|Offense||7th||122.7 (6th)||260.9 (10th)|
|Defense||14th||92.3 (11th)||258.7 (20th)|
|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|
|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|
|91||Collins, Jamie||OLB||6-3||250||10/20/1989||4||Southern Mississippi|
|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|
|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|
|69||Mason, Shaq||G||6-1||310||8/28/1993||2||Georgia Tech|
|58||McClellin, Shea||LB||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|
|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|
|7||Brissett, Jacoby (IR)||QB||6-4||235||12/11/1992||R||North Carolina State|
|55||Freeny, Jonathan (IR)||OLB||6-2||255||6/15/1989||5||Rutgers|
|83||Scruggs, Greg (IR)||TE||6-3||277||8/17/1990||4||Louisville|
|45||Snyder, Kevin (IR)||LB||6-2||245||7/25/1992||1||Rutgers|
|85||Williams, Michael (IR)||TE||6-6||304||9/8/1990||3||Alabama|
|16||Lucien, Devin||WR||6-2||200||6/26/1993||R||Arizona State|
|96||Johnson, Anthony||DT||6-2||295||1/24/1993||2||Louisiana State|
|Gary, Shamiel||SAF||6-0||217||5/31/1990||2||Oklahoma State|
|Gronkowski, Glenn||FB||6-2||234||3/25/1993||R||Kansas 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, who was originally signed to the Patriots practice squad on October 1 before being released on October 12, resurfaces with the team, though it would likely take an injury to fellow fullback James Develin for the younger brother of star tight end Rob Gronkowski to land on the team's 53-man roster.
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.
With Jonathan Freeny on IR and Jamie Collins (hip) out Sunday, Hightower was busy, en route to racking up a season-high 13 tackles and 1.5 sacks. If Collins continues to miss time, then Hightower would be worth targeting in IDP leagues.
It's unclear how Rowe suffered the injury but seeing as it was enough to keep him out of practice on Friday it's unsurprising that he won't be playing in Week 2. Since he's little more than a depth corner and special teams player his absence shouldn't impact the team greatly.
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 has, by his own admission, not been especially sharp this season, en route making nine of 12 field goal attempts and missing two of 21 PAT through seven weeks. Working in his favor, however, is that he works behind a potent offense and is in no danger of losing his job, but when the Patriots' Week 9 bye rolls around, Gostkowski owners will have to weigh the pros and cons of holding on to him that week, which would require rostering two kickers.
Lewis -- who tore his left ACL last November and is bouncing back from an additional procedure on his knee in August -- is still expected to join his teammates at practice this week, and once that occurs, the Patriots will have a three-week window in which to activate the running back. With New England on bye in Week 9, we'd be surprised if we saw Lewis in game before then, especially with James White handling the team's pass-catching back duties capably.
Gaffney has had a hard time staying healthy during his pro career, but the Patriots clearly see something in the running back, as he resurfaces with the team after having been released last month with an injury settlement. He gives the Patriots added backfield depth via the practice squad, along with former Titan Bishop Sankey.
Coming off back-to-back 100-yard games, Gronkowski was extremely quiet in the first half of Sunday's contest, catching just one pass on one target for 13 yards. However, he saw a lot more action in the second half, including his beautiful third-quarter, 36-yard touchdown grab down the seam. That score gave him 68 touchdowns in his career, tying him with Stanley Morgan for the Patriots' all-time record. Next week, Gronkowski will do battle with the Bills, who held the superstar TE to just one catch for 11 yards in Week 4, although he ran just 13 pass patterns in that contest.
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 took a leave of absence from the Patriots in Match and will now remain away from the team while competing for his country in this summer's Olympics. An All-American rugby player at Ohio State and special teams standout in New England, Ebner signed a new contract with the Patriots earlier this year and is expected to rejoin his teammates in training camp after the Olympics.
The decision to waive Johnson comes a day after he received his first start of the year. The 23-year-old recorded two tackles in Sunday's win over the Steelers. He is considered a strong candidate to return to the team's practice squad.
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 was on the field for 51 of the Patriots' 57 snaps on offense in Week 7 and with no setbacks having been reported, his limitations Wednesday are presumably maintenance-related in advance of Sunday's game against the Bills.
Valentine suffered a back injury in Week 4's game and has not yet been able to return to full participation in practice. His absence will thin the Patriots' depth along the defensive line.
In his return to action, Bolden did not record a carry or catch, though he was targeted once. Bolden remains a key special-teamer, but his fantasy value is limited as long as both LeGarrette Blount and James White remain healthy.
A second-round pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, Sankey was usurped in the running back pecking order in Tennessee by Antonio Andrews last season. With the offseason additions of DeMarco Murray and rookie Derrick Henry, the writing has been on the wall for Sankey for some time, and he finally failed to make the 53-man roster Friday. Upon joining the Pats, an injury to one of the current active members (LeGarrette Blount, James White, Brandon Bolden, and D.J. Foster) could result in Sankey's activation.
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.
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.
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.
