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Brandon LaFell (shoulder) was limited on Wednesday.

LaFell will continue to play through his shoulder injury. He's on the WR2 radar against the Jets.
Dec 17 - 4:21 PM

Shane Vereen (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Vereen hasn't had any setbacks with his ankle injury. He'll be a boom-or-bust FLEX option against the Jets for the fantasy finals.
Dec 17 - 4:19 PM

Julian Edelman (concussion) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

The fact that Edelman is practicing is a good sign, but his Week 16 status is up in the air. Edelman will be a high-floor WR2 if active against the Jets.
Dec 17 - 4:12 PM

LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Blount was out-snapped and out-touched by Jonas Gray last week but did rush for 17 yards and one touchdown on eight carries. We'd tentatively expect Blount to play against the Jets, but he's barely on the RB3 radar.
Dec 17 - 4:10 PM

Patriots placed DE Dominique Easley on injured reserve with a knee injury, ending his season.

There isn't believed to be a new knee injury here for Easley. Reports last week had the Patriots considering sending Easley to I.R. as a means to hit the reset button on him after he suffered a second torn ACL in 2013 while at Florida. He's possibly dealing with general soreness. But with New England poised for a playoff run, it's a bit odd to just send an important player to I.R. without a real injury. The Patriots must feel comfortable with their depth up front. Easley amassed 10 tackles and one sack across 270 defensive snaps.
Dec 17 - 12:08 PM

Jonas Gray out-snapped LeGarrette Blount 17-15 in Week 15 against the Dolphins.

He also out-touched and out-gained Blount on the ground 12-10 and 62-17, respectively. Blount saw most of the work in the first half, but wasn't churning out yards. Gray was called on in the second half and handled most of the touches to close out the game. It's now a three-headed backfield in New England, leaving none of Gray, Blount, or Shane Vereen as bankable fantasy options.
Source: ESPN Boston
Dec 15 - 9:45 AM

Tim Wright wasn't targeted in the Patriots' Week 15 win over the Dolphins.

Wright now has just three targets over New England's past three games. There's no way of knowing when his next decent game might come.
Dec 14 - 6:11 PM

Jonas Gray rushed 11 times for 62 yards in the Patriots' Week 15 win over the Dolphins, adding a seven-yard reception.

Largely mothballed for the past three weeks, Gray surprisingly led the Patriots' backfield in both touches and yards, though six of his rushes came deep into garbage time. Gray was involved while the game was still in doubt, however, thrusting the Pats' backfield back into a three-way quagmire. Be that as it may, Gray won't be on the fantasy radar against the Jets' stout run defense in Week 16.
Dec 14 - 6:01 PM

LeGarrette Blount rushed eight times for 17 yards and a touchdown in New England's Week 15 win over the Dolphins, adding two receptions for seven yards.

The other shoe finally dropped for Blount, who had averaged 14.6 touches through his first three games as a Patriot. He got vultured for a three-yard score by Shane Vereen in the second quarter, and was actually out-touched 12-10 by Jonas Gray. Six of Gray's touches came with the game long decided, but he was involved while the final score was still in doubt. It's back to the drawing board for Blount's fantasy owners. He'll be a boom-or-bust RB3 against the Jets' stout run defense in Week 16.
Dec 14 - 5:57 PM

Shane Vereen rushed six times for five yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' Week 15 win over the Dolphins, adding a 12-yard reception.

Vereen continued to disappoint as a receiving threat, but surprisingly vultured a three-yard score from LeGarrette Blount in the second quarter. The Pats' ground attack had no rhyme or reason this afternoon, with Jonas Gray getting re-involved and actually leading the team in touches. Vereen will be a boom-or-bust FLEX option against the Jets for the fantasy finals.
Dec 14 - 5:54 PM

Brandon LaFell caught 6-of-8 targets for 66 yards in the Patriots' Week 15 rout of the Dolphins.

LaFell now has just two scores over his past five games, but has averaged 5.4/61 in the process. Still drawing 8-10 weekly targets, LaFell will be locked in as a WR2 against the Jets' undermanned secondary in Week 16.
Dec 14 - 5:09 PM

Julian Edelman caught 7-of-10 targets for 88 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' Week 15 win over the Dolphins.

Edelman is now up to 92/972/4 on the season, and has caught at least seven passes in four-straight games. He's averaged 11.75 targets in the process. Edelman will be a high-floor WR2 against the Jets for the fantasy finals.
Dec 14 - 5:06 PM

Rob Gronkowski caught 3-of-8 targets for 96 yards and a touchdown in New England's Week 15 rout of the Dolphins.

Gronk's 27-yard score put the Pats ahead 31-13. It was a classic seam number. He nearly scored again two minutes later, but got tackled down at the six-yard line after making a 35-yard catch. Gronk is the owner of an elite 76/1,093/11 line with two games to go.
Dec 14 - 4:54 PM

Tom Brady completed 21-of-35 passes for 287 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the Patriots' 41-13, Week 15 win over the Dolphins.

He added three rushes for 18 additional yards. It was an easy victory for the Pats over a team whose season was on the line, and secured yet another AFC East title for Brady and coach Bill Belichick. Brady's first-quarter pick, which he threw right to fill-in LB Jason Trusnik, was the lone lowlight. Brady has now posted multiple scores in 10-straight starts. Although coach Rex Ryan has given Brady fits in the past, he'll be an elite QB1 against the Jets' pathetic secondary in Week 16.
Dec 14 - 4:22 PM

Patriots CB Kyle Arrington was forced from New England's Week 15 game against the Dolphins with a right-hamstring injury, and will not return.

The Pats' No. 3 corner went down before the break, and was ruled out after halftime. He should be considered week to week.
Dec 14 - 2:55 PM


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