|Offense||4th||117.0 (7th)||269.2 (4th)|
|Defense||8th||88.6 (3rd)||237.9 (12th)|
|6||Allen, Ryan||P||6-2||220||2/28/1990||4||Louisiana Tech|
|80||Amendola, Danny||WR||5-11||190||11/2/1985||8||Texas Tech|
|88||Bennett, Martellus||TE||6-6||275||3/10/1987||9||Texas A&M|
|7||Brissett, Jacoby||QB||6-4||235||12/11/1992||R||North Carolina State|
|21||Butler, Malcolm||CB||5-11||190||3/2/1990||3||West Alabama|
|61||Cannon, Marcus||T||6-5||335||5/6/1988||6||Texas Christian|
|43||Ebner, Nate||DB||6-0||220||12/14/1988||5||Ohio State|
|11||Edelman, Julian||WR||5-10||200||5/22/1986||8||Kent State|
|14||Floyd, Michael||WR||6-2||220||11/27/1989||5||Notre Dame|
|27||Foster, D.J.||RB||6-0||195||11/22/1993||R||Arizona State|
|10||Garoppolo, Jimmy||QB||6-2||225||11/2/1991||3||Eastern Illinois|
|15||Hogan, Chris||WR||6-1||210||10/24/1988||4||Monmouth (N.J.)|
|63||Jackson, Tre||G||6-4||320||12/14/1992||2||Florida State|
|82||Lengel, Matt||TE||6-7||266||12/27/1990||1||Eastern Kentucky|
|69||Mason, Shaq||G||6-1||310||8/28/1993||2||Georgia Tech|
|58||McClellin, Shea||OLB||6-3||250||8/1/1989||5||Boise State|
|51||Mingo, Barkevious||LB||6-4||240||10/4/1990||4||Louisiana State|
|62||Thuney, Joe||G||6-4||305||11/19/1992||R||North Carolina State|
|53||Van Noy, Kyle||OLB||6-3||243||6/19/1990||3||Brigham Young|
|68||Waddle, LaAdrian||T||6-6||315||7/21/1991||4||Texas Tech|
|55||Freeny, Jonathan (IR)||OLB||6-2||255||6/15/1989||5||Rutgers|
|87||Gronkowski, Rob (IR)||TE||6-6||265||5/14/1989||7||Arizona|
|83||Scruggs, Greg (IR)||TE||6-3||277||8/17/1990||4||Louisville|
|85||Williams, Michael (IR)||TE||6-6||304||9/8/1990||3||Alabama|
|Farris, Chase||G||6-4||295||4/8/1993||R||Ohio State|
|Gronkowski, Glenn||FB||6-2||234||3/25/1993||R||Kansas State|
|16||Lucien, Devin||WR||6-2||200||6/26/1993||R||Arizona State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
The severity of Ellington's hamstring injury isn't clear at the moment, but he has already developed a reputation for being injury prone. If he isn't able to suit up for Week 1 then White would be the likely fill-in after he stepped in for Ellington -- who was dealing with a different ailment -- last week. He is fairly unproven and the 49ers' passing game has looked uninspiring during the preseason, so he would initially be considered waiver wire fodder even with the elevated role.
Gronkowski has had three separate stints with the Patriots' practice squad, so he may be back with the team in time, but the move frees up a spot for running back D.J. Foster, who went unclaimed after the Patriots waived him.
Solder entered the weekend questionable to play Sunday after missing the Patriots' Week 1 win over the Cardinals, but he's healthy enough at this point to make his season debut. LaAdrian Waddle figures to move back into his typical reserve role with Solder back on the field.
Hightower was able to participate in practice throughout the week, so he'll ultimately be good to go for the AFC championship game. Expect him to start at middle linebacker per usual as the Pats look to shut down the Steelers' potent offense.
Rowe was unable to complete a practice from start to finish this week as he works his way back from a hamstring injury he suffered in Week 13 against the Rams. In his absence, look for both Cyrus Jones and Justin Coleman to see additional snaps at corner.
As expected, Williams' injury was a serious one as he was seen on crutches Thursday awaiting the unfortunate results. This ensures Clay Harbor's spot as the No. 3 option at tight end behind Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett heading into the 2016 season, as Williams enters a long road to recovery.
