Description: Julian Edelman continues to be the Patriots' number one wide receiver.
Insight: Brady clearly trusts him, as he had another nice outing during Week 2 (6 catches for 81 yards and 1 touchdown). With Danny Amendola nowhere to be found, Edelman is in line for another monster year. Consider him a WR2, with even more upside in PPR leagues.
Description: New England halfback Shane Vereen was outshined by fellow back Steven Ridley during Week 2.
Insight: Another season, same story for the Patriots. Owners never know which running back is going to get the majority of the reps. Vereen managed only six carries for 40 yards and one catch for no yards on Sunday. Vereen should get back on track at home against Oakland, during Week 3. Consider him a RB2.
Description: Patriots running back Stevan Ridley was the workhorse running back for the Patriots Sunday, getting 25 rushes for 101 yards to just six carries for Shane Vereen.
Insight: The even better news is he scored a touchdown and didn't fumble the football. It appears the feature back could be different from week to week and neither Ridley or Vereen is going to be an every game RB1.
Description: Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson should be a part of the offense "sooner than later" according to Erik Frenz of the Boston Globe.
Insight: Dobson was a healthy scratch Week 1 after missing a lot of training camp and the preseason with a foot injury. But with Kenbrell Thompkins and Brandon LaFell combining for just five catches, Dobson should be active in Week 2 and see targets immediately. Dobson has the biggest upside among any of the wideouts for New England.
Description: Tom Brady owners can't be happy with what they saw in Week 1 against Miami.
Insight: The Pats quarterback threw the ball 56 times for just 249 yards and was sacked four times. It's the lack of balance that should concern fantasy owners. The Patriots rushed the ball just 20 times and dropped back to pass 60 times.
Description: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee) is active and will play Sunday.
Insight: We always expected Gronkowski to start against the Dolphins. He is The Sports Network's No. 3 tight end for Week 1. He might still be on a play limit, but he's going to make the important catches.
Description: Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson (foot) is not active for Week 1.
Insight: The second-year receiver had surgery in March to repair a stress fracture in his left foot. He has the size and speed New England's other receivers lack and has a lot of upside if he can stay healthy. Kenbrell Thompkins should see more snaps.
Description: New England QB Tom Brady did not practice on Thursday due to a calf issue according to patriots.com.
Insight: The Patriots did not list Brady on the injury list on Wednesday, so that means this is a new injury. Although it will be hard to find out before Sunday the status on the injury due to Bill Belichick's lack of words, we don't expect Brady to miss Week 1.
Description: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee) said he won't play every snap in Week 1, according to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com.
Insight: Less than nine months after Gronk tore his ACL and MCL, we're just happy to see him back on the field. He doesn't have to play every snap to be a fantasy factor. As long as he's on the field when New England gets in the red zone he'll be a threat to post top-five tight end numbers.
Description: Patriots tight end Tim Wright caught 4-of-6 targets for 43 yards in Thursday's preseason finale against the Giants.
Insight: Wright worked with the second-team offense and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The new Patriots tight end has enough talent to earn more playing time with the starters, but as of Week 1, he is just one of many potential targets for Tom Brady.
Description: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee) remains in a "good spot".
Insight: The Patriots acquired tight end Tim Wright on Tuesday, so many experts have begun to wonder if Gronkowski will actually be completely healthy. Schefter says the purpose of the trade was to provide depth and open up some cap space. It also gives Bill Belichick the option to return to its two tight end sets, which the team really hasn't done since Aaron Hernandez's arrest.
Description: The Patriots have acquired Tim Wright and a 2015 fourth-round pick from the Buccaneers for Logan Mankins.
Insight: The deal clears up cap space for New England and gives its offense more flexibility. Wright is light for a tight end at 220 pounds but he may be able to serve in Aaron Hernandez' old role as the move tight end. He had 54 catches for 571 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie. It's unnecessary to target Wright in fantasy right now but he's another guy who will see targets. The Patriots receiving hierarchy is unclear after Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman.
Description: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski participated in 11-on-11 drills for the first time in training camp on Monday according to NESN's Doug Kyed.
Insight: Gronkowski is returning from a torn ACL and MCL he injuried last year against Cleveland in Week 14. A week ago, ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio reported the All-Pro tight end had a 50/50 chance to start Week 1. Gronkowski being cleared to perform 11-on-11 drills is obviously a good sign for the tight end, Tom Brady owners and any owner with other Patriots offensive players for that matter. Still proceed with caution though as Gronkowski has not played a full season since 2011.
Description: Patriots running back Stevan Ridley fumbled during Friday's preseason game and didn't play another snap, according to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com.
Insight: Uh oh. Ridley lost four fumbles last season and was on the bench frequently down the stretch. It's unclear if Ridley not playing after the fumble was planned or because Bill Belichick put him in the doghouse again. It's a shame because he rushed for 45 yards on nine carries (5.0 ypc) in the game. Rookie James White has a good shot to cut into Ridley's carries this season.
Description: Patriots rookie running back James White got some first-team reps along with Shane Vereen during Wednesday's joint practice with the Eagles. SOURCE: csnne.com
Insight: Stevan Ridley got most of his reps with the second-team offense. White has reportedly had an impressive camp and could cut into Ridley's usage, especially if Ridley's fumbling issues resurface.
Description: According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, a source with knowledge of the situation said that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is 50-50 to play in Week 1. He tore his ACL and MCL against Cleveland in Week 14.
Insight: Gronkowski hasn't been cleared for contact yet, but when the Patriots kept him off the active/PUP list to start training camp it was thought to be a sign he would be ready for Week 1. Of course, he wasn't placed on the PUP list at the start of last season but he still missed the first six games while recovering from forearm and back surgery. He's an extremely risky pick at his current early third-round ADP.
Description: Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson (foot) has been activated from the active/PUP list.
Insight: He did some work in shorts and a helmet Monday. The second-year receiver had surgery in March to repair a stress fracture in his left foot. He has the size and speed New England's other receivers lack and has a lot of upside if he can stay healthy.
Description: According to Tom Curran of csnne.com, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee) participated in 7-on-7 workouts at Monday's practice for the first time during training camp.
Insight: Gronkowski tore his ACL and MCL against Cleveland in Week 14, but he's made an impressive recovery and says he's feeling stronger every day. He hasn't been cleared for contact yet but is still expected to be ready for Week 1. Gronk has missed 14 games the past two seasons and his early third-round ADP makes him a high-risk, high-reward option.
