|Offense||1st||102.2 (19th)||309.8 (1st)|
|Defense||32nd||115.8 (20th)||324.8 (32nd)|
|6||Allen, Ryan||P||6-2||220||2/28/1990||5||Louisiana Tech|
|80||Amendola, Danny||WR||5-11||190||11/2/1985||9||Texas Tech|
|38||Bolden, Brandon||RB||5-11||220||1/26/1990||6||Ole Miss|
|21||Butler, Malcolm||CB||5-11||190||3/2/1990||4||West Alabama|
|14||Cooks, Brandin||WR||5-10||189||9/25/1993||4||Oregon State|
|13||Dorsett, Phillip||WR||5-10||185||1/5/1993||3||Miami (Fla.)|
|43||Ebner, Nate||DB||6-0||220||12/14/1988||6||Ohio State|
|66||Farris, Chase||G||6-4||295||4/8/1993||1||Ohio State|
|10||Garoppolo, Jimmy||QB||6-2||225||11/2/1991||4||Eastern Illinois|
|24||Gilmore, Stephon||CB||6-1||190||9/19/1990||6||South Carolina|
|93||Guy, Lawrence||DE||6-4||305||3/17/1990||7||Arizona State|
|15||Hogan, Chris||WR||6-1||210||10/24/1988||5||Monmouth (N.J.)|
|48||Langi, Harvey||LB||6-2||252||9/24/1992||R||Brigham Young|
|69||Mason, Shaq||G||6-1||310||8/28/1993||3||Georgia Tech|
|62||Thuney, Joe||G||6-5||305||11/18/1992||2||NC State|
|53||Van Noy, Kyle||OLB||6-3||243||3/26/1991||4||Brigham Young|
|68||Waddle, LaAdrian||T||6-6||315||7/21/1991||5||Texas Tech|
|11||Edelman, Julian (IR)||WR||5-10||200||5/22/1986||9||Kent State|
|41||Jones, Cyrus (IR)||CB||5-10||200||11/29/1993||2||Alabama|
|64||Kidder, Caleb (IR)||DE||6-5||269||2/4/1994||R||Montana|
|58||McClellin, Shea (IR)||OLB||6-3||250||8/1/1989||6||Boise State|
|19||Mitchell, Malcolm (IR)||WR||6-1||200||7/20/1992||2||Georgia|
|95||Rivers, Derek (IR)||DE||6-5||250||5/9/1994||R||Youngstown State|
|99||Valentine, Vincent (IR)||NT||6-3||320||2/23/1994||2||Nebraska|
|Tye, Will||TE||6-2||256||11/4/1991||3||Stony Brook|
|Wiltz, Jomal||CB||5-10||180||10/23/1994||R||Iowa State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Solder had been dealing with an undisclosed ailment for several days, but his absence from the injury report seems to confirm it's now behind him. The seven-year vet is expected to anchor the offensive line in Thursday's season opener.
Hightower matched fellow inside linebacker Kyle Van Noy for the team high in tackles in what was easily his most productive outing of the regular season so far. Hightower only has 13 total tackles and two sacks this season, but after playing in 69 of the team's 76 defensive snaps Sunday, he may start to see more opportunities for increased production in the coming weeks.
Rowe did not practice this week and has been battling the groin injury since mid-September. The 25-year-old has primarily served as a depth cornerback and special teams player for the Patriots this season.
Cooks garnered one fewer target than Rob Gronkowski but led New England in receiving yards while tying the tight end for the team lead in catches. The former Saints wide receiver was held out of the end zone for the fifth time in six games, however, while Gronk scored his third and fourth touchdowns of the year. With over 80 yards in four contests and two touchdowns this season, Cooks has been a decent fantasy option in his first year with New England, but perhaps not the elite option he was drafted to be.
It was Van Noy's fourth straight game with at least seven tackles, and the linebacker has now recorded 3.5 sacks over his last three games. Van Noy was on the field for 65 of the team's 76 defensive snaps Sunday, and his production over the last few games on top of that usage rate is making him an intriguing IDP option.
Gostkowski, who logged six points in the game, made a try from 28 yards out, with his first miss of the season (on 14 attempts) coming from 47 yards. Through six games, Gostkowski is on pace to rack up a fantasy-friendly 149 points this season.
Lewis saw a near-even split with Mike Gillislee (10 carries for 44 yards) while James White was involved primarily as a receiver out of the backfield. It was Lewis that got the call from the one-yard line for New England's first touchdown of the day in the second quarter, possibly because Gillislee had lost head coach Bill Belichick's trust following a first-quarter fumble. It's tough to discern how New England's backfield workload will break down in any given week, as Lewis now has two touchdowns to Gillislee's four.
Tye gives the Patriots some added tight end depth behind Rob Gronkowski, Dwayne Allen and Jacob Hollister. The 25-yeard-old, who caught 48 passes for 395 yards and a TD for the Giants last season, started the 2017 campaign with the Jets, but was waived earlier this month after catching three passes for 48 yards in three contests with the team.
