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New England Patriots

AFC East

2016 Schedule

  • Week 1

    NE @ ARI

    09/11/16

    9:30 pm

  • Week 2

    MIA @ NE

    09/18/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 2

    HOU @ NE

    09/22/16

    9:30 pm

  • Week 4

    BUF @ NE

    10/02/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 5

    NE @ CLE

    10/09/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 6

    CIN @ NE

    10/16/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 7

    NE @ PIT

    10/23/16

    4:30 pm

  • Week 8

    NE @ BUF

    10/30/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 9

    bye

  • Week 10

    SEA @ NE

    11/13/16

    8:30 pm

  • Week 11

    NE @ SF

    11/20/16

    4:30 pm

  • Week 12

    NE @ NYJ

    11/27/16

    8:30 pm

  • Week 13

    LAR @ NE

    12/04/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 14

    BAL @ NE

    12/12/16

    8:30 pm

  • Week 15

    NE @ DEN

    12/18/16

    4:30 pm

  • Week 16

    NYJ @ NE

    12/24/16

    1:00 pm

  • Week 17

    NE @ MIA

    01/01/17

    1:00 pm

  • Week 19

    HOU @ NE

    01/14/17

    7:15 pm

  • Week 20

    PIT @ NE

    01/22/17

    6:00 pm

  • Week 21

    ATL @ NE

    01/29/17

    5:00 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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Bennett Becomes a Cheesehead



Pyro's take: Martellus Bennett will be filling Jared Cooks role as the top receiving tight end for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

Fantasy Goo: Bennett remains a valuable asset for fantasy owners after a 7TD season in NE he looks to offer Rodgers another option in their already pass happy offense.

03/13/17, 10:11 AM CDT by The Hartbeat
Source: twitter.com

Patritos WRs Limited in PRactice all week



Pyro's take: Mitchell, Hogan, and Amendola were only able to log partial practices all week.

Fantasy goo: While I like Mitchell the best, he lead all Patriots WRs with red zone targets in December logging 12, missing practice is a concern. I will own maybe 10% Mitchell, maybe have 5% Hogan and that is it of these three.

01/21/17, 12:54 PM CST by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.patriots.com

Mitchell Not Playing in Divisional Round



Pyro's take: Double M is out for the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

Fantasy Goo: He has been a red zone monster, acquiring 11 red zone targets in December. Bennett could be in for additional work once the get in close. With a 16 point spread and just over 30 implied team points, expect the Pats to be in scoring range often.

01/14/17, 01:24 PM CST by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.covers.com

Lewis in Line for the Bulk of the Work



Pyro's take: Blount will play. However, he did miss two practices this week.

Fantasy Goo: There is plenty of talk amongst analysts and beat writers about Lewis talking the major load this weekend.

01/14/17, 01:07 PM CST by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.numberfire.com

Lewis in Line for the Bulk of the Work



Pyro's take: Blount will play. However, he did miss two practices this week.

Fantasy Goo: There is plenty of talk amongst analysts and beat writers about Lewis talking the major load this weekend.

01/14/17, 01:07 PM CST by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.numberfire.com

Lewis Steadily Becoming a Large Piece of the Patriot Pie



Pyro's take: In the past two games, Lewis has 34 attempts. According to Jim Sannes from Number Fire, if you look just first half numbers – Lewis has out carried Blount in the past two first halves 20 -12.

Fantasy Goo:
In the last 5 weeks, Miami has:
 surrendered the 4th most rushing yards
 given up the second most PPR points,
 and no one has given up as many receptions or yards to backs coming out of the backfield


12/31/16, 05:39 PM CST by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.youtube.com

Banking on Bray's Number 1 Man



Pyro's take: Edelman is only $6,400 on Draft Kings and just $400 more on Fan Duel. The Pats are motivated as they are trying to clinch homefield. Not only that, they have an implied team total just over 27 pts.