Description: According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee) still doesn't have a timetable for his return to contact.
Insight: Gronkowski tore his ACL and MCL against Cleveland in Week 14, but he's made an impressive recovery and says he's feeling stronger every day. He should be ready to go for Week 1 of the NFL season. Gronk has missed 14 games the past two seasons and his early third-round ADP makes him a high-risk, high-reward option.
Description: Third-year receiver Brian Tyms posted the statistical total of the night, catching five balls for 119 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: Its likely an audition for another team as the Patriots are deep at the wideout position with Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce, but the performance did get our attention.
Description: According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski "doesn't look like someone coming off a torn ACL/MCL."He's been "firing off the line, planting hard, cutting and catching passes from (Tom) Brady."
Insight: Gronkowski tore his ACL and MCL against Cleveland in Week 14, but he's made an impressive recovery. Gronk has missed 14 games the past two seasons and his third-round ADP makes him a high-risk, high-reward option.
Description: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee) has been cleared for training camp and won't be placed on the active/PUP list.
Insight: Gronkowski tore his ACL and MCL against Cleveland in Week 14, but he's made an impressive recovery. Fantasy owners won't have to worry about him being placed on the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him the first six games of the regular season, because he's not eligible. Gronk has missed 14 games the past two seasons and his third-round ADP makes him a high-risk, high-reward option.
Description: Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson will begin training camp on the active/PUP list, according to Field Yates of ESPN.
Insight: Dobson had surgery on his foot this offseason and was expected to be back for minicamp, but he's taken much longer than expected. He should be back before the end of the preseason. The 22-year-old has the potential to turn into New England's No. 1 receiver in his second season and he comes with an 11th-round ADP. No other New England receiver has Dobson's combination of size and speed.
Description: New England running Brandon Bolden may not make the Patriots 53-man roster this season, according to a Boston Globe report by Erik Frenz.
Insight: Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen figure to be the workhorses out of the backfield both running and receiving and should eat up most of departed LeGarrette Blount's 153 carries. The reporter believes James White, Roy Finch and James Develin will make the roster.
Description: According to masslive.com, "there is now optimism" that Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson (foot surgery) will be ready for the start of training camp.
Insight: Dobson had surgery on his foot this offseason and was expected to be back for minicamp, but he's taken much longer than expected. He would have had the surgery sooner but the team thought he would heal naturally. Dobson first suffered the injury in Week 12 last year, missed three games, aggravated the injury in the last regular season game and sat out until the AFC Championship. The 22-year-old has the potential to turn into New England's No. 1 receiver in his second season and he comes with a 12th-round ADP.
Description: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is expected to be ready to play in Week 1 of the NFL season, according to patriots.com.
Insight: Gronkowski tore his ACL and MCL against Cleveland in Week 14. When healthy, Gronkowski is as good as any tight end in the league, but he's had at least eight surgeries in his career and missed 14 games the past two years.
Description: This could be Danny Amendola's final year in New England if he doesn't get his act together. SOURCE: Boston Globe
Insight: The Patriots are prepared to cut ties with Amendola if he doesn't show significant improvement this season. Amendola was brought in to replace Wes Welker but didn't come anywhere close to Welker's level of production, catching just 54 passes for 633 yards. You won't have to pay top-dollar for him on draft day.
Description: New England tight Rob Gronkowski is making progress, but there is no timetable for the talented tight end's return. SOURCE: Ben Volin, Boston Globe
Insight: Gronkowski tore his ACL and MCL against Cleveland in Week 14. The hope is that he'll be ready for training camp later this summer. When healthy, Gronkowski is as good as any tight end in the league.
Description: The Texans are no longer interested in acquiring New England quarterback Ryan Mallett. SOURCE: John McClain, Houston Chronicle
Insight: Instead, Houston took a flyer on Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage in the fourth round of last week's draft. Until the Pats can find a willing trade partner, Mallett will continue to backup future Hall of Famer Tom Brady.
Description: New England halfback Shane Vereen still isn't fully recovered from the broken wrist he suffered early last season. SOURCE: Mike Reiss, ESPN Boston
Insight: Perhaps that's why the team used its fourth-round draft pick on Wisconsin running back James White. Vereen, White, Brandon Bolden and Stevan Ridley will all be in the mix for carries now that LeGarrette Blount has signed with Pittsburgh.
Description: The New England Patriots may have found Tom Brady's successor in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft Friday night. They took Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo 62nd overall.
Insight: The pick of Garoppolo may also signal that New England will trade backup Ryan Mallett. The Texans were rumored to be close to acquiring Mallett on Thursday but the deal never went down, and New England denied that Mallett is available.
Description: The Texans appear to be working on a deal to acquire Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett. SOURCE: Tom Curran, Comcast Sportsnet New England
Insight: If true, the Texans would almost certainly take South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 pick in the draft. Mallett, who has thrown just four passes in his NFL career, would likely be Houston's Week 1 starter ahead of Ryan Fitzpatrick and Case Keenum.
Description: The Patriots have signed DT Vince Wilfork to a new contract that amounts to a one-year, $8 million deal with two option years and $3M guaranteed, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Insight: Wilfork cleaned out his locker earlier this week because he unhappy that the Patriots approached him about restructuring his contract, but he'll remain in New England because he didn't want to relocate his family. The 32-year-old Wilfork has been one of the top interior linemen in the NFL during his career but played just four games in 2013 due to a torn Achilles.
Description: Julian Edelman's new contract will pay him $17 million over four years. SOURCE: Mike Garafolo, Fox Sports 1
Insight: Edelman (105 receptions, 1,056 yards, 6 TD in 2013) announced on Twitter this past weekend that he was staying with New England, though details of the contract weren't released until today. He'll be under Patriots control until his age-32 season.
Description: Brandon Browner has agreed to a three-year, $17 million deal with New England. SOURCE: Josina Anderson, ESPN
Insight: A few days ago when Aqib Talib bolted for Denver, the Patriots' secondary looked to be in shambles. Now after signing Darrelle Revis and Browner, it may be the team's biggest strength. Just a reminder to fantasy owners, Browner will miss the first four games of 2014 while he serves a suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Description: The Patriots and wideout Julian Edelman have reached an agreement on a new contract. SOURCE: Mike Reiss, ESPN Boston
Insight: Edelman posted career-best numbers last season (105 receptions, 1,056 yards, 6 TD in 2013) but couldn't find an offer to his liking on the open market. From a fantasy perspective, New England was always the best place for him.
