Julian Edelman - WRPosted 5/21/19 7:54am ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman received a two-year extension Tuesday, May 21. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
Huddle Up: The Super Bowl MVP turns 33 Wednesday and receives a nice birthday gift. He had a 74-850-6 season in 12 games last season. In PPR leagues he is a very solid WR2 with some injury risk. His tendency to catch an abundance of short passes shines in PPR.
Rex Burkhead - RBPosted 5/7/19 10:00am ET
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead is trying a new approach this offseason after missing 14 of 32 regular-season games the past two seasons. 'You learn from your experiences from the past, and also from some of the older guys,' Burkhead said Tuesday, May 7. 'Like Matthew Slater, he's been in it for awhile now and how he takes care of his body. There are things. I remember my rookie year, I think I took one week off and then I was right back in it, hard core lifting right after the season. You learn that is not the best way to go about it. Your body takes time to recover, mentally, physically and there's some little things you can pick up too, whether that is yoga or pilates, things like that just to make sure your body is in the best shape possible. When you make it far you really have to stay on top of that, especially here, you understand your body is your temple and it's your line of work.'
Huddle Up: Burkhead had a more productive postseason (141 total yards, three TDs in three games) than regular season (317 yards, one TD in eight games) last season, but the RB picture in New England has only grown cloudier this offseason with the selection of Alabama RB Damien Harris in the third round. And with Sony Michel and James White also in the mix, Burkhead is nothing more than a late-round flyer in drafts.
Damien Harris - RBPosted 5/5/19 9:11am ET
New England Patriots RB Damien Harris says the draft-day phone call he received from Bill Belichick immediately reminded of his former coach, Alabama's Nick Saban. 'The two-minute conversation I had with coach Belichick on the phone sounded very much like if I was on the phone with coach Saban,' Harris said recently. 'Everybody knows their relationship, everybody knows they're very similar in their demeanors, their coaching styles. They're both about business and winning.'
Huddle Up: Don't look now, but the competition for backfield touches in New England is more convoluted than ever with Harris, a third-round pick, joining vets Sony Michel, James White and Rex Burkhead. There's always upside in the Pats' offense, but draft Harris as a late-round flyer at this point.
James White - RBPosted 5/2/19 9:16am ET
New England Patriots RB James White is focused on improving his game, he said Thursday, May 2. 'Even though you have some success, there's still plenty of mistakes that you make out there,' White said. 'So there's always room for improvement, always ways to get better, always more yards to get. So you get in with the coaches, see what you can improve and find ways to get better. Whether it's running better routes, having no drops or having better run reads, there's always a little bit of things you can improve on.'
Huddle Up: White is coming off a huge season, hitting career highs with 1,176 yards and 12 TDs and finishing seventh among fantasy backs in PPR formats. Second-year RB Sony Michel, though, figures to be healthier and the Pats did spend a third-round pick on Alabama's Damien Harris, so don't be surprised if White slips a bit and finishes as a low-end RB2.
Jarrett Stidham - QBPosted 4/27/19 10:41am ET
Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham was selected by the New England Patriots with the 133rd overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Stidham likely will sit behind Tom Brady for a few seasons, so he will not be a factor in any standard leagues for a while.
N'Keal Harry - WRPosted 4/25/19 8:48pm ET
Arizona State WR N'Keal Harry was selected by the New England Patriots with the 32nd overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Harry likely will pick up some of the targets the team is losing with Rob Gronkowski retiring. The Patriots do not have a lot behind Julian Edelman, so Harry may receive a solid role in the passing game. He could be a late-round pick in standard leagues but will have more value in keeper leagues.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 4/19/19 10:21am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady tied Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes with nine big-time throws on third-and-long situations in 2018, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Not too shabby for age 41, but on the flip side, Brady has finished as a top-12 fantasy quarterback in only one of the last three seasons and should be valued as a high-end QB2 entering drafts this summer.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 4/15/19 6:47am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is not expected to report to offseason conditioning this week, but he's rumored to have bulked up this offseason.
Huddle Up: Brady was a solid QB1 last season, but the revolving door of parts around him have hindered his numbers. He's an upper-middle QB1 in fantasy this year.
Stephen Gostkowski - PKPosted 4/9/19 9:33am ET
Free-agent PK Stephen Gostkowski (Patriots) is drawing some interest from the San Francisco 49ers, a source said Tuesday, April 9.
