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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:00:40 -0800
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount should be a factor in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Feb. 1, in the opinion of Boston Herald writer Karen Guregian. Despite Seattle's highly ranked run defense, they lost games earlier this season to both the Kansas City Chiefs and the Dallas Cowboys, who used run-heavy game plans. The Green Bay Packers also had early success on the ground against the Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game. The Packers opened up holes by overloading lanes with pulling linemen, which is something the Patriots like to do with their guards and tackles. If the Patriots stay away from the run, Seattle's linebackers will drop back in zone coverage, making it tougher on the Patriots' passing game.
Fantasy Tip: The Patriots ran the ball just 14 times against the top-ranked run defense of the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round of the playoffs, but using Blount on the ground against Seattle should help open the passing game against the Seahawks’ tough secondary. The run game could also be used to exploit injured FS Earl Thomas (shoulder).
Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:37:24 -0800
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries in the team's win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 18. "He makes contact on every play and seems to enjoy it. He's like a boxer throwing body punches. Eventually, he wears guys down and starts breaking those big runs," OG Ryan Wendell said. Blount played 42 offensive snaps in the game, passing his previous season high of 30. He also ran for 69 yards after contact against the Colts, according to ESPN Stats and Information.
Fantasy Tip: Blount has been the power back that the Patriots have needed down the stretch, but it's too hard to say how valuable he'll be in New England for fantasy owners next season, especially the way Bill Belichick changes up his backfield usage on a game-by-game basis.
Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:13:03 -0800
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount ran for 166 yards against the Indianapolis Colts in the divisional matchup between the two teams in 2013, and RB Jonas Gray slashed Indy for 201 yards on the ground this past November. The Patriots used an offense that featured a power-back look with a sixth offensive lineman against the Colts in November. "As a defensive player, you don't want to ever have that happen again," Colts DE Cory Redding said. "We didn't have our best game. It's up to us to do what we've done the past few weeks, to make sure that never happens again." New England rushed for just 14 total yards in their divisional win over the Baltimore Ravens last weekend, but they pretty much abandoned the run in the second half.
Fantasy Tip: Don't expect a repeat performance for Gray ($3,400, 6.8% of cap), who has fallen down the running back depth chart. Gray didn't even have a single carry in last weekend's game. It's always dicey going with a Patriots running back at FantasyScore, but this might be the week to put faith in Blount ($4,500, 9.0% of cap).
Mon, 12 Jan 2015 21:10:07 -0800
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount ran for 166 yards and four touchdowns against the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs last year, and RB Jonas Gray ran for 201 yards and four scores in Week 11.
Fantasy Tip: Indianapolis has had major issues stopping New England's power running game recently, and if Gray is inactive again this weekend, Blount could be a sneaky play at FantasyScore.
Thu, 08 Jan 2015 14:42:11 -0800
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (illness) was removed from the team's injury report Thursday, Jan. 8.
Fantasy Tip: Blount should be good to go this weekend against the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens were one of the best defenses against the run in 2014, however, making Blount a less than attractive option at $4,500 (9.0% of cap) on FantasyScore.
Wed, 07 Jan 2015 13:10:59 -0800
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (illness) was limited in practice Wednesday, Jan. 7.
Fantasy Tip: Blount ($4,500, 9.0% of cap) should be ready to play this weekend against the Baltimore Ravens. He's a weak FantasyScore play, though, since the Ravens were one of the best run-stopping units in all of football this season.
Fri, 26 Dec 2014 14:38:05 -0800
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 26, and is listed as questionable for Week 17.
Fantasy Tip: It is not known if Blount will dress for the game, so owners will need to check the inactive list before deciding on their lineup. Blount may not be the best option to use since the team has already clinched the top seed and could limit his playing time.
Thu, 25 Dec 2014 13:30:17 -0800
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 25. The Patriots did not practice Thursday, so this is an estimation.
Fantasy Tip: Blount is a risky option to use on FantasyScore this week if he is active, because he could be pulled from the game early since the team has the No. 1 spot in the playoffs clinched.
Wed, 24 Dec 2014 14:31:32 -0800
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Dec. 24.