Gronkowski sandwiched halftime with touchdown receptions of two and 33 yards. The tight end led his team in targets while finishing second in receiving yards to Brandin Cooks and catching both touchdowns thrown by quarterback Tom Brady in this one. He's been effective when healthy, hauling in four touchdowns while topping 80 yards in four of five games played.
Richards will likely see reps on special teams with usual starting safeties Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty both healthy.
McCourty was the only Patriots defender to play every defensive snap, and tallied five tackles (four solo). The 30-year-old is a reliable every-down safety who leads New England with 47 tackles (41 solo) this season.
With his placement on IR, Edelman's season is officially over due to an ACL tear in his right knee. In his stead, Tom Brady is expected to lean on reliable options like Rob Gronkowski and Brandin Cooks, but Chris Hogan and James White are also prime candidates to experience significant usage in 2017.
Valentine practiced on a limited basis Thursday but sat out Wednesday and Friday's sessions, so this isn't a major surprise. Undrafted rookie Adam Butler could see an enhanced role with Valentine missing his second consecutive game to start the season.
Bolden is clearly behind Mike Gillislee, Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis in the Patriots' backfield pecking order, but his special teams prowess should lead to him being on the team's active roster on most weeks.
“He’s in great shape,” Carroll said, via ESPN.com. “That’s a tremendous addition. It’s like a brand new draft choice for us because he didn’t really get a chance to get started last year. Cassius is a really high-energy, creative and productive football player. We can’t wait to get him out there. He’s in great shape and looks terrific.”
Marsh only played in five games a season ago and recorded five tackles.
Chung led the way in tackles along with teammate Elandon Roberts. The veteran safety only recorded three in the team's season opening loss to the Chiefs but was much more active in this contest. He rarely saw the sideline, as he took the field for 63 snaps (97 percent) in the victory. He'll have a favorable matchup next week when the Patriots welcome rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson and the Texans to Foxborough.
It looks as though Harmon has fully recovered from the knee injury that been plaguing him for quite some time. Harmon projects to serve as a backup safety for New England this season after accruing 29 stops and an interception in 16 appearances in 2016.
Gilmore has been dealing with headaches since Week 5 and wasn't available for last Sunday's matchup with the Jets. Since he didn't practice Wednesday, the veteran corner evidently still has a few stages of concussion protocol to clear in order to suit up for Sunday's Super Bowl LI rematch against the Falcons.
Langi and his wife were both hospitalized after being involved in a car accident Friday evening. The injuries are reportedly serious but not life-threatening, and more details are likely to surface as the situation is investigated.
Now that he's healthy, Waddle should return to the role of Nate Solder's backup.
The initial thought was that Mitchell could be a candidate for short-term injured reserve, but it seems his recovery isn't going as quickly as planned. Since the Patriots -- who've been struggling defensively -- have other options to activate from IR in the form of DT Vincent Valentine (knee) and LB Shae McClellin (undisclosed), it's possible Mitchell might not return at any point this season.
Gillislee fumbled just outside the red zone on his fourth carry late in the first quarter and wasn't called upon again until the second half. Dion Lewis was able to convert a one-yard touchdown in the second quarter, giving him two rushing scores since Gillislee last found pay dirt in Week 2. Gillislee also doesn't have a catch this year, so his luster has worn off after a hot start.
The special teams guru will make his season debut on Thursday night after missing the first four games of the season with a hamstring injury. As the No. 5 receiver on the depth chart, Slater isn't likely to see a ton of offensive reps, but the veteran should play a key role on special teams.
Burkhead's potential return to action Sunday against the Falcons would boost to the Patriots' backfield depth, but he's behind both James White, the team's primary pass-catching back, and Mike Gillislee, the team's top power back in the team's RB pecking order. Moreover, Dion Lewis is decidedly in the mix as well, a reality that limits Burkhead's fantasy upside, so long as his fellow ballcarriers remain healthy.
There was some optimism that Fleming might be ready to play after returning to practice Tuesday, but instead he will not dress against the Chiefs. Regardless, the former fourth-round pick now has plenty of time to be ready for Week 2.
With Branch not appearing on the team's injury report Thursday, he is considered a healthy scratch, which doesn't come as much of a surprise considering the tackle has seen his playing time decline this season. Branch re-signed with the Patriots for $12 million over two years this offseason, but so far, he's been unable to perform to last season's level.
Butler jarred the ball loose from Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins as he approached the end zone in the fourth quarter, a play which was controversially ruled a touchback after review. The 27-year-old also had four tackles (all solo) and three pass breakups on the afternoon.
Jones suffered the non-contact injury in Thursday's preseason finale against the Giants, and the 2016 second-round pick will have to sit out his second NFL season. He was likely going to play a role as a return man and on special teams coverage this season.
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.
His absence from the report hints that he'll be available for Thursday's season opener. Whether he plays is a different story, however.
Dorsett logged three targets in the game, but did not record a catch. As long as Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola are healthy, Dorsett's role as the Patriots' clear-cut No. 4 wideout option is not a reliable source of fantasy production.
Ferris was waived with a non-football injury designation after spending the majority of last season on the team's practice squad. The Patriots now have an open roster spot with training camp just around the corner.
