Edelman is gone with a torn ACL, it's time for Danny to step it up a notch: "Amendola’s role will be as important as ever."

Fantasy Goo: Danny is healthier to start a season than he has ever been for the Patriots. Now he needs to fill the slot role left vacant by Edelman's season ending injury. I know Brady and Belichick have faith he can pull it off, hopefully, his 31-year-old body is up to the task.


08/28/17, 07:41 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gillislee Ground to Make Up


Gillislee missed time during OTA’s and was sidelined for two weeks during camp with a hamstring injury. "I think he still has quite a ways to go," Belichick said. "We gained some ground last week...We'll continue to keep pushing through it."

Fantasy Goo: Gillislee was being drafted in the 5th round at one point, but he’s starting to slide down to the seventh now. The only back in NE that we can expect any kind of consistency from is White. Burkhead, Gillislee, and Lewis should only be drafted in best-ball drafts because we will probably not be given any indication which one will be getting the majority of touches each week.


08/26/17, 06:40 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Julian Edelman

New England Patriots

Edelman Tears ACL


Patriots WR Julian Edelman has a complete ACL tear in his right knee, going down awkwardly while making a cut. “He had caught three passes for 52 yards before hobbling off the field and eventually leaving on the cart. It appeared to be a non-contact injury, as Edelman planted, cut, and went down.”
Edelman will be out for the season.

Fantasy Goo:Everyone will see a small piece of his targets, Cooks and Gronk probably benefit the most. Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Amendola are all viable late round flyers, but good luck predicting which week each will perform. Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis will all scrape a few targets away and, TE Dwayne Allen could see a few of those as well.


08/26/17, 11:46 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead's Versatility Shines in Camp


“The Pats haven’t been shy about trying Burkhead in short yardage situation down at the goal line either. Running backs coach Ivan Fears is on record saying the team needs to find it’s power back and while Mike Gilislee is probably the lead dog in that area, Burkhead is bigger than you think, right around 210 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo: There is no way there should be eight to ten ADP rounds difference between Gillislee and Burkhead. Blounts 300 vacated carries will probably mostly go to Gillislee, but those TD carries inside the 5 will be split several ways. The Blount “role” disappears and this becomes a true community backfield this year.


08/05/17, 07:50 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks Will Be A Volatile Play


The last time Tom Brady played with a first round WR they hooked up for 98 catches, 1,493 yards and 23 TDs. This is not a repeatable stat as it was a top 3 WR in the history of the NFL with a younger Brady and significantly less mouths to feed in the offense.

Fantasy Goo: Cooks had the 7th highest volatility on week to week production among WRs, but for those worried about who will play the slot, Cooks was in the slot only 19% of the time last season.


07/31/17, 01:43 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: pyromaniac.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

To Gillislee or Not to Gillislee?


“First goal-line carry of camp in full pads goes to Mike Gillislee. Powers up middle for TD. Top candidate to replace LeGarrette Blount.”

Fantasy Goo: About 12 hours after a Pyro discussion about Gillislee’s draft value we see him get the first goal-line carry in camp. If we see him get even half of the goal-line work that Blount has vacated and 220-250 touches Gillislee should easily return his draft value. Gillislee is currently going of the board as RB22 in MFL10’s, and he’s ranked as RB28 in the Pyro rankings, as Staggs has him projected for closer to 200 carries. If we can guarantee that he is going to get all of the goal-line work he will continue to rise, but we always have to look out for those Belitricks.


07/29/17, 09:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk "Full-Go"


After a busy off season, highlighted by a short WWE debut, Rob Gronkowski is back at 100% health.

Fantasy Goo: Brandin Cooks the new WR addition should take some value away from Gronk's potential. Gronk is still widely considered the TE1 and being healthy for an offseason should allow the Patriots to integrate Cooks into the offense more seamlessly.


06/05/17, 11:04 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Patriots Add Depth at RB


The Buffalo Bills declined to match the offer sheet for Gillislee and he will now become a Patriot on a 2 year deal for $6.4mm.The Patriots vacate a 5th round pick to the Bills.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots backfield is already loaded with depth, Gillislee adds more as a part time back who is capable of getting a 5+ YPC with limited snaps.


04/24/17, 03:00 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


James White

New England Patriots

Follow The Money


James White signed a 3 year extension with the Patriots today through the 2020 season.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB confusion saga continues. White got a base deal of $12mm with 4.69 guaranteed. Keep this number in mind when ranking Patriots RBs.


04/18/17, 06:27 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Amendola Restructures Contract, LE$$ MONEY MO RINGS


Amendola was likely hit by BB with the "Take less or were cutting you" Amendola chose to stay on the reigning Super Bowl Champion Patriots despite adding Cooks.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots WR core stays deep, this move implies that the Pats are moving money around to be able to afford a high draft pick (to trade for) or Richard Sherman from the Seahawks.


04/18/17, 12:57 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com

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Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Waiver Wire Target


Amendola was back, but he did not make a major impact this week with three receptions for 48 yards. He should be owned in most leagues, especially PPR leagues, as he is going to see a lot of targets when healthy.


09/25/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: pyromaniac.com


Jacoby Brissett

New England Patriots

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Scott Tolzien

Indianapolis Colts

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Malcolm Mitchell

New England Patriots

Mitchell To IR


Malcolm Mitchell, who I liked as a potential surpise fantasy option in the NE pass attack will be ruled out for at least 8 weeks on the IR designated to return.

Fantasy Goo: Although I don't believe this has any impact on tonight's game or the Pat's other pass catchers who you wouldn't otherwise play in fantasy, it does open the door for the Amendola's and Dorsett's to see expanded roles.