Fantasy Tip: Check back on Blount's status Friday when the official injury report comes out. The Bills rank 13th in the NFL against the rush, and it's uncertain if the Patriots will rest players since they have the No. 1 seed already sewn up. It might be best to shy away from Blount for FantasyScore purposes just to be on the safe side.
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 08:30:43 -0800
The New England Patriots have declared CB Alfonzo Dennard, OG Dan Connolly, RB James White, OT Jordan Devey, WR Julian Edelman, CB Kyle Arrington, RB LeGarrette Blount inactive for Week 16.
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 08:22:09 -0800
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) is inactive Sunday, Dec. 21.
Fantasy Tip: Jonas Gray ($3,400; 6.8% of your cap) has a tough matchup against the New York Jets, but he's a nice low-end flex buy on FantasyScore.
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:08:59 -0800
New England Patriots RBs LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) and Shane Vereen (ankle) both were limited in practice Friday, Dec. 19, and are questionable for Week 16 against the New York Jets.
Fantasy Tip: The Pats are facing a Jets team whose strength on defense is stopping the run, immediately making Blount ($4,500) and Vereen ($4,700) unattractive FantasyScore options. Add in the uncertainty in New England's backfield and you have two options to avoid for daily rosters.
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:54:56 -0800
New England Patriots RBs LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) and Shane Vereen (ankle) were both limited for the second straight day in practice Thursday, Dec. 18.
Fantasy Tip: After Jonas Gray came back into the running back picture last week, it's hard to trust Bill Belichick, Blount ($4,500) or Vereen ($4,700) at FantasyScore. The New York Jets also feature a fairly stingy run defense, making both running backs even less attractive in daily leagues this week.
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:20:19 -0800
New England Patriots RBs LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) and Shane Vereen (ankle) were both limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17.
Fantasy Tip: After having double-digit carries each of the previous three games, Blount ($4,500) had only eight carries in Week 15, as most of the running work came from Jonas Gray. Vereen ($4,700) continues to see his role limited, as well. It's anyone's guess what Bill Belichick will do on a weekly basis, but Blount likely remains your safest play at FantasyScore. However, this week against the New York Jets should be one to especially look to avoid any Pats runners.
Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:19:54 -0800
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (non-injury) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 10.
Fantasy Tip: Blount ($5,300) will play against the Miami Dolphins. He's been featured by the Pats as their main rusher lately (he had 20 carries last week), so it makes more sense to run with him at FantasyScore, especially in Week 15 against a Miami unit that has been vulnerable on the ground of late.
Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:32:18 -0800
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount will have his marijuana possession charge in Pittsburgh dropped if he serves 50 hours of community service by February. Blount could still receive a punishment from the NFL once his case is resolved, according to his attorney.
Fantasy Tip: It does not look like Blount receive any punishment before the end of the season, so he should be available for fantasy owners over the last few weeks of the season. Blount has received a good number of carries since joining the Patriots and probably will continue to receive a good amount of carries. He costs $5,300 on FantasyScore and could be a running back or flex option for owners.
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 07:21:59 -0800
New England Patriots RBs LeGarrette Blount and Jonas Gray could run the ball a lot in Week 13 against the Green Bay Packers, which ranks 30th in the league against the run.
Fantasy Tip: Blount ($4,900; 9.8% of your cap) could be the one they turn to, or they could go back to Jonas Gray ($3,400; 6.8%) after his benching. Blount figures to have the upper hand considering how much he came through for the team last week. This was also the period where he had his three best games last season. Blount makes for a good flex option with some uncertainty.
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:17:34 -0800
New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen had a team-high 62 snaps in the team's Week 12 win over the Detroit Lions, but RB LeGarrette Blount had 17 snaps and two touchdowns in his team debut, while RB Brandon Bolden had just two snaps.
Fantasy Tip: Vereen is the safest bet for fantasy football production on the Patriots, especially in PPR leagues like FantasyScore, but the addition of Blount clearly clouds New England's backfield picture, and Bill Belichick can't be predicted on a week-to-week basis.
Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:45:31 -0800
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount carried 12 times for a team-high 78 yards and two touchdowns in the Week 12 game against the Detroit Lions after re-signing with the team this week.
Fantasy Tip: Blount was running mean, as he averaged 6.5 yards per carry and made up for the absence of Jonas Gray, who was held out after missing team meetings this week. Blount could be worth a look in future weeks in FantasyScore if he continues to see regular touches.
Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:13:56 -0800
New England Patriots RB Jonas Gray will play Sunday, Nov. 23, after being late to practice Friday, Nov. 21. He'll split carries with RB LeGarrette Blount in Week 12.
Fantasy Tip: Gray ($6,500; 13.0% of your cap) is quite pricey to be on the wrong side of Bill Belichick's patience. He's a risky RB2 on FantasyScore.
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:23:12 -0800
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount was not signed by the team to replace RB Jonas Gray as the between-the-tackles runner. Blount's presence gives the team another tough inside runner in the potentially poor-weather weeks ahead.
Fantasy Tip: Gray ($6,500; 13.0% of your cap) will likely take a hit once Blount ($3,100; 6.2%) gets re-acclimated to the offense. Gray was already a risky option at his elevated price on FantasyScore because the Patriots' offense is so fickle from week to week. However, he remains the one to target in fantasy.
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:03:17 -0800
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount signed a two-year deal worth as much as $2.35 million, according to a source.
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:27:51 -0800
The New England Patriots signed free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount (Steelers) to a two-year deal for the veteran's minimum plus incentives Thursday, Nov. 20.
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:22:24 -0800
Free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount (Steelers) went unclaimed on waivers Wednesday, Nov. 19, and is now an unrestricted free agent available to sign with any club.
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:17:13 -0800
Free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount (Steelers) likely will not be claimed by the Miami Dolphins, but the team is not ruling out the possibility of signing him later in the season or in the offseason.
Fantasy Tip: Blount likely would be the backup to Lamar Miller if he joined the Dolphins, but he does not appear to be an option at this point. Miller, Damien Williams and Daniel Thomas will continue to handle the running back duties with Miller having the most fantasy value.
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 06:05:11 -0800
Free-agent RBs Ben Tate (Browns) and LeGarrette Blount (Steelers) spark no interest from the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:17:10 -0800
Free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount (Steelers) reportedly left Monday night's game, on his own accord, against the Tennessee Titans with just a minute left to play. Blount was released by the Steelers Tuesday, Nov. 18.
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:52:41 -0800
Free-agent RBs Ben Tate (Browns) and LeGarrette Blount (Steelers) aren't expected to draw interest from the Denver Broncos. It is late into the season and is tough for a new running back to learn a Peyton Manning-led system.
Fantasy Tip: It looks like the Broncos will stick with C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson until Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman return. Both face a tough test in the form of the Miami Dolphins this week, who have allowed just four rushing touchdowns to running backs this year.
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:29:41 -0800
The Pittsburgh Steelers released RB LeGarrette Blount Tuesday, Nov. 18.
Fantasy Tip: The release of Blount could mean more reps for Dre Archer behind Le'Veon Bell. Archer will likely not get enough reps to warrant being considered in FantasyScore.
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 06:28:05 -0800
Pittsburgh Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount left the field before the game was over Monday, Nov. 17, apparently upset that he didn't have a carry in the game. At least one teammate thought the team should leave him in Nashville. Blount has been an internal problem for more than a month and sources said he is dragging down star RB Le'Veon Bell. Some players have been pushing for the team to release him due to his attitude.
Fri, 07 Nov 2014 10:45:22 -0800
Baltimore Ravens LB Terrell Suggs was fined $8,268 for a late hit on Pittsburgh Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount in the team's Week 9 game.
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:26:19 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount will replace RB Dri Archer as the team's kick returner.
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:30:49 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount will not be suspended or rendered inactive by the team following his preseason arrest. The collective bargaining agreement doesn't allow the team to suspend players for violations of the drug policy.
Fantasy Tip: Blount is a weak RB4 with some TD-only upside, but best serves as a handcuff to Le'Veon Bell.
