Player News - Patriots

Date: Team: Pos:

Chris Hogan (back) is questionable for Week 13 against the Rams.

He was limited every day at practice this week. Hogan returned to action last week following a one-game absence and played over 90 percent of New England's offensive snaps. Hogan carries only minimal fantasy significance.
Dec 2 - 4:27 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

The Patriots will host Rams rookie QB Jared Goff in Week 13, who has completed just 58.7 percent of his pass attempts in two starts.

The Rams own the NFL's worst offense, checking-in 32nd in scoring and total yardage through 12 weeks. Los Angeles has been held to 10 or fewer points in six of 11 games this season and will struggle to find success on the road as nearly two-touchdown underdogs. The Patriots D/ST turned in two mediocre performances as large road favorites in recent weeks, but should be a top-tier fantasy option upon returning home to face the Rams.
Dec 2 - 3:13 PM

The Patriots and Rob Gronkowski's family have released a statement saying he is unlikely to play again this season, but that a final determination will not be made until after he undergoes surgery on Friday.

It's an unusually transparent statement from the Patriots, but has somewhat oddly become their standard course of action with Gronkowski. The statement ends with the team saying "(we) look forward to his return to playing football for the New England Patriots." Gronk has one of the scariest injury histories in the league, but is still somehow only 27. His $4.25 million 2017 base salary is an absolute steal, though he also has $500,000 per-game roster bonuses. Either way, even though this is Gronk's third back operation, his recovery is expected to be straightforward, and he'll be back and healthy with the only team he's ever known in 2017.
Dec 1 - 9:34 PM

Chris Hogan (back) remained limited at Thursday's practice.

As long as he doesn't suffer a setback, he'll be good to go Sunday against the Rams. Hogan could see a few more targets than usual with Rob Gronkowski (back) sidelined, but it won't be enough to warrant any real fantasy consideration.
Dec 1 - 4:51 PM

Tom Brady (knee) returned to a limited practice on Thursday.

He's back after getting the day off on Wednesday. Brady wasn't quite himself last week, but still had enough juice to lead a late touchdown drive in a win over the Jets. He should have no trouble shredding the Rams in Week 13.
Dec 1 - 4:49 PM

Julian Edelman (foot) returned to Patriots practice Thursday, getting in a limited session.

Edelman will be a highly-targeted, low-end WR1 against the Rams. He's been soaking up looks in Rob Gronkowski's absence.
Dec 1 - 4:49 PM

Martellus Bennett (ankle, shoulder) returned to Patriots practice Thursday, getting in a limited session.

Bennett is fully expected to play against the Rams. With Rob Gronkowski (back) out indefinitely, Bennett will be a TE1 this week and every week going forward. Bennett will be hit and miss, but he's a legit top 10-12 option.
Dec 1 - 4:47 PM

Profootballtalk reports Rob Gronkowski will undergo back surgery on Friday.

Per the Buffalo News, Gronk has a "ruptured disk," and will be sidelined roughly eight weeks. It's a devastating blow for the Super Bowl-or-bust Patriots, and will be the third known back operation of Gronk's football playing career. Gronk also went under the knife in 2009 and 2013. If Gronk returns this season, it would probably only be for a theoretical Super Bowl appearance. The Pats have already designated a player to return from injured reserve, so that option is out the window. Martellus Bennett will be a weekly TE1 in his absence. Gronk, who turns 28 in May, has been indestructible even as he weathers injury after injury and surgery after surgery, but at some point, it's going to take a toll.
Dec 1 - 1:33 PM

Rob Gronkowski (back) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice.

We've learned not to make assumptions with the Patriots, but it's looking extremely unlikely Gronk suits up to face Jeff Fisher's Rams. Fisher now has more time to game plan for Danny Woodhead. Provided he plays through ankle and shoulder injuries of his own, Martellus Bennett will be a low-end TE1 in Gronk's absence.
Dec 1 - 1:27 PM

The Boston Herald reports Julian Edelman's (foot) absence from Wednesday's practice is "nothing to worry about."

The Patriots gave a bunch of players days off Wednesday. The player we have the least amount of concern about is Edelman, who is dealing with a chronic foot injury but it is merely being managed. He hasn't missed a game all year.
Nov 30 - 11:12 PM

Chris Hogan (back) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Hogan returned to the lineup last week following a one-game absence. He'll be ready to go Sunday against the Rams.
Nov 30 - 7:58 PM

Martellus Bennett (ankle, shoulder) didn't practice on Wednesday.

We knew Bennett was dealing with an ankle injury but the shoulder issue is news to us. Rob Gronkowski (back) didn't practice either. New England's tight ends are undeniably banged up, though it's too early to speculate on either player's status for Week 13. For what it's worth, Bennett vowed to play through his injuries earlier this week.
Nov 30 - 7:56 PM


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