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Cordarrelle Patterson caught 2-of-3 targets for 51 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' Week 14 loss to Miami.

Patterson started over Chris Hogan in three-receiver sets and ripped a 37-yard touchdown catch on a dart of a throw from Tom Brady. Patterson has contributed on offense intermittently all year, but he has not been a reliable producer week to week. He'll remain a dynamic role player but WR4/flex option with a low floor when the Patriots visit the Steelers next.
Dec 9 - 5:17 PM

Chris Hogan was held catch-less in New England's Week 14 loss.

His lone target was a missed would-be touchdown throw by Tom Brady. Cordarrelle Patterson started in three-receiver sets over Hogan against the Fins.
Dec 9 - 5:14 PM

Julian Edelman caught 9-of-12 targets for 86 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' Week 14 loss to the Dolphins.

The Dolphins simply couldn't cover Edelman in the slot, and he kept the chains moving at will in addition to scoring a short touchdown on an un-cover-able quickness route versus rookie CB Cornell Armstrong. Edelman next catches the Steelers, who use linebackers to cover slot receivers and pay for it regularly.
Dec 9 - 5:10 PM

Josh Gordon caught 5-of-8 targets for 96 yards in the Patriots' Week 14 loss to the Dolphins.

Gordon was a run-after-catch monster in this one, although his longest gain came on a 41-yard defensive pass interference flag drawn on Minkah Fitzpatrick, who covered Gordon for almost the entire game. Gordon lacks his old speed, but he is playing at a very high level regardless with body control and physical post-catch running. Gordon will remain a WR2 in Week 15 at Pittsburgh.
Dec 9 - 5:07 PM

Tom Brady completed 27-of-43 passes for 358 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots' Week 14 loss to Miami.

This was arguably the sharpest Brady has looked all year, but a few miscues wound up costing New England, including their inability to tackle Dolphins players on Miami's game-winning lateral play from 69 yards out. Brady took a costly sack at the end of the first half to allow time to expire when simply throwing the ball away would have set up an easy field goal, and Stephen Gostkowski missed a three-point attempt in a game the Pats lost by one. Brady will get a tougher test in Week 15 at Pittsburgh, although that game could easily turn into a shootout.
Dec 9 - 5:03 PM

Rob Gronkowski caught 8-of-8 targets for 107 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' Week 14 loss to Miami.

Unfortunately, Gronkowski made highlight reels for all the wrong reasons as the Patriots' "deep safety" on Miami's game-winning multi-lateral play as Kenyan Drake raced right by him to pay dirt. Gronk still looked stiff and unathletic against the Fins, but he won with sheer size and ball skills on offense. He will remain a top-five TE1 play in Week 15 against the Steelers.
Dec 9 - 4:45 PM

Rex Burkhead rushed four times for two yards and caught 1-of-2 targets for three yards in the Patriots' Week 14 loss to Miami.

Struggling in his third-string role, Burkhead would need an injury to James White or Sony Michel to become a fantasy factor down the stretch.
Dec 9 - 4:43 PM

Sony Michel managed 57 yards on 20 carries and was not targeted in the passing game in New England's Week 14 loss to Miami.

Michel had a 40-yard run negated by a holding penalty on FB James Develin, who also vultured an early goal-line score. Otherwise, Michel was consistently bottled up by a Miami defense that previously struggled to stop the run. Michel will remain a boom-bust RB2/flex option in Week 15 at the Steelers.
Dec 9 - 4:40 PM

James White rushed four times for 13 yards and caught 2-of-4 targets for 15 yards in the Patriots' Week 14 loss to the Dolphins.

He had one catch for six yards at halftime as Sony Michel dominated the backfield with 20 touches and Rex Burkhead chipped in five. This is the risk White brings to the table now that New England's backfield has reverted to a three-man committee. White still led the Patriots' running backs in snaps played and should be much more involved in Week 15 at Pittsburgh, which has been vulnerable to enemy backs in the passing game all year.
Dec 9 - 4:36 PM

Stephon Gilmore (ankle) is active for Week 14 against the Jets.

Gilmore was a late addition to the injury report, so he may not be 100 percent. The Patriots inactives are TE Dwayne Allen, OL James Ferentz, CB Duke Dawson, DT Danny Shelton, DE Keionta Davis, DE Derek Rivers, and CB Keion Crossen.
Dec 9 - 11:43 AM

Stephon Gilmore (ankle) is questionable for Week 14 against the Dolphins.

Gilmore was limited with an ankle injury Friday and thus (surprisingly) added to the team's injury report. Typically used in shadow coverage, Gilmore's absence would be an upgrade for outside receivers DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills. Gilmore is PFF's No. 3 CB among 196 qualifiers this season.
Dec 7 - 3:35 PM

Rob Gronkowski (back) has been removed from the Patriots' Week 14 injury report.

We know Gronk was playing against the Dolphins, but it is nice for the Patriots to remove all doubt. Although he has been clearly diminished all season, Gronk remains a top-five, high-upside TE1 against a defense that has been getting smashed up the seam in recent weeks.
Dec 6 - 4:11 PM

Tom Brady (knee) was removed from the Patriots' injury report on Thursday.

As has Rob Gronkowski (back). Neither player's status was in doubt for Sunday's road trip to Miami. Mired in a fantasy slump, Brady finds himself on the QB1/2 borderline for Week 14.
Dec 6 - 4:10 PM

Tom Brady (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

This has basically been Brady's routine all season. He'll be fine for Sunday's game in Miami, though Brady has struggled there throughout his career. Consider him a fringe QB1 for the first round of the fantasy playoffs.
Dec 5 - 4:27 PM

Rob Gronkowski (ankle, back) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Gronk wasn't much use to fantasy owners last week (three catches for 26 yards), though he seemed healthy, playing all but one offensive snap. He should be out there when the Patriots visit Miami in Week 14. Gronkowski nabbed four-of-seven targets for 44 scoreless yards when he faced the Fins in Week 4.
Dec 5 - 4:26 PM


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