Huddle Up: Yeah, we're talking fantasy kickers here, but, hey, it isone of fantasy's top kickers, and this potential move could have a domino effect with 49ers franchise-tagged PK Robbie Gould yet to sign his franchise tender and still rumored to be eyeing a return to Chicago.
Stephen Gostkowski - PKPosted 4/9/19 3:04pm ET
Free-agent PK Stephen Gostkowski (Patriots) was re-signed to a two-year deal by the New England Patriots Tuesday, April 9. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Gostkowskis is a perennial No. 1 fantasy kicker for one of the top offenses in the NFL. That status won't change even at 35 years old.
Stephen Gostkowski - PKPosted 4/2/19 9:07am ET
Free-agent PK Stephen Gostkowski and his negotiations with the New England Patriots are quiet at the moment, a source said Tuesday, April 2. Money is an issue between the two sides, the source added, but there is still ample time to get a deal done.
Huddle Up: Despite reports of outside interest, look for Gostkowski to return for a 14th season in New England. He's ranked in the top 10 in scoring in all but two of his first 13 seasons, and he'll remain one of the first fantasy kickers to go off the board as long as he has a Patriot decal on his helmet.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 3/29/19 3:12pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady appears likely to skip the voluntary workouts this offseason like he did last year.
Huddle Up: Brady has lost some pass catchers this offseason but still has a solid group of receivers to work with next season. He can still be considered a No. 1 quarterback in most leagues in 2019.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 3/24/19 3:06pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement from the NFL Sunday, March 24.
Huddle Up: The Patriots have lost Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen this offseason, so they probably will be looking for a tight end early in the 2019 NFL Draft. None of the other tight ends on the Patriots roster have a lot of fantasy value.
Stephen Gostkowski - PKPosted 3/21/19 3:54pm ET
Free-agent PK Stephen Gostkowski (Patriots) is making progress in contract talks with the New England Patriots. Gostkowski has also received interest from other teams.
Huddle Up: Gostkowski struggled at times this past season but still can be a weekly starting option in all fantasy leagues.
Phillip Dorsett - WRPosted 3/13/19 6:47pm ET
Free-agent WR Phillip Dorsett (Patriots) agreed to terms a new one-year deal with the New England Patriots, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Dorsett could receive a bigger role in the passing game depending on if the team is able to re-sign Chris Hogan. He posted 290 yards and three touchdowns this past season but could be a late-round option in deeper leagues depending on his role.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 3/12/19 4:30pm ET
New England Patriots impending free-agent WR Cordarrelle Patterson agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal with the Chicago Bears Tuesday, March 12, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Patterson is a jack of all trades and an enticing weapon in Matt Nagy's creative offense. He'll need to share the ball with Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, Anthony Miller, Tarik Cohen and others, but Patterson is worth a late-round flier.
Dwayne Allen - TEPosted 3/9/19 11:40am ET
Free-agent TE Dwayne Allen (Patriots) will sign with the Miami Dolphins, he told ESPN's Josina Anderson Saturday, March 9. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the deal is a two-year pact worth $7 million, per a source.
Huddle Up: Allen, 29, should have enough in the tank to matter in fantasy, but he's more of a blocker at this point in his career than a downfield threat. The Dolphins spent a second-round pick last year on tight end Mike Gesicki. The Penn State product should be the top option, although he was unable to get anything going in fantasy last year. Allen could chip away enough to matter given Miami's lackluster cast of offensive weapons. He is undraftable in all conventional formats.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 2/17/19 9:28am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has visited the team's facilities at Gillette Stadium multiple times since Super Bowl LIII, and one Patriots beat reporter sees that as a 'reflection of his being in a good place with how the season ended, both team-wise and personally.'
Huddle Up: There's still no indication if Gronk will return for a 10th season, but his strong postseason (19 targets-13 receptions-191 yards-0 TDs in three games) that followed one of his least productive regular seasons (72-47-682-3 in 13 games) just might've tipped the balance. Stay tuned ...
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 2/4/19 8:28am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski hinted at a return in a suggestive video on QB Tom Brady's Instagram after the Super Bowl victory Sunday, Feb. 3. The video shows Gronkowski weighing his options and Brady nodding his head to return before Gronkowski appears to agree with 'to be continued' afterwards.
Huddle Up: Gronk's 47-682-3 line made him a bust for the early pick invested on him, and it's clear he is declining. He'll be 30 next year and is still one of the better options at the position. However, injury risk and name value may inflate the price tag to draft him.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 2/4/19 2:53pm ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman became the second player in Super Bowl history to catch at least 10 passes for at least 140 yards. The other was former Patriots WR Deion Branch in 2004.
