The 49ers have agreed to a contract extension with QB Jimmy Garoppolo. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports it's worth $137.5 million, a record high for per-year salary. We'll let the Niners worry about whether the financials make sense. The extension is obviously good news for San Francisco skill players, and Garoppolo performed well for fantasy owners over 5 starts last year with shaky surrounding talent. He looks like a potential QB1 in his 1st full season as a fantasy starter ... but Garoppolo's high-profile finish to 2017 also makes him an excellent candidate to be overdrafted come summertime.
The 49ers confirmed Monday that QB Jimmy Garoppolo will start Sunday at Houston, according to ESPN. He enjoyed a solid debut at Chicago in Week 13, completing 26 of 37 passes (70.3%) for 293 yards with 0 TDs and an INT. The Texans matchup puts Garoppolo on the DFS radar for Week 14, but don't overrate him for season-long leagues.
49ers HC Kyle Shanahan informed his QBs on Tuesday that Jimmy Garoppolo will start this weekend's game against the Bears. Garoppolo has been with the team for just about a month, so he figures to be working with a dumbed-down playbook. He'll also be facing a solid defense that's allowed just 6 passing scores in 6 home games this season. Garoppolo is no better than a low-end QB2 for Week 13. A solid showing on Sunday would make him more intriguing for a plus Week 14 matchup vs. Houston.
The 49ers have acquired QB Jimmy Garoppolo from the Patriots in exchange for a 2018 2nd-round pick. So a guy who once was considered a potential Tom Brady successor now becomes San Francisco's latest crack at finding a franchise QB. He's set to hit free agency this offseason, but we'd imagine that the 'Niners have a new contract lined up for him. Garoppolo has been consistently impressive in preseason action and completed 71.2% of his passes for 496 yards, 4 TDs and 0 INTs in 2 starts last season. He has a new offense to learn under HC Kyle Shanahan but figures to be under center for San Francisco within the next few weeks. Garoppolo projects as a significant upgrade for this offense the rest of the way. We wouldn't bother adding him to fantasy rosters now outside of leagues of 16+ teams or 2-QB leagues, though.
Patriots QB Jacoby Brissett (thumb) will get the start today against the Bills, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. QB Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) will be inactive. Brissett attempted just 19 passes in last week's win over the Texans. The Pats would probably like him at a similar number today. There's some rushing upside here, but Brissett is just a low-end QB2. Expect a heavy dose of RB LeGarrette Blount.
The Patriots will start QB Jimmy Garoppolo on Sunday against the Bills, according to Kyle Minihane of WEEI radio. That's no surprise given the "questionable" tags on both Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett (thumb) after both QBs practiced this week. It does put Garoppolo into play for DFS lineups in Week 4, though we'd expect another run-heavy offensive approach. This will be New England's last game before Tom Brady returns from suspension.
Patriots QBs Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (thumb) are both listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bills. Both were limited in practice all week. New England hasn’t added a QB, so 1 of these guys will play. Which one is anyone’s guess. Neither should be in Week 4 fantasy lineups, but Garoppolo would be better news for the Patriots’ pass-catchers.
Patriots QBs Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett split 1st-teams reps during Wednesday's practice, according to insider Ryan Hannable. Both guys threw passes -- a good sign for their Week 4 availability. Garoppolo will certainly get the nod for Sunday's game against the Bills if he receives medical clearance in time.
Patriots QBs Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (thumb) both practiced on Tuesday. It looks like both have a shot to be ready for this weekend's game against the Bills. Garoppolo would get the nod if he's medically cleared and would be a boost to WR Julian Edelman, TE Rob Gronkowski and the rest of New England's pass-catchers.
Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) is inactive, as expected, for tonight's game against the Texans. 3rd-round rookie QB Jacoby Brissett gets the start. Julian Edelman is New England's backup QB. Seriously.
Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) is officially doubtful for Thursday night's game against the Texans. New England tried to make it sound like he had a shot to play, but that was never realistic. Rookie Jacoby Brissett will get the start and figures to do a lot of handing off to RB LeGarrette Blount.
