rotobahn-logoWelcome to the Week 4 starts and sits. As always, I have done my best to avoid rehashing obvious options who will be starting for you no matter what. I have also tried to come up with players who are good values on DraftKings this week. If you are looking for my take on players not listed in this space, feel free to check out my full lineup rankings over at Rotobahn.

I’ll be back Friday afternoon on WEEI with Jim Hackett, and we’ll have another Fantasy Football Podcast for you. I’ll also be posting a DraftKings pod over at Rotobahn later today, so check that out if you plan on playing any DFF this weekend! Keep pace with all of our fantasy content, both here and at Rotobahn, by following me on Twitter.

QUARTERBACKS

Start

Philip Rivers, Chargers vs. Saints, $6,900

He’s a nice cheap source of points, and he has the upside you want in DraftKings tournaments. Rivers also is a solid play in any seasonal league. The Chargers will have the ball in the air often against the Saints and his receivers should find space against New Orleans’ cornerbacks.

Kirk Cousins, Washington vs. Browns, $6,500

Cousins excels in easier matchups, so this is obviously a week to play him. The Browns have a weak team overall and Washington should be able to make plays in the passing game. I’m leaning toward Jordan Reed ($6,300) as a stacking option.

Joe Flacco, Ravens vs. Raiders, $5,900

I just can’t get over the low price. Yes, Flacco has been mediocre so far for fantasy purposes, but you know they are going to throw it a ton with Marc Trestman calling the plays. I think it’s just a matter of time until Flacco posts a big game, and that could happen here. What’s great is that, at his price, I can afford to put a lot of talent around him in my DraftKings lineup. I like the idea of stacking him with either Dennis Pitta or Mike Wallace this week — and maybe even both.

Brock Osweiler, Texans vs. Titans, $5,800

This is a move for the bold — in the vein of my Fleener recommendation from Week 3. Osweiler is wearing a “kick me” sign after last week’s debacle in New England, but let’s give some credit to the Patriots defense and let’s give Osweiler a break, too. After all, everybody looks like a warmed-over Tony Eason sometimes. That joke was for Jim Hackett. If it got any other laughs, I got lucky. That said, I don’t think you’ll need luck with Osweiler this week. That’s what the Titans are there for. The Titans have been a get-well game for the Texans more than a few times in recent years, and they look like a road apple here.

Sit

Tyrod Taylor, Bills at Patriots, $5,400

He is just way too risky on the road against a tough defense and without his best weapon in the passing game, Sammy Watkins. No way am I playing Taylor if I have a choice in the matter.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jets vs. Seahawks, $5,300

It’s not the bushel of picks he threw this past Sunday against the Chiefs. It’s not the injury to Eric Decker. It’s not Fitzpatrick’s generally weak skill set or even his stupid beard. Well, it’s all of those things, but there’s more. The Jets with Fitzpatrick just don’t match up well against the Seahawks defense. The Jets like to spread the field and use misdirection. The Seahawks eat that stuff as they close and tackle as well as anybody outside of Carolina. Avoid Fitzpatrick, as the Jets should have last offseason.

RUNNING BACKS

Start

Carlos Hyde, 49ers vs. Cowboys, $4,200

He’s been great this year when given any room whatsoever, and I like his chances of finding some room here. In fact, the Cowboys had better be careful in this game without Dez Bryant to balance the field and keep teams from loading up the box. Hyde is a buy for me on DraftKings and a fringe RB1 in seasonal leagues this week.

LeGarrette Blount, Patriots vs. Bills, $5,000

I like the projected game flow (a Patriots lead early) for him, and I like the way he’s been running for the most part. Blount should get some goal-line chances and about 20 touches. He is easily worth a RB2 play in all leagues. He’s just a solid option on DraftKings due to the full PPR scoring.

Jerick McKinnon, Vikings vs. Giants, $3,900

The Giants handle the run fairly well, but McKinnon is a serious handful who can bounce the ball outside with ease. He can also make big plays as a receiver, so he fits the full PPR format on DraftKings pretty well. McKinnon is still getting over a foot injury, and I might want to hold off a week on him, but his price is so low I will want some exposure in DraftKings tournaments.

