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Rob Gronkowski (knee) played on 42-of-73 snaps in Sunday's Week 3 win over the Raiders.

It's 57.5 percent, up from the 43.1 percent Gronkowski had played through the first two weeks. Remember that Gronk wasn't a full-time player last season until five games after coming back from forearm surgery. If anyone is selling, we're buying Gronk as he rounds into form.
Sep 21 - 9:46 PM

Kenbrell Thompkins caught one pass for 16 yards in Week 3.

Thompkins was active over Aaron Dobson this week. He played X receiver in three-wide sets, with Brandon LaFell the preferred option opposite Julian Edelman on running downs. Thompkins was a healthy scratch last week and remains off the fantasy radar.
Sep 21 - 5:39 PM

Danny Amendola had zero catches on one target in Week 3.

Amendola hasn't been involved in the offense at all this season, and is closer to being a weekly inactive than fantasy relevant. The Patriots are starting to use three-receiver sets with Julian Edelman, Kenbrell Thompkins, and Brandon LaFell on the field. Amendola dropped a touchdown from two yards out on his lone target.
Sep 21 - 5:37 PM

Brandon LaFell had four catches for 46 yards in Week 3.

He was the Patriots leading receiver behind Julian Edelman. It was LaFell's first game with a catch. He can continue to be ignored in fantasy leagues.
Sep 21 - 5:33 PM

Rob Gronkowski had three catches for 44 yards and a touchdown in Week 3 against the Raiders.

Gronkowski wasn't a major part of the offense, but was more involved than the previous two weeks. His touchdown came on a six-yard pass from Tom Brady. Gronkowski should have had another score, but dropped a pass in the end zone. He should continue to play more snaps as he works himself back from knee surgery. Gronkowski is locked in as a high-end TE1.
Sep 21 - 5:11 PM

Julian Edelman had 10 catches for 84 yards in Sunday's Week 3 win over Oakland.

Edelman's 13 targets led the Patriots, and he was the clear No. 1 option. It was his fourth career game with at least 10 receptions. Edelman's only downside is he that continues to lose looks to Rob Gronkowski and Shane Vereen in the red-zone. He's a WR2 with upside in PPR formats.
Sep 21 - 5:02 PM

Shane Vereen had seven carries for 20 yards in Sunday's win over the Raiders.

He added four catches for 17 yards. Vereen saw fewer touches than Stevan Ridley, and was a non-factor in the pass game. He split red-zone with Ridley, but failed to convert on his goal-line carry. Vereen has just 148 total yards through three weeks. He'll remain a game-flow dependent RB3 in Week 4.
Sep 21 - 4:56 PM

Stevan Ridley had 19 carries for 54 yards in Sunday's win over the Raiders.

It was an ineffective game from Ridley, who added one catch for seven yards. He received the majority of carries over Shane Vereen, but failed to convert on his lone attempt at the goal-line. Ridley is averaging just 3.4 YPC through three games and will continue to split work with Vereen going forward.
Sep 21 - 4:46 PM

Tom Brady completed 24-of-37 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 3 win over the Raiders.

The Patriots were held in check for most of the game by Oakland's pass defense, and Brady didn't have any deep completions. His touchdown came on a six-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski. Brady should have had a second touchdown, but both Gronkowski and Danny Amendola dropped wide-open passes in the end-zone. Brady has struggled in his first three games, and his lack of downfield accuracy is becoming a concern. Brady will be just a low-end option against the Chiefs on Monday night in Week 4.
Sep 21 - 4:08 PM

Shane Vereen (shoulder) is active for Week 3 against the Raiders.

Vereen was limited throughout the week and listed as questionable on the injury report. He's an RB2 in a plus matchup against Oakland. Inactive for the Patriots are CB Alfonzo Dennard, RB James White, S Don Jones, OL Josh Kline, OL Ryan Wendell, and DL Zach Moore.
Sep 21 - 12:01 PM

Aaron Dobson is a healthy scratch for Sunday's Week 3 game against the Raiders.

It's one of Bill Belichick's surprises as Dobson was thought to be ascending toward the every-down "X" role. Instead, ineffective Kenbrell Thompkins and Brandon LaFell are active. Dobson is now a drop candidate in 10- and 12-team leagues. Meanwhile, Julian Edelman (back), Shane Vereen (shoulder), and Rob Gronkowski (knee) are active for the Patriots, as expected. James White is a healthy scratch.
Sep 21 - 11:52 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Shane Vereen (shoulder) is expected to play Sunday against the Raiders.

Vereen is listed as questionable, just like most other players on the New England injury report. The Raiders are banged up on defense, and we'd expect the Patriots to run through them with Vereen and Stevan Ridley. Vereen's status will be know within the next 45 minutes. He's one the RB2 radar.
Sep 21 - 11:01 AM

Brandon LaFell said he's "frustrated as hell" with his role in the Patriots' offense.

"I’m frustrated as hell, man," LaFell said. "I want to catch passes like every other guy in here, like every receiver around the league. But the game plan is not for me to catch, it’s to block. So that’s what I’ve got to do." LaFell didn't reel in any of his six targets in Week 1, and wasn't targeted at all last week. He's been called on to block on 37-of-77 snaps. There's obviously zero fantasy value.
Sep 21 - 9:09 AM

The Boston Globe's Erik Frenz says Rob Gronkowski (probable, knee) "probably" isn't ready to be a full-time player yet.

Gronk has only played 66-of-153 offensive snaps for the Patriots this season. He is nowhere year a 100-percent player right now, and likely will remain a part timer for at least the next several weeks. Despite the limited snaps, Gronk's scoring prowess makes him a high-end tight end every week.
Sep 20 - 9:33 AM

ESPN Boston admits it's "tough to tell" which running back will lead the way in Sunday's game against the Raiders.

This should be a perfect spot for the Patriots to ground-n-pound with big back Stevan Ridley. But Bill Belichick often zigs when everyone assumes he'll zag, leaving a little risk in both Ridley and Shane Vereen. Beat writer Mike Reiss does note that the Patriots "like their chances" to run against a Raiders team that has already given up 100-yard games to Chris Ivory and Arian Foster this season. In theory, there's enough room for both of the Patriots' backs to eat.
Source: ESPN Boston
Sep 19 - 11:26 PM

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