Mitchell, who was on the field for 31 out of the Patriots' 57 snaps on offense in this past Sunday's win over the Steelers, should be fine for this weekend's game against the Bills, but as long as Chris Hogan and Julian Edelman both remain healthy, the rookie's target volume will be sporadic.
Sheard has been nursing an MCL sprain since the Patriots' preseason opener Aug. 11. However, the upward trajectory of his participation in recent practices has finally culminated in a full session, suggesting Sheard is nearing full health and fully expected to play in New England's Week 1 bout with the Cardinals.
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 reportedly picked up the suspension for a violation of team rules, although specifics were never released. After nearly a week of being on suspension, the Patriots opted to reinstate him Thursday, which means he should take on his normal role as a key contributor on the defensive line. Branch is coming off a 2015 campaign where he posted 35 tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles.
Butler was a limited participant in practice throughout the week, but given he avoided any kind of severe ankle injury, he'll be on the field Sunday for the Patriots' defense. He'll be the No. 1 option at corner, with Justin Coleman potentially receiving additional reps if Butler suffers a setback.
Jones is unlikely to project as a starting outside corner in the NFL at under 5-foot-10, but he should at the least turn into a solid slot corner, and a dynamite punt returner. Jones returned four punts for touchdowns in 2015 alone.
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.
Collins was able to play a majority of the Patriots' defensive snaps during Sunday's win over the Steelers, and he should be able to see that same level of activity in Week 8 versus the Bills given he avoids any setbacks throughout the week.
Blount's rushing yardage had taken a hit in the previous two games, which coincided with the return of Tom Brady, but that changed Sunday, as the power runner was highly effective, especially in the second half when he ripped of a number of chunk runs. He's been great in all formats, but especially in standard leagues with eight touchdowns on the year. He'll look to score again next week against division rival Buffalo.
Hamilton was a limited participant in practice all week with a shoulder injury suffered in Week 6, and apparently isn't recovering well enough to suit up against the Steelers. With Hamilton and defensive tackle Vince Valentine out Sunday, the Patriots will be short-handed along their defensive line.
Per the report, after Hogan lost a fumble on the Patriots' first offensive snap, he subsequently wasn't used as regularly in the team's two-receiver sets. With just three catches for 64 yards over his last two games, Hogan profiles as a hit-or-miss fantasy option in an New England offense that has plenty of mouths to feed. In Week 8, however, he get another stab at his former team, the Bills. While Buffalo held Hogan without a catch in Week 4, this time around the wideout's prospects are aided by the fact that Tom Brady is back at QB for the Patriots.
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.
Brissett helped fill in at QB for the Patriots while Tom Brady was serving a four-game suspension to start the season, but now that Brady is back with the team, Brissett is slated to have his troublesome right thumb surgically repaired. Meanwhile, Jimmy Garoppolo (right shoulder) is slated to serve as the team's No. 2 QB while Brissett recovers. While landing on IR is obviously a less than ideal outcome for Brissett in his rookie season, the 2016 third-rounder did unexpectedly see some valuable on-the-job training after Garoppolo was injured in Week 2.
Garoppolo was limited in Wednesday's practice but was since removed from New England's injury report, putting his right shoulder issue behind him. While the Patriots will certainly welcome having Garoppolo back fully healthy, he'll back up Tom Brady now that the team's quarterback situation has returned to its normal state.
White scored twice last week against Cincinnati, and that trend continued Sunday on a first-quarter touchdown reception. He wasn't needed much in the second half though, as power runner LeGarrette Blount took over on the ground. White has been a PPR asset over the last three games, with 19 catches on 25 targets for 192 yards. The status of Dion Lewis (knee) is still a bit up in the air, so PPR owners should continue to ride White. In Week 8, he'll will square off against the Bills in Buffalo.
Brady had a strong first half, completing 13 of 18 passes for 123 yards and one touchdown, before it turned into the LeGarrette Blount show in the second half. He did throw a pretty 36-yard touchdown to Rob Gronkowski in the third quarter, but didn't need to do much in general, as the Pats played ball control. The veteran QB has tossed eight touchdowns without an interception in three games since his return to the lineup, looking as smooth as ever. Next up are the Bills, who recorded a road win against the Pats in Week 4, while Brady was serving the final game of his four-game suspension.
Bennett was on the field for 30 of the Patriots' 57 snaps on offense in this past Sunday's win over the Steelers, and with no reported setbacks, there's nothing to suggest that his availability for this weekend's game against the Bills is in danger. Supporting that notion is that the team rosters just two tight ends (Bennett and Rob Gronkowski) after trading AJ Derby to the Broncos on Tuesday.
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.
It was fifth time in seven games in which Amendola was on the field for fewer than 20 offensive snaps. Chris Hogan has taken hold of the No. 2 receiver spot with rookie Malcolm Mitchell even seeing the field more often than Amendola. The Patriots can get pass-happy at any moment and are the best in the league at doing one thing one week and something completely different the next, but with a quality receiving corps, two dominant tight ends and a collection of backs capable of catching the ball - there aren't enough plays to go around for Amendola to make an impact at this point.
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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