Van Noy heads to New England as the main backup to Shea McClellin after Jonathan Freeny (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve a little over a week ago. The 26-year-old has logged 23 tackles in seven games this season with the Lions. He could see less snaps this week against the Bills as he learns the playbook and gets accustomed to his new team.
Gostkowski's miss arrived on a 52-yard attempt at the end of the first half of Sunday's tilt. Gostkowski, who turns 33 later this month, finished up the 2016 regular season with 127 points, while making 27 of 32 field goal attempts and nailing 46 of 49 extra points. By his lofty standards, it was a subpar campaign, but heading into the postseason, he's a top level option in fantasy playoff formats, given his steady effort down the stretch and the potential for the Patriots to make a lengthy run.
With the Patriots limiting LeGarrette Blount's touches after he missed a pair of practice sessions during the week with an illness, Lewis stepped up and became only the fifth player in team history to tally three touchdowns in a playoff game. He opened the scoring with a 13-yard scoring reception in the first quarter, and added a 98-yard touchdown on the kickoff return following a Nick Novak 33-yard field goal for the Texans. The third-year back capped off his stellar all-purpose performance with a one-yard scoring run early in the fourth after a Patriots' interception, giving New England a commanding 31-16 lead at the time. Lewis easily led in backfield touches and received five more carries than Blount overall, although that workload distribution could be a lot closer or even flipped in the conference championship next Sunday if the former is back at full strength.
With Bishop Sankey having caught on with the Chiefs, Gaffney is now the only running back on the Patriots' practice squad. He's obviously off the fantasy radar for now, but Gaffney would be a candidate for a promotion, and carries with the Patriots, if top power back LeGarrette Blount misses any time down the road.
Gronkowski required surgery Friday to repair a herniated disc in his back, prematurely ending his 2016 campaign. He'll finish the season with career-lows across the board consisting of 25 receptions for 540 yards and three touchdowns. While fellow tight end Martellus Bennett likely stands to be the primary beneficiary of Gronkowski's absence, wideouts Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell could each be in store for an increased market share of the Patriots' passing attack as well.
Richards will likely see reps on special teams with usual starting safeties Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty both healthy.
With Chandler Jones being shipped to the Cardinals, the Patriots needed some additional help on the defensive line, so they've opted to sign Long to a one-year deal. Long spent the first eight years of his career with the Rams and is coming off a 2015-16 campaign where he posted 19 tackles and three sacks. He'll have to battle in training camp for the right to see meaningful reps come the regular season opener.
Ebner is a fixture on special teams but nothing more. He'll look to clear concussion protocol in order to suit up for next month's Super Bowl.
McCourty and Patrick Chung -- who both remain under contract heading into 2016 -- served as the Patriots' starting safeties, with Reiss noting that McCourty saw much of his work "in the center field-type role" with Chung "often playing in the box and offering quality run support." In the process, McCourty recorded 64 tackles in 14 games, though his IDP utility was capped by the fact that he recorded just one pick in that span.
Edelman notched a six-yard catch on New England's first offensive play, his 69th postseason reception, which tied him with Wes Welker in franchise history. However, he was shut out from that point forward until hauling in a 48-yard bomb from Tom Brady on the Patriots' final possession before halftime. That seemed to reignite their prolific connection, as the future Hall of Fame quarterback proceeded to find Edelman six more times for 83 yards in the second half. Danny Amendola's return to the lineup from a high-ankle sprain did nothing to dilute Edelman's involvement, as his 13 targets were the most he'd seen since Week 11 against the 49ers. The eight-year veteran will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in next Sunday's conference championship showdown against either the Chiefs or Steelers.
Valentine will take the field for the first time since injuring his back in Week 4's loss to the Bills. The team may exercise some caution when it comes to the defensive tackle's action, in which case starter Malcom Brown is likely to take the bulk of reps.
Chung will be locked up through the 2018 season as he has emerged as the Patriots starting strong safety over the past two years. He finished the 2015 campaign with 85 tackles and a forced fumble in 15 games.