Description: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, cornerback Darrelle Revis is joining the Patriots on a one-year, $12 million contract.
Insight: That didn't take long. The Buccaneers released Revis Wednesday afternoon. Despite returning from a torn ACL and playing in an ill-fitting scheme, Revis rated as one of the top corners in the NFL last season on Pro Football Focus' rankings.
Description: The Patriots have every intention of re-signing Julian Edelman when free agency begins later this week. SOURCE: Mike Giardi, Comcast Sportsnet New England
Insight: Edelman was the Pats best receiver last season and could be again next season depending on the health of Rob Gronkowski. It would be surprising if Edelman left, though the Pats did low-ball Wes Welker in free agency last offseason. New England would also like to keep Pro Bowl cornerback Aqib Talib. It will be interesting to see if the Pats can afford both of them.
Description: John McClain of the Houston Chronicle says the Texans will not be making a trade for Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett.
Insight: A few days ago, it sounded like Houston was considering taking South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 pick and then acquiring a quarterback via trade. Now, it sounds like they'll stick to the script and take a QB with the first pick. Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles are all in play at No. 1.
Description: The Patriots have released veteran strong safety Steve Gregory. SOURCE: Albert Breer, NFL Network
Insight: Gregory is actually coming off a decent season (fourth on the team in tackles) but the move frees up almost $3 million in cap room. The 31-year-old Syracuse product shouldn't have trouble finding a new team.
Description: Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald doesn't think Brandon Spikes will be back with the Patriots in 2014.
Insight: Spikes was put on injured reserve late in the season after showing up late to a practice. Usually when you find yourself in Bill Belichick's doghouse, it's pretty hard to get out. Even if Spikes hadn't fallen out of Belichick's good graces, his new contract probably wouldn't have been in New England's price range. At age 26, the former University of Florida linebacker still has plenty of good football left to be played.
Description: New England won't use its franchise tag on impending free agent Aqib Talib according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.
Insight: Howe says the Patriots are prepared to offer Talib three years and $21 million, which is pretty fair given that Talib's 2013 salary was only $4.86 million. Talib, a second-team All-Pro selection, missed most of New England's AFC Championship loss to Denver after taking a hit from former Patriot Wes Welker in the first half.
Description: ESPN's Ben Goessling wouldn't be surprised if the Vikings at least "kicked the tires" on Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett.
Insight: Mallett has only completed one pass in his NFL career but that's because he's had a Hall of Famer playing in front of him in Tom Brady. Minnesota's QB situation is dicey at best with Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder under center and Mallett might be able to provide the Vikings with some much-needed stability. Mallett will be a free agent after next season so the Patriots would be wise to trade him sooner rather than later.
Description: ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss expects the Texans to make a run at impending free agent wide receiver Julian Edelman.
Insight: Edelman raised his free agent stock by having a career year in 2013 (105 receptions, 1,056 yards, six TDs). The notoriously stingy Patriots aren't likely to keep up with Edelman's increasing contract demands so Houston might be the best fit for him. Edelman's presence would be good news for the likely No. 1 overall pick, quarterback Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M.
Description: According to Patriots coach Bill Belichick, Aqib Talib's knee injury isn't serious. SOURCE: ESPN Boston
Insight: Talib, who missed the vast majority of last week's loss to Denver after taking a brutal hit from Wes Welker, probably won't need surgery. He'll be replaced in the Pro Bowl by Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie. Talib will be a free agent after the season but there's a strong chance New England will use its franchise tag on the stud corner if the two sides can't work out a long-term agreement.
Description: Patriots All-Pro cornerback Aqib Talib has gone to the locker room with what appears to be a rib injury.
Insight: Talib got tangled up with Broncos receiver Wes Welker and limped to the sidelines. Talib got injured in the AFC Championship game last year as well. Devin McCourty has come on to take his place with Duron Harmon filling in for McCourty at free safety.
Description: Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard has returned to the game after leaving briefly in the first quarter.
Insight: Logan Ryan took over for a few snaps while Dennard had his shoulder looked at on the sidelines. It looks like he's okay to continue. Dennard had one tackle against Denver when he played them earlier this season.
Description: New England punter Ryan Allen is good to go for Sunday's AFC Championship game in Denver. SOURCE: Kevin Patra, NFL.com
Insight: Allen left last week's game with a shoulder injury. With Allen back, Tom Brady won't have to worry about holding the football for Stephen Gostkowski on field goal and extra point attempts. Gostkowski handled the punting duties last week with Allen sidelined.
Description: Patriots receiver Kenbrell Thompkins won't suit up Sunday against the Broncos. He's out with a concussion.
Insight: Thompkins suffered the injury last Saturday in a win over Indianapolis. Aaron Dobson is back after missing time with a foot injury so the Patriots are essentially swapping one rookie wideout for the other.
Description: New England receiver Kenbrell Thompkins has officially been diagnosed with a concussion. SOURCE: Zuri Berry, Boston Globe
Insight: Thompkins made it through a limited practice session on Wednesday, which gives him some hope for playing in Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Broncos. He's caught just nine passes since Week 7.
Description: Punter Ryan Allen left Saturday's game due to a sore shoulder after getting hit on a bad snap which sailed over his head.
Insight: Place kicker Stephen Gostkowski came in and did a great job, averaging 41.8 yards, on five punts. We should know more later in the week but we can't imagine the Pats want Gostkowski to handle both kicking duties in Denver.
Description: Patriots wideout Kenbrell Thompkins left Saturday's game in the third quarter due to a head injury and did not return.
Insight: He had missed the previous three games with a hip injury. Thompkins is questionable for the AFC Championship against Denver. With Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Shane Vereen all healthy, Thompkins only sees a rare target or three and his fantasy value is minimal.
Description: New England tight Rob Gronkowski underwent successful knee surgery on Thursday. SOURCE: Jeff Howe, Boston Herald
Insight: Gronkowski tore his ACL and MCL in a game against Cleveland last month. The hope is that he'll be ready for training camp later this summer. When healthy, Gronk is arguably the best tight end in football with 42 touchdown receptions in his first four seasons.
Description: Patriots middle linebacker Brandon Spikes has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Insight: This comes after he competed in all 16 of New England's regular season contests. He's already been placed on injured reserve, which opens up a roster spot for rookie Ja'Gared Davis. According to the Boston Globe, Spikes, who recorded 86 tackles during the regular season, is likely headed for surgery.