09/07/17, 04:23 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk ready for Week 1


Gronk should and will be a huge part of the Patriots offense this season. The loss of Julian Edelman should mean more work for Gronk who could be in line for his biggest season since 2011. He faces the Chiefs in Week 1, and with Brady trying to find timing with Brandin Cooks, Gronk should see extra looks in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.metro.us


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks looks to make an impression in Week 1


The Patriots are hoping that Brandin Cooks and Tom Brady get on the same page as soon as possible. As Brady said at the end of August:
"We're working hard at it," Brady told reporters "We're talking about things."

The loss of Julian Edelman should mean an increased target share for Cooks, and his speed makes him a deep threat option as well. He could have a chance for some big plays in Week 1, as he is facing a Chiefs defense that likes to take chances in the defensive backfield.


09/04/17, 04:25 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.oregonlive.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gilislee's workload is biggest question in Week 1


The Patriots have a loaded backfield, so while there was a lot of preseason hype about getting Mike Gilislee, it remains to be seen exactly how Belichick will utilize him. The odds are that he does not have more than 15 carries, and we need to see him on the field in the redzone to feel good about starting him in Week 1.


09/04/17, 04:15 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: patriotswire.usatoday.com


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tough Week 1 matchup for Brady


Tom Brady will open the season on Thursday night hosting the Chiefs. Kansas City is a ball hawking defense that was tied for the league lead last season with 18 interceptions. This will be a tough test, especially in his first game without Julian Edelman, and in his first real game with Brandin Cooks. Brady is still a top option, but he could have timing issues with hie receivers in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:07 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.nfl.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

A healthy Amendola will need to step up his game!


Talk about a player skyrocketing up my Tiers for v4! Expect a ton of 3rd down catches for Amendola in 2017. Julian Edelman is gone with a torn ACL, it's time for Danny to step it up a notch: "Amendola’s role will be as important as ever."

Fantasy Goo: Danny is healthier to start a season than he has ever been for the Patriots. Now he needs to fill the slot role left vacant by Edelman's season ending injury. I know Brady and Belichick have faith he can pull it off, hopefully, his 31-year-old body is up to the task.


08/28/17, 07:41 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gillislee Ground to Make Up


Gillislee missed time during OTA’s and was sidelined for two weeks during camp with a hamstring injury. "I think he still has quite a ways to go," Belichick said. "We gained some ground last week...We'll continue to keep pushing through it."

Fantasy Goo: Gillislee was being drafted in the 5th round at one point, but he’s starting to slide down to the seventh now. The only back in NE that we can expect any kind of consistency from is White. Burkhead, Gillislee, and Lewis should only be drafted in best-ball drafts because we will probably not be given any indication which one will be getting the majority of touches each week.


08/26/17, 06:40 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Julian Edelman

New England Patriots

Edelman Tears ACL


Patriots WR Julian Edelman has a complete ACL tear in his right knee, going down awkwardly while making a cut. “He had caught three passes for 52 yards before hobbling off the field and eventually leaving on the cart. It appeared to be a non-contact injury, as Edelman planted, cut, and went down.”
Edelman will be out for the season.

Fantasy Goo:Everyone will see a small piece of his targets, Cooks and Gronk probably benefit the most. Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Amendola are all viable late round flyers, but good luck predicting which week each will perform. Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis will all scrape a few targets away and, TE Dwayne Allen could see a few of those as well.


08/26/17, 11:46 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead's Versatility Shines in Camp


“The Pats haven’t been shy about trying Burkhead in short yardage situation down at the goal line either. Running backs coach Ivan Fears is on record saying the team needs to find it’s power back and while Mike Gilislee is probably the lead dog in that area, Burkhead is bigger than you think, right around 210 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo: There is no way there should be eight to ten ADP rounds difference between Gillislee and Burkhead. Blounts 300 vacated carries will probably mostly go to Gillislee, but those TD carries inside the 5 will be split several ways. The Blount “role” disappears and this becomes a true community backfield this year.


08/05/17, 07:50 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks Will Be A Volatile Play


The last time Tom Brady played with a first round WR they hooked up for 98 catches, 1,493 yards and 23 TDs. This is not a repeatable stat as it was a top 3 WR in the history of the NFL with a younger Brady and significantly less mouths to feed in the offense.

Fantasy Goo: Cooks had the 7th highest volatility on week to week production among WRs, but for those worried about who will play the slot, Cooks was in the slot only 19% of the time last season.


07/31/17, 01:43 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: pyromaniac.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

To Gillislee or Not to Gillislee?


“First goal-line carry of camp in full pads goes to Mike Gillislee. Powers up middle for TD. Top candidate to replace LeGarrette Blount.”

Fantasy Goo: About 12 hours after a Pyro discussion about Gillislee’s draft value we see him get the first goal-line carry in camp. If we see him get even half of the goal-line work that Blount has vacated and 220-250 touches Gillislee should easily return his draft value. Gillislee is currently going of the board as RB22 in MFL10’s, and he’s ranked as RB28 in the Pyro rankings, as Staggs has him projected for closer to 200 carries. If we can guarantee that he is going to get all of the goal-line work he will continue to rise, but we always have to look out for those Belitricks.


07/29/17, 09:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk "Full-Go"


After a busy off season, highlighted by a short WWE debut, Rob Gronkowski is back at 100% health.

Fantasy Goo: Brandin Cooks the new WR addition should take some value away from Gronk's potential. Gronk is still widely considered the TE1 and being healthy for an offseason should allow the Patriots to integrate Cooks into the offense more seamlessly.


