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New England Patriots

Stadium: Gillette Stadium | Coach: Bill Belichick
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense28th97.5 (23rd)201.0 (28th)
Defense4th129.8 (22nd)185.5 (1st)

Last Game

Mon, September 29
Arrowhead Stadium
New England Patriots
Kansas City Chiefs

Game Leaders

Passing: T. Brady (14-23, 159)
Rushing: S. Ridley (5-28)
Receiving: B. LaFell (6-119)

Passing: A. Smith (20-26, 248)
Rushing: K. Davis (16-107)
Receiving: T. Kelce (8-93)


Sun Sep 7
L 33 - 20at MIA
Sun Sep 14
W 30 - 7at MIN
Sun Sep 21
W 16 - 9OAK
Mon Sep 29
L 41 - 14at KC
8:30 pm EDT
Sun Oct 5
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 12
at BUF
8:25 pm EDT
Thu Oct 16
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 26
4:25 pm EST
Sun Nov 2
8:30 pm EST
Sun Nov 16
at IND
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 23
4:25 pm EST
Sun Nov 30
at GB
8:30 pm EST
Sun Dec 7
at SD
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 14
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 21
at NYJ
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 28


New England1-2-02-2-0
New York1-0-01-3-0
Fantasy Analysis | 1412101001
Which receivers are worth adding this week?
by Chris Towers |

Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal has been targeted at least six times in every game so far this season, and his big performance in recent weeks is enough to convince Jamey Eisenberg to put him at the top of his waiver-wire priority list ahead of week five.

Additionally, Jamey tabs Brian Quick of the Rams, Rueben Randle of the Giants, Malcom Floyd of the Chargers and Andrew Hawkins of the Browns rounds out the top five at wide receiver, with Odell Beckham of the Giants, Davante Adams of the Packers and Brandon LaFell of the Patriots possible sleepers.

If you need to clear a spot on your roster for any moves this week, consider parting ways with Kendall Wright, Cecil Shorts (hamstring) and Riley Cooper

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Fantasy Analysis | 1412089959
Patriots unravel in blowout loss
by Chris Towers |

The Patriots defense came apart in Week 4, during a 41-14 loss to the Chiefs Monday.

The Chiefs offense dropped 30-plus points for the second game in a row, and the Patriots defense provided little resistance. The Chiefs racked up 443 yards on 66 plays, including 207 on the ground, and the Patriots failed to make any big pays. New England's DST unit ended up forcing no turnovers, while finishing the game with just two sacks.

The defense had been a positive for the Patriots in recent weeks, as they allowed just 16 points in their previous two games. They might struggle to get back on track in Week 5, however, with the Bengals on the schedule. 

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Fantasy Analysis | 1412089201
Patriots RB duo too tough to rely on
by Chris Towers |

If the question before the season was, "Which Patriots running back do I want to rely on?" the answer through four games has been an emphatic, "Neither." The team's moribund offense has affect everyone involved, and Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley have been hit as hard as anyone.

Last season, the Patriots had one of the best running games in the league, and they augmented it with Vereen's pass-catching skills to create a tandem that was consistently useful for Fantasy owners. So far, however, Vereen and Ridley have just two double-digit Fantasy games between them, one each. And things aren't much better for Vereen in PPR leagues, where he has just one additional 10-plus-point effort.

The Patriots have one of the league's five-least productive offenses, as they are averaged just 298.5 yards per game, while scoring just 20.0 points per game. At this point, Fantasy owners probably cannot rely on either member of the Patriots backfield on a weekly basis, especially as long as they continue splitting time and work. 

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Fantasy Analysis | 1412088175
Brandon LaFell taking advantage of his shot
by Chris Towers |

On a team that is utterly bereft of receiving options, Brandon LaFell has emerged as Tom Brady's favorite target over the last two games. Should Fantasy owners be buying into his new role?

LaFell has been targeted 18 times over the last two games, including 10 times during his six-catch, 119-yard performance in Week 4. He also hauled in his first touchdown of the season Monday, a 44-yard catch and run during which he showed the kind of playmaking the Patriots' offense has sorely missed this season.

LaFell has been targeted at least six times in three of four games this season, and was one of just two offensive players to log all 50 snaps in Week 4. He has clearly earned a significant role on the team, but there are enough questions about just how effective the Patriots' passing game is at this point that it will be hard to rely on him for Fantasy purposes. 

In a perfect world, LaFell would be the team's third option in the passing game, but things have been decidedly not perfect for the Patriots so far. LaFell is owned in just 7 percent of leagues, so he is worth adding at this point in many leagues, even if he might not be a dependable starter. 

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Fantasy Analysis | 1412087664
Rob Gronkowski a boom-or-bust option
by Chris Towers |

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski found the end zone for the third time in four games, and he salvaged a subpar showing for the third time in four games as a result. Still, there are real questions about how much more he is capable of at this point.

Gronkowski has played a limited role in his return from knee surgery. Even Monday, when he played his largest role of the season, he was on the field for just 62 percent of the team's snaps. He still had just three passes thrown his way, a troubling sign -- especially since his touchdown came after backup Jimmy Garoppolo entered the game.

Gronkowski is still the best weapon in the Patriots' passing game, which is a concern if you are a Tom Brady owner as well. At this point, he clearly is not the same guy we have seen in the past, and it is hard to say when, or if, he might be that guy. The Patriots are going to keep looking for Gronkowski in the red zone, which might help him salvage a few more games and possibly even his season.

However, Gronkowski ranks just 14th among tight ends in yards right now, making him very much a boom-or-bust option until he gets back to full strength. 

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