LeGarrette Blount

LeGarrette Blount

Every week, we list the Patriots’ “offensive touches,” a running tally of which one of the offensive skill position players is getting the most looks. Like our weekly look at targets, it can occasionally be an inexact stat, but it remains a good barometer of how confident the coaches (and quarterback) are when it comes to the skill position players at their disposal. Here’s a breakdown of the New England offense after 10 regular-season games:

RB LeGarrette Blount: 139 (133 carries, 6 catches), 7 negative runs
RB Dion Lewis: 85 (49 carries, 36 catches), 4 negative runs, 1 negative reception, 1 lost fumble
WR Julian Edelman: 64 (3 carries, 61 catches), 1 negative reception
TE Rob Gronkowski: 51 (51 catches)
WR Danny Amendola: 51 (2 carries, 49 catches)
QB Tom Brady: 22 (22 carries) 21 sacks (18 for negative yards), 8 kneeldowns, 2 lost fumbles, 1 negative run
RB James White: 20 (10 carries, 10 catches), 1 negative reception, 1 negative run
WR Brandon LaFell: 17 (17 catches)
RB Brandon Bolden: 17 (12 carries, 5 catches), 2 negative runs
TE Scott Chandler: 14 (14 catches)
WR Aaron Dobson: 13 (13 catches)
WR Keshawn Martin: 6 (6 catches)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo: 5 (5 carries, all kneeldowns)
TE Mike Williams: 2 (2 catches)
RB Travaris Cadet: 1 (1 catch)

Notes: The Patriots ran 62 plays from scrimmage against the Bills. Brady was sacked once, and there was one other negative play, a negative run from Bolden. … In all against Buffalo, New England had 32 of 62 plays in the shotgun, a rate of 52 percent, and ran no-huddle on 6 plays from scrimmage, a rate of 10 percent. … Overall, on 667 plays from scrimmage this season for the Patriots’ offense, 361 have come in shotgun (54 percent) and 111 in no-huddle (17 percent). By way of comparison, in 2014, they were in no-huddle on 7 percent of their plays from scrimmage in 2014 and 11 percent in 2013, and in shotgun 39 percent of the time last year and 42 percent of the time in 2013.

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Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower joined the show to discuss last night's divisional win over the Bills, the inadvertent whistle, being named the "Gruden Grinder" and how the team is dealing with injuries.

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The Patriots cannot afford to lose Danny Amendola for a long period of time. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The Patriots cannot afford to lose Danny Amendola for a long period of time. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

It’s the last thing the Patriots offense needed to have happen.

With a reported long-term injury to Julian Edelman suffered against the Giants, coming after losing running back Dion Lewis for the season to a torn ACL against the Redskins, besides Rob Gronkowski the offense was centered around Danny Amendola.

Things were going well for the new top receiver, as through two and a half quarters, Amendola was the Patriots’ leading receiver catching nine passes on 12 targets for 117 yards, but then he suffered a knee injury and was lost for the rest of the game.

It clearly had an impact on both Tom Brady and the rest of the offense. Consider the following:

  • Brady was 9-for-12 for 117 yards when throwing to Amendola and 11-for-27 for 160 yards when targeting anyone else.
  • After Amendola was removed from the game, Brady was just 3-for-7 passing for 42 yards with an interception.
  • Prior to Amendola getting hurt, the Patriots averaged 6.43 yards a play. After he left the game, the Patriots averaged just 4.06 yards a play. (It is worth noting, Brady and the offense were trying to run out the clock in the final quarter.)

“You get pretty limited quickly in the things that you can do, and we still played hard and we fought hard,” Brady said after the game. “We just, we’ve got to try to review some things and [sync] some things up and see if we can play better next week.”

Aaron Dobson was also injured in the game and didn’t return and there’s been no update on his status. Meanwhile, Amendola will reportedly have a MRI Tuesday to determine the extent of his knee injury, although the team is optimistic it’s minor.

If he and Dobson were to miss extensive time it would be yet another major blow to the Patriots offense. Not having Edelman, Lewis, Amendola and Dobson would leave nearly 50 percent of the total offense’s yardage this season — 47 percent to be exact — missing.

The final quarter-plus Monday night showed what things would potentially look like without all those players and it certainly wasn’t pretty. This leaves the Patriots, like everyone else, hoping Amendola’s MRI comes back clean and the Patriots can avoid another disaster.

