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Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio considers it "unlikely that the Commissioner will fully exonerate [Patriots QB Tom] Brady."  In other words, the 4-game suspension won't be completely revoked.  There's still a chance the ban is shortened, though.  Unfortunately, we have no idea when a final decision will be made.  And even then, Brady will have the right to take the ruling to court.  This figures to stretch at least well into July.  Still, Brady represents a nice value at his current 10th-round ADP -- even if the suspension stays at 4 games.

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Patriots QB Tom Brady will meet with Commissioner Roger Goodell and other NFL officials in New York City today to appeal his 4-game suspension.  Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the league is looking for Brady to "prove his innocence & present new information to Goodell, not just raise doubt."  That likely means turning over the emails and phone records that he refused to give up while the investigation was going on.  It's unclear how long the hearing will take -- a few hours or a few days -- or when a final decision on Brady's ban will be made.  The Patriots and fantasy owners are hoping it at least comes before the start of training camp in about a month.

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1 month ago

ESPN reports that we will finally get the appeal hearing for Patriots QB Tom Brady on June 23, and it could run until June 25 if necessary. According to the Boston Herald, the NFL could take up to a month more beyond that to announce it's decision. In the meantime, we'll have to put up with lots more "Deflategate" talk and project Brady as though he's going to miss 4 games.

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The Associated Press reported Monday that Patriots QB Tom Brady's appeal of his 4-game suspension won't take place by Wednesday's deadline. The collective bargaining agreement says an appeal must happen within 10 days of the punishment being announced, but the commissioner's office and player's association can agree to push it back. The sooner Brady's status can be finalized the better, of course, for fantasy football owners.

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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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1 month ago

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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8 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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8 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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8 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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8 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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