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    First round gambles on Jared Goff (Los Angeles), Robert Nkemdiche (Arizona) and Germain Ifedi (Seattle) could shake up the pecking order in the contentious NFC West.
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  • QB
    • Tom
    • Brady
    • #12 | Height/Weight: 6-4/225
    AttComYdsTDs
    118798874
    QB
    • Joe
    • Flacco
    • #5 | Height/Weight: 6-6/245
    AttComYdsTDs
    110719136

    Offensive Matchup

    Total Yards
    Per Game
    388.5
    377.5
    Passing Yards
    Per Game
    262.5
    261.0
    Rushing Yards
    Per Game
    126.0
    116.5
    Points Per Game
    26.0
    33.5
    Third Down
    Conversion %
    40.7
    30.4
    Time of
    Possession
    31:21
    26:37
    Patriots
    Ravens

    Defensive Matchup

    Total Yards
    Per Game
    264.5
    404.0
    Passing Yards
    Per Game
    202.0
    275.0
    Rushing Yards
    Per Game
    62.5
    129.0
    Points Per Game
    16.5
    18.5
    Third Down
    Conversion %
    32.1
    36.7
    Patriots
    Ravens
  • New England Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    04/27/16QBTom BradySuspensionSUSPENDThe NFLPA's George Atallah said the reinstatement of Brady's four-game suspension is unlikely to end any time soon, SI's Andrew Perloff reports.

    A federal appeals court ruled Monday to reinstate the four-game suspension that Brady received for his alleged involvement in the "deflategate" controversy in January 2015. Brady's now in line to miss the first four games of the 2016 season, though he and the NFLPA still figure to explore their options. 2014 second-round selection Jimmy Garoppolo is the Patriots' unquestioned No. 2 quarterback.

    (Updated 04/26/2016)
    04/27/16DBMalcolm ButlerKneePROBABLEButler missed the Pro Bowl due to a sprained knee, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports. "There was a play on third down [in the AFC championship game] when I made a tackle or something like that and bent my knee back," Butler said Friday in San Francisco. "It swelled up pretty bad. I didn't feel it during the game because of all the adrenaline pumping. When we got back, it swelled up pretty bad, and the team just decided it was a good thing to sit me out."

    Butler became instantly famous with his game-winning interception of Russell Wilson in last year's Super Bowl, and the loss of Darrelle Revis in free agency elevated him to the Patriots' No. 1 cornerback. The pseudo promotion worked wonders, as Butler notched 67 tackles (56 solo), 15 passes defended, and two interceptions while regularly drawing the opponent's top wide receiver over the course of his second campaign. While his recovery effort won't include surgery, rest and regular icing sessions have been his regimen to date.

    (Updated 02/05/2016)
    04/27/16WRAaron DobsonAnklePROBABLEESPN's Mike Reiss indicates that Dobson figures to be "in a fight for a roster spot" with the Patriots in advance of the 2016 season.

    The Patriots added wideouts Chris Hogan and Nate Washington via free agency, so Dobson faces some added competition for a role in the team's offense after enduring another injury-marred campaign in 2015, in which he was limited to eight games, a span in which he caught 13 passes for 141 yards. If Dobson can re-stablish his health this summer, however, keeping him around wouldn't be especially costly for the Patriots since he's in the final year of his rookie contract, which carries a salary cap hit of $1,090,845.

    (Updated 04/14/2016)
    04/27/16WRJulian EdelmanFootPROBABLEWhen asked how the foot that bothered him this past season is feeling, Edelman noted Thursday that "it's feeling better every day. That's a good thing," ESPN.com reports.

    At the same time, Edelman neither confirmed or denied a recent report that he hasn't needed additional surgery on his foot and is fully on track to participate in the Patriots' upcoming offseason program. "We're just taking it day to day," Edelman added. In any case, while the wideout's health will be worth monitoring once the team hits the field this spring, there's been nothing to suggest that Edelman's playing status for the upcoming season is in any peril. Perhaps more relevant to his 2016 fantasy prospects will be what moves the Patriots make to re-tool their receiving corps this offseason.