“We’€™ll put together the best plan we think we can this week that we think can hold up against a very good defense,” Brady told Dennis & Callahan Tuesday. “It’€™s just going to require us to execute a lot better. That’€™s what it comes down to.”

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Through 10 games, the Patriots have 69 penalties for 654 yards. Here’€™s a breakdown of the calls that have gone against New England, not including penalties that were declined or offset.

Most penalized players, listed by total flags and with total yardage lost
TE Rob Gronkowski: 7 (4 offensive pass interference, 2 false start, offensive holding), 59 yards
S/ST Patrick Chung: 7 (2 defensive pass interference, illegal contact, 2 offensive holding — special teams, illegal block above the waist — special teams, defensive holding), 59 yards
C David Andrews: 5 (2 offensive holding, 3 false start), 35 yards
CB/ST Malcolm Butler: 4 (taunting, 3 defensive pass interference), 85 yards
Team: 4 (illegal formation, defensive holding, 12 men on the field, false start), 24 yards
OL Josh Kline: 3 (offensive holding, false start, clipping), 30 yards
WR Julian Edelman: 3 (offensive holding, offensive pass interference, false start), 25 yards
OL Cameron Fleming: 3 (offensive holding, false start, ineligible downfield pass), 20 yards
CB Justin Coleman: 3 (illegal contact, illegal use of hands, defensive holding), 13 yards
CB Rashaan Melvin: 2 (illegal block above the waist, defensive pass interference), 28 yards
S/ST Devin McCourty: 2 (illegal block above the waist — special teams, defensive pass interference), 27 yards
OL Nate Solder: 2 (unnecessary roughness, offensive holding), 25 yards
OL Bryan Stork: 2 (2 offensive holding), 20 yards
OL Marcus Cannon: 2 (false start, offensive holding), 15 yards
OL Sebastian Vollmer: 2 (illegal use of hands, illegal formation), 15 yards
ST Brandon King: 2 (illegal block above the waist, false start), 15 yards
CB Logan Ryan: 2 (illegal contact, offensive holding — special teams), 15 yards
CB Bradley Fletcher: 1 (defensive pass interference), 39 yards
WR Danny Amendola: 1 (illegal crackback block), 15 yards
RB/ST Brandon Bolden: 1 (offensive holding — special teams) 10 yards
TE Scott Chandler: 1 (offensive pass interference), 10 yards
WR Keshawn Martin: 1 (offensive pass interference), 10 yards
WR Aaron Dobson: 1 (offensive pass interference), 10 yards
ST Matthew Slater: 1 (illegal block above the waist), 10 yards
ST/LB Eric Martin: 1 (offensive holding), 10 yards
DL/ST Rufus Johnson: 1 (running into the kicker), 5 yards
DL Jabaal Sheard: 1 (defensive holding), 5 yards
DL Rob Ninkovich: 1 (neutral zone infraction), 5 yards
QB Tom Brady: 1 (delay of game), 5 yards
LB Dont’a Hightower: 1 (defensive holding), 5 yards
P Ryan Allen: 1 (delay of game), 5 yards

Most penalized by position
Offensive line: 19 penalties, 160 yards
Special teams: 13 penalties, 119 yards
Cornerback: 10 penalties, 155 yards
Tight end: 8 penalties, 69 yards
Wide receiver: 6 penalties, 60 yards
Safety: 5 penalties, 47 yards
Team: 4 penalties, 24 yards
Defensive line: 2 penalties, 10 yards
Quarterback: 1 penalty, 5 yards
Linebacker: 1 penalty, 5 yards

Most frequently called penalties
Offensive holding: 15
False start: 11
Offensive pass interference: 8
Defensive pass interference: 8
Defensive holding: 5
Illegal block above the waist: 5
Illegal contact: 3
Illegal use of hands: 2
Delay of game: 2
Illegal formation: 2
Unnecessary roughness: 1
Running into the kicker: 1
Taunting: 1
12 men on the field: 1
Neutral zone infraction: 1
Illegal crackback block: 1
Clipping: 1
Ineligible downfield pass: 1

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In the middle of the second quarter of the Patriots’ 20-13 win over the Bills Monday night, ESPN cameras caught Tom Brady on the Patriots sideline yelling at the rest of the offense, particularly the offensive linemen.