Huddle Up: Edelman was deservedly the MVP in a largely forgettable Super Bowel 53. He's been Tom Brady's go-to man for years now and will be in the PPR WR2 conversation going into the 2019 season. A potential Rob Gronkowski retirement would obviously raise Edelman's ceiling.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 2/4/19 7:28pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has not had any contract extension talks with the Patriots at this point. Brady will be entering the final year of his contract in 2019.
Huddle Up: Brady is still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL despite his age and likely will receive another extension at some point this offseason. He had a few disappointing performances this season but will still be a No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues in 2019.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 2/3/19 8:58am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, who is reportedly contemplating retirement, is not expected to make an official decision regarding his future immediately after Super Bowl LIII is over, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski caught six passes for 79 yards in the AFC Championship Game but struggled during most of the second half of the season after being hampered by ankle and back injuries. He will be 30 years old by the time the 2019 season begins but can still be viewed as a solid TE1 option if he continues playing.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 2/3/19 9:14am ET
Former New England Patriots WR Josh Gordon, who remains indefinitely suspended by the NFL for repeated violations of the substance abuse policy, will spend Super Bowl LIII in an in-patient treatment facility in Gainesville, Fla. There is no exit date yet for when Gordon will leave rehab, but the hope is that it's relatively soon.
Huddle Up: Even though Gordon still will only be 28 this April, he won't be able to pick up and resume his career any time soon with his league suspension. And at the moment, it's hard to imagine him being able to make it back anywhere else if he couldn't in a near-ideal situation in New England.
Sony Michel - RBPosted 2/3/19 9:52am ET
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel is the first rookie and fourth running back overall to have back-to-back playoff games with at least 100 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The other three to do so -- Terrell Davis, John Riggins and Larry Csonka -- are in the Hall of Fame.
Huddle Up: Michel has totaled 54 touches, including 53 rushing attempts, in two playoff games so far and is the best bet among all players to have a big game on the ground in Super Bowl LIII. Still, he's facing his toughest test yet in a Rams defense that has allowed only 98 yards on 43 rushes during their two NFC playoff wins.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 2/3/19 11:07am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady enters Super Bowl LIII on Sunday, Feb. 3, having played in more Super Bowls (eight) than the entire Los Angeles Rams roster combined (five).
Huddle Up: The Rams hope to negate that vast experience edge by turning up the heat on the 41-year-old QB, who hasn't been sacked and has only been hit thee times this postseason. As a result, Brady's second and third highest single-game passing-yardage totals of the season have come in the playoffs as he's completed 71.1 percent of his passes for 691 yards.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 2/3/19 11:40am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is entering Super Bowl LIII on Sunday, Feb. 3, healthier than he's been at almost any point this season, in which he's battled a bulging disk in his back and Achilles tendinitis.
Huddle Up: Gronk has been blocking like a man possessed in the playoffs, and even more important on the fantasy side, he drew a season-high 11 targets in the AFC Championship Game and finished with six catches for 79 yards. With the possibility that it might be Gronk's last game, don't be surprised if he's featured early and often Sunday.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 2/3/19 2:55pm ET
New England Patriots WR Josh Gordon could be reinstated by the NFL around the time training camp starts if he stays in contact with his doctors and continues his treatment, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to monitor the situation to see if Gordon suffers any setbacks this offseason. He is a very good player when he is on the field but is a risky fantasy option because of his off-field issues. He could be a late-round option if he is reinstated but may not be a reliable starting option.
Sony Michel - RBPosted 2/3/19 7:38pm ET
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel rushed 18 times for 94 yards and a touchdown in a 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII, finishing the postseason with 336 rushing yards and six touchdowns in three games.
Huddle Up: Michel emerged as the lead back between the tackles for New England, and having a big role for a solid offense should keep him firmly in the RB2 mix in 2019.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 2/3/19 7:30pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 21 of his 35 passes for 262 yards and an interception in a 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.
Huddle Up: It certainly wasn't Brady's most memorable Super Bowl performance, but he did enough to walk away with his sixth ring. He has already said he has no plans to retire, and assuming that holds true, he will remain a QB1 candidate.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 2/3/19 8:06pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski caught seven of his eight targets for 87 yards in a 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.
Huddle Up: His highlight came when he hauled in a pass in triple coverage that set up the game's only touchdown. Rumors have been swirling that he may decide to retire, so keep an eye on his status as the offseason unfolds.
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