    (Updated 02/25/2016)
    04/27/16RBDion LewisKneeQUESTIONABLEESPN's Mike Reiss suggests that "there's no reason to think" that Lewis -- who is bouncing back from a torn right ACL that he suffered on Nov. 8 -- "won't be available for when the games count."

    The report relays that Lewis' recovery from his Nov. 18 knee surgery (performed by Dr. James Andrews) has been encouraging, with a routine January check-in revealing in terms of the running back's progress, that "things were exactly where they should be, if not better." While the Patriots do figure to take it slowly with Lewis in the coming months, it appears as though he's on track to reprise his role in the team's offense in 2016, in the absence of any injury setbacks. Of course, it's a little early to get a good read on the running back's fantasy prospects for the coming season, given that the Patriots figure to make some personal changes in their backfield this offseason, with veteran "big backs" LeGarrette Blount and Steven Jackson slated to become free agents.

    (Updated 02/21/2016)
    04/27/16LBTony StewardBackPROBABLESteward has been placed on injured reserve due to a back injury suffered in Sunday's win over Houston, BuffaloBills.com reports.

    Starter Nigel Bradham may not be able to make it back from his ankle injury this week. If that doesn't happen, the Bills would be down their top two guys at the inside linebacker spot next to Preston Brown.

    (Updated 12/10/2015)
    Baltimore Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    04/27/16TENick BoyleSuspensionSUSPENDBoyle has been suspended for the first 10 games of the 2016 campaign due to a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.

    Boyle was utilized sparsely as a rookie in 2015, hauling in 18 balls for 153 yards over the course of 11 games. However, he received his first suspension related to PEDs on Dec. 7 and subsequently missed the final four contests of the season. With Boyle out of the picture for most of next season, the Ravens rely upon Crockett Gillmore (back) and Maxx Williams to man tight end.

    (Updated 02/19/2016)
    04/27/16WRMichael CampanaroBackPROBABLECampanaro believes 2016 will be a make-or-break season for him, the Ravens' official website reports.

    A seventh-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Campanaro has done enough in the preseason to maintain a roster spot, but injuries have limited him to just eight regular-season games in two years. He may have to fight for his job in 2016, after suffering a season-ending herniated disc in October.

    (Updated 01/26/2016)
    04/27/16DBWill DavisKneePROBABLERavens cornerback Will Davis (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

    Acquired from the Dolphins in exchange for a late-round draft pick just a few weeks ago, Davis quickly emerged as the nickel back for a corner-needy Baltimore defense. The former third-round draft pick initially acquitted himself well, only to suffer a torn ACL Sunday against Cleveland.

    (Updated 10/13/2015)
    04/27/16DBMatt ElamBicepsPROBABLEThe Ravens announced Tuesday they have placed four players on the season-ending injury reserve list, including safety Matt Elam, per a team release. 
    04/27/16QBJoe FlaccoKneeQUESTIONABLEFlacco (torn ACL) recently began running and throwing short passes, ESPN reports.

    Flacco also said he's been able to put weight on his left knee, even doing squats in the weight room. He hopes to be ready for the start of training camp, and while that may be a bit optimistic, the rapid progress bodes well for his Week 1 availability. With Steve Smith (Achilles), Breshad Perriman (knee) and Crockett Gillmore (shoulder) also recovering from major injuries, the entire Baltimore passing game will require close monitoring in the coming months. The team did sign a pair of veteran reinforcements in the form of Mike Wallace and Ben Watson.

    (Updated 04/19/2016)
    04/27/16RBJustin ForsettArmPROBABLEForsett, who is bouncing back from a broken arm that landed him on IR last season, noted recently that his recovery is progressing well, while adding that he has already resumed lifting weights.

