|Offense||2nd||113.2 (15th)||287.2 (1st)|
|Defense||29th||120.7 (23rd)||253.9 (29th)|
|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|
|88||Bennett, Martellus||TE||6-6||275||3/10/1987||10||Texas A&M|
|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.)|
|66||Farris, Chase||G||6-4||295||4/8/1993||1||Ohio State|
|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.)|
|2||Hoyer, Brian||QB||6-2||215||10/13/1985||9||Michigan State|
|94||Jean Francois, Ricky||DT||6-3||313||11/23/1986||9||LSU|
|48||Langi, Harvey||LB||6-2||252||9/24/1992||R||Brigham Young|
|55||Lee, Eric||DE||6-3||260||8/6/1994||1||South Florida|
|69||Mason, Shaq||G||6-1||310||8/28/1993||3||Georgia Tech|
|58||McClellin, Shea||OLB||6-3||250||8/1/1989||6||Boise State|
|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|
|61||Cannon, Marcus (IR)||T||6-6||335||5/6/1988||7||TCU|
|43||Ebner, Nate (IR)||DB||6-0||220||12/14/1988||6||Ohio State|
|11||Edelman, Julian (IR)||WR||5-10||200||5/22/1986||9||Kent State|
|54||Hightower, Dont'a (IR)||MLB||6-3||265||3/12/1990||6||Alabama|
|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|
|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|
|Wiltz, Jomal||CB||5-10||180||10/23/1994||R||Iowa State|
|Tye, Will||TE||6-2||256||11/4/1991||3||Stony Brook|
|Hardison, Marcus||DT||6-3||310||2/14/1992||3||Arizona State|
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 underwent season-ending pectoral surgery nearly two weeks ago and now officially has been placed on injured reserve. Without both Hightower and fellow linebacker Shea McClellin (concussion), the Patriots will have to rely on their depth at the position for the remainder of the season, starting with David Harris and Marquis Flowers.
Cooks' lone reception didn't come until the Patriots' final offensive drive of the game, as he was locked down by cornerback Xavien Howard and paid close attention to in the absence of Rob Gronkowski (suspension). With just three receptions for 55 yards over the past two weeks, Cooks' recent slump couldn't come at a worse time for fantasy owners, and Sunday's matchup in Pittsburgh certainly poses a tough task as well. However, considering he still ranks in the top 10 league-wide in receiving yards (924) this season, owners should still be plenty aware of Cooks' ability to break out.
Van Noy limped off the field early in the second half and appeared fairly hobbled, although he was still designated questionable to return. The Patriots can ill afford another linebacker injury, with Dont'a Hightower (pectoral) and Shea McClellin (concussion) already on injured reserve.
Gostkowski -- who added two extra points in the contest -- is now averaging exactly 10 points a game over the course of 13 contests, a pace that puts him second in scoring among NFL kickers, behind only Greg Zuerlein of the Rams (148 points).
While Eric Rowe (groin) has sat out, Jones has had ample opportunities to prove his worth, one season removed from making the team as an undrafted rookie. The Auburn product has 14 solo tackles over the last two games now, and if Rowe misses another matchup against the Bills in Week 13, Jones will have another chance for a high-caliber performance.
Lewis had been given double-digit carries in seven straight games entering Monday's contest, but with the Patriots unable to establish a ground game, they turned to passing 43 times. Fortunately for Lewis, he was able to salvage some production through the air, with his output in receiving categories marking season highs. The tailback will hope this Sunday's game against the Steelers, whose defense struggled without Ryan Shazier (spine) in Week 14, will enable him to bounce back running the ball in the city he attended college.
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's one-game ban has been served, but the Patriots had a roster exemption for the tight end, which was accompanied by a deadline of Saturday. The team wasted no time finalizing the active roster, however, making a number of moves Wednesday that included lifting the exemption. Although his upcoming opponent, the Steelers, have made life difficult for tight ends this season, Gronkowski has tormented Pittsburgh throughout his career to the tune of 99.2 yards per game and eight touchdowns in five matchups.
Richards will likely see reps on special teams with usual starting safeties Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty both healthy.
Reilly, who missed Sunday's win over the Bills, has passed concussion protocol testing and took the field with no restrictions Thursday. The linebacker should now be cleared for Monday night's showdown with the Dolphins.
Ebner sustained the injury on a fake punt attempt in Sunday's win over the Dolphins. The 28-year-old has primarily served as a special teams player during his time with the Patriots.
Britt, whose two-year contract with the Patriots was officially announced Wednesday, adds depth and size (6-foot-3, 223 pounds) to the team's receiving corps, but it's unrealistic to expect an immediate fantasy splash from the 29-year-old. Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola continue to head New England's wideout ranks, so Britt's main competition for snaps -- once he gets up to speed with the playbook -- will be Phillip Dorsett.
The sack is McCourty's first of the season, as the Patriots defense was consistently unable to slow down a typically-pedestrian Dolphins offense. New England has a daunting task in Week 15 as they head to Pittsburgh to try and contain Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown.