06/05/17, 11:04 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Patriots Add Depth at RB


The Buffalo Bills declined to match the offer sheet for Gillislee and he will now become a Patriot on a 2 year deal for $6.4mm.The Patriots vacate a 5th round pick to the Bills.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots backfield is already loaded with depth, Gillislee adds more as a part time back who is capable of getting a 5+ YPC with limited snaps.


04/24/17, 03:00 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


James White

New England Patriots

Follow The Money


James White signed a 3 year extension with the Patriots today through the 2020 season.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB confusion saga continues. White got a base deal of $12mm with 4.69 guaranteed. Keep this number in mind when ranking Patriots RBs.


04/18/17, 06:27 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Amendola Restructures Contract, LE$$ MONEY MO RINGS


Amendola was likely hit by BB with the "Take less or were cutting you" Amendola chose to stay on the reigning Super Bowl Champion Patriots despite adding Cooks.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots WR core stays deep, this move implies that the Pats are moving money around to be able to afford a high draft pick (to trade for) or Richard Sherman from the Seahawks.


04/18/17, 12:57 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com

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Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Waiver Wire Target


Amendola was back, but he did not make a major impact this week with three receptions for 48 yards. He should be owned in most leagues, especially PPR leagues, as he is going to see a lot of targets when healthy.


09/25/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: pyromaniac.com


Jacoby Brissett

New England Patriots

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Scott Tolzien

Indianapolis Colts

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Malcolm Mitchell

New England Patriots

Mitchell To IR


Malcolm Mitchell, who I liked as a potential surpise fantasy option in the NE pass attack will be ruled out for at least 8 weeks on the IR designated to return.

Fantasy Goo: Although I don't believe this has any impact on tonight's game or the Pat's other pass catchers who you wouldn't otherwise play in fantasy, it does open the door for the Amendola's and Dorsett's to see expanded roles.


09/07/17, 04:23 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk ready for Week 1


Gronk should and will be a huge part of the Patriots offense this season. The loss of Julian Edelman should mean more work for Gronk who could be in line for his biggest season since 2011. He faces the Chiefs in Week 1, and with Brady trying to find timing with Brandin Cooks, Gronk should see extra looks in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.metro.us


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks looks to make an impression in Week 1


The Patriots are hoping that Brandin Cooks and Tom Brady get on the same page as soon as possible. As Brady said at the end of August:
"We're working hard at it," Brady told reporters "We're talking about things."

The loss of Julian Edelman should mean an increased target share for Cooks, and his speed makes him a deep threat option as well. He could have a chance for some big plays in Week 1, as he is facing a Chiefs defense that likes to take chances in the defensive backfield.


09/04/17, 04:25 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.oregonlive.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gilislee's workload is biggest question in Week 1


The Patriots have a loaded backfield, so while there was a lot of preseason hype about getting Mike Gilislee, it remains to be seen exactly how Belichick will utilize him. The odds are that he does not have more than 15 carries, and we need to see him on the field in the redzone to feel good about starting him in Week 1.


09/04/17, 04:15 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: patriotswire.usatoday.com


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tough Week 1 matchup for Brady


Tom Brady will open the season on Thursday night hosting the Chiefs. Kansas City is a ball hawking defense that was tied for the league lead last season with 18 interceptions. This will be a tough test, especially in his first game without Julian Edelman, and in his first real game with Brandin Cooks. Brady is still a top option, but he could have timing issues with hie receivers in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:07 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.nfl.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

A healthy Amendola will need to step up his game!


Talk about a player skyrocketing up my Tiers for v4! Expect a ton of 3rd down catches for Amendola in 2017. Julian Edelman is gone with a torn ACL, it's time for Danny to step it up a notch: "Amendola’s role will be as important as ever."

Fantasy Goo: Danny is healthier to start a season than he has ever been for the Patriots. Now he needs to fill the slot role left vacant by Edelman's season ending injury. I know Brady and Belichick have faith he can pull it off, hopefully, his 31-year-old body is up to the task.


08/28/17, 07:41 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gillislee Ground to Make Up


Gillislee missed time during OTA’s and was sidelined for two weeks during camp with a hamstring injury. "I think he still has quite a ways to go," Belichick said. "We gained some ground last week...We'll continue to keep pushing through it."

Fantasy Goo: Gillislee was being drafted in the 5th round at one point, but he’s starting to slide down to the seventh now. The only back in NE that we can expect any kind of consistency from is White. Burkhead, Gillislee, and Lewis should only be drafted in best-ball drafts because we will probably not be given any indication which one will be getting the majority of touches each week.


08/26/17, 06:40 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Julian Edelman

New England Patriots

Edelman Tears ACL


Patriots WR Julian Edelman has a complete ACL tear in his right knee, going down awkwardly while making a cut. “He had caught three passes for 52 yards before hobbling off the field and eventually leaving on the cart. It appeared to be a non-contact injury, as Edelman planted, cut, and went down.”
Edelman will be out for the season.

Fantasy Goo:Everyone will see a small piece of his targets, Cooks and Gronk probably benefit the most. Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Amendola are all viable late round flyers, but good luck predicting which week each will perform. Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis will all scrape a few targets away and, TE Dwayne Allen could see a few of those as well.


08/26/17, 11:46 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead's Versatility Shines in Camp


“The Pats haven’t been shy about trying Burkhead in short yardage situation down at the goal line either. Running backs coach Ivan Fears is on record saying the team needs to find it’s power back and while Mike Gilislee is probably the lead dog in that area, Burkhead is bigger than you think, right around 210 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo: There is no way there should be eight to ten ADP rounds difference between Gillislee and Burkhead. Blounts 300 vacated carries will probably mostly go to Gillislee, but those TD carries inside the 5 will be split several ways. The Blount “role” disappears and this becomes a true community backfield this year.


