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The NFL announced that Patriots QB Tom Brady has been suspended 4 games for his role in DeflateGate. Ted Wells' report concluded that it's "more probable than not that Tom Brady was at least generally aware" of the purposefully under-inflated footballs used in last season's AFC Championship Game. He also refused to supply cell-phone records to the investigation. In addition to Brady's ban, the Patriots have been stripped of a 1st-round pick in the 2016 draft, a 4th-rounder in 2017 and been fined $1 million. But the big fantasy football story is clearly the suspension of Brady. The decision is expected to be appealed, so we'll see if the ban is reduced. As it currently stands, Brady would miss games against the Steelers, Bills, Jaguars and Cowboys -- with a Week 4 bye in between. He'd return in Week 6 against the Colts. Losing 4 games will certainly knock Brady down our 2015 rankings when they're released next month, but it won't be difficult to find a fill-in for the 1st month. It could turn Brady into a value pick. QB Jimmy Garoppolo will start while Brady is out. The 2014 2nd-rounder completed 19 of 27 passes for 182 yards and 1 TD last year, with most of that coming in the season finale against the Bills. He'll be tough to trust in fantasy and will also downgrade the early-season outlooks for Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell.

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Gary Myers of the New York Daily News reports that commissioner Roger Goodell will announce a suspension for Patriots QB Tom Brady next weeky. According to Myers, the commish only needs to determine the length of the suspension at this point, not whether to dock Brady any games. Such a punishment would be unprecedented for the situation, but Goodell reportedly considers Brady's combo of taking part in the ball deflation and refusing to supply cell-phone records during the investigation a "serious violation." We'll see what comes down, but it's tough to imagine anything more than a 1-game ban sticking. Even that would likely elicit an appeal.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the NFL is "considering discipline" for Patriots QB Tom Brady for his role in DeflateGate.  Ted Wells' report into the deflated footballs used in the AFC Championship game found that, "it is more probable than not that Tom Brady was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities."  We'd be surprised if the league's discipline included any type of suspension, but we'll keep an eye on the situation.  QB Jimmy Garoppolo would start for New England if Brady was suspended.

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Patriots insider Ben Volin expects QB Tom Brady to play only the 1st half of Sunday's meaningless finale against the Bills.  That's the same tactic New England took the last time they were in this spot back in 2010.  It obviously makes Brady a weak fantasy play.  As for TE Rob Gronkowski, Volin believes he'll see "little-to-no playing time."  Gronk can't be in Week 17 fantasy lineups.  Look for TE Tim Wright to see an uptick in snaps and targets, making him an intriguing flier.  Note, though, that Buffalo ranks #1 in fantasy points allowed to TEs.

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The Bengals' win over the Broncos on Monday night clinched the AFC's #1 seed for the Patriots.  Their Week 17 game against the Bills is now meaningless.  We'll see if we hear anything about them resting starters, but we probably won't get any reliable information from HC Bill Belichick.  On Tuesday, he said, "won't be different this week than any other week. We'll do what's best for our team."  Note that in 2010, the last time New England clinched the #1 seed before the end of the season, QB Tom Brady only played the 1st half of Week 17.  The rest of the skill-position guys played the entire game.  Brady and TE Rob Gronkowski seem like candidates to be pulled early this weekend.

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7 months ago

As expected, Patriots QB Tom Brady is active and playing through his ankle sprain for a 2nd straight game.  He showed no ill effects in clobbering Buffalo on Sunday and should be fine to keep in fantasy lineups against the Jets.

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7 months ago

Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) is probable for Thursday night's game against the Jets.  Despite post-game reports last week that the ankle injury was "significant," it wasn't an issue in Brady's 4-TD outburst against the Bills.  He's a solid fantasy starter for Week 7.

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Patriots QB Tom Brady told Jets reporters on a conference call Tuesday that his sprained ankle is "doing really well," according to The Star-Ledger.  "I've been getting a lot of treatment, and I'll be getting treatment up until game time, and I'm going to go out there on Thursday and see what we can do."  Of course, we only learned after Sunday's win over Buffalo that his injury was "significant," and the next time we get a straight answer out of the Patriots will likely be the 1st.  Still, fantasy owners can't get too worried about Brady given his performance against the Bills and the favorable matchup with the Jets' pass D.  Barring some kind of setback this week, start him with confidence Thursday night.

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Patriots QB Tom Brady was listed as questionable on the Week 6 injury report after tweaking his ankle in Friday's practice.  There was no indication prior to Sunday's game that it was a concern.  But CSN New England hears that Brady's injury was "significant" and required "a lot of therapy" to get ready for the Bills.  The ankle certainly didn't look like an issue, with Brady setting season-highs with 361 yards and 4 TDs.  He has just 4 days to get ready for Thursday night's game against the Jets.  We'll keep an eye on his status leading up to that one, but Brady seems safe to use as a fantasy starter vs. New York's leaky secondary.

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7 months ago

Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Bills. Start him as you normally would.

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7 months ago

ESPN's Adam Schefter is the latest to confirm that Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) will start against the Bills today.  Brady tweaked his ankle in Friday's practice, but there's been nothing to suggest it's a concern.  He never moved in our Week 6 QB Rankings.

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Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) traveled with his teammates to Buffalo with a boot on his injured ankle.  It's further confirmation that he'll play against the Bills on Sunday.  Brady is listed as questionable, but there's been no indication that his ankle injury is serious.  Per insider Jeff Howe, Brady has been "questionable" 4 previous times in his career and is 3-1 in those games.

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The Patriots listed QB Tom Brady as questionable for Sunday’s game at Buffalo with an ankle injury. He suffered the injury in Friday’s practice, but he's still expected to suit up for the key divisional showdown. As team beat writer Jeff Howe remarked, it'll "take a ton" for Brady to sit out.  Check back for an update before the 1pm EST kickoff.

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8 months ago

Patriots QB Tom Brady (calf) is active for today’s game against the Dolphins. There’s been no indication that the calf will be an issue. Brady is a low-end fantasy starter with a limited Rob Gronkowski on hand.

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Patriots QB Tom Brady (calf) is listed as questionable but will start against the Dolphins this weekend. After sitting out Thursday’s practice, he put in a limited workout on Friday. There’s been no indication that the calf will be an issue. Brady sits 11th in our Week 1 QB Rankings.

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Patriots QB Tom Brady (calf) confirmed in a Thursday radio appearance that he'll play against the Dolphins this weekend.  “Yeah, physically I had the day off but I got a lot of extra film, mental reps walkthroughs and such," Brady said.  "I’ll be ready to go Sunday."  We'll keep an eye on the calf, but there's no reason to believe it'll be an issue this weekend.  Use Brady as you normally would.

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