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:14:38 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers RBs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will play in the team's final preseason game against the Carolina Panthers, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Starters normally don't play in the final preseason game, perhaps indicating this could be part of the punishment the two face for being charged with driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. Bell and Blount are still awaiting a decision on possible suspensions.
Fantasy Tip: The decision on a suspension should come any day now, though it may only be for a game or two if there is indeed a suspension issued.
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:41:58 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers RBs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount could still face a suspension from the team, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Bell and Blount were recently charged with driving under the influence and possession of marijuana.
Fantasy Tip: Keep tabs on this situation. If the two are suspended, it probably won't be for very long. Bell remains an RB2 option with RB1 upside.
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:49:52 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount is expected to play in the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 21.
Fantasy Tip: Blount will not see any change to his fantasy football status in the immediate future.
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:02:32 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount could face a one-game suspension for his arrest stemming from a marijuana possession charge. However, the suspension may not be rendered anytime soon.
Fantasy Tip: Blount's fantasy stock is unchanged unless the team invokes a suspension.
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:52:54 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount accompanied the team for its preseason game Thursday, Aug. 21, against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:40:07 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount and RB Le'Veon Bell were charged by Ross Township Police Wednesday, Aug. 20, with marijuana possession.
Fantasy Tip: Blount could potentially be facing a one-game suspension, if you look around the league. Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe was penalized one game by the league for a similar infraction. However, the club could also potentially step up and penalize Blount (and Bell), too. His fantasy value was a bit limited with Bell expected to get a lion's share of the carries, but he is even less attractive if he misses any playing time.
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:42:41 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said training camp and preseason games will determine how the team uses RBs Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount and Dri Archer in the running game.
Fantasy Tip: Bell is expected to receive most of the snaps at the position and should be taken in the first few rounds in most fantasy leagues. Blount probably should be considered as a handcuff to Bell or later-round flier in drafts. Archer likely will not be selected in a majority of drafts.
Fri, 04 Jul 2014 16:35:01 -0700
The Pittsburgh Steelers may consider keeping on RBs Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount and Dri Archer on their final roster and having one running back on their practice squad.
Mon, 30 Jun 2014 05:45:46 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will likely see 300 carries this season, but not much more than that as the team will use RBs LeGarrette Blount and Dri Archer to spell him and keep him fresh.
Fantasy Tip: Bell should also see a handful of receptions to make him a serviceable RB1.
Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:42:32 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount is being used in a variety of ways during practice. He has been lined up in the slot, flanked outside and has been in some two-back sets with RB Le'Veon Bell.
Fantasy Tip: Blount is known for his bruising running style, but the fact that the coaching staff is willing to toy around with using him in different ways is encouraging. If you draft Bell, Blount is definitely worth considering as a handcuff.
Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:13:32 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount has "impressed" the coaching staff, and he figures to form a one-two punch with RB Le'Veon Bell. However, rookie RB Dri Archer could also work his way into the picture.
Sun, 01 Jun 2014 14:09:40 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount is expected to receive six to eight carries per game behind RB Le'Veon Bell.
Fantasy Tip: That renders him fairly useless in fantasy outside of being a handcuff. He'll have value in TD-heavy leagues if he figures into goal-line carries.
Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:25:36 -0700
The New England Patriots were not willing to offer Pittsburgh Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount a two-year deal this offseason and were not offering Blount much in the way of guaranteed money.
Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:18:02 -0700
The Baltimore Ravens had interest in Pittsburgh Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount but never made him a formal contract offer.
Fri, 28 Mar 2014 17:37:04 -0700
The Pittsburgh Steelers may use RB LeGarrette Blount as a kick returner next season, because he averaged 29.1 yards per return this season.
Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:04:49 -0700
Pittsburgh Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount was signed to a two-year, $3.85 million deal, which includes a $950,000 signing bonus.
Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:42:56 -0700
The Pittsburgh Steelers signed RB LeGarrette Blount (Patriots) to a two-year contract Friday, March 28. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Fantasy Tip: Blount will likely be used as a third down or goal line running back for the Steelers behind Le'Veon Bell. He should be considered an RB3 or flex option.