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NEWS: Tom Brady throws for 3TDs on Thursday night; Shane Vereen totals 114 yards and 2TDs in Week 7. Chris Ivory runs for 107 and a TD.

SMITTY: Shane Vereen, for the first time this season, looked like a feature back. Sure, he only ran the ball 12 times, but that was his first double-digit carry game this year, and he totaled 47 yards on those carries. His 71 receiving yards and two TDs on five catches was beast-like and it’s starting to look like New England knows what they have in Vereen. He is back to RB2 status, folks! Tom Brady was solid once again this week, tossing for 261 yards and 3TDs against the Jets. Rob Gronkowski pulled in five passes for 68 yards. On the Jets side of the football, Chris Ivory rushed the ball 21 times for 107 yards and a touchdown. He has RB2-type upside as far as talent goes, however, will the Jets feed him constantly? That’s always the question. Looking for Week 7 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Tom Brady calf injury not considered serious.

According to reports, Patriots QB Tom Brady (calf) is not serious. Rob Gronkowski is still iffy in terms of playing time for Week 1, but he is expected to play.

SMITTY: We feel that Tom Brady is extremely undervalued heading into 2014. Extremely. He can be had via trade like he is a top 7+ passer, yet he still has top 4-5 overall upside. He is a great player to trade for right now. Check back Sunday morning regarding both Brady and Gronk! Try Analyzing some trades via our Trade Analyzer.

NEWS: Rob Gronkowski will be used in certain situations in Week1?

According to, many believe that the Patriots will “pick their spots” with using Rob Gronkowski in Week 1.

SMITTY: No one knows how the Patriots will use Rob Gronkowski in Week 1, it really is impossible to predict how many plays he will play. He could play half-time and still catch a touchdown, or even two, or he could be used very little. If you play Gronk this week, you have to expect the move to be high-risk/high-reward… Tim Wright might be low-end TE1 worthy right away in Week 1… then when Gronk is back full-go, we will have to reevaluate Wright’s value. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Nick Foles goes for 81 and 1TD in Week 2 preseason game; Ertz pulls in 1TD.

Eagles QB Nick Foles completed 8-of-10 passes for 81 yards and 1TD (to Zach Ertz) in his Week 2 preseason outing against the Patriots. Rookie WR Jordan Matthews pulled in a team-high nine receptions for 104 yards; Ertz had two receptions for 26 yards to go along with his 1TD. Tom Brady was efficient despite an INT, as he completed 8-of-10 passes for 81 yards and a TD (pulled in by Kenbrell Thompkins.

SMITTY: Nick Foles has great rapport with Zac Ertz — Both are on our breakout list heading into 2014. Read more about that here. Tom Brady is very undervalued heading into 2014, as he has 6th-round redraft ADP right now – That’s crazy-good value!

NEWS: Rob Gronkowski currently limping?

According to reports, Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) is still favoring his right knee in practice, and multiple reports are suggesting that the tight end was running with a noticeable limp during Thursday’s practice.

SMITTY: Rob Gronkowski is the definition of high-risk/high-reward. He could pull in 1,000+ yard and 10-14TDs in 2014, or he could miss half a season and pull in half those stats. Drafting Gronk in to 2014 boils down to where you can get him, and currently his ADP sits almost too high at 3.04. I personally won’t pay that kind of price in redraft. As of now, we still have Rob Gronkowski projecting well on our Week 1 Power Rankings, but if better news doesn’t break here in the next couple weeks, you might see us quickly adjust his, and Tom Brady’s, Week 1 outlook.

NEWS: Rob Gronkowski not to play in preseason, but is practicing?

According to, it “would be a surprise to see Rob Gronkowski play in any of New England’s preseason games” in 2014. He is practicing during both 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 drills.

SMITTY: I don’t think any Rob Gronkowski owners want to see him taking any more hits than he has to, and I highly-doubt the lack of action will impact his ability to pull in touchdown passes from Tom Brady. If healthy all year long, and that’s a big if, Gronk could easily pull in 80 passes for well over 1,100 yards and a strong shot at double-digit touchdowns, if not more like 12+ (and Brady could return to the top 3-5 for fantasy QBs for one more season). If I had to predict a number of games played for Gronk this upcoming season, I’d say 13-14, but anything can happen. Checkout where we have Rob Gronkowski ranked on our Week 1 Power Rankings.

NEWS: Rob Gronkowski participating in individual drills; Tom Brady to have big 2014?

According to ESPN, Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski recently participated in individual drills, but did not take part in 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 drills.

SMITTY: Avoiding the PUP list was good enough for Rob Gronkowski owners, right? The guy will always be an injury concern, and subject to a couple missed games a year, but even on 14 or 15 games, he can score 10-12 times and pull in 1,000 yards. If Gronk is relatively healthy this season, Tom Brady could be quite the 2014 steal (as his ADP is at 6.08-6.12 right now, which is stupid-low). Looking for Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady Projections for the 2014 fantasy football season?

NEWS: TE Rob Gronkowski expects to play 16 games in 2014.

According to ESPN, Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ACL/MCL) said last week that he expects to play the entire season in 2014. “I’m planning on playing the whole season this year,” Gronkowski said last Friday night.

SMITTY: Rob Gronkowski is virtually a lock for double-digit scores if he plays even 14 games in 2014. If he plays all 16, his last three seasons averaged-out per-game indicate that he’d pull in 86 receptions for 1,274 yards and 15TDs. A healthy Gronk in 2014 would certainly help Tom Brady get back to dancing with the league’s top 5 passers. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Julian Edelman the best WR on the field; Rob Gronkowski looking good.

According to, Julian Edelman “was the best receiver on the field” during OTAs. Mandatory mini-camp begins June 17th, followed by training camp near the end of July.

SMITTY: This is no surprise, nor is it super-meaningful given that we’re talking “organized team activities” without pads. Still, all this should be a reminder that Edelman is Tom Brady’s most trusted “non-Gronk” target heading into 2014; he remains a very, very undervalued fantasy WR3 heading into the upcoming fantasy football season. On the topic of Rob Gronkowski, the tight end is showing no signs of limitations so far in camp, as he is bursting and cutting. All early indications point to Gronk being a ‘go’ for Week 1.