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Patriots re-signed LB Dane Fletcher to a one-year contract.

Fletcher was set to be a restricted free agent this offseason, but the Patriots finalized a deal before he was able to talk to other teams on March 12. The third-year pro missed the entire 2012 season with a torn ACL, but his recovery is said to be on a "positive course." Fletcher will return as a key reserve and special teams player.
Source: ESPN Boston
Thu, Jan 31, 2013 03:02:00 PM

Jeremy Maclin (groin) was downgraded to out for Week 13 against the Falcons.

Maclin appeared on track to return after practicing on a limited basis all week and being listed as questionable on Friday. He was clearly not ready to go coming out of a long injury layoff, however, and did not even make the trip to Atlanta. With Maclin out, Tyreek Hill should once again serve as the No. 1 receiver in a great matchup. He is a WR3 with a ton of upside.
Dec 3 - 11:35 AM

ESPN's Field Yates reports Patriots DT Alan Branch won his appeal of a four-game suspension for violating the substance-abuse policy.

Branch always appeared confident he would win the appeal, but it is still shocking to see him not only cleared but cleared this quickly. The Patriots will not complain, however. A solid run stuffer, New England's already struggling defense could not have afforded to be without Branch.
Dec 3 - 11:19 AM

ESPN's Mike Reiss expects the Patriots to use more three-receiver packages with Rob Gronkowski (back) sidelined.

With just Matt Lengel on the depth chart behind Martellus Bennett, the Patriots will have to rely more on the receivers. That should be great news for rookie Malcolm Mitchell, who has three touchdowns in the last two games but only played 47 percent of the snaps last week. That percentage will likely rise moving forward. Mitchell needs to be stashed in all formats until this situation shakes out.
Source: ESPN
Dec 3 - 10:11 AM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Thomas Rawls will "get the ball quite a bit" Week 13 against the Panthers.

Sore coming out of his first game action since Week 2, Rawls only saw 12 carries in the loss to the Bucs, although game flow was the biggest factor in his lack of touches. Seattle will hope for a better offensive performance at home against the Panthers this week, which will allow them to get Rawls more involved. Even in a very tough matchup, Rawls is a solid RB2.
Source: ESPN
Dec 3 - 9:36 AM

Lions DE Ziggy Ansah said he thinks the ankle injury he suffered Week 2 will hamper him "all year."

Coming off 14.5 sacks last season, Ansah has zero takedowns in eight games this year. His ankle certainly has something to do with the decreased production. The sacks have not been there, but Ansah does have 10 hurries in the last five games according to PFF and almost had a strip sack on Thanksgiving. Those hurries should turn into takedowns eventually.
Dec 2 - 6:44 PM

Michael Crabtree (ankle) is questionable for Week 13 against the Bills.

Crabtree was limited at all three practices this week. Coming off a 100-yard game in Week 12, Crabtree should be a solid WR2 for Sunday's home game against Buffalo.
Dec 2 - 4:36 PM

Latavius Murray (ankle) is questionable for Week 13 against the Bills.

Murray should be ready to roll against Buffalo after putting in a limited week of practice. Despite ranking only 23rd in the league in carries, Murray is tied for fourth with nine rushing touchdowns this season. He'll be in the RB2 mix this week.
Dec 2 - 4:32 PM

Martellus Bennett (ankle, shoulder) is questionable for Week 13 against the Rams.

Bennett isn't 100 percent or probably anywhere close to it, but he'll give it a go this week with Rob Gronkowski (back) on the shelf. Even at less than full strength, Bennett should see enough targets to warrant TE1 consideration in a good matchup against the struggling Rams.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: After burning his DFS owners in recent weeks, this is a great spot to get a high-upside option at a low ownership percentage. Our projected ownership page has him at 3% in GPPs, and with Gronk out for awhile, Bennett should be at least 5-8 times as popular. He's been a disappointment in the last two games, but should see an uptick in targets in Week 13. Los Angeles has allowed the 10th most TDs per game to TEs on the year. The TE spot isn't that deep this week, especially on the high end, so saving cap here is recommended.
Dec 2 - 4:24 PM

Julian Edelman (foot) is questionable for Week 13 against the Rams.

Edelman has been a limited participant at practice the last two days. He'll be good to go on Sunday and should see a monster workload with Rob Gronkowski recovering from back surgery. Edelman has put himself back in the WR1 conversation.
Dec 2 - 4:20 PM

Tom Brady (knee) is questionable for Week 13 against the Rams.

Brady sat out Wednesday's session but practiced on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday. He's in no danger of missing Week 13. Even without Rob Gronkowski (back) Brady will be an elite QB1 against a Rams team that gave up 49 points to the Saints last week.
Dec 2 - 4:14 PM

Marvin Jones (thigh) is listed as questionable for Week 13 against the Saints.

Beat writers didn't notice Jones doing much during the practice week, while the Detroit Free Press wrote Friday that Jones is a "significant" question mark to play against New Orleans. Specifically, beat writer Dave Birkett tweeted Friday that he thinks Jones will play, but "no" in response to a question asking whether Jones is 100 percent. Jones has failed to produce since the first few weeks of the season. He's a low-floor WR3 option despite the plus matchup.
Dec 2 - 4:13 PM




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