Less than fourth months removed from suffering the injury, Edelman suggested that he's making good progress but still doesn't have an approximate timeline. He tore his ACL in the third week of the preseason, giving him more than a full year to recover before Week 1 of 2018. Of course, he'll turn 32 years old in May and already has an extensive history of serious injuries, though his knees hadn't really been a problem prior to this year. Edelman's team-friendly contract should ensure that the Patriots give him every shot to reclaim his status as one of Tom Brady's favorite targets.
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.
Chung was limited in practice Thursday and Friday, but his injury doesn't appear severe enough to sideline him. Though it isn't clear if he's 100 percent, he'll be expected to start and see his typical role on the defense.
Bademosi has made his bones in the NFL as a special-teams ace, culminating in a career-high 27 tackles and one fumble recovery last season. With the move from Cleveland to Detroit, the opportunity may exist for Bademosi to play a role in a rejiggered secondary, but containment on kick and punt returns will again be on the docket.
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 was a limited participant at practice all week, so he appears to be trending toward a true game-time decision Sunday. Eric Rowe would and Jonathan Jones would likely see increased roles should Gilmore ultimately sit out.
Langi's season is officially over, but the good news is that he and his wife were able to exit the hospital earlier this week. The 25-year-old primarily served as a special teams player for the Patriots this season.
Waddle was listed as questionable after being a limited practice participant this week. The 26-year-old is likely to slot back in at right tackle for the Patriots with Marcus Cannon (ankle) still unavailable, but he could also serve as backup to Cameron Fleming.
Returning to New England for his second stint with the club this season, Jean Francois will provide insurance along the defensive line, with Alan Branch (knee) uncertain to play Sunday against the Steelers. Jean Francois has appeared in a combined nine games this season with the Packers and Patriots, collecting four total tackles.
A few weeks ago, it seemed that there was a more legitimate chance that Mitchell, who was shut down ahead of Week 1 with the knee issue, would be designated to return from IR. However, with the wideout having yet to resume practicing, it's looking unlikely that he'll play in any of the Patriots' remaining three contests. The team's recent signing of fellow wideout Kenny Britt signals that the Patriots may have already abandoned hope of Mitchell playing at any point in 2017.
Gillislee -- who was under the weather heading into Monday's loss to the Dolphins -- has been inactive five straight games, as he's the odd man out behind running backs Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead and James White. Gillislee's power-running skills may be needed by the Patriots down the stretch, but for now, he's clearly off the fantasy radar.
Slater returns after a three-week absence from the hamstring injury he sustained against the Broncos in Week 10. The 32-year-old should resume his role as a special teams ace in Monday's contest.
Wise's only practice of the week came in a limited session Friday, so there was a real question as to whether he would be available Week 14. The 23-year-old may be relied upon for a larger role Monday with defensive end and Patriots' sack leader Trey Flowers inactive with a rib injury.
Burkhead was more involved in the passing game than usual, perhaps a side effect of the big-bodied Rob Gronkowski being suspended, but his rushing output fell short following two straight 50-plus-yard outings. Nonetheless, with a three-yard run during the second quarter, Burkhead has now scored in three straight games and seven times in nine total appearances this season. Established as New England's goal-line option, a fruitful role in many seasons past, Burkhead's scoring threat gives him decent upside even if he doesn't consistently rack up yardage in New England's backfield committee.
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.
Branch was forced from Monday night's game against the Dolphins. His absence from Wednesday's practice indicates that Branch could be in danger of missing the Patriots' Week 15 matchup against the Steelers.
With the team having traded Jacoby Brissett to the Colts prior to the start of the season and Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers earlier this week, the Patriots had a pressing need for a backup quarterback heading into their Week 9 bye. Hoyer, who played for New England from 2009 to 2011, brings familiarity with the organization -- as well as NFL starting experience -- to the table, thus giving the Patriots a viable insurance option in the event of an injury to starter Tom Brady. Moreover, the duration of the 32-year-old's deal creates a scenario that could possibly lead to the franchise drafting a young quarterback this spring to develop behind Brady.
Butler played 66 of 67 possible snaps Sunday, which has been the motto all season. With a Week 14 matchup against the Dolphins, Butler has a chance for another solid matchup since Miami is ranked 10th in pass attempts this season.
Lee's signing came on the heels of New England waiving Cassius Marsh. Expect Lee to slot in as a backup defensive end for the Patriots.
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.
Brown was limited in practice for the second straight week, but, unlike last week, he'll give it a go this time around. It's unclear if he'll start or if he'll be limited at all in his first game back since suffering the injury in Week 7.
King was listed as questionable after being a limited practice participant all week, and will miss his second game of the season. The Patriots defense is unlikely to be affected, as the 24-year-old mostly serves as a special teams player and depth safety.
The return of Chris Hogan (shoulder) to the lineup Monday squeezed Dorsett out of the mix, confirming that he's fourth in the team's wideout pecking order behind Hogan, Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola. Dorsett is thus off the fantasy radar and it will probably stay that way unless additional injuries hit or a scenario exists late in the season where the Patriots rest key players.
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.