Tom Brady said he was "agitated" most of the game Monday against the Bills. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Tom Brady said he was “agitated” most of the game Monday against the Bills. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

In the middle of the second quarter of the Patriots’ 20-13 win over the Bills Monday night, ESPN cameras caught Tom Brady on the Patriots sideline yelling at the rest of the offense, particularly the offensive linemen.

Brady said on Dennis & Callahan Tuesday morning he was “agitated” the whole game.

“I was pretty agitated all night,” Brady said. “For three hours and 20 minutes I was pretty agitated. I don’t remember who I was talking to at that particular point. When you’re the quarterback and you’ve been around, you see things and you want to try and create some urgency and see if we can get in the game and start tightening things up because things like that happen in practice too.”

He added: “You have to figure a way when things aren’t going well to rally and when things don’t seem to be going well, how are you going to find that rhythm. Just making sure everyone is focused and letting them know that I am focused and that they need to be focused. We can all be more focused together because we all play off one another. That’s offensive football. The more guys you can count on that are dependable, that are doing the right thing, that I know that this is taken care of because I can take my eyes off it and focus on something else that I need to focus on. If I’m not quite sure then I need to spend my energy thinking about what someone else has to do and that takes away from what I am trying to do and if you do that too often then it’s a hard way to play offensive football.”

Brady confirmed he was never asked to go on ESPN after the game. (Furthermore, no Patriots players appeared on the network afterwards.) He did say he met with ESPN earlier in the weekend.

“I did meet with Mike [Tirico],” Brady said. “The production meeting, I know is always pretty important and you develop a relationship with those guys. Mike is a Michigan man so I like Mike a lot.”

The quarterback was also asked about his “Rex Ryan” audible at the line of scrimmage in the first quarter. Brady said it was nothing against Ryan.

“Sometimes you use their name because you are playing them that week and we had some other names we could have used on other plays as it relates to the Buffalo Bills,” Brady said. “It’s just part of the verbal communication. The last thing I am trying to do in the middle of the first quarter is to tweak Rex. I don’t need to do that.”

Following are more snip-its from the conversation. For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.

On who the Patriots’ biggest rival is: “I feel like there are a lot of teams we play in the NFL and I say, ‘God, man, I hate this team.’ I think after 16 years of big games and division opponents you play so many of these guys in multiple years in big games and you do develop these certain rivalries. It would hard to put a finger on just one because we’ve played so many meaningful games against so many of these teams. Even the teams that we play not very often like the Giants, I would consider them a pretty big rival, considering they beat us in a couple Super Bowls. I couldn’t pick just one.”

On if he pays attention to what opponents say the week of games: “I would just say for me personally, most of the week, I really don’t care what anyone says, whether it is their team or the coach because you know, the only thing that really matter is what takes place for those three hours when you play. That is what determines whether you win or lose. Not what they said in the pregame press conference, or the color jerseys you’re wearing, or the music they play before the game, home or away. Ultimately it comes down to how well the players perform when it matters most. I think the older I’ve gotten the less I think about all the other things because if I do it becomes wasted energy. When you’re young and you are inexperienced you do think about a lot of things that don’t matter. Playing for a coach that has been in the NFL a long time, he doesn’t care either.”

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined Dennis, Callahan & Minihane on Tuesday morning following the Patriots’ win over the Bills Monday night. It wasn’t the team’s best effort, as they were held to a season-low 20 points, but overcame injuries once again to pull out the win.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined Dennis, Callahan & Minihane on Tuesday morning following the Patriots’ win over the Bills Monday night. It wasn’t the team’s best effort, as they were held to a season-low 20 points, but overcame injuries once again to pull out the win. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

For the third straight game the Patriots suffered a major injury during a game to their offense. Two weeks ago it was Dion Lewis against the Redskins. Last week it was Julian Edelman against the Giants and Monday night it was Danny Amendola in the third quarter to an apparent knee injury.

Brady discussed how losing key players in the middle of game impacts the play calling.