08/05/17, 07:50 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks Will Be A Volatile Play


The last time Tom Brady played with a first round WR they hooked up for 98 catches, 1,493 yards and 23 TDs. This is not a repeatable stat as it was a top 3 WR in the history of the NFL with a younger Brady and significantly less mouths to feed in the offense.

Fantasy Goo: Cooks had the 7th highest volatility on week to week production among WRs, but for those worried about who will play the slot, Cooks was in the slot only 19% of the time last season.


07/31/17, 01:43 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: pyromaniac.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

To Gillislee or Not to Gillislee?


“First goal-line carry of camp in full pads goes to Mike Gillislee. Powers up middle for TD. Top candidate to replace LeGarrette Blount.”

Fantasy Goo: About 12 hours after a Pyro discussion about Gillislee’s draft value we see him get the first goal-line carry in camp. If we see him get even half of the goal-line work that Blount has vacated and 220-250 touches Gillislee should easily return his draft value. Gillislee is currently going of the board as RB22 in MFL10’s, and he’s ranked as RB28 in the Pyro rankings, as Staggs has him projected for closer to 200 carries. If we can guarantee that he is going to get all of the goal-line work he will continue to rise, but we always have to look out for those Belitricks.


07/29/17, 09:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk "Full-Go"


After a busy off season, highlighted by a short WWE debut, Rob Gronkowski is back at 100% health.

Fantasy Goo: Brandin Cooks the new WR addition should take some value away from Gronk's potential. Gronk is still widely considered the TE1 and being healthy for an offseason should allow the Patriots to integrate Cooks into the offense more seamlessly.


06/05/17, 11:04 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Patriots Add Depth at RB


The Buffalo Bills declined to match the offer sheet for Gillislee and he will now become a Patriot on a 2 year deal for $6.4mm.The Patriots vacate a 5th round pick to the Bills.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots backfield is already loaded with depth, Gillislee adds more as a part time back who is capable of getting a 5+ YPC with limited snaps.


04/24/17, 03:00 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


James White

New England Patriots

Follow The Money


James White signed a 3 year extension with the Patriots today through the 2020 season.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB confusion saga continues. White got a base deal of $12mm with 4.69 guaranteed. Keep this number in mind when ranking Patriots RBs.


04/18/17, 06:27 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Amendola Restructures Contract, LE$$ MONEY MO RINGS


Amendola was likely hit by BB with the "Take less or were cutting you" Amendola chose to stay on the reigning Super Bowl Champion Patriots despite adding Cooks.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots WR core stays deep, this move implies that the Pats are moving money around to be able to afford a high draft pick (to trade for) or Richard Sherman from the Seahawks.


04/18/17, 12:57 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com

Newsfeeds

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Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Waiver Wire Target


Amendola was back, but he did not make a major impact this week with three receptions for 48 yards. He should be owned in most leagues, especially PPR leagues, as he is going to see a lot of targets when healthy.


09/25/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: pyromaniac.com


Jacoby Brissett

New England Patriots

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Scott Tolzien

Indianapolis Colts

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Malcolm Mitchell

New England Patriots

Mitchell To IR


Malcolm Mitchell, who I liked as a potential surpise fantasy option in the NE pass attack will be ruled out for at least 8 weeks on the IR designated to return.

Fantasy Goo: Although I don't believe this has any impact on tonight's game or the Pat's other pass catchers who you wouldn't otherwise play in fantasy, it does open the door for the Amendola's and Dorsett's to see expanded roles.


09/07/17, 04:23 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk ready for Week 1


Gronk should and will be a huge part of the Patriots offense this season. The loss of Julian Edelman should mean more work for Gronk who could be in line for his biggest season since 2011. He faces the Chiefs in Week 1, and with Brady trying to find timing with Brandin Cooks, Gronk should see extra looks in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.metro.us


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks looks to make an impression in Week 1


The Patriots are hoping that Brandin Cooks and Tom Brady get on the same page as soon as possible. As Brady said at the end of August:
"We're working hard at it," Brady told reporters "We're talking about things."

The loss of Julian Edelman should mean an increased target share for Cooks, and his speed makes him a deep threat option as well. He could have a chance for some big plays in Week 1, as he is facing a Chiefs defense that likes to take chances in the defensive backfield.


09/04/17, 04:25 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.oregonlive.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gilislee's workload is biggest question in Week 1


The Patriots have a loaded backfield, so while there was a lot of preseason hype about getting Mike Gilislee, it remains to be seen exactly how Belichick will utilize him. The odds are that he does not have more than 15 carries, and we need to see him on the field in the redzone to feel good about starting him in Week 1.


09/04/17, 04:15 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: patriotswire.usatoday.com


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tough Week 1 matchup for Brady


Tom Brady will open the season on Thursday night hosting the Chiefs. Kansas City is a ball hawking defense that was tied for the league lead last season with 18 interceptions. This will be a tough test, especially in his first game without Julian Edelman, and in his first real game with Brandin Cooks. Brady is still a top option, but he could have timing issues with hie receivers in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:07 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.nfl.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

A healthy Amendola will need to step up his game!


Talk about a player skyrocketing up my Tiers for v4! Expect a ton of 3rd down catches for Amendola in 2017. Julian Edelman is gone with a torn ACL, it's time for Danny to step it up a notch: "Amendola’s role will be as important as ever."

Fantasy Goo: Danny is healthier to start a season than he has ever been for the Patriots. Now he needs to fill the slot role left vacant by Edelman's season ending injury. I know Brady and Belichick have faith he can pull it off, hopefully, his 31-year-old body is up to the task.