Description: New England rookie Aaron Dobson (foot) didn't practice Tuesday and is questionable for Saturday's AFC Divisional Playoff against Indianapolis, according to Patriots beat reporter Jeff Howe.
Insight: Dobson hasn't done a thing since Week 9 and won't be a factor even if he is active. Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman should to the heavy lifting with help from Kenbrell Thompkins and Austin Collie.
Description: Playing in pouring rain, Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount had the game of his life Sunday in a win over Buffalo.
Insight: Blount was a force of nature on Sunday. He finished the afternoon with 334 all purpose yards including 189 yards from scrimmage. The 250-pound Oregon alum has found the end zone four times in his last two games. He had just three touchdowns in his previous 14 contests. He'll be the Patriots' featured back when New England hosts the winner of next week's wild card matchup between San Diego and Cincinnati.
Description: New England rookie Aaron Dobson is done for the day after aggravating his foot injury in the first half of Sunday's game versus Buffalo.
Insight: Dobson had one catch for six yards before leaving. With the slippery conditions in New England today, head coach Bill Belichick probably would have been better off sitting Dobson this week. Dobson's status for the postseason remains a mystery.
Description: Patriots rookie wideouts Aaron Dobson (foot) traveled to Baltimore for Sunday's game and has a chance to play, according to Mike Reiss of espnboston.com. Rookie Kenbrell Thompkins (hip) already has been ruled out.
Insight: Dobson has missed three games with a foot injury. He stepped up as one of Tom Brady's top targets from Weeks 6-11, but he shouldn't be used as a fantasy option if he plays Sunday even with Rob Gronkowski out. His return would make Danny Amendola a riskier option, though.
Description: Patriots rookie wideouts Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins were back at practice on Wednesday. SOURCE: Nick Underhill, MassLive.com
Insight: Dobson has missed three games with a foot injury while Thompkins has sat out the last two weeks with a hip ailment. New England could have used both players last week when Tom Brady struggled to find an open receiver on the final drive of the game. Look for the rookie duo to return Sunday at Baltimore.
Description: Patriots receiver Danny Amendola had his third 100-yard game of the season in Week 15 at Miami. He caught 10 balls for 131 yards on 14 targets.
Insight: That's three more than Wes Welker, for what it's worth. Amendola's first season in New England has been beset by injuries, but he's once again an important piece in this offense with Rob Gronkowski done for the year and rookies Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins also sidelined.
Description: Patriots QB Tom Brady targeted Julian Edelman 19 times and completed 13 for 139 yards and a touchdown Sunday at Miami.
Insight: After disappearing in the middle of the year, Edelman re-emerged as one of Tom Brady's preferred targets several weeks ago and his value was only boosted by Rob Gronkowski's injury last week. He's put up 37 catches, 414 yards and four scores on 51 targets over the last four games and has set career highs with 89 receptions, 914 yards and six touchdowns this season.
Description: The Patriots placed Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve Monday with a torn right ACL and MCL.
Insight: Gronkowski suffered the devastating injury Sunday against the Bengals. He's had to undergo five surgeries (four on his arm, one on his back) since last November and missed the first six games of 2013. Fantasy owners should expect the tight end to be questionable for the start of the 2014 season.
Description: According to Fox's Mike Garafolo, the Patriots believe tight end Rob Gronkowski suffered a torn ACL during Sunday's win over Cleveland.
Insight: This is absolutely devastating news for fantasy owners as Gronk has been the best tight end in football since his return from an arm injury in Week 7. We won't know Gronkowski's official diagnosis until he has an MRI on Monday but fantasy owners should be preparing for the worst.
Description: New England halfback Shane Vereen caught 12 passes for 153 yards in Sunday's 27-26 win over Cleveland.
Insight: Vereen hauled in 50 of those yards on one catch. He scored on a six-yard rushing touchdown to make it an eight-point game late in the third quarter. Vereen has been Tom Brady's favorite receiver over the past few weeks and with Rob Gronkowski likely out for the rest of the regular season (if not the whole season), the targets are going to keep coming his way. He should be starting in all formats at this point.
Description: New England QB Tom Brady threw for a season-high 418 yards in Sunday's come-from-behind win over Cleveland.
Insight: And he did it with Rob Gronkowski out of commission for most of the second half. After struggling mightily early in the year, Brady has looked like a totally different player over the past several weeks. Even if Gronk is done for the year, and it looks like he might be, we still have faith in Brady to get the job done. He'll face the Dolphins in Miami in Week 15.
Description: New England tight end Rob Gronkowski suffered a serious knee injury Sunday against Cleveland and had to be carted off the field.
Insight: If it's as bad as it looked, the Patriots' Super Bowl hopes just took a major hit. Nothing is going right for New England today as they trail 12-0 with just over six minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Description: New England rookie wideout Kenbrell Thompkins won't be active for Sunday's game against the Browns.
Insight: Thompkins is out with a hip injury. Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski should see most of the targets with Thompkins and Aaron Dobson both sidelined. Danny Amendola and Shane Vereen should be involved in the passing game also.
Description: New England wideout Aaron Dobson will miss his second straight game Sunday versus Cleveland.
Insight: He's still battling a foot injury. The Patriots are beginning to phase Dobson and rookie Kenbrell Thompkins out of the offense now that Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola are healthy again. Julian Edelman's emergence over the last few weeks hasn't helped Dobson either.
Description: New England halfback Stevan Ridley is officially active for Sunday's game versus Cleveland.
Insight: Ridley has lost a fumble in each of his last three games and will probably head to the showers early if he loses one again in Week 14. Ridley has always been a risky fantasy play but this week against a strong Browns' run D, the risks outweigh the rewards by a pretty significant margin.
Description: After being benched last week against Houston, it appears New England running back Stevan Ridley will play at least some role in Sunday's game versus Cleveland. SOURCE: Albert Breer, NFL Network
Insight: Ridley probably won't start but he could see a handful of carries against Cleveland's fifth-ranked run defense. Obviously, Shane Vereen will be playing on all passing downs. Ridley had a stretch of five games in a row with a touchdown earlier this year but we wouldn't recommend starting him during the fantasy playoffs.
Description: According to profootballtalk.com, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski's ankle is "fine."
Insight: Gronkowski had six catches for 127 yards and a touchdown Sunday against Houston but came up limping at one point after getting his ankle twisted under a defender. He should be good to go in Week 14 against the Browns.