“Yeah, it gets a little tricky just because you’re putting in guys in a lot of positions they haven’t played or you haven’t practiced or have a lot of confidence in, so it is hard to call things with conviction, especially for the play caller because he’s looking at his sheet, ‘Well, this guy has never done this,'” Brady said. “There is a lot of intricacies to these plays. Especially in our offense, we have a lot of details in them so it’s one thing to practice them all week with the guys that are playing and we did that this week with Danny and Aaron [Dobson]. Those guys got injured.

“Chris Harper, I thought did a good job — went in there and played hard. It’s just one of those things that’s part of football. You have to somehow grind it out and figure out how to win a game and when you lose guys like Julian and Dion, who are very consistent players. Those certainly don’t help your team and then to lose players in the middle of a game like that — we’ve dealt with that the last few weeks of trying to still find ways to make plays and so forth.

“We haven’t really got in a rhythm and just didn’t execute as well as we’re capable of. There will be a lot to learn from. It’s good to win and still learn from mistakes and we’re playing the No. 1 ranked defense this week so it has to be a much better effort.”

Brady had a tough night as he was under pressure all game long. The quarterback finished the game 20-for-39 with 277 yards and one touchdown and one interception.

“I think our execution was a problem for us all night,” Brady said. “That was things that were really self-inflicted that I know we’re capable of doing because we’ve done it all year and for some reason last night we just couldn’t get the communication right and we just weren’t on the same page. They put a lot of pressure on [us] and I think the challenging part about that type of defense is they really test you in a lot of ways. They test your protections. They test you in the run game. They test you with different blitz looks and so forth. That’s kind of the mark of their defense.

“If you don’t really nail it to a ‘T’ then they get a lot of free plays and I think there were a lot of free plays that I basically took the ball and tried to throw it away as fast as I could. For one reason or another our communication between all of us needs to be able to improve so that we can have the confidence to stand in there and make the plays when they are there, make the reads and so forth. We just didn’t do it as well as we’re capable of last night.”

One of the most-talked about plays in the game was the inadvertent whistle play in the third quarter where Amendola made a catch near the Bills sideline and appeared to have room to run, but there was an inadvertent whistle and the play was blown dead where he caught the ball — a 14-yard gain.

The Bills sideline did pick up an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the play, but the Patriots couldn’t do anything further on the drive as it ended with Stephen Gostkowski‘s first missed field goal of the year.

Brady acknowledged the referees can make mistakes and noted Gene Steratore’s crew is one of the best in the league.

“I’m not sure. I’m not sure how much he would have gained,” Brady said of the play. “The whistle blew and the guys kind of stopped, so I don’t know. I think the refs make mistakes too so it’s just one of those things. They’re not perfect. We’re not perfect as players. I know they get a lot of criticism and so forth, but that crew is a good crew. We’ve had them a lot and those things happen. We have to figure out a way to overcome it. It was still a very positive play for us. We gained a lot of yards. We just didn’t do much when we got down into their territory. I would have loved for us to take advantage of the penalty they got on the play and move the ball down and score points. It was just one of those plays. They don’t come up very often and for one reason or another someone accidentally blew the whistle and that is part of football.”

Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.

On Chris Harper: “Chris did a good job for us last night. Just stepping in and a lot of things he didn’t practice and when you watch the things he was doing you’re really encouraged. It will be good to get a good week of practice with all the guys who go out there and play and then you try and cut it loose and see if what you’re doing is good enough for that particular week and it some point you have to try and get some guys back healthy and playing back in their normal positions. If you can do that and withstand the injuries, you have a deeper team and guys have more experience. We’re just at a place right now where we’ve lost a lot of players, but at the same time, like I said, our expectations don’t change. It doesn’t let you off the hook for things we’re perfectly capable of doing and executing, which we are, and we just didn’t do many of those things well last night. Like I said, when you play a good team like that, certainly a division team, the second time around, it’s always challenging. They are a good defense. They always seem to play us well and it’s a good division win for us.”

On teams paying more attention to Rob Gronkowski with Edelman, Lewis and potentially Amendola out: “I think the best thing for a lot of good receivers is to have another good receiver on the team and also out there running routes because there’s only so many people they can double and so forth. If you have another guy that is making a lot of plays — Danny made some great plays for us last night. He was having a helluva game until he came out in the third quarter. He had over 100 yards receiving and then he goes out so obviously the attention is on Gronk and they are just focused on him so we still have to figure out a way, in the run game or the pass game to move the ball, covert on third down and so forth. We’ll put together the best plan we think we can this week that we think can hold up against a very good defense. It’s just going to require us to execute a lot better. That’s what it comes down to.”