08/28/17, 07:41 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gillislee Ground to Make Up


Gillislee missed time during OTA’s and was sidelined for two weeks during camp with a hamstring injury. "I think he still has quite a ways to go," Belichick said. "We gained some ground last week...We'll continue to keep pushing through it."

Fantasy Goo: Gillislee was being drafted in the 5th round at one point, but he’s starting to slide down to the seventh now. The only back in NE that we can expect any kind of consistency from is White. Burkhead, Gillislee, and Lewis should only be drafted in best-ball drafts because we will probably not be given any indication which one will be getting the majority of touches each week.


08/26/17, 06:40 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Julian Edelman

New England Patriots

Edelman Tears ACL


Patriots WR Julian Edelman has a complete ACL tear in his right knee, going down awkwardly while making a cut. “He had caught three passes for 52 yards before hobbling off the field and eventually leaving on the cart. It appeared to be a non-contact injury, as Edelman planted, cut, and went down.”
Edelman will be out for the season.

Fantasy Goo:Everyone will see a small piece of his targets, Cooks and Gronk probably benefit the most. Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Amendola are all viable late round flyers, but good luck predicting which week each will perform. Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis will all scrape a few targets away and, TE Dwayne Allen could see a few of those as well.


08/26/17, 11:46 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead's Versatility Shines in Camp


“The Pats haven’t been shy about trying Burkhead in short yardage situation down at the goal line either. Running backs coach Ivan Fears is on record saying the team needs to find it’s power back and while Mike Gilislee is probably the lead dog in that area, Burkhead is bigger than you think, right around 210 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo: There is no way there should be eight to ten ADP rounds difference between Gillislee and Burkhead. Blounts 300 vacated carries will probably mostly go to Gillislee, but those TD carries inside the 5 will be split several ways. The Blount “role” disappears and this becomes a true community backfield this year.


08/05/17, 07:50 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks Will Be A Volatile Play


The last time Tom Brady played with a first round WR they hooked up for 98 catches, 1,493 yards and 23 TDs. This is not a repeatable stat as it was a top 3 WR in the history of the NFL with a younger Brady and significantly less mouths to feed in the offense.

Fantasy Goo: Cooks had the 7th highest volatility on week to week production among WRs, but for those worried about who will play the slot, Cooks was in the slot only 19% of the time last season.


07/31/17, 01:43 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: pyromaniac.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

To Gillislee or Not to Gillislee?


“First goal-line carry of camp in full pads goes to Mike Gillislee. Powers up middle for TD. Top candidate to replace LeGarrette Blount.”

Fantasy Goo: About 12 hours after a Pyro discussion about Gillislee’s draft value we see him get the first goal-line carry in camp. If we see him get even half of the goal-line work that Blount has vacated and 220-250 touches Gillislee should easily return his draft value. Gillislee is currently going of the board as RB22 in MFL10’s, and he’s ranked as RB28 in the Pyro rankings, as Staggs has him projected for closer to 200 carries. If we can guarantee that he is going to get all of the goal-line work he will continue to rise, but we always have to look out for those Belitricks.


07/29/17, 09:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk "Full-Go"


After a busy off season, highlighted by a short WWE debut, Rob Gronkowski is back at 100% health.

Fantasy Goo: Brandin Cooks the new WR addition should take some value away from Gronk's potential. Gronk is still widely considered the TE1 and being healthy for an offseason should allow the Patriots to integrate Cooks into the offense more seamlessly.


06/05/17, 11:04 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Patriots Add Depth at RB


The Buffalo Bills declined to match the offer sheet for Gillislee and he will now become a Patriot on a 2 year deal for $6.4mm.The Patriots vacate a 5th round pick to the Bills.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots backfield is already loaded with depth, Gillislee adds more as a part time back who is capable of getting a 5+ YPC with limited snaps.


04/24/17, 03:00 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


James White

New England Patriots

Follow The Money


James White signed a 3 year extension with the Patriots today through the 2020 season.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB confusion saga continues. White got a base deal of $12mm with 4.69 guaranteed. Keep this number in mind when ranking Patriots RBs.


04/18/17, 06:27 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Amendola Restructures Contract, LE$$ MONEY MO RINGS


Amendola was likely hit by BB with the "Take less or were cutting you" Amendola chose to stay on the reigning Super Bowl Champion Patriots despite adding Cooks.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots WR core stays deep, this move implies that the Pats are moving money around to be able to afford a high draft pick (to trade for) or Richard Sherman from the Seahawks.


04/18/17, 12:57 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com

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Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Waiver Wire Target


Amendola was back, but he did not make a major impact this week with three receptions for 48 yards. He should be owned in most leagues, especially PPR leagues, as he is going to see a lot of targets when healthy.


09/25/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: pyromaniac.com


Jacoby Brissett

New England Patriots

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Scott Tolzien

Indianapolis Colts

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Malcolm Mitchell

New England Patriots

Mitchell To IR


Malcolm Mitchell, who I liked as a potential surpise fantasy option in the NE pass attack will be ruled out for at least 8 weeks on the IR designated to return.

Fantasy Goo: Although I don't believe this has any impact on tonight's game or the Pat's other pass catchers who you wouldn't otherwise play in fantasy, it does open the door for the Amendola's and Dorsett's to see expanded roles.


