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Stadium: Gillette Stadium | Coach: Bill Belichick
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Offense1st87.0 (26th)359.3 (1st)
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Presenting a plan for Andrew Luck's Fantasy owners
by Chris Towers | Fantasy Writer

If you drafted Andrew Luck in the first round, you pretty much have to consider him a sunk cost at this point. We're essentially one-third of the way through the Fantasy season, and he has 51 Fantasy points; he had 151 last season at the same point, including two games with at least 35.

That doesn't mean you have to give up on your season, of course. Even if you are 0-4 and starting Josh McCown this week, there's still time to turn things around. Just think, someone in your league probably drafted C.J. Anderson in the first round; pity them, not yourself.

So, what should you do with Luck if you did draft him? Probably nothing right now. Sorry. That's not exactly the most helpful information ever, but trying to trade him after his second missed game in a row -- coming off one of the worst three-game stretches of his career -- is the definition of "selling low." You're going to get a No. 3 RB and a backup WR, if that, for him right now, and that doesn't help your team.

Try a little patience. I'm not saying you need to hang on to Luck forever, but a panic trade is the wrong way to go about things here. You can't trade him this week anyways, because of the early lineup lock, and that might be a blessing in disguise.

Luck has extra time to prepare for Week 6, and he's got a couple of chances to boost his value then. The New England Patriots are a tough matchup, but he has a chance to put up big numbers in a game he will probably be chasing points for. He had 23 Fantasy points against the Patriots last season's regular season matchup, and the Patriots have given up solid Fantasy days to the likes of Tyrod Taylor and Blake Bortles , in addition to Ben Roethlisberger .

That's a tougher matchup because the Patriots can generate pass rush, and the Indianapolis Colts have obviously struggled to protect Luck. However, if he is healthy for Week 6 and puts up a solid performance, you might want to hold on to him for one more week, with a matchup against the New Orleans Saints on the way. Two more weeks might be enough to boost Luck's value to the point where someone will be willing to believe in him; that's when you trade him.

Luck has a nice two-week soft spot in the schedule, and you want to take advantage of that, because he has the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos in Weeks 7 and 8, before a bye. If you can move him after a big game against the Saints, you are probably maximizing your value with Luck, because it's hard to see him truly living up to expectations at this point.

The shoulder injury that has already caused him to miss two weeks seems like a situation that has a chance to get a lot worse if he gets hit the wrong way -- and behind this offensive line, that could happen a lot. No matter what you do with Luck, adding a backup you feel confident in trusting is imperative, because whether you trade him or not it seems fair to say he is no longer the must-start, every-week option you expected coming into the season.

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New England Patriots' Dion Lewis Signs contract extension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Dion Lewis has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the New England Patriots that will keep him with the team through the 2017 season, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Lewis has emerged as Shane Vereen's replacement as the Patriots' top pass-catching back, with his strong effort out of the gate leading to the team giving him some added job security. Through three games, Lewis has recorded 30 carries for 146 yards, to go along with 15 catches for 179 yards, en route to scoring two touchdowns. While the bruising LeGarrette Blount is a candidate to handle a good chunk of the heavy lifting in the Patriots' backfield moving forward, Lewis also figures to retain of portion of the team's carries, while looking like a solid play in PPR formats thanks to his involvement in the team's passing game.

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Saints trade DE Akiem Hicks to Patriots
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The New Orleans Saints have traded defensive end Akiem Hicks to the New England Patriots in exchange for Michael Hoomanawanui , according to the New Orleans Privateers Times-Picayune.

Hicks, who was a third-round pick in 2012, will bolster the Patriots' defensive line depth, but with just two tackles in two games this season, he's off the fantasy radar.

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Report: Appeal of Tom Brady ruling likely won't be heard until Feb. 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Feb. 1 is the earliest a New York federal appeals court will hear oral arguments in the NFL's appeal of U.S. District Judge Richard Berman's Sept. 3 ruling that nullified New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady 's four-game suspension, NFL.com reports.

While the oral arguments in the case could be heard as soon as the beginning of February, the report further notes "typically, a decision is not immediately rendered once arguments occur." In any case, such a timetable reinforces that Brady will be able to play the entire 2015 regular season without the ongoing situation affecting his on-field availability.

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Bears send LB Jon Bostic to Patriots on Monday
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Bears linebacker Jon Bostic (ankle) was dealt to the Patriots on Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Bostic missed the first three games of the season due to a high-ankle sprain, but with the Bears going winless in those outings, the organization decided to jettison both Bostic and Jared Allen (to Carolina). In New England, expect Bostic to serve in a reserve role to starting middle linebacker Jerod Mayo.

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