Description: New England running LeGarrette Blount led the team with 12 carries and 44 rushing yards Sunday against Houston. He also scored a seven-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Insight: Stevan Ridley was inactive after losing a fumble in three straight games and Blount took his place in the "big back" role. Brandon Bolden had just four touches. This is a fluid situation, however, so don't read too much into how Blount and Bolden were used this week. Shane Vereen is the only Patriots RB with a steady role at the moment.
Description: With Stevan Ridley inactive for losing a fumble in three straight games, Shane Vereen led Patriots running backs with 15 touches (10 carries, five catches) and 75 yards from scrimmage in Week 13 at Houston.
Insight: Vereen scored his first touchdown of the season on a nine-yard catch in the third quarter. He has averaged 16.5 touches and 83 yards from scrimmage over the last two games and should continue to see that type of workload even when Ridley returns to the lineup.
Description: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady completed 29-of-41 passes for 371 yards and two touchdowns with one interception Sunday at Houston.
Insight: Brady has completed 70.1 percent of his passes and averaged 360.8 yards per game and 8.80 yards per pass over the last four games after completing under 56 percent his first eight. He's once again a trustworthy QB1.
Description: Patriots running back Stevan Ridley is officially inactive for Sunday's game against Houston.
Insight: Ridley lost a fumble in three straight games and was benched after his latest gaffe in the first quarter Sunday night against Denver. Brandon Bolden and LeGarrette Blount will split early-down carries while Shane Vereen will handle passing downs. Vereen is the best flex option Sunday, followed by Bolden and then Blount.
Description: If RB Stevan Ridley is active at all for New England Sunday against Houston, he's not expected to receive many carries, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Insight: Ridley lost a fumble in three straight games and was benched after his latest gaffe in the first quarter Sunday night against Denver. Brandon Bolden and LeGarrette Blount will split early-down carries while Shane Vereen will handle passing downs. Vereen is the best flex option Sunday, followed by Bolden and then Blount.
Description: Updating a previous report, New England receiver Aaron Dobson missed practice Wednesday because of a foot injury. SOURCE: Nick Underhill, MassLive.com
Insight: Dobson (35 catches, 492 yards, 4 TD) has put together a solid rookie season but with so many other receiving weapons at Tom Brady's disposal right now, he won't be a fantasy option even if he plays this week.
Description: Patriots wideout Aaron Dobson wasn't able to practice on Wednesday. SOURCE: Boston Herald
Insight: As usual with New England, we won't know the extent of whatever injury he's dealing with until injury reports are released on Friday. Even then, we may not get a full diagnosis. Then again, if you're really that anxious to hear about Dobson's health status, your fantasy team may have taken a few wrong turns along the way. With all 32 teams in action this week, there are bound to be better options at wide receiver.
Description: Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston expects to see a rotation of Stevan Ridley, LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden in New England's "big-back" role going forward.
Insight: The Patriots went in that direction earlier this season when Ridley struggled with fumbling and ineffectiveness, and they likely will again because he has lost a fumble in three straight games. Ridley didn't play again after Denver returned his fumble for a touchdown with 9:54 remaining in the first quarter Monday night. Shane Vereen has the most stable role of any Patriots running back.
Description: New England running back Stevan Ridley lost another fumble last night against Denver. It was his third consecutive game putting the ball on the turf.
Insight: He didn't play again after the error and given the depth New England has in the backfield, he might not get a chance to redeem himself when the team take's the field next weekend. We could be looking at a Brandon Bolden/Shane Vereen timeshare against the Texans in Week 13.
Description: The Patriots waived RB/KR Leon Washington Saturday in order to clear a roster spot for cornerback Justin Green.
Insight: Washington logged just one rushing attempt during his brief tenure with the Patriots. He may catch on elsewhere but it's highly unlikely that he would have any fantasy relevance with his new team.
Description: Patriots corner Aqib Talib, back after missing three games with a strained hip flexor, re-injured it in the fourth quarter.
Insight: Talib had been leading the league in interceptions at the time of his injury and always covers the opposition's best receiver. With Denver next up on the schedule, Talib's health is of major importance.
Description: Patriots halfback Stevan Ridley fumbled in the first half Monday against Carolina and hasn't been on the field since.
Insight: This exact scenario unfolded in the season opener when Ridley fumbled and sat out the entire second half. LeGarrette Blount will take over as the lead back while Ridley waits it out in Coach Belichick's doghouse.
Description: New England halfback Brandon Bolden will be a healthy scratch Monday night against Carolina.
Insight: Whatever usefulness Bolden may have had has now vanished with Shane Vereen back in the lineup. He shouldn't be owned in fantasy unless one of the Patriots' top backs (Vereen and Stevan Ridley) gets hurt.
Description: Patriots have activated running back Shane Vereen for Monday's game against the Panthers.
Insight: Vereen has been practicing for weeks and seems to be almost fully recovered from the broken wrist he suffered in the season opener. He's a risky option this week because we don't know what type of workload he'll receive.
Description: According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Patriots expect to activate running back Shane Vereen for Monday's game against the Panthers.
Insight: Vereen has been practicing for weeks and seems to be almost fully recovered from the broken wrist he suffered in the season opener. He's a risky option this week because if he doesn't play fantasy owners will be left with few alternatives Monday. However, he should be owned in all leagues.
Description: New England won't know the status of injured running back Shane Vereen until Monday. SOURCE: Field Yates, ESPN Boston
Insight: That doesn't help fantasy owners a whole lot. Vereen has been practicing for weeks and seems to be almost fully recovered from the broken wrist he suffered in the season opener. If the Patriots' training staff gives him the green light for Monday's game against Carolina, he could cut into Stevan Ridley's carries.
Description: The Patriots cut Austin Collie on Tuesday.
Insight: New England brought Collie in during the first week of October for depth. He caught three passes in four games with the Pats. The oft-injured receiver could have trouble drawing interest at this point and certainly won't have any fantasy value this season.
Description: Patriots safety Steve Gregory has a broken thumb and will miss a few weeks. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Gregory joins Vince Wilfork, Aqib Talib, Tommy Kelly and Jerod Mayo among the team's injured defensive starters. Normally one of the team's strengths, the rash of injuries has New England's defense looking more vulnerable than ever. Luckily, they have a bye this week to figure things out.