09/07/17, 04:23 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk ready for Week 1


Gronk should and will be a huge part of the Patriots offense this season. The loss of Julian Edelman should mean more work for Gronk who could be in line for his biggest season since 2011. He faces the Chiefs in Week 1, and with Brady trying to find timing with Brandin Cooks, Gronk should see extra looks in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.metro.us


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks looks to make an impression in Week 1


The Patriots are hoping that Brandin Cooks and Tom Brady get on the same page as soon as possible. As Brady said at the end of August:
"We're working hard at it," Brady told reporters "We're talking about things."

The loss of Julian Edelman should mean an increased target share for Cooks, and his speed makes him a deep threat option as well. He could have a chance for some big plays in Week 1, as he is facing a Chiefs defense that likes to take chances in the defensive backfield.


09/04/17, 04:25 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.oregonlive.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gilislee's workload is biggest question in Week 1


The Patriots have a loaded backfield, so while there was a lot of preseason hype about getting Mike Gilislee, it remains to be seen exactly how Belichick will utilize him. The odds are that he does not have more than 15 carries, and we need to see him on the field in the redzone to feel good about starting him in Week 1.


09/04/17, 04:15 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: patriotswire.usatoday.com


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tough Week 1 matchup for Brady


Tom Brady will open the season on Thursday night hosting the Chiefs. Kansas City is a ball hawking defense that was tied for the league lead last season with 18 interceptions. This will be a tough test, especially in his first game without Julian Edelman, and in his first real game with Brandin Cooks. Brady is still a top option, but he could have timing issues with hie receivers in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:07 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.nfl.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

A healthy Amendola will need to step up his game!


Talk about a player skyrocketing up my Tiers for v4! Expect a ton of 3rd down catches for Amendola in 2017. Julian Edelman is gone with a torn ACL, it's time for Danny to step it up a notch: "Amendola’s role will be as important as ever."

Fantasy Goo: Danny is healthier to start a season than he has ever been for the Patriots. Now he needs to fill the slot role left vacant by Edelman's season ending injury. I know Brady and Belichick have faith he can pull it off, hopefully, his 31-year-old body is up to the task.


08/28/17, 07:41 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gillislee Ground to Make Up


Gillislee missed time during OTA’s and was sidelined for two weeks during camp with a hamstring injury. "I think he still has quite a ways to go," Belichick said. "We gained some ground last week...We'll continue to keep pushing through it."

Fantasy Goo: Gillislee was being drafted in the 5th round at one point, but he’s starting to slide down to the seventh now. The only back in NE that we can expect any kind of consistency from is White. Burkhead, Gillislee, and Lewis should only be drafted in best-ball drafts because we will probably not be given any indication which one will be getting the majority of touches each week.


08/26/17, 06:40 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Julian Edelman

New England Patriots

Edelman Tears ACL


Patriots WR Julian Edelman has a complete ACL tear in his right knee, going down awkwardly while making a cut. “He had caught three passes for 52 yards before hobbling off the field and eventually leaving on the cart. It appeared to be a non-contact injury, as Edelman planted, cut, and went down.”
Edelman will be out for the season.

Fantasy Goo:Everyone will see a small piece of his targets, Cooks and Gronk probably benefit the most. Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Amendola are all viable late round flyers, but good luck predicting which week each will perform. Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis will all scrape a few targets away and, TE Dwayne Allen could see a few of those as well.


08/26/17, 11:46 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead's Versatility Shines in Camp


“The Pats haven’t been shy about trying Burkhead in short yardage situation down at the goal line either. Running backs coach Ivan Fears is on record saying the team needs to find it’s power back and while Mike Gilislee is probably the lead dog in that area, Burkhead is bigger than you think, right around 210 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo: There is no way there should be eight to ten ADP rounds difference between Gillislee and Burkhead. Blounts 300 vacated carries will probably mostly go to Gillislee, but those TD carries inside the 5 will be split several ways. The Blount “role” disappears and this becomes a true community backfield this year.


08/05/17, 07:50 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks Will Be A Volatile Play


The last time Tom Brady played with a first round WR they hooked up for 98 catches, 1,493 yards and 23 TDs. This is not a repeatable stat as it was a top 3 WR in the history of the NFL with a younger Brady and significantly less mouths to feed in the offense.

Fantasy Goo: Cooks had the 7th highest volatility on week to week production among WRs, but for those worried about who will play the slot, Cooks was in the slot only 19% of the time last season.


07/31/17, 01:43 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: pyromaniac.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

To Gillislee or Not to Gillislee?


“First goal-line carry of camp in full pads goes to Mike Gillislee. Powers up middle for TD. Top candidate to replace LeGarrette Blount.”

Fantasy Goo: About 12 hours after a Pyro discussion about Gillislee’s draft value we see him get the first goal-line carry in camp. If we see him get even half of the goal-line work that Blount has vacated and 220-250 touches Gillislee should easily return his draft value. Gillislee is currently going of the board as RB22 in MFL10’s, and he’s ranked as RB28 in the Pyro rankings, as Staggs has him projected for closer to 200 carries. If we can guarantee that he is going to get all of the goal-line work he will continue to rise, but we always have to look out for those Belitricks.


07/29/17, 09:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk "Full-Go"


After a busy off season, highlighted by a short WWE debut, Rob Gronkowski is back at 100% health.

Fantasy Goo: Brandin Cooks the new WR addition should take some value away from Gronk's potential. Gronk is still widely considered the TE1 and being healthy for an offseason should allow the Patriots to integrate Cooks into the offense more seamlessly.


06/05/17, 11:04 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Patriots Add Depth at RB


The Buffalo Bills declined to match the offer sheet for Gillislee and he will now become a Patriot on a 2 year deal for $6.4mm.The Patriots vacate a 5th round pick to the Bills.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots backfield is already loaded with depth, Gillislee adds more as a part time back who is capable of getting a 5+ YPC with limited snaps.