Flowers is coming off a 2016 campaign with the Bengals where he appeared in all 16 games but mostly as a member of special teams. In New England, he'll likely serve a similar role as a depth option on defense and key member of the special teams unit.
Guy has worked his way into a couple productive seasons the last two years with the Ravens. He posted his best campaign in 2015, recording 46 tackles (29 solo) and 4.5 sacks in that season. Entering his seventh season, the 26-year-old will likely reprise that role when the team employs its 3-4 scheme in 2017.
Roberts has been deployed for major snaps over the last three weeks and racked up 17 tackles (13 solo). He added five (four solo) tackles Sunday before leaving the game. The second-year linebacker will have a short week to recover, as the Pats head to Tampa Bay on Thursday for a midweek game.
Cannon missed last week's game due to a concussion he suffered in Week 2, but he has since recovered and is expected to return to his normal role as a starting guard.
One of multiple veterans purged from the rebuilding Jets roster in the offseason, Harris landed in New England on a two-year contract. The 33-year-old was expected to vie for a starting role, but with the Patriots settling on Dont'a Hightower, Kyle Van Noy and Elandon Roberts as their three linebackers, Harris hasn't been able to see regular action. Harris played just seven defensive snaps in the Patriots' first three games, and since he doesn't offer much value on special teams, the Patriots have since made him inactive in two of the past three weeks. Unless an injury to one of the aforementioned players opens up an opportunity, Harris' relevance in IDP formats appears to be over.
Hogan took a shot to the ribs in the second quarter of Week 6's win over the Jets, per Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, but the wideout still ended up logging 63 out of a possible 68 snaps on offense in the contest. We fully expect Hogan to be a go Sunday night against the Falcons, though the Patriots could well end up listing him as questionable on Friday's final Week 7 injury report.
Develin played in 30 percent of New England's offensive snaps in 2016, recording three receptions for 18 yards. He's primarily a blocker and a special teams player who shouldn't be expected to have any fantasy value in 2017, though his return is a boost for the rest of the Patriots' running game.
Rivers suffered the injuries covering a kickoff in Wednesday's practice. The rookie defensive end will seek a second opinion before committing to surgery, but it looks as though his season is over.
Flowers started the game strong with a tackle and sack to force a three-and-out on Houston's first possession. His impact was more subdued the rest of the game as the Texans lit up the scoreboard, but Flowers' high snap count (68) allowed him to rack up the stops.
After logging a season-high 50 snaps (out of a possible 74) with Rob Gronkowski out in Week 5, Allen reverted to a reserve role Sunday. In any case, Allen has yet to catch a pass this season, thus putting him well off the fantasy radar as long as Gronkowski is healthy.
Jelks dealt with knee injuries that kept him off the field for parts of both of his final two seasons at Vanderbilt. The offensive tackle's health issues will only further hurt his case for winning a roster spot.
Garoppolo worked until halfway through the third quarter before giving way to Jacoby Brissett. He was able to rack up excellent numbers in that span even with many offensive regulars joining starting quarterback Tom Brady on the sideline, tossing touchdowns to Austin Carr and K.J. Maye. Garoppolo remains entrenched as Tom Brady's top backup, but in the event of an injury to his veteran counterpart, Garoppolo would merit fantasy attention, considering the talented collection of skill players on the Patriots' roster.
White was on the field for 29 of a possible 68 snaps on offense Sunday, a workload matched by fellow RB Dion Lewis, who logged a team-high 11 carries Sunday, while Mike Gillislee ran the ball 10 times. Because White is averaging 3.8 carries per game, White's fantasy value hinges on his involvement in the passing attack, which can be significant, depending on game flow. Through six outings, White has hauled in 33 of his 42 targets for 252 yards.
Brady spent most of the first half looking out of sorts, but he was able to engineer a scoring drive to tie the game 14-14 with a two-yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski just 12 seconds before halftime. He added a 33-yard score to the talented tight end on the first drive of the second half and was able to hang on from there to earn his team sole possession of first place in the AFC East. This was only Brady's second game under 300 yards through six weeks.
Hollister failed to haul in his only target in the game and heads into Week 6 action with two catches for 24 yards to date. He remains off the fantasy radar in his role as the Patriots' third-string tight end behind Rob Gronkowski (who missed Thursday's game with a thigh injury) and Dwayne Allen.
Amendola wasn't on the field as much as fellow wideouts Chris Hogan (63 snaps) and Brandin Cooks (66 snaps), but the veteran slot man remains a player QB Tom Brady isn't afraid to turn to in clutch situations. On Sunday, Amendola logged three catches on five targets for 40 yards, bringing his season totals up to 26 catches for 307 yards and a TD over the course of five games. Amendola continues to provide a degree of utility in PPR formats, but his ceiling in TD-heavy arrangements is capped by the presence of the team's other weapons on offense, notably Cooks, Hogan, TE Rob Gronkowski and RB Mike Gillislee.
McClellin hadn't practiced since suffering a still-undisclosed injury during the opening days of training camp. The Patriots now have a three-week window to activate McClellin to the 53-man roster, starting Wednesday after his return to practice, or else he'll be required to finish the season on injured reserve.