Jordan Howard, Bears vs. Lions, $3,700

I have been trumpeting Howard as an option for weeks, and now he’s here. And, he’s here at a bargain price. Howard will be a huge part of the offense against the Lions. Expect a 20-touch workload with some receptions mixed in. He also should be the man at the goal line. The matchup is nothing scary, so I definitely will have Howard in some tournament lineups this week.

Sit

Latavius Murray, Raiders at Ravens, $4,900

He is playable if you need him, but he’s also getting slowly de-emphasized in the Oakland offense. To change that, he needs to speed up and play better, but for now, he is losing snaps to DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard. That makes Murray a weak RB2 or flex option against the Ravens.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Start

Travis Benjamin, Chargers vs. Saints, $5,900

There are not enough weapons in San Diego to go away from Benjamin even if they wanted to. He and Tyrell Williams will both be heavily targeted in this matchup with the Saints. I’ll be firing them up anywhere I can, and that includes on DraftKings.

Terrelle Pryor, Browns at Washington, $4,300

He was all over the formation last week and that could continue Sunday at Washington. Pryor may or may not end up being a great receiver, but he’s a central cog in this offense right now, and a nice play as a WR2 or as a tournament option on DraftKings at 4,300 units. He should give you some rushing, passing and receiving stats this week.

Will Fuller, Texans vs. Titans, $5,300

As I mentioned earlier, the Titans project as a get-well opponent for the Texans offense this week. They have nobody to handle Fuller and I think there’s a great chance the rookie finds the end zone in this game. He’s priced well on DraftKings and I will definitely have some Fuller exposure this weekend.

Tyrell Williams, Chargers vs. Saints, $4,400

Williams has really fit in well in the wake of Keenan Allen’s injury and there is no reason to go away from him here. He’s a high-end WR3 option in seasonal leagues and I like him in all types of DraftKings contests. His target volume this week is all but assured.

Phillip Dorsett, Colts at Jaguars (in London), $4,700

He was a bit of a disappointment last week, but it was a tough matchup for him. This week is a different story and I suspect Dorsett will make several big plays in this game. I like him as a WR3 in seasonal leagues and I will have some tournament exposure on DraftKings as well.

Sit

Tajae Sharpe, Titans at Texans, $5,000

I do not trust him as more than a possession guy at this point. He’s not on my Week 4 WR3 radar and he lacks the upside I look for in DraftKings tournaments. There’s also the issue of Kendall Wright’s return, which may cost Sharpe some targets. There were four receivers getting significant snaps for the Titans last week. With Wright’s return, there probably will be five of them. It’s a bad recipe for fantasy production.

Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers vs. Broncos, $3,400

The matchup could not be worse, and he’s been light so far this season. While I suspect that Jackson will bounce back, I truly doubt that it will happen this week against a rough and tumble Denver defense.

TIGHT ENDS

Start

Dennis Pitta, Ravens vs. Raiders, $3,900

He’s been seeing the ball consistently and that won’t change here. Pitta has a great rapport with Joe Flacco that goes back years. It’s been on display through the first three games. He’s a solid TE1 this week in seasonal leagues and he’s a bargain on DraftKings.

Coby Fleener, Saints at Chargers, $3,200

So, who had the guts to play him last week? I hope some of you did. Fleener is not quite as obvious a play in Week 4, but I like his chances as the Chargers cornerbacks tend to force the ball to the middle of the field. Fleener should see the ball consistently again. He has a good shot at a score.

Zach Miller, Bears vs. Lions, $2,700

He looked more like himself last week and he gets a positive matchup here. With Alshon Jeffery banged up and Kevin White still in the process of finding himself, Miller is an important third option and he’s a strong red zone weapon as we saw last week.

Cameron Brate, Buccaneers vs. Broncos, $2,800

Austin Seferian-Jenkins is no longer on the team, which leaves Brate as the unquestioned lead dog. That should mean solid week-to-week production as he’s shown an ability to work well with Jameis Winston over the last year. He’ll be a big part of the game plan this week as the Bucs will have trouble targeting their outside receivers due to Denver’s absurd strength at cornerback. Brate is a potential steal on DraftKings.