04/24/17, 03:00 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


James White

New England Patriots

Follow The Money


James White signed a 3 year extension with the Patriots today through the 2020 season.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB confusion saga continues. White got a base deal of $12mm with 4.69 guaranteed. Keep this number in mind when ranking Patriots RBs.


04/18/17, 06:27 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Amendola Restructures Contract, LE$$ MONEY MO RINGS


Amendola was likely hit by BB with the "Take less or were cutting you" Amendola chose to stay on the reigning Super Bowl Champion Patriots despite adding Cooks.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots WR core stays deep, this move implies that the Pats are moving money around to be able to afford a high draft pick (to trade for) or Richard Sherman from the Seahawks.


04/18/17, 12:57 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com

Newsfeeds

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Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Waiver Wire Target


Amendola was back, but he did not make a major impact this week with three receptions for 48 yards. He should be owned in most leagues, especially PPR leagues, as he is going to see a lot of targets when healthy.


09/25/17, 03:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: pyromaniac.com


Jacoby Brissett

New England Patriots

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Scott Tolzien

Indianapolis Colts

Colts QB Battle Yayyyyyy


Brissett will get the start this week. He did support a 100+ yard game for Martellus Bennett in his only start.

Fantasy Goo: Fade Colts until Luck returns, eyeing Week 4-6.


09/15/17, 10:24 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Malcolm Mitchell

New England Patriots

Mitchell To IR


Malcolm Mitchell, who I liked as a potential surpise fantasy option in the NE pass attack will be ruled out for at least 8 weeks on the IR designated to return.

Fantasy Goo: Although I don't believe this has any impact on tonight's game or the Pat's other pass catchers who you wouldn't otherwise play in fantasy, it does open the door for the Amendola's and Dorsett's to see expanded roles.


09/07/17, 04:23 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Sneaky Play In Burkhead


While we are all scrambling to try to figure out the Patriots backfield situation, Burkhead could be a sneaky high upside play. Burkhead and Gillislee will be tied in together as the early down backs until we have clarity.

Fantasy Goo: My advice is to hold off all Patriots RBs until we have some clarity on how they are used respectively. Burkhead though is the only player who I project to see more touches if any other RB is inactive - regardless of which one it is.


09/07/17, 03:12 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk ready for Week 1


Gronk should and will be a huge part of the Patriots offense this season. The loss of Julian Edelman should mean more work for Gronk who could be in line for his biggest season since 2011. He faces the Chiefs in Week 1, and with Brady trying to find timing with Brandin Cooks, Gronk should see extra looks in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:31 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.metro.us


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks looks to make an impression in Week 1


The Patriots are hoping that Brandin Cooks and Tom Brady get on the same page as soon as possible. As Brady said at the end of August:
"We're working hard at it," Brady told reporters "We're talking about things."

The loss of Julian Edelman should mean an increased target share for Cooks, and his speed makes him a deep threat option as well. He could have a chance for some big plays in Week 1, as he is facing a Chiefs defense that likes to take chances in the defensive backfield.


09/04/17, 04:25 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.oregonlive.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gilislee's workload is biggest question in Week 1


The Patriots have a loaded backfield, so while there was a lot of preseason hype about getting Mike Gilislee, it remains to be seen exactly how Belichick will utilize him. The odds are that he does not have more than 15 carries, and we need to see him on the field in the redzone to feel good about starting him in Week 1.


09/04/17, 04:15 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: patriotswire.usatoday.com


Tom Brady

New England Patriots

Tough Week 1 matchup for Brady


Tom Brady will open the season on Thursday night hosting the Chiefs. Kansas City is a ball hawking defense that was tied for the league lead last season with 18 interceptions. This will be a tough test, especially in his first game without Julian Edelman, and in his first real game with Brandin Cooks. Brady is still a top option, but he could have timing issues with hie receivers in this matchup.


09/04/17, 04:07 PM CDT by Houdini

Source: www.nfl.com


Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

A healthy Amendola will need to step up his game!


Talk about a player skyrocketing up my Tiers for v4! Expect a ton of 3rd down catches for Amendola in 2017. Julian Edelman is gone with a torn ACL, it's time for Danny to step it up a notch: "Amendola’s role will be as important as ever."

Fantasy Goo: Danny is healthier to start a season than he has ever been for the Patriots. Now he needs to fill the slot role left vacant by Edelman's season ending injury. I know Brady and Belichick have faith he can pull it off, hopefully, his 31-year-old body is up to the task.


08/28/17, 07:41 PM CDT by d-Rx

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Gillislee Ground to Make Up


Gillislee missed time during OTA’s and was sidelined for two weeks during camp with a hamstring injury. "I think he still has quite a ways to go," Belichick said. "We gained some ground last week...We'll continue to keep pushing through it."

Fantasy Goo: Gillislee was being drafted in the 5th round at one point, but he’s starting to slide down to the seventh now. The only back in NE that we can expect any kind of consistency from is White. Burkhead, Gillislee, and Lewis should only be drafted in best-ball drafts because we will probably not be given any indication which one will be getting the majority of touches each week.


08/26/17, 06:40 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Julian Edelman

New England Patriots

Edelman Tears ACL


Patriots WR Julian Edelman has a complete ACL tear in his right knee, going down awkwardly while making a cut. “He had caught three passes for 52 yards before hobbling off the field and eventually leaving on the cart. It appeared to be a non-contact injury, as Edelman planted, cut, and went down.”
Edelman will be out for the season.