On number of passes thrown away: “You guys know me. I don’t care about passer rating or anything like that. I just want to win and I want to help our team win and I want to make the best decisions I can to help us win. If that is throwing it away 40 times to win, I’ll throw it away 40 times.”

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On Sunday, Chris Price asked me if this was the worst season I had ever seen in terms of injuries to top skill players. I said it was and since then we have lost a few more weekly starters, including Marshawn Lynch. This is a brutal season for starting running backs and it just seems to be getting worse. The good news is that there are so many injuries that most fantasy teams have some issues. There’€™s trouble all over and it’€™s how you walk through the fire that will determine how far you can take your team in the coming weeks.

I have the most relevant pickups listed below and I will be adding more players at Rotobahn this afternoon, so stop by if you play in a deep league.

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The ownership rates listed for each player were obtained at Yahoo!


Jay Cutler, Bears, 45 percent

He was mediocre against the Broncos, but that’€™s to be expected. As I said last week, Cutler’€™s closing schedule is friendly and he can start for you the rest of the way if you need a quarterback. He plays at Green Bay on Thursday night.

Jameis Winston, Bucs, 25 percent

With the return of Vincent Jackson, Winston now has his two primary weapons back. As I have been saying for weeks, he has a very nice closing schedule and he can be your starter on most weeks in most leagues. The rookie should be owned in all leagues.

Marcus Mariota, Titans, 44 percent

He’€™s been very good in two out of the last three games with the bad game coming against the Panthers, who have shut down a lot of passing offenses this year. Mariota’€™s closing schedule has some choice matchups, so he should be owned in most leagues and certainly in all 12-team leagues.

Kirk Cousins, Washington, 24 percent

He’€™s had bad performances in bad matchups, but very good performances in good matchups. That’€™s key because he only has one more bad matchup remaining on his schedule and he has healthy weapons around him. Cousins can help you in deep formats as a matchup play.

Brock Osweiler, Broncos, 17 percent

He will start for at least one more week and it’€™s possible that he wins the job outright. Osweiler is a lifeboat for Peyton Manning owners. He can score points because of all the receiving talent around him. He should also get Emmanuel Sanders back this week.

Johnny Manziel, Browns, 5 percent

He has a nice matchup this week against a deflated Ravens team that has lost a remarkable number of key players, the latest being Joe Flacco. Manziel has a good shot at starting the rest of the way and he may be able to help you in large formats.


Thomas Rawls, Seahawks, 33 percent

Rawls’€™ great play combined with Marshawn Lynch‘€™s potential season-ending abdominal injury put the rookie at the top of the pile this week. This is the player you want to make a move for if you can.

Javorious Allen, Ravens, 12 percent

He is now the back to own in Baltimore after Justin Forsett’€™s season-ending injury. His injury is a broken arm, which will be all healed up for next season. Of course, that does little to console Forsett owners. Allen has plenty of potential in all scoring formats as he is a good receiver out of the backfield and he’€™s big enough to be a goal line back. The problem, and it’€™s an obvious one, is the lack of talent around him. Teams will be able to key on the run if Allen is running well because Matt Schaub, the new starting quarterback, inspires more fear in Ravens fans than opposing defenses. Still, Allen should get volume and in the current RB market, he has significant value.

James White, Patriots, 30 percent

He scored twice against the Bills and he did it on four touches, so sustainability is a concern. Still, the fact that he was so involved near the stripe is encouraging. White may lack Dion Lewis’€™ elusiveness and explosiveness, but he is a solid football player and he should continue to have some chances in the red zone. He has plenty of flex appeal going forward and could get into the RB2 mix if he keeps playing well. He needs to be owned in all leagues.

Tevin Coleman, Falcons, 27 percent

He may get a start this week if Devonta Freeman is slow to recover from his concussion, but Freeman owners should be adding Coleman no matter what because he has huge upside if Freeman goes down. Do yourself a favor and go get this guy if you are a Freeman owner. If you are chasing a Freeman owner in the standings, you might consider a preemptive strike just to jam that team up. Coleman’€™s upside makes it a totally viable move.