Sit

Jacob Tamme, Falcons vs. Panthers, $3,400

It’s a tough matchup and he was nothing special last week. I also worry about him losing snaps to rookie Austin Hooper. Tamme may make some plays, but Carolina closes too well for him to make a big dent on the scoring sheet unless he somehow scores, which I tend to doubt.

Blog Author: 
Peter Davidson

rotobahn-logoWelcome to the Week 4 starts and sits. As always, I have done my best to avoid rehashing obvious options who will be starting for you no matter what. I have also tried to come up with players who are good values on DraftKings this week. If you are looking for my take on players not listed in this space, feel free to check out my full lineup rankings over at Rotobahn.

I’ll be back Friday afternoon on WEEI with Jim Hackett, and we’ll have another Fantasy Football Podcast for you. I’ll also be posting a DraftKings pod over at Rotobahn later today, so check that out if you plan on playing any DFF this weekend! Keep pace with all of our fantasy content, both here and at Rotobahn, by following me on Twitter.

QUARTERBACKS

Start

Philip Rivers, Chargers vs. Saints, $6,900

He’s a nice cheap source of points, and he has the upside you want in DraftKings tournaments. Rivers also is a solid play in any seasonal league. The Chargers will have the ball in the air often against the Saints and his receivers should find space against New Orleans’ cornerbacks.

Kirk Cousins, Washington vs. Browns, $6,500

Cousins excels in easier matchups, so this is obviously a week to play him. The Browns have a weak team overall and Washington should be able to make plays in the passing game. I’m leaning toward Jordan Reed ($6,300) as a stacking option.

Joe Flacco, Ravens vs. Raiders, $5,900

I just can’t get over the low price. Yes, Flacco has been mediocre so far for fantasy purposes, but you know they are going to throw it a ton with Marc Trestman calling the plays. I think it’s just a matter of time until Flacco posts a big game, and that could happen here. What’s great is that, at his price, I can afford to put a lot of talent around him in my DraftKings lineup. I like the idea of stacking him with either Dennis Pitta or Mike Wallace this week — and maybe even both.

Brock Osweiler, Texans vs. Titans, $5,800

This is a move for the bold — in the vein of my Fleener recommendation from Week 3. Osweiler is wearing a “kick me” sign after last week’s debacle in New England, but let’s give some credit to the Patriots defense and let’s give Osweiler a break, too. After all, everybody looks like a warmed-over Tony Eason sometimes. That joke was for Jim Hackett. If it got any other laughs, I got lucky. That said, I don’t think you’ll need luck with Osweiler this week. That’s what the Titans are there for. The Titans have been a get-well game for the Texans more than a few times in recent years, and they look like a road apple here.

Sit

Tyrod Taylor, Bills at Patriots, $5,400

He is just way too risky on the road against a tough defense and without his best weapon in the passing game, Sammy Watkins. No way am I playing Taylor if I have a choice in the matter.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jets vs. Seahawks, $5,300

It’s not the bushel of picks he threw this past Sunday against the Chiefs. It’s not the injury to Eric Decker. It’s not Fitzpatrick’s generally weak skill set or even his stupid beard. Well, it’s all of those things, but there’s more. The Jets with Fitzpatrick just don’t match up well against the Seahawks defense. The Jets like to spread the field and use misdirection. The Seahawks eat that stuff as they close and tackle as well as anybody outside of Carolina. Avoid Fitzpatrick, as the Jets should have last offseason.

RUNNING BACKS

Start

Carlos Hyde, 49ers vs. Cowboys, $4,200

He’s been great this year when given any room whatsoever, and I like his chances of finding some room here. In fact, the Cowboys had better be careful in this game without Dez Bryant to balance the field and keep teams from loading up the box. Hyde is a buy for me on DraftKings and a fringe RB1 in seasonal leagues this week.

LeGarrette Blount, Patriots vs. Bills, $5,000

I like the projected game flow (a Patriots lead early) for him, and I like the way he’s been running for the most part. Blount should get some goal-line chances and about 20 touches. He is easily worth a RB2 play in all leagues. He’s just a solid option on DraftKings due to the full PPR scoring.