The 26-year-old didn't make much of a fantasy splash in 2016, but he did provide the Patriots with needed tight end depth behind Martellus Bennett after Rob Gronkowski suffered a season-ending injury. The team figures to make some moves at tight end during the upcoming offseason, and with that in mind, it remains to seen if Lengel will be part of the Patriots' plans in 2017.
Mingo, who was selected sixth overall by the Browns in the 2013 draft, gives the Patriots another edge- rushing option, something that will come in handy with Chandler Jones no longer around and Rob Ninkovich dealing with a triceps injury.
Foster, who joined the Patriots prior the season as an undrafted free agent, remains under contract with New England in 2017. While every-down NFL work may not be in the cards for Foster, his RB/WR flexibility could lead to the 23-year-old carving out a complementary role in the team's backfield next season.
Scruggs signed with the Patriots two weeks ago and appeared in their last two games prior to injuring his knee. It remains unclear what the specifics of his knee injury are but he'll now have more than enough time to recover. As the last tight end option on the team, his absence won't impact the offense greatly.
The rookie wideout, who last suited up Dec. 24, profiles as a speculative fantasy play Sunday after missing a stretch of game action. Moreover, Mitchell will be competing with Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola for looks in the New England passing game behind Julian Edelman, the team's target-gobbling wideout.
While officially listed as a wideout by the Patriots, Slater has not caught a regular season pass since 2011. The 2008 fifth-rounder -- who remains under contract with New England in 2017 -- maintains his spot on the team with his continuing strong special teams play and leadership presence.
Sheard, who was limited in practice throughout the week, will be available to provide depth at defensive end behind Chris Long and Trey Flowers.
Freeny injured his shoulder last week and was ruled out for Week 6 prior to being shut down for the season. Shea McClellin and Barkevious Mingo will handle the outside linebacker duties in Freeny's absence.
Gray, who 89 carries for 412 yards and five touchdowns in the regular season, is dealing with an ankle injury. Gray was listed as probable throughout the week.
The Patriots are 7-point favorites against Baltimore Saturday.
Branch has avoided the suspension and won't be forced to miss any games as a result. He could see additional reps at defensive tackle on Sunday against the Rams depending on Woodrow Hamilton's (illness) health.
Butler was limited throughout the week, but there were never any true concerns that he wouldn't be suiting up in Week 15. He will look to slow down Demaryius Thomas and the Broncos' passing game.
Easley's absence was due to a hip pointer suffered during Thursday's game against the Steelers and early reports indicate Easley will likely miss 1-2 weeks rehabbing the injury. With Easley most likely missing Sunday's contest against the Bills, 2015 first-round pick Malcom Brown could step in and receive more snaps.
Blount was a much bigger part of the game plan after playing second-fiddle to James White with only eight touches against the Texans last week. The 30-year-old veteran scored his team's lone rushing touchdown from one yard out in the third quarter for his 19th rushing score in 18 games. Finding running room in the Super Bowl won't be easy against a Falcons defense that hasn't allowed more than 34 yards on the ground to any non-quarterback this postseason.
As an undrafted rookie out of Ole Miss, Hamilton appeared in two games for New England this season. However, his roster spot was needed in order to bring Jacoby Brissett (thumb) back from IR.
With Malcolm Mitchell back in action, Floyd is the odd man out Sunday, with Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola also in the team's wideout mix against Pittsburgh.
Roberts, a sixth-rounder out of Houston, was a limited participant in practice this week. If he ultimately can't play, look for Barkevious Mingo to slide into the starting lineup.
Hogan had seven catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns by halftime, showing no limitations after exiting last week's win over the Texans in the third quarter. He's one of many weapons available to the versatile Patriots offense, so it's fair to expect a less prominent role for the 28-year-old wide receiver in the Super Bowl against a Falcons secondary that ranked 11th in yards allowed per passing attempt this season.
Mason was limited in each practice this week due to his hand injury. He was active for Week 1 while dealing with the same injury and it wouldn't be surprising to see the depth lineman activated once again since he won't see extended time unless an injury forces him into a larger role.
Given his limited touches in the team's offense, Develin's fantasy value remains limited. That said, his versatility and blocking are valuable assets to the Patriots, and his healthy return to the mix in 2016 should be a boost to the team's ground game this coming season.