Description: New England running back Stevan Ridley ran over the Steelers for 115 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries in Week 9. He's rushed for six scores over the last four games.
Insight: New England finally turned Ridley loose after having him split carries with Brandon Bolden and LeGarrette Blount for most of the season. Sunday represented Ridley's highest carry total of the season and just his second game with more than 20 rushing attempts. However, with Shane Vereen (wrist) expected back in Week 11 after New England's bye in Week 10, fantasy owners should try to get RB1 value back for Ridley now.
Description: Just when you think he's washed up, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady pulls this out of his hat: 23-of-33 for 432 yards, four touchdowns, zero interceptions Sunday against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Go figure. Brady threw for 116 yards in Week 8 against the Dolphins and came in completing 55.7 percent of his passes with a 5.9 yards-per-attempt average. He also was playing against a defense that had allowed just five passing touchdowns and 11.6 fantasy points per game to opposing QBs this season. And yet he had his best game of the season by far.
Description: Patriots rookie receiver Kenbrell Thompkins is a healthy inactive in Week 9.
Insight: Thompkins has caught 23 of the 56 passes thrown his way for 334 yards and four touchdowns in eight games this season. His absence will make Aaron Dobson a safer play Sunday against the Steelers.
Description: New England DT Tommy Kelly (knee) has been placed on season-ending injured reserve. SOURCE: Boston Herald
Insight: Simply incredible. A whopping three Patriots defensive starters have been lost to season-ending injuries in the last month (Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo and Kelly). Chris Jones and Joe Vellano figure to split time at defensive tackle while Kelly is out.
Description: Patriots running back Shane Vereen returned to practice on Wednesday. SOURCE: Field Yates, ESPN Boston
Insight: Vereen hasn't played since breaking his wrist in the season opener. He's eligible to come off injured reserve Week 11 versus Carolina. Now is the time to pick him up if he's still available on the waiver wire.
Description: The Patriots have placed All-Pro tackle Sebastian Vollmer on season-ending injured reserve.
Insight: Vollmer broke his leg when he got tangled up with Miami's Randy Starks Sunday in the second quarter of New England's 27-17 victory. Marcus Cannon is a solid replacement at right tackle but he's no Vollmer.
Description: New England tackle Sebastian Vollmer was carted off the field with what is being called a right leg injury Sunday against Miami.
Insight: Vollmer was tripped up by Dolphins defensive tackle Randy Starks. He looked to be in a lot of pain and the training staff was quick to put his leg in an air cast. Obviously he won't be returning to action anytime soon. Marcus Cannon will take over for Vollmer at right tackle.
Description: The expected return of Danny Amendola added to the return of tight end Rob Gronkowski last weekend could make Patriots quarterback Tom Brady a fantasy stud again.
Insight: Brady has only surpassed the 300-yard mark one time this season, but has been dealing with a mostly inexperienced receiving corps. With these two guys back in the lineup fantasy owners will be expecting big things from Brady against the Dolphins in Week 8.
Description: Patriots receiver Danny Amendola (concussion) practiced on a limited basis for a third consecutive day on Friday.
Insight: He still has to complete a final independent test before he can play, but it's looking pretty good. If Amendola gets through the week without a recurrence of symptoms, he should start in Week 8 and would be a WR2.
Description: A shoulder issue limited Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in practice on Thursday. SOURCE: Shalise Manza Young, Boston.com
Insight: Aside from one spectacular drive at the end of Week 6, Brady has looked awful over his last three starts (1 TD, 3 INT, 51.2 completion percentage). The eight-time Pro Bowler's fantasy stock has never been lower.
Description: Patriots receiver Danny Amendola (concussion) practiced for the second straight day Thursday.
Insight: He still has to complete a final independent test before he can play, but it's looking pretty good. If Amendola gets through the week without a recurrence of symptoms, he should start in Week 8 and would be a WR2.
Description: Patriots receiver Danny Amendola (concussion) practiced Wednesday, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.
Insight: That gives him a good chance of playing Sunday against the Dolphins. The Patriots don't divulge injury information but it's difficult to conceal concussion information, as we know a player has passed tests if they are allowed to practice. If Amendola gets through the week without a recurrence of symptoms, he should start in Week 8 and would be a WR2.
Description: New England halfback Shane Vereen could return to practice soon. SOURCE: Jeff Howe, Boston Herald
Insight: Vereen has been out for the last month and a half with a broken wrist. He won't be eligible to return until Week 11 at the earliest. When he does, there's a good chance he'll take away carries from Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden. He could be worth a stash if you have an open spot on your roster.
Description: Bad news for fantasy owners: Rob Gronkowski's return to action didn't elevate Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's fantasy value.
Insight: Brady had 228 yards, zero TDs and one pick on 22-of-46 passing against the Jets. He just hasn't looked right all season, throwing for 1,708 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions in seven games. The 36-year-old is completing just 55.4 percent of his passes and averaging 5.99 yards per attempt, both of which are career worsts.
Description: Patriots QB Tom Brady targeted TE Rob Gronkowski 17 times Sunday against the Jets in Gronkowski's 2013 debut.
Insight: Gronkowski produced eight catches for 114 yards in his long-awaited return to the field after missing the entire season to this point with back and forearm injuries. He'll be a TE1 lock every week as long as he's healthy.
Description: According to Josina Anderson of ESPN, Rob Gronkowski (back, arm) is active for Week 7 against the Jets.
Insight: Gronkowski was finally cleared to play by his team of doctors this week but the final decision was up to Bill Belichick. Gronk is a top-five tight end this week and is a must-start if you own him. He has four touchdowns in five career games against the Jets.
Description: Patriots star cornerback Aqib Talib is almost certain to miss Sunday's game against the Jets.
Insight: Talib did practice on Friday but ESPN's Chris Mortensen notes that he didn't look very comfortable. Talib injured his hip during last week's win against the Saints. He's tied for the league-lead in interceptions with four.
Description: New England cornerback Aqib Talib (hip injury) returned to practice on Friday after missing the first two sessions this week.
Insight: Talib isn't likely to be 100 percent by kickoff and the Pats may try to squeeze past the Jets without him. Given Bill Belichick's communication with the media, we probably won't know for sure until inactives are announced Sunday morning.
Description: According to his agent Drew Rosenhaus, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has finally been medically cleared to return to game action.
Insight: It's great news for Gronk and Tom Brady owners. Gronkowski has been one of the most prolific red zone receivers in football during his short career. He enters Sunday's game against the Jets with 38 touchdowns in 43 career games.