Patriots HC Bill Belichick suggested that QB Jimmy Garoppolo could be a game-time decision for Thursday night's meeting with the Texans. “Could be, sure,” Belichick said. “It would depend on the situation. It would depend on a lot of things. It’s possible. Sure.” Garoppolo's injury is to his throwing shoulder, so it's tough to imagine his playing and being effective 4 days after getting hurt. This is probably a case of the Patriots being the Patriots. We're still expecting QB Jacoby Brissett to start on Thursday, but we'll continue to monitor the situation.
Additional testing on Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo's injured throwing shoulder revealed a sprained AC joint. "The damage wasn't as severe as they originally projected," insider Jeff Howe writes. It sounds like Garoppolo might only miss 1-2 weeks. He won't play vs. the Texans this coming Thursday but might have a shot to return the following week against the Bills. QB Tom Brady will debut in Week 5.
Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo won't play against the Texans on Thursday night, per insider Jeff Howe. Garoppolo is still undergoing tests on his injured throwing shoulder to determine the extent of the damage and how much time he'll miss. New England has 2 more games to get through before QB Tom Brady returns. QB Jacoby Brissett will start vs. Houston. He completed 6 of 9 passes for 92 yards in relief of Garoppolo today.
Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo left Sunday’s game in the 2nd quarter with a right shoulder injury. Rookie Jacoby Brissett took over under center. Garoppolo is officially questionable to return.
Update: Garoppolo has been ruled out.
Patriots QB Tom Brady announced on Friday that he'll no longer contest his 4-game suspension. "It has been a challenging 18 months and I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the legal process," Brady wrote on Facebook. So he'll sit out the season's first 4 games. QB Jimmy Garoppolo will start at Arizona, vs. Miami, vs. Houston and vs. Buffalo. The Dolphins game looks like the only potential spot to use him as a streamer or cheap DFS play. Brady, meanwhile, remains an excellent bet for QB1 production with top-5 upside over the final 12 games. He's worth considering at his current 9th-round price tag. That might drop even further with the suspension confirmed.
The Patriots selected QB Jacoby Brissett with the 91st pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. He becomes the 3rd QB drafted by New England in the past 6 years. Ryan Mallett attempted 4 passes for the Pats, while Jimmy Garoppolo has chucked it 31 times through his first 2 seasons. Brissett started his college career at Florida before transferring to North Carolina State, where he completed 59.9% of his passes with 43 TDs and 11 INTs. He possesses prototypical size at 6'4, 231 pounds and has an NFL-caliber arm. Brissett will sit behind Garoppolo and, of course, Tom Brady this season. But he could eventually push Garoppolo for the right to be Brady's heir apparent.
A federal appeals court ruled on Monday that Patriots QB Tom Brady must serve the 4-game suspension for his role in "Deflategate." Brady won his appeal of the suspension last fall and played all 16 games. He does have the option of appealing this decision to the Supreme Court, although that's viewed as unlikely. Brady and the league could also agree on a reduced ban. But for now, he'll miss the first 4 contests of the 2016 season. QB Jimmy Garoppolo will start those games against the Cardinals, Dolphins, Texans and Bills. Those matchups make him tough to like as a fantasy option, especially with no teams on bye for the first 3 weeks. Brady's suspension also hurts WR Julian Edelman and TE Rob Gronkowski's early-season outlooks.
Patriots WR Brandon LaFell likes what he's seen from QB Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason. "Jimmy has grown a lot since he first stepped foot up there in Foxborough last year," LaFell said. "He got a little experience during the later part of the season against Buffalo; he showed a little glimpse of what he can do. He's been having a nice OTAs, a nice offseason with us." Garoppolo is currently set to start the first 4 games of the season, pending the results of Tom Brady's suspension appeal. The former 2nd-rounder had 27 garbage-time attempts last season, completing 70.4% with 1 TD and 0 INTs. He also tossed 5 TDs vs. just 1 INT in preseason. Garoppolo will be tough to trust in 1-QB leagues but could be an option in 2-QB setups, especially in Week 1 against the Steelers and Week 5 against the Cowboys. Both of those teams ranked in the bottom half of the league against QBs last year.
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