Shaun Draughn. 49ers, 17 percent

After this week’€™s tilt against the Cardinals, the 49ers‘€™ schedule eases up a bit and that is where Draughn’€™s value may lie. The only issue would be Carlos Hyde’€™s return, but I have to wonder about whether it makes sense for the 49ers to bring him back and risk more problems with the stress fracture in his foot. If you own Hyde, then owning Draughn is a no-brainer. If not, he’€™s more of a week-to-week asset.

Spencer Ware, Chiefs, 7 percent

Ware took over for Charcandrick West who went down with a hamstring injury. West’€™s status for Week 12 is up in the air, so those who own West can lock down the Chiefs’€™ starter by adding Ware. And, if you get him, he is worth hanging onto as a handcuff option. He looked good after taking over, as he scored twice and picked a few chunk plays, €”including a sweet 52-yard scamper. Ware is a power back, but as we saw during his days at LSU, he can make some cuts and run through contact. He’€™s not a fluke and he is playing ahead of Knile Davis for a reason.

Ahmad Bradshaw, Colts, 7 percent

Frank Gore was having issues with a quad and/or his knee last week and Bradshaw closed out the game as the Colts’€™ lead back. He looked typically good and scored twice. This underscores the need for Gore owners to also own Bradshaw if they can open up a roster spot. Bradshaw is talented and he has fresh legs.

Robert Turbin, Cowboys, 7 percent

He’€™s the clear backup to Darren McFadden and McFadden’€™s injury history makes Turbin a must-own player in deeper leagues. He looked healthy again picking up 35 yards on seven carries. Turbin is also an every down back if need be, so his ceiling would be huge playing behind the Cowboys’€™ offensive line with both Tony Romo and Dez Bryant back healthy. If you own McFadden, you really ought to add Turbin if you can find the space on your bench. He’€™s a very good handcuff option.


Devin Funchess, Panthers, 34 percent

He’€™s been coming on for a few weeks now and he had a strong performance in Week 11 with a touchdown and four catches. He was also targeted eight times, which was a season high. Funchess should now be owned in most leagues and certainly in all leagues with 12 or more teams.

Marquess Wilson, Bears, 8 percent

Wilson had a breakout game last week, though it was not his first good game of the year. What made it impressive is that it came against the Broncos‘€™ cornerbacks. With so many receivers banged up in Chicago, Wilson has value down the stretch and should be owned in most leagues until Eddie Royal comes back, and perhaps even after that. He plays on Thursday night this week, so the injured have less time to heal. He looks like a solid WR3 option against a mediocre Packers defense.

Tyler Lockett, Seahawks, 15 percent

Lockett showed what he is capable of against the 49ers with two scores. He is going to be the best weapon in Seattle’€™s offense next year and his role should continue to grow down the stretch. Lockett should be owned in all 12-team leagues and is a nice stash in smaller leagues.

Leonard Hankerson, Falcons, 13 percent

He’€™s a viable option if you are looking for receiving depth. He’€™s a favorite of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and Matt Ryan looks for him near the goal line.

Kendall Wright, Titans, 44 percent

He should come back from his knee injury this week and there will be plenty of targets awaiting him. I would definitely stash Wright in all PPR leagues in hopes that he returns to form down the stretch.


Vernon Davis, Broncos, 55 percent

He’€™s gotten better and more involved every week and he may have even more value if Brock Osweiler remains at quarterback. Add Davis wherever you can if you need help at tight end. He has some potential this week against the Patriots, and his schedule in the remaining weeks is very good. He should be owned in all leagues.

Kyle Rudolph, Vikings, 40 percent

The big tight end came alive in Week 11 and it could be a harbinger of things to come because the Vikings desperately need targets for Teddy Bridgewater. Rudolph is a nice speculative add in deep leagues just in case his increase in usage becomes a trend.

Ben Watson, Saints, 56 percent

He’€™s coming off of the bye week, so he may be available in some leagues. Watson has had a very strong year and can help in 12-team leagues down the stretch.

Richard Rodgers, Packers, 47 percent

He was light last week but he did have a touchdown called back, so he was active in the red zone as always. Rodgers can help you out in deeper formats because he always has a puncher’€™s chance at a good day. He also has Aaron Rodgers, which is an obvious plus.

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