Fantasy Goo:
• Miami has given up the 9th most FF Pts to WRs over the last 5 weeks
• In the last 6 weeks, they have allowed 8 WRs to go for double-digit fantasy days
• Edelman has been far and away the best WR on the Pats in the last 5 weeks
• 58 targets, 34 receptions and 421 yards in that time, that is more than double the next best Patriot WR in both targets and yards


12/31/16, 05:35 PM CST by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.fftoday.com

Lewis Could Be the Best Ceiling Play from the Waiver Wire RB Spot



Pyro's take: Dion Lewis has been getting more and more work since his return from injury. He will fact the Jets, a typical funnel D. But as the season has been going down the tubes, even their vaunted run D has suffered. In the last 3 weeks, they have allowed the 10th most rushing yards to opposing backs on a per game basis.


Fantasy Goo: This game carries the highest spread. This game will certainly favor the Patriot running backs. While Blount is an excellent choice and will likely get a TD, when Brady drops back, he can use the dump to Lewis much like a run play, keeping the clock moving and chewing up yards.


12/23/16, 05:45 PM CST by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.fftoday.com

Brady In December



Pyro's take: Tom Brady is 52-10 in his career in December games. At age 39 he has 22 TD's and only 2 picks. Beware of this fantasy trap.

Fantasy Goo: Brady hasn't played Week 18 in the past two seasons, but he has seen a statistical drop. In 2015 he averaged only 211 yards per game, and in 2014 it was only 184. Stay away from Brady against the Broncos this week - stay away.

12/14/16, 04:54 PM CST by The Hartbeat
Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

Pats w/o Amendola on Mondday Night



Pyro's take: As expected, the Patriots will be without Amendola.

Fantasy Goo: Malcolm Mitchell has been a great play as of late. That is even more true now. The Pats face the Ravens. Because Baltimore is so tough to run against, teams take their chances through the air. That has been paying off lately. The Ravens have allowed 4 TDs to WRs in the last three weeks.

12/10/16, 06:03 PM CST by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.patriots.com

GRONK TO IR OFFICIAL



Pyro's take: Goodbye Gronk Smash. Watch out for the next person on the Madden Cover.

Fantasy Goo: The Patriots offense still is unclear on a weekly level, but the biggest beneficiaries are Martellus Bennett, Julian Edelman and Malcolm Mitchell

12/04/16, 10:08 AM CST by The Hartbeat
Source: twitter.com

Brady, Edelman, Bennett and Hogan All IN



Pyro's take: All of these questionable Patriots will be active today. And as you already know Gronk has headed to IR.

Fantasy Goo: Play the Pats as you normally would. Brady and Edelman are must starts and the rest are flex worthy.

12/04/16, 09:54 AM CST by The Hartbeat
Source: twitter.com

Gronk Appears to be a True Game-Time Decision



Pyro's take: After not being able to travel and play with the team last week, it was looking bleak for Gronk's chances this week.

Fantasy Goo: Gronk was only able to practice on a limited basis this week. The Black Unicorn, on the other hand, was a DNP Thursday, but indeed got in a limited session on Friday. This is one to keep an eye for sure. Honestly, if Gronk goes, I like the pivot to Bennett. He is likely to be low-owned in DFS after a let down last week. In the past, he does much better when Gronk is on the field. One reason is certainly because often times, the opposing D will spend valuable resources and energy scheming to stop Gronk. That often leaves more opportunity for Bennett.

11/26/16, 10:48 PM CST by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.masslive.com

Gronk Unlikely vs Jets



Pyro's take: Either the lung injury is worse than expected for Gronk or the Patriots are down playing the severity. Marty B looks to get a majority of TE targets again this week.

Fantasy Goo: Malcolm Mitchell becomes a sneaky start and a strong valued DFS play again. Martellus becomes a must start tight end. Edelman should see a high number of short looks. The big question is Dion vs James White. I expect a 50/50 split for receiving backs this week as the Patriots slowly work in the explosive Lewis.

11/23/16, 11:21 AM CST by The Hartbeat
Source: twitter.com

OUT For Patriots



Pyro's take: Hogan and Gronk did not travel with the team to SFO.

Fantasy Goo: This means an uptick in targets for Edelman, Amendola and Bennett. Play your active Patriots in this positive matchup.

