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Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (foot) has been placed on the active/PUP list.  He can be removed anytime and would be eligible to play Week 1, but the news still puts him on our watch list.  LaFell was in a walking boot for much of the offseason and didn't participate in spring practices open to the media.  He shed the boot earlier this month but obviously isn't yet back to 100%.  We'll continue to keep a close eye on him.  LaFell's absence opens up an opportunity for guys like Danny Amendola and Aaron Dobson to earn bigger roles.

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Patriots WR Julian Edelman (concussion) is inactive for today's game against the Bills.  He has 2 more weeks to gain full clearance before New England's playoff opener.  WR Danny Amendola figures to play a sizeable role again today with Edelman out.  He hauled in 8 of 11 targets last week.

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Patriots WR Julian Edelman did not practice on Wednesday and is listed on the injury report with a concussion.  It's the 1st we've heard of the head injury (not surprising considering this is New England) and leaves him iffy for this weekend's game against the Jets.  If Edelman isn't cleared in time, Danny Amendola figures to soak up most of his snaps.  The Pats could also increase TE Tim Wright's usage.

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Patriots insider Ben Volin gives WR Jeremy Gallon a better shot at making the final roster than WRs Kenbrell Thompkins or Josh Boyce.  Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson and Brandon LaFell are roster locks, leaving Gallon, Thompkins and Boyce likely battling for 1 spot.  Gallon, a 7th-round rookie out of Michigan, goes just 5'8 and 185 pounds.  But he posted a monster 89-1,373-9 line this past season.  Gallon projects as a slot receiver in the pros, so he'd likely need an injury to Edelman and/or Amendola to become a fantasy factor this season.

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Injuries were Patriots WR Danny Amendola's biggest problem in 2013.  But he also had trouble settling into the offense.  OC Josh McDaniels doesn't expect that to be a problem this season.  “He wasn’t here before, and he had an opportunity to get a foundation and a system last year," McDaniels said. "And now it’s his second year, and it will be exciting to see Danny’s growth. Any time you’re in your second year in a system, you’re more comfortable. We’re excited to see what he does.”  It's tough to bank on a big bounce-back season from Amendola.  Durability remains a huge issue, and he'll be fighting for targets with Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Aaron Dobson, Brandon LaFell and Shane Vereen.  But unlike last year, it won't cost you much to draft Amendola this summer.  His 12-team ADP currently sits in the 11th round.  He's not a bad gamble at that point.

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Bleacher Report's Dan Pompei reports that Patriots WR Danny Amendola "has been floated in trade talks."  New England signed the former Ram to a 5-year, $28.5 million contract just last offseason, but Amendola struggled through an injury-riddled season.  He caught just 54 passes for 633 yards, letting down fantasy football owners everywhere.  A healthy Amendola can still present plenty of PPR value.  We'll see if the Pats actually move him.

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Pats insider Nick Underhill passes along word that WR Danny Amendola (groin) won’t undergo surgery.  The 28-year-old was widely expected to go under the knife, but it’s believed that the injury can heal with rest.  Amendola severely underperformed in his 1st year in New England, posting a 54-633-2 line across 12 games.  After the season, both Amendola and Tom Brady admitted that they lacked chemistry.  Of course, the health of the injury-prone WR is key to changing that moving forward.  Amendola will remain on the fantasy radar next season -- especially if the Pats lose unrestricted free agent Julian Edelman

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Not surprisingly, Patriots QB Tom Brady is a big fan of WR Julian Edelman.  "He had an incredible season," Brady said of Edelman on Monday morning. "No one could have ever predicted what he could accomplish for our team. I mean, he was one guy that was so consistent and dependable for us."  Edelman led New England in targets (151), catches (105), yards (1,056) and TDs (6) in the regular season and made another 16 grabs in 2 playoff games.  Brady's words are important since Edelman is set to hit the free-agent market this offseason.  Brady and the Pats would obviously love to have Edelman back in 2014, but we'll see how much money they're able to offer him after handing Danny Amendola a 5-year, $28.5 million deal last offseason.  A return to New England would be best for Edelman's fantasy value.

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The forecast for tonight's Colts-Patriots game calls for 22 mph winds and a 100% chance of rain.  Look for a run-heavy attack from New England, with short passes when they take to the air.  The conditions aren't ideal for Indy's vertical passing attack.  Downgrade QB Andrew Luck and WR T.Y. Hilton.

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