Description: The agent for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, Drew Rosenhaus, has spoken to try and deflect some of the negative comments concerning his client and it may have actually helped.
Insight: Rosenhaus said his client has not been cleared to play by Dr. James Andrews and when he was, he'll play. Most of the noise had been that it was his, or someone in his entourage, that was keeping him from getting back on the field. It he hasn't been cleared by Saturday, don't expect him to be out there on Sunday.
Description: Patriots receiver Danny Amendola (concussion) did not practice Wednesday, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston.
Insight: New England officially confirmed that Amendola has a concussion. He's a long shot to play Sunday against the Jets, leaving Julian Edelman, Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson as the top three wideouts for the Pats.
Description: New England has officially placed injured linebacker Jerod Mayo (torn pectoral muscle) on injured reserve.
Insight: His season is over. It's been a devastating year for the Patriots injury-wise with Vince Wilfork, Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola and Mayo all hurt (Stevan Ridley also missed a game earlier this year) but somehow Bill Belichick's squad still has the NFL's third-best record at 5-1. Rookie Jamie Collins (six tackles, one fumble recovery) is next up on New England's depth chart at weakside linebacker.
Description: Patriots LB Jerod Mayo could miss the rest of the season after having surgery Tuesday to repair a torn pectoral muscle, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Insight: Mayo is the Patriots' leading tackler with 55 total, but he's unlikely to play the rest of this season. Mayo is the second major player the Pats have lost on defense in the past few weeks after Vince Wilfork suffered a torn Achilles.
Description: The Patriots have yet to offer an update on receiver Danny Amendola (probable concussion).
Insight: According to Tom Curran of CSN New England, the Patriots have put out the word to quit talking about any injured players after there were numerous leaks about Rob Gronkowski in the past few weeks. The Patriots were already pretty tight-lipped regarding injuries, so if we can't count on leaks it's going to be a guessing game as to whether Amendola plays.
Description: After disappointing fantasy owners during the first five weeks of the season, Patriots running back Stevan Ridley blew up for a huge game Sunday against New Orleans.
Insight: New England finally abandoned the running back by committee in favor of a more Ridley-centric approach and the results were largely successful. Ridley gashed the Saints for 96 yards and two touchdowns, which were both season-highs. After spending several weeks in Bill Belichick's dog house, Ridley has finally returned to must-start status.
Description: Tom Brady's touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins with five seconds remaining clinched the victory for New England Sunday in a thrilling finish at Gillette Stadium.
Insight: What ... a .... game. Sunday marked New Orleans' first loss of the season. It wasn't a great day overall for Brady (25-for-43, TD, INT, 269 yds) but the 70-yard game-winning drive he led with just over a minute remaining was nothing short of incredible. Sunday proved that even at age 36, Brady's still got it.
Description: Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (arm) has officially been ruled out for Sunday's game against New Orleans.
Insight: Well that settles that. NBC's ProFootballTalk reports that Gronkowski will return in Week 8 at the latest but given the events that have transpired, we don't know what to believe anymore. All fantasy owners can do with Gronk is wait and hope for the best.
Description: According to ESPN's Ed Werder, tension is beginning to grow between Rob Gronkowski (arm) and his Patriots teammates as he continues to sit on game day while dominating in practice all week.
Insight: According to Werder, some of his teammates wonder if Gronk has any intention of playing at all this season. We're not sure what exactly Gronkowski is up to but it sure isn't helping fantasy owners. Ignore him until further notice.
Description: The Boston Globe reports that it's mostly up to Rob Gronkowski (arm) when he will play again. The Patriots have already cleared him to return to game action.
Insight: He hasn't gotten the go-ahead yet from Dr. James Andrews. Gronkowski is really starting to frustrate fantasy owners and at this point, his teammates and coaches have to be just as irritated. Gronkowski has been practicing for over a month now and seems to be perfectly healthy. Don't expect him to be on the field Sunday when New England hosts the undefeated Saints.
Description: Patriots defensive tackle Tommy Kelly missed practice again Friday and is not expected to play this week.
Insight: Added to the already gone Vince Wilfork, the Pats could be vulnerable to the run up the middle. Of course, playing the New Orleans Saints thie weekend means they will see Drew Brees fading back to pass more often than Pierre Thomas or Darren Sproles running through the line.
Description: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (arm) has still not been cleared to play, according to a ProFootballTalk.com report.
Insight: Dr. James Andrews will have the final call on Gronk's availability for Sunday's game and it could be a game-time decision. The optimism that was early in the week is gone and you should be ready with a backup plan in case the Pats decide to wait another week on Gronk.
Description: New England halfback Stevan Ridley (thigh) was back at practice on Wednesday.
Insight: Ridley has been a disaster in 2013. Even if he returns for Sunday's game against New Orleans, he's likely to share time with LeGarrette Blount and possibly Brandon Bolden. Right now, Ridley is a flex option at best.
Description: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (arm, back) is likely to play in Week 6 against the Saints, reports ProFootballTalk.com.
Insight: A source said that Dr. James Andrews will have the final call on Gronk's availability for Sunday's game. The tight end missed all of the preseason and the first five regular season games after undergoing multiple surgeries on his forearm and one on his back earlier this year. If he plays, he's a must-start TE1.
Description: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady targeted Danny Amendola nine times in the receiver's return to action Sunday against the Bengals, but Amendola had just four catches for 55 yards.
Insight: Amendola dropped a couple of passes or he would have had a much better day. As is, he led the Pats in receiving yards and targets Sunday and should be a trustworthy fantasy receiver if he can stay on the field.
Description: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time in 52 games Sunday against the Bengals.
Insight: The return of Danny Amendola did not cure New England's passing woes, as Brady completed 18-of-38 for 197 yards with one interception. Brady has had difficulty developing a rapport with his new receiving targets this season and it has caused him to complete under 60 percent of his passes.
Description: FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports that Patriots receiver Danny Amendola will play Sunday against the Bengals but the team is planning to limit his reps.
Insight: He sat out the last three games with a groin injury. With Amendola playing but limited, it's anyone's guess as to who among Amendola, Julian Edelman and Kenbrell Thompkins will see the most targets from Tom Brady. All three are boom-or-bust WR3s.