    Moreover, the report notes that Forsett plans to undergo X-rays in the next week in order to see just how far along he is in his recovery, but at this stage, he expects to be back to 100 percent before too long. Once he is, Forsett is slated to approach offseason workouts "as the leader in the race" for the team's top running back job, but he'll face some competition on that front from the likes of Buck Allen, Lorenzo Taliaferro, Terrance West, and possibly Trent Richardson, who is expected to join the team's backfield mix. Before suffering his injury last November, Forsett started the Ravens' first 10 games of the 2015 season, recording 641 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 151 attempts, to go along with 31 catches for 153 receiving yards in that span.

    (Updated 04/06/2016)
    04/27/16TECrockett GillmoreBackQUESTIONABLEGillmore (shoulder/back) only needs surgery on one shoulder and could be ready for OTAs, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.

    Previously expected to have multiple procedures this offseason, Gillmore apparently needs just the one surgery. Baltimore's recent signing of Ben Watson led to speculation that the team wasn't counting on having Gillmore available in 2016, but it now seems that isn't the case. Despite mostly playing well as a starter in 2015, Gillmore will likely have a part-time role during the upcoming season, as both Watson and 2015 second-round selection Maxx Williams figure to be involved in the passing game.

    (Updated 03/22/2016)
    04/27/16WRBreshad PerrimanKneeQUESTIONABLEThough Perriman (knee) has resumed running, he's not doing so at full speed yet.

    While Perriman isn't back to full speed at this stage, coach John Harbaugh relayed Tuesday that the Ravens have been getting very good medical reports on the wideout, which offers continued encouragement that the 2015 first-rounder can rebound in 2016 to the point that he can become a key cog in the team's offense. Still, until Perriman can re-prove his health, he'll remain a speculative fantasy option, a description that also applies to veteran Steve Smith, who is coming off an Achilles tear, as well as free agent addition Mike Wallace, whose production tapered off in a disappointing 2015 campaign with the Vikings.

    (Updated 04/05/2016)
    04/27/16TEDennis PittaHipQUESTIONABLEPitta, who missed all of the 2015 season while recovering from a fractured and dislocated hip, is reportedly eyeing a return to the field this coming season.

    Pitta, who turns 31 in June, hasn't confirmed the report, but more should be known with regard to his situation once the Ravens' offseason program opens next week. If Pitta does indeed re-enter the mix, he'd join a fairly crowded Baltimore tight end corps that also includes newcomer Benjamin Watson, as well as Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams and perhaps converted wideout Darren Waller. In his last full season with the Ravens, Pitta caught 61 passes for 669 yards and seven TDs in 2012.

    (Updated 04/12/2016)
    04/27/16WRSteve SmithAchillesQUESTIONABLEThough Smith acknowledged that he is still in the early stages of his recovery from a torn Achilles, the wideout expressed optimism Monday that he would be ready for the start of the 2016 season, ESPN.com reports.

    Smith, who turns 37 in May, originally planned for 2015 to be his last season in the NFL, but in the wake of Achilles' surgery on Nov. 9, the veteran wideout announced in late December that he planned to return to the Ravens for the 2016 season. With that in mind, when asked if he thought he'd be ready for the start of the upcoming regular season, Smith replied, "yeah, I think I'll be fine." While such an outcome is hardly a lock, Smith's reputation as one of the toughest players in the league does give him a solid chance to overcome what he calls the toughest injury of his productive NFL career, which began in 2001.

    (Updated 03/01/2016)
    04/27/16LBTerrell SuggsAchilles QUESTIONABLERavens general manager Ozzie Newsome expects Suggs (torn Achilles) to return for the 2016 season, The Baltimore Sun reports.

    Suggs suffered the second torn Achilles of his career in Week 1, leaving the Baltimore defense without arguably its most important player for the entire season. He made a miraculously quick recovery from the injury back in 2012, but he didn't return to his usual form until the following season. Now 33 years old, Suggs is signed through 2018 on a contract that has team-friendly cap numbers, but with a high percentage of the money guaranteed. While it would be shocking if he opted for retirement, there's no assurance that he'll ever be a dominant player again.

    (Updated 01/28/2016)
 
 
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