Jackson will be shut down for good after arthroscopic knee surgery in the offseason has led to a lengthy recovery period. The second-year offensive guard will look to return to full health by the time training camp rolls around in 2017.
In the process, Flowers logged two sacks and three tackles. The Patriots' DE rotation in last Sunday's game also included Rob Ninkovich, who logged 35 snaps, Chris Long -- who recorded 33 snaps -- and Jabaal Sheard who was out there for 31. Of that group, Flowers, who has notched a team-high seven sacks (to go along with 35 tackles) offers the most IDP utility these days.
After playing in nine games for the Broncos this season the team opted to waive him prior to Week 12. Kilgo figures to help provide depth on the defensive line for the Patriots. Rookie D.J. Foster was waived to make room in a corresponding roster move.
Brissett did not throw any TD passes or picks during that span, but the 2016 third-rounder did gain some valuable experience when thrust into action when fellow signal-caller Jimmy Garoppolo (who had been filling in for the suspended Tom Brady) suffered a shoulder injury in Week 2. Brissett subsequently missed time after undergoing surgery on his right thumb in October, but was eventually activated off IR by the Patriots in December in order to reprise his depth QB duties.
The 2014 second-rounder had an early-season opportunity to fill in for the suspended Tom Brady cut short due to a shoulder injury, but Garoppolo was nonetheless able to do enough in the time that he was healthy to potentially draw offseason trade interest. Garoppolo is under contract with New England in 2017, but with Brady still entrenched as the team's starter, the Patriots could be tempted to deal Garoppolo if the right offer comes along. Alternatively, they could hold on to him as a valuable insurance policy for Brady, who is set to turn 40 this coming August.
Meanwhile, Dion Lewis logged 33 snaps and 13 carries, while power back LeGarrette Blount recorded eight rushes on 27 snaps. Though White did not run the ball in Saturday's contest, he did manage to make a splash despite the limited opportunities, by hauling in a 19-yard TD catch. Looking ahead to next week's AFC Championship game, White figures to factor in some in the Patriots' passing attack, but at this stage, he's clearly behind both Lewis and Blount in the team's RB pecking order.
Brady reached a personal postseason yardage best largely by throwing the ball short and letting his receivers do most of the work after the catch. The veteran's ability to methodically move the ball down the field allowed the Patriots to consistently put themselves in good position on third down en route to 11 conversions on 17 tries against an over-matched Steelers defense. Becoming the first quarterback to win five Super Bowls won't be an easy task against a Falcons team that held the Aaron Rodgers-led Packers scoreless in the first half of the NFC championship game.
With fellow TE Rob Gronkowski (back) out for the season, Bennett - who has caught TD passes in three of his last five games -- remains in line to log a heavy workload Sunday as he continues to play through various aches and pains. With that in mind, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport relays that Bennett has been playing with a cracked bone/bone chips in his ankle, issues that are likely to be addressed by an offseason procedure.
This was as big of a game from the perspective of tackling that a cornerback could imagine. The 17 tackles equaled the total he had notched over the first three games of the season. Currently in his fourth NFL season, he already has seasons with four and five interceptions, so he has some value as an IDP candidate in that category, but the fact that he's posted at least six tackles in three of his first four games seems to indicate he's worth a look in IDP leagues.
Vollmer's lingering hip issue will keep him sidelined and unavailable for the Patriots down the final stretch. Marcus Cannon figures to continue starting at right tackle for the team moving forward, while Vollmer is slated to test free agency next offseason.
Amendola is a candidate to split the Patriots' No. 3 wideout reps with the returning Malcolm Mitchell, a reality that caps Amendola's fantasy upside as long as Julian Edelman (who he essentially backs up) and Chris Hogan remain healthy enough to stay on the field.
McClellin is playing after being limited in practice all week. He'll start at linebacker alongside Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins.
After seeing 24 snaps in Week 5, Ninkovich saw an increase in playing time in his second game back from a four-game suspension, recording four tackles in the process. Ninkovich is an option in deeper IDP formats, based on the assumption that he'll remain a key cog in the Patriots' D-line rotation going forward.
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