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ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss suggests the Patriots may not play their starters the whole game during Sunday's regular season finale against the Bills.

The Patriots clinched the AFC's No. 1 seed when the Broncos lost to the Bengals on Monday night. Reiss suspects the Patriots could view this game "similar to a fourth preseason contest when the third preseason game doesn't go as well as planned." That could mean trying to "develop some momentum" on offense and if that happens, pulling guys like Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski for the second half. Of course, Bill Belichick has been known to keep his foot on the gas in tons of low-priority situations, so no one knows for sure what will happen. But there's certainly risk in using any Patriots this week.
Source: ESPN Boston
Dec 25 - 10:09 AM

LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) practiced Wednesday.

Blount also practiced all of last week, but was ruled out on Saturday. We'll consider him questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills, especially with the Patriots already having clinched the AFC's No. 1 seed.
Dec 24 - 12:40 PM

Julian Edelman (concussion) is practicing Wednesday.

Edelman also practiced throughout last week, but could not clear the final part of the concussion protocol. Danny Amendola stepped up against the Jets with a 8-63-0 line on 11 targets. Edelman figures to be cleared for Week 17, although he's a risky play as the Patriots have already clinched the AFC's No. 1 seed.
Dec 24 - 12:38 PM

Rob Gronkowski played on every offensive snap in Week 16, the first time he's done that this season.

It puts a bow on a remarkable rehab off Gronk's ACL and MCL reconstruction 12 months ago. Proving more beast than human, he's played in every single game this season and has posted an 82-1,124-12 line. Gronkowski is fantasy's No. 1 scoring tight end by a whopping margin over No. 2 Antonio Gates and No. 3 Jimmy Graham. His status for Week 17 could depend on the result of Monday Night Football. If the Bengals can upset the Broncos, the Patriots clinch the AFC's No. 1 seed.
Source: ESPN Boston
Dec 22 - 10:03 AM

Danny Amendola caught 8-of-11 targets for 63 yards in New England's Week 16 win over the Jets.

Filling in for Julian Edelman (concussion), both the catches and yards were easily Amendola's most of the season. The Pats have to be pleased they can plug and play Amendola in Edelman's absence, but he'll be off the DFS radar if Edelman is ready for Week 17.
Dec 21 - 7:10 PM

Brandon Bolden rushed five times for 32 yards in the Patriots' Week 16 win over the Jets.

With LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) sidelined, the Pats went with a three-man committee of Bolden, Jonas Gray and Shane Vereen. Bolden rotated "big back" duties with Gray, out-gaining him 32-5, but it was Gray who got the Pats' lone rushing score. Expect similar usage in Week 17 if Blount sits against the Bills.
Dec 21 - 6:00 PM

Jonas Gray rushed six times for five yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' Week 16 win over the Jets.

With LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) sidelined, Gray rotated "big back" carries with Brandon Bolden. Bolden out-gained Gray 32-5 on one fewer touch, but it was Gray who earned New England's random touchdown plunge in the fourth quarter. With New England's backfield as muddled as ever, Gray will be a risky DFS play in Week 17.
Dec 21 - 5:55 PM

Tim Wright caught his lone target for 12 yards in New England's Week 16 win over the Jets.

Wright now has two catches for 24 yards over his past four games.
Dec 21 - 5:54 PM

Rob Gronkowski caught 6-of-10 targets for 31 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' Week 16 win over the Jets.

Gronk is now up to 82/1,124/12 on the season. With one game to go, all three totals are the second best of his five-year career. It's a remarkable achievement for a player who tore his ACL last December.
Dec 21 - 4:57 PM

Brandon LaFell caught 7-of-10 targets for 64 yards in the Patriots' Week 16 win over the Jets.

LaFell was one of three Pats to draw 10 targets in the absence of Julian Edelman. LaFell needs 117 yards in Week 17 to post the first 1,000-yard campaign of his career, but may not get the chance if the Broncos lose on Monday Night Football, thereby ceding the No. 1 seed to the Pats. New England has already clinched the No. 2 seed.
Dec 21 - 4:54 PM

Shane Vereen rushed six times for 38 yards in the Patriots' Week 16 win over the Jets, adding a 12-yard reception.

Vereen entered the game to high expectations in the absence of LeGarrette Blount (shoulder), but as has become his custom, couldn't deliver. Vereen found himself in a three-man committee with Jonas Gray and Brandon Bolden, with six of his touches coming on one third-quarter series. In Vereen's defense, he should have gotten the ball much more. Vereen looked spry in the open field, and went for five or more yards on 5-of-7 touches. Vereen will do battle with the Bills' slumping run defense in Week 17.
Dec 21 - 4:42 PM

Tom Brady completed 23-of-35 passes for 182 yards, one touchdown and an interception in the Patriots' 17-16, Week 16 win over the Jets.

Missing security blanket Julian Edelman, Brady was under siege from the opening whistle. Looking to get coach Rex Ryan one more upset of arch-nemesis Bill Belichick, the Jets treated the game like the Super Bowl, getting in Brady's face to the tune of four sacks, and countless other pressures. Brady's pick was an ill-advised pass in the face of the rush. New England was lucky to escape with a victory. The Pats have now clinched at least a first-round bye, and will earn home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a Broncos loss to the Bengals on Monday Night Football.
Dec 21 - 4:34 PM

Brandon LaFell (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game at the Jets, as expected.

LaFell has consistently been listed as "questionable" on the injury report lately, but has never been in any real doubt of playing. He gets a boost in this one as Julian Edelman (concussion) is out and the Jets are best attacked through the air.
Dec 21 - 11:57 AM

Shane Vereen (ankle) is officially active for Week 16 against the Jets.

As previously reported, neither Julian Edelman (concussion) nor LeGarrette Blount made the trip to New York. With Edelman sidelined, both Vereen and Danny Amendola will have bigger roles as pass catchers. The Boston Globe went as far as to suggest that Vereen will "pick up (Edelman's) slack." Also inactive for the Patriots are RB James White, CB Alfonzo Dennard, OG Dan Connolly, OT Jordan Devey and CB Kyle Arrington.
Dec 21 - 11:32 AM

The Boston Globe's Ben Volin expects Shane Vereen to "pick up the slack in the passing game" with Julian Edelman (concussion) out for Week 16.

It's quite possible Sunday will be a "Vereen Game" against the Jets. He's had a lot of success against New York in the past, and it seems unlikely that the Patriots would attack Rex Ryan's stout defensive front with a power rushing attack, particularly after losing LeGarrette Blount (shoulder). Vereen is an intriguing RB2/flex play in PPR leagues and cheap "punt" in daily formats.
Dec 21 - 11:19 AM


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