Description: Patriots receiver Danny Amendola made the trip to Cincinnati with his teammates. He'll be a game-time call Sunday against the Bengals. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: He's expected to play after sitting out the last three games with a groin injury. Amendola had ten catches for 104 yards in the opener and should produce a similar output on Sunday, assuming he's active.
Description: New England tight end Rob Gronkowski won't be available Sunday versus the Bengals. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: He didn't make the flight to Cincinnati. The goal for Gronkowski (back surgery) has always been Week 6 so this shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Danny Amendola, however, is expected to return after missing the last three games with a partially torn groin.
Description: New England's top wide receiver Danny Amendola said he's "looking forward to Sunday." SOURCE: Field Yates, ESPN Boston
Insight: The Patriots are generally very tight-lipped when it comes to injuries and potential Sunday availability but this seems like a pretty big hint. After three weeks on the sidelines with a partially torn groin, it looks like Amendola is finally ready to return to the fold. Now the only question that remains is whether or not Amendola, a talented but extremely injury-prone commodity in recent seasons, will be able to make it through an entire 60 minutes of football Sunday at Cincinnati.
Description: Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (thigh) didn't practice Friday, his third straight day on the sidelines and will miss New England's Week 5 game against Cincinnati.
Insight: Ridley has been a disaster in 2013 and this thigh injury certainly won't help his plummeting fantasy stock. LeGarrette Blount should see a boost in value this week with Ridley out and backup Brandon Bolden also at less than 100 percent.
Description: Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (thigh) didn't practice Friday, his third straight day missed
Insight: Ridley has been a disaster for fantasy owners this season and this injury isn't helping anything. He's likely to miss Sunday's game as coach Bill Belichick usually doesn't play guys who don't practice. The value of LeGarrette Blount should be on the rise.
Description: Patriots halfback Stevan Ridley (thigh) didn't practice Thursday.
Insight: Ridley has been the biggest fantasy bust this side of C.J. Spiller. Even if Ridley plays Sunday against Cincinnati, he is in a full-blown timeshare with LeGarette Blount on early downs and sits in passing situations in favor of Brandon Bolden.
Description: Patriots halfback Stevan Ridley suffered a thigh bruise at practice on Wednesday. SOURCE: Nick Underhill, MassLive.com
Insight: It's not expected to affect his status for Sunday's game versus Cincinnati. A season after finishing sixth in the league in carries, Ridley now finds himself in a timeshare with LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden. He has more upside than those two but we're still hesitant to start Ridley this week against a tough Bengals run defense.
Description: Patriots receiver Danny Amendola (groin) practiced Wednesday and has a good chance of returning to action Sunday.
Insight: Amendola has missed three straight games after catching 10 passes for 104 yards in Week 1. We won't likely get any solid information out of coach Bill Belichick, so your decision to start or sit him will have to wait until inactives are announced Sunday morning.
Description: The Patriots are hoping to have wide receiver Danny Amendola (groin) back for Week 5. SOURCE: Albert Breer, NFL Network
Insight: They were hoping to have him back this week too, so take this statement with a grain of salt. It's another away game for the Patriots so we should know Amendola's status on Saturday before the team travels to Cincinnati.
Description: Fox's Jay Glazer reports that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) is targeting Week 6 for his return to action.
Insight: To those who have watched him practice over the past two weeks Gronkowski appears to be ready to play, but the Boston Globe reported Saturday that the tight end's camp doesn't want him to risk re-injury.
Description: ESPN's Adam Schefter has confirmed that Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola will not play Sunday against Atlanta.
Insight: Amendola was never expected to play and according to Schefter, he didn't even make the trip to Atlanta with the rest of the team. Amendola's groin appears to be improving. We'll see if he's ready to go next week against Cincinnati.
Description: New England tight end Rob Gronkowski didn't travel with the team to Atlanta. He's out for Sunday's game against the Falcons. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: This sounds like Derrick Rose all over again. Gronkowski appears to be in perfect health, yet for whatever reason the team is hesitant to play him. The good news is that fantasy owners now have 24 hours to adjust their lineup instead of waiting until 8:00 and getting burned at the last minute on Sunday night.
Description: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski's status for Sunday "remains a mystery that grows murkier by the day."
Insight: Schefter adds that those who have watched Gronkowski (back, forearm) at practice the past two weeks insist he looks like he is "absolutely ready to play" and are "baffled" why he has not yet returned. The Boston Herald reported Saturday that the Patriots think Gronkowski is ready but Gronk's camp wants to make sure he is fully healthy to avoid a setback like the one he suffered last year.
Description: Two sources have told the Boston Herald that there is a divide between the Patriots and Rob Gronkowski over his availability for Sunday's game against the Falcons.
Insight: The Patriots think Gronk is ready to return to action after undergoing several surgeries on his arm and one on his back this offseason. However, the tight end and his camp are wary about coming back before he's ready after he rushed back from a broken arm last year and re-injured it. The Herald reports that the divide goes back to training camp, when the Patriots believed Gronkowski would be ready as early as Week 2 but the tight end's camp eyed a target date around Week 6. We should know Saturday night whether or not Gronkowski made the trip to Atlanta for Sunday night's game.
Description: A source tells the Boston Globe that Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) and Danny Amendola (groin) are both expected to play Sunday against the Falcons.
Insight: That contradicts several reports from the past few days. Rolling with Gronkowski or Amendola this week is going to be incredibly risky for fantasy owners given New England plays in the Sunday night game.
Description: According to NBC's Pro Football Talk, the Patriots aren't optimistic that Rob Gronkowski will play Sunday versus Atlanta.
Insight: Arm and back surgeries have kept Gronkowski off the field since January. New England's game doesn't start until 8:30 on Sunday so we'd advise owners to go with someone else at tight end this week.
Description: Multiple sources are reporting that Patriots receiver Danny Amendola is doubtful to play Sunday against the Falcons.
Insight: Amendola starred in the season opener (10 catches, 104 yards) but hasn't played since because of a torn groin. At least it looks like the Patriots will be getting some relief in the receiving game as tight end Rob Gronkowski is better than 50 percent to play in Week 4.
Description: Patriots coach Bill Belichick said tight end Rob Gronkowski (back) is "making progress" but in typical fashion wouldn't give away any information about whether he'll play in Week 4.
Insight: Gronk is definitely needed and the pressure is high for him to return, but the Patriots keep finding ways to win without him and wideout Danny Amendola. Still, it would make Tom Brady and fantasy owners very happy to see Gronkowski in the starting lineup Sunday night against Atlanta.