Bucs QB Tom Brady will undergo what HC Bruce Arians described as "clean-up" surgery on his left knee. That's the knee in which Brady tore his ACL back in 2008. He hasn't missed a game due to injury since. We'll keep an eye on Brady's status this offseason, but this shouldn't impact his 2021 campaign.
Buccaneers HC Bruce Arians confirmed on Sirius XM NFL Radio Wednesday that he'll be "playing everybody" and "playing to win" in Sunday's game against the Falcons. He said they want to get to 11-5 and take the 5th seed rather than drop to the 6th with a loss. It's nice to hear such confirmation if you're planning to play Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Mike Evans or any other Buc in Week 17 fantasy.
The NFL has moved this week's Bucs-Raiders game from Sunday at 8:20 pm ET to 4:05 pm ET. The league is clearly concerned about Vegas' COVID outbreak and the possibility that this game needs to be postponed. We'll keep an eye on that. Meanwhile, the Seahawks-Cardinals game has been moved to Sunday night. The only fantasy impact there is that the game will no longer be on the DFS main slate.
The Panthers have ruled DT Kawann Short (foot) and DE Yetur Gross-Matos (concussion) out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. That can only help the matchup for QB Tom Brady and the rest of the Bucs offense.
Bucs HC Bruce Arians called '12' personnel his "base offense" on Thursday. ('12' personnel means 1 RB, 2 WRs and 2 TEs.) The Bucs went '12' on 23% of their snaps last season -- the 8th highest rate in the league. Over the past 2 seasons, only 1 team (the 2019 Eagles) has gone '12' on more than 36% of their snaps. We'll buy the Bucs using more 2-TE looks this year after adding Rob Gronkowski to O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate. But don't expect it to be their most common alignment. It's still unlikely that more than 1 of those TEs is a reliable fantasy option. The other result of more 2-TE sets will be more snaps outside the numbers for WR Chris Godwin. That might ding his volume a tad but shouldn't be a big concern overall. Godwin was actually more efficient outside the numbers last season, averaging 2.27 yards per route run vs. 2.22 in the slot.
Tom Brady has agreed to a contract with the Buccaneers, according to multiple outlets. Tampa Bay has been rumored to be a finalist for a while now and holds the upside of 1 of the league's top WR duos in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Brady will also work with longtime NFL coach Bruce Arians. It's tough to say whether Brady impacts the fantasy outlooks for his new receivers, given that we've never seen him outside of New England. Reagardless of QB play, though, it's unlikely that both Evans and Godwin continue to deliver fantasy points at the WR1 level. Brady's arrival officially means we'll see Jameis Winston don a new uniform. His departure from New England also leaves Jarrett Stidham at the top of the current depth chart. We'll see if/how the Patriots choose to address the position further this offseason.
ESPN's Jeff Darlington believes the Titans are the favorites to land QB Tom Brady in free agency. Darlington has Las Vegas and then New England as Brady's next 2 most likely destinations. Brady would be reuniting with HC Mike Vrabel and GM Jon Robinson in Tennessee -- and joining an offense that's built around the running game. This move would obviously mean QB Ryan Tannehill would be one-and-done with the Titans. The QB carousel this offseason will be fascinating.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says Patriots QB Tom Brady's elbow injury is "a thing." We haven't heard much about the issue, but Brady has been listed on the injury report for the past 3 weeks now. "His practice time has been pretty limited as he nurses that elbow injury," Rapoport adds. Brady was sporting a huge wrap on the throwing elbow after Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. The 42-year-old has completed just 51.5% of his passes and averaged 5.4 yards per attempt over his last 4 games. Despite a plus matchup against the Bengals, Brady isn't a recommended QB1 for Week 15.
Patriots QB Tom Brady (elbow) is active for today’s game against the Cowboys. We’re not expecting the elbow to be an issue, but Brady is a weak QB1 play with his depleted WR corps.
Patriots QB Tom Brady (elbow) will play against the Cowboys today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The team reportedly monitored Brady's throwing elbow over the weekend, but we didn't hear any concern about the issue beyond that. Brady seems safe to use as you normally would.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Patriots QB Tom Brady is expected to play against the Cowboys on Sunday, despite being listed as questionable with a right elbow issue. "More managing the elbow and taking care of it than anything," Rapoport adds. It's worth noting that Brady posted an ugly 55.3% completion rate and 4.6 yards per attempt in last week's win over the Eagles. He's no better than a low-end QB1 for Week 12.
Patriots QB Tom Brady was added to the injury report on Friday with a right (throwing) elbow issue. He was limited in practice and is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Cowboys. We haven't heard anything to suggest that this is a real concern, but it's certainly worth keeping an eye on. We'll pass along any updates we get.
The forecast for today's Browns-Patriots game calls for a 100% chance of rain, with heavy rainfall at times possible. The wind will be at just 7-14 mph, so that shouldn't have a major impact. But this will be a wet one. We've made some slight adjustments to our projections for this game.
The Patriots have traded a 2nd-round pick to the Falcons in exchange for WR Mohamed Sanu. New England tried to acquire Sanu during this spring's draft, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, so it's clearly a player the team covets. Sanu was a steady producer in Atlanta, averaging 4.2 catches and 47 yards per game over the past 3+ seasons. He played primarily in the slot for the Falcons, but we'll see how he fits into the Patriots' WR corps alongside Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon (once he's back from his knee injury), Phillip Dorsett and Jakobi Meyers. When everyone's healthy, it figures to be Edelman, Gordon and Sanu in 3-WR sets. Sanu has a brand new offense to learn, though. And note that he's going from the league's 2nd pass-heaviest offense to its 14th run-heaviest. Sanu is worth stashing in most fantasy leagues but won't be a recommended Week 8 starter. The Falcons, meanwhile, figures to roll with either Justin Hardy or Russell Gage as the #3 WR. But Sanu's departure will mostly just free up extra targets for Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Austin Hooper.
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