Grissom was cut by the Patriots in the start of November and rejoins a teams still dealing with injuries on the defensive line. Trey Flowers (ribs) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bills, so this could be the 25-year-old's best opportunity to make an impact defensively.
Flower was listed as questionable after being limited in practice throughout the week, but it seemed as though he was on track to play. The 25-year-old should see a heavy workload against the Dolphins on Monday with linebacker Kyle Van Noy (calf) inactive.
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.
The second-year pro had never posted a sack before Sunday, so this performance shouldn't be counted on. Roberts played just 34 of 61 possible defensive snaps, though, which makes it tough for him to be a weekly asset.
Cannon hasn't practiced in weeks and has been unable to make much progress since sustaining the injury against the Chargers in Week 8. Cameron Fleming and LaAdrian Waddle (ankle) are both candidates to see snaps at right tackle.
This was the first full sack Harris has recorded since the 2015 season. Although he's listed as the top middle linebacker, Harris logged just 25 defensive snaps (37 percent). It was a decent showing for Harris, but until he can play a full workload, it'll be tough to become a top IDP threat.
Hogan -- who is one of 10 Patriots listed as questionable this week -- was on the field for 55 of 61 offensive snaps in his return to action in Monday's loss to the Dolphins after missing the team's previous four games. With no reported setbacks, we expect the wideout to suit up Sunday. In the wake of his one-catch effort in Week 14's contest, Hogan has bounce-back potential now that he has a full game under his belt. Additionally, the return of Rob Gronkowski from a one-game suspension will bolster the Patriots offense as a whole, and with the star tight end a candidate to gobble up targets and red-zone looks, the attention he draws from opposing defenders could help free things up for both Hogan and Brandin Cooks.
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.
Grigsby was a member of the Ravens' practice squad but will now head to New England as the Patriots look to bolster a beat up linebacking corps. Grigsby spent the preseason with the Rams before being cut prior to the beginning of the regular season.
Flowers was a limited participant in practice all week and was listed as questionable, but he will miss his second consecutive game. The 24-year-old leads the Patriots with six sacks on the season, and the team will have to look beyond the usual suspects for production with leading tackler Kyle Van Noy (calf) also inactive Monday.
In the process, Allen logged two catches (on five targets) for 10 yards. While the one-game absence of Rob Gronkowski (suspension) led to more playing for Allen in Week 14, the Patriots didn't run their two-tight-end package Monday, per ESPN's Mike Reiss, instead favoring three-wideout alignments in the contest. Allen will revert to a backup/complementary role this coming Sunday against the Steelers, with Gronkowski's return to action on tap.
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.
Despite entering his third season in the league, Hardison is yet to see the field in a regular-season game. However, now that he's back to full strength, the former fourth-rounder could work his way into the Bengals' defensive line rotation ahead of the 2017 campaign after the release of incumbent starter Domata Peko.
White did not log a carry in the game, but he did haul in three of his four targets for 11 yards and a TD. While White topped the Patriots running backs in playing time Monday, Dion Lewis parlayed his 18 snaps into five carries for 17 yards and five catches for 50 yards, while Rex Burkhead logged five carries for eight yards and a TD and caught five passes for 45 yards on 17 snaps. With a committee approach that doesn't favor him in play, White's usage will continue to hinge on game-flow or in-contest adjustments, which makes him a fantasy dart in PPR formats down the stretch.
Brady had been using recent Wednesdays to get extra treatment from the New England training staff, but in the wake of a subpar effort in Monday's 27-20 loss to the Dolphins, the quarterback opted to start Week 15 preparations on the practice field. He's a bounce-back candidate for the Week 15 showdown on the road against a struggling Steelers defense, in a contest that looms large in terms of AFC playoff seeding.
Bennett was released by the Packers in early November amid an alleged disagreement about how to deal with his shoulder injury. He seemingly wanted to have surgery, but then put it off once he was released and had the option of rejoining the Patriots. A subsequent hamstring injury will end Bennett's season after just two appearances in a New England uniform, and he'll presumably now have the surgery on his shoulder. He'll turn 31 in March and has already dropped hints that this could be his final season in the NFL. Dwayne Allen reclaims his role as the Patriots' No. 2 tight end.
Hollister hauled in his only target Sunday for 13 yards, upping his season-long total to three catches for 37 yards. He remains off the fantasy radar in his role as the Patriots' third-string tight end behind Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen.
Amendola led the Patriots across the board in receiving on a night when the team's passing game as a whole struggled with Brandin Cooks blanketed and Rob Gronkowski suspended. With those two nearly non-factors, Amendola was able to produce his third game of over 75 yards this season and also caught a pass of 25-plus yards for the second straight game. Although New England figures to get Cooks more involved while welcoming Gronk back this Sunday in Pittsburgh, Amendola's outing Monday gives him decent momentum in advance of that contest.
The linebacker was eligible to return from IR this week, but the setback now puts McClellin's season in jeopardy. It looks like the Patriots will remain as cautious as possible with McClellin given how long his recovery from the concussion has dragged on, so look for the team to instead use its two available slots to activate players from IR elsewhere.