SMITTY: Julian Edelman is probable and should lead the team in yards, receptions, and targets, however, Brandon LaFell, as usual, holds a lot of sleeper appeal. A whole lot of Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski is expected in this game. LeGarrette Blount will be a boom or bust fantasy play, something that could easily be said about him a couple weeks ago in leagues where you pick players once for the entire stretch of the playoffs. He could be a beast for multiple games, or he could do nothing in this game and the Ravens could win. That’s just how these things go, but if you want to go big or go home, Blount fits the bill. Justin Forsett should be a solid low-end RB1 play in playoff formats, and both Torrey Smith and Steve Smith have 70-100 yard upside, with one of the two being a strong bet to score. While I cringe at all the “Joe Flacco is elite” talk that floats around the main-stream sports media these days, he is a solid playoff quarterback and should have a steady outing in this one. Looking for Week 19 Fantasy Football Playoff Rankings?
SMITTY: As we previously reported, Tom Brady could just play one half in this contest in Week 17, but that is speculation, of course. According to other sources, Rob Gronkowski may not play at all in Week 17, and if he does, he will play very little. While this isn’t coming from the team, nor will it, it’s safe to assume that the Patriots will take it easier with their starters in this game, yet another reason we advise against playing through Week 17. Looking for Week 17 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: For now, fantasy owners better plan to be without both players. Of course, we will have updates as we head into kickoff. Also note, Tom Brady could just play one half in this one, that’s coming from several sources, but all of course is speculation. This is the downside of playing through Week 17, something we advise against. Looking for Week 17 Power Rankings?
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.
According to Boston.com, 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.
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