11/18/16, 04:13 PM CST by The Hartbeat
Source: www.bostonherald.com

Gronk Injury Unclear



Pyro's take: Monday Gronk was speculated to have a punctured lung, today it's a minor chest injury. Stop listening to the news and go pick up a backup TE.

Fantasy Goo: New England has an early Sunday game so luckily there will be early clarity on his status for this week. Martellus Bennett, the 'Black Unicorn' should be a strong DFS play with Gronk expected to miss time.

11/15/16, 01:25 PM CST by The Hartbeat
Source: twitter.com

Lewis Looks to be a Go in week 10



Pyro's take: Dion Lewis is set to return. I am grabbing him if available, but probably not inserting him into my line-up until he knocks off the rust.

Fantasy Goo: This is a hard one to read. Lewis returns from injury so they could ease him back. What is undeniable is White's lack of usage these last 2 weeks. In Weeks 6 and 7, he had a combined 27 looks. In the last 2 weeks, he managed just 12. While I am in a holding pattern with Lewis, I am fading White in week 10

11/12/16, 10:31 PM CST by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

Brady averaging 25 FFpts a game



Pyro's take: If you streamed the first 4 weeks and got the results of the 12th QB, then got Brady back, your frankenstein would rank 3rd among QBs.

Brady's 16 game pace is 5,354 passing yards 42.67 TDs 0 INTs and a cool 400 fantasy points.

10/25/16, 03:51 PM CDT by Stagg Party
Source: pyromaniac.com

Blount force attack



Pyro's take: LeGarrette Blount already has more games this season with double-digit fantasy points then he did all of last season.

10/25/16, 03:39 PM CDT by Stagg Party
Source: pyromaniac.com

Guess Who's Back? Brady’s Back, Back Again And He Doesn't Skip A Beat As He Gets The Patriots Offense Into High Gear



Pyro's take: Tom Brady completed 28-of-40 passes for 406 yards and three touchdowns in New England's Week 5 win over the Browns.

Fantasy Goo: Brady showed no rust in his return and was in sync with the offense. The veteran QB was able to spread the ball around to multiple receivers, completing passes to seven different players. He looks like he is in midseason form.

Rob Gronkowski caught 5-of-7 targets for 109 yards. Although he did not score, he did provide his owners with confidence that the real Gronk is back and ready to roll for the remainder of the 2016 season.

Martellus Bennett caught 6-of-8 targets for 67 yards and three TD's. The Black Unicorn wasted no time showing Brady he is here in New England to produce. Bennett made the most of each target scoring three touchdowns on six receptions. Adding yet another option in this high powered offense look for Bennett to continue to provide another option for fantasy owners weekly.

Chris Hogan caught 4-of-5 targets for 114 yards.Seven-Eleven lead the Patriots in yardage on Sunday despite only getting five targets. It looks like he may become Tom's deep ball threat in the offense and the two were able to connect on two long passes of 43 and 63 yards. If the connection can continue then he is someone to target in fantasy leagues.

Julian Edelman caught five of 10 passes for 35 yards. Expect the double-digit targets to continue for Edelman as he is Brady's favorite receiver and the production should increase as well.

James White rushed five times for 26 yards and added four receptions for 63 additional yards. White was utilized as the third-down back for the Patriots this role has extra value when Tom Brady is QB as he likes to use his running backs in the passing game and there will be weeks that White may lead the team in targets coming out of the backfield it is safe to say he should have solid value in PPR formats.

Danny Amendola caught 2-of-2 targets for 11 yards he is listed as the WR3 but falls behind fellow receivers Julain Edelman and Chris Hogan as well as tight ends Martellus Bennett and Rob Gronkowski in the pecking order for targets. There is not much to go around for Amendola and he is not a fantasy option unless an injury occurs.

LeGarrette Blount rushed for 37 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.An early touchdown helped fantasy owners. Expect a similiar workload for Blount going forward and he will be the goal line back which will help to increase his value.


10/11/16, 09:07 AM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

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