Fantasy Goo:Everyone will see a small piece of his targets, Cooks and Gronk probably benefit the most. Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Amendola are all viable late round flyers, but good luck predicting which week each will perform. Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis will all scrape a few targets away and, TE Dwayne Allen could see a few of those as well.


08/26/17, 11:46 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.bostonherald.com


Dion Lewis

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Lewis RB1, Gillislee Non-Contact for Day's


In the long line of “surprising” initial depth charts, Dion Lewis is listed as the RB1 on New England’s initial depth chart. This is nothing, unless there is something wrong with Gillislee, and then… “Mike Gillislee's hamstring is the reason why he's been locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days. Also an issue from OTAs.”

Fantasy Goo: There’s probably nothing to this, very few teams are having their starters play in the first preseason game. Gillislee is probably being held out of contact for precautionary reasons. Even if Gilly has the lead role, there will be other hands in the pot, with an ADP in the 4th-5th round (FFC), he’s become too rich for my blood.


08/09/17, 05:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead's Versatility Shines in Camp


“The Pats haven’t been shy about trying Burkhead in short yardage situation down at the goal line either. Running backs coach Ivan Fears is on record saying the team needs to find it’s power back and while Mike Gilislee is probably the lead dog in that area, Burkhead is bigger than you think, right around 210 pounds.”

Fantasy Goo: There is no way there should be eight to ten ADP rounds difference between Gillislee and Burkhead. Blounts 300 vacated carries will probably mostly go to Gillislee, but those TD carries inside the 5 will be split several ways. The Blount “role” disappears and this becomes a true community backfield this year.


08/05/17, 07:50 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rex Burkhead

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Burkhead Gets Goal Line Work


Bill Belichick has been on record saying that he wants to be less predictable at RB. All 4 RBs are going to get work when healthy this year.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB position is one of the most valuable in fantasy, but with the lack of clarity on workload and specified roles, I'm staying far away from these backs who will cannibalise each other's production throughout the season.


08/04/17, 02:08 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Brandin Cooks

New England Patriots

Cooks Will Be A Volatile Play


The last time Tom Brady played with a first round WR they hooked up for 98 catches, 1,493 yards and 23 TDs. This is not a repeatable stat as it was a top 3 WR in the history of the NFL with a younger Brady and significantly less mouths to feed in the offense.

Fantasy Goo: Cooks had the 7th highest volatility on week to week production among WRs, but for those worried about who will play the slot, Cooks was in the slot only 19% of the time last season.


07/31/17, 01:43 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

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Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

To Gillislee or Not to Gillislee?


“First goal-line carry of camp in full pads goes to Mike Gillislee. Powers up middle for TD. Top candidate to replace LeGarrette Blount.”

Fantasy Goo: About 12 hours after a Pyro discussion about Gillislee’s draft value we see him get the first goal-line carry in camp. If we see him get even half of the goal-line work that Blount has vacated and 220-250 touches Gillislee should easily return his draft value. Gillislee is currently going of the board as RB22 in MFL10’s, and he’s ranked as RB28 in the Pyro rankings, as Staggs has him projected for closer to 200 carries. If we can guarantee that he is going to get all of the goal-line work he will continue to rise, but we always have to look out for those Belitricks.


07/29/17, 09:44 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots

Gronk "Full-Go"


After a busy off season, highlighted by a short WWE debut, Rob Gronkowski is back at 100% health.

Fantasy Goo: Brandin Cooks the new WR addition should take some value away from Gronk's potential. Gronk is still widely considered the TE1 and being healthy for an offseason should allow the Patriots to integrate Cooks into the offense more seamlessly.


06/05/17, 11:04 AM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


Mike Gillislee

New England Patriots

Patriots Add Depth at RB


The Buffalo Bills declined to match the offer sheet for Gillislee and he will now become a Patriot on a 2 year deal for $6.4mm.The Patriots vacate a 5th round pick to the Bills.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots backfield is already loaded with depth, Gillislee adds more as a part time back who is capable of getting a 5+ YPC with limited snaps.


04/24/17, 03:00 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com


James White

New England Patriots

Follow The Money


James White signed a 3 year extension with the Patriots today through the 2020 season.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots RB confusion saga continues. White got a base deal of $12mm with 4.69 guaranteed. Keep this number in mind when ranking Patriots RBs.


04/18/17, 06:27 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

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Danny Amendola

New England Patriots

Amendola Restructures Contract, LE$$ MONEY MO RINGS


Amendola was likely hit by BB with the "Take less or were cutting you" Amendola chose to stay on the reigning Super Bowl Champion Patriots despite adding Cooks.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots WR core stays deep, this move implies that the Pats are moving money around to be able to afford a high draft pick (to trade for) or Richard Sherman from the Seahawks.


04/18/17, 12:57 PM CDT by The Hartbeat

Source: twitter.com

New England Patriots

AFC East

2017 Schedule

  • Week 1

    KC (42) @ NE (27)

    09/07/17

  • Week 2

    NE @ NO

    09/17/17

    1:00 pm

  • Week 3

    HOU @ NE

    09/24/17

    1:00 pm

  • Week 4

    CAR @ NE

    10/01/17

    1:00 pm

  • Week 4

    NE @ TB

    10/05/17

    8:30 pm

  • Week 6

    NE @ NYJ

    10/15/17

    1:00 pm

  • Week 7

    ATL @ NE

    10/22/17

    8:30 pm

  • Week 8

    LAC @ NE

    10/29/17

    1:00 pm

  • Week 8

    bye

  • Week 10

    NE @ DEN

    11/12/17

    8:30 pm

  • Week 11

    NE @ OAK

    11/19/17

    4:30 pm

  • Week 12

    MIA @ NE

    11/26/17

    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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