Jerick McKinnon, Vikings vs. Giants, $3,900

The Giants handle the run fairly well, but McKinnon is a serious handful who can bounce the ball outside with ease. He can also make big plays as a receiver, so he fits the full PPR format on DraftKings pretty well. McKinnon is still getting over a foot injury, and I might want to hold off a week on him, but his price is so low I will want some exposure in DraftKings tournaments.

Jordan Howard, Bears vs. Lions, $3,700

I have been trumpeting Howard as an option for weeks, and now he’s here. And, he’s here at a bargain price. Howard will be a huge part of the offense against the Lions. Expect a 20-touch workload with some receptions mixed in. He also should be the man at the goal line. The matchup is nothing scary, so I definitely will have Howard in some tournament lineups this week.

Sit

Latavius Murray, Raiders at Ravens, $4,900

He is playable if you need him, but he’s also getting slowly de-emphasized in the Oakland offense. To change that, he needs to speed up and play better, but for now, he is losing snaps to DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard. That makes Murray a weak RB2 or flex option against the Ravens.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Start

Travis Benjamin, Chargers vs. Saints, $5,900

There are not enough weapons in San Diego to go away from Benjamin even if they wanted to. He and Tyrell Williams will both be heavily targeted in this matchup with the Saints. I’ll be firing them up anywhere I can, and that includes on DraftKings.

Terrelle Pryor, Browns at Washington, $4,300

He was all over the formation last week and that could continue Sunday at Washington. Pryor may or may not end up being a great receiver, but he’s a central cog in this offense right now, and a nice play as a WR2 or as a tournament option on DraftKings at 4,300 units. He should give you some rushing, passing and receiving stats this week.

Will Fuller, Texans vs. Titans, $5,300

As I mentioned earlier, the Titans project as a get-well opponent for the Texans offense this week. They have nobody to handle Fuller and I think there’s a great chance the rookie finds the end zone in this game. He’s priced well on DraftKings and I will definitely have some Fuller exposure this weekend.

Tyrell Williams, Chargers vs. Saints, $4,400

Williams has really fit in well in the wake of Keenan Allen’s injury and there is no reason to go away from him here. He’s a high-end WR3 option in seasonal leagues and I like him in all types of DraftKings contests. His target volume this week is all but assured.

Phillip Dorsett, Colts at Jaguars (in London), $4,700

He was a bit of a disappointment last week, but it was a tough matchup for him. This week is a different story and I suspect Dorsett will make several big plays in this game. I like him as a WR3 in seasonal leagues and I will have some tournament exposure on DraftKings as well.

Sit

Tajae Sharpe, Titans at Texans, $5,000

I do not trust him as more than a possession guy at this point. He’s not on my Week 4 WR3 radar and he lacks the upside I look for in DraftKings tournaments. There’s also the issue of Kendall Wright’s return, which may cost Sharpe some targets. There were four receivers getting significant snaps for the Titans last week. With Wright’s return, there probably will be five of them. It’s a bad recipe for fantasy production.

Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers vs. Broncos, $3,400

The matchup could not be worse, and he’s been light so far this season. While I suspect that Jackson will bounce back, I truly doubt that it will happen this week against a rough and tumble Denver defense.

TIGHT ENDS

Start

Dennis Pitta, Ravens vs. Raiders, $3,900

He’s been seeing the ball consistently and that won’t change here. Pitta has a great rapport with Joe Flacco that goes back years. It’s been on display through the first three games. He’s a solid TE1 this week in seasonal leagues and he’s a bargain on DraftKings.

Coby Fleener, Saints at Chargers, $3,200

So, who had the guts to play him last week? I hope some of you did. Fleener is not quite as obvious a play in Week 4, but I like his chances as the Chargers cornerbacks tend to force the ball to the middle of the field. Fleener should see the ball consistently again. He has a good shot at a score.

Zach Miller, Bears vs. Lions, $2,700

He looked more like himself last week and he gets a positive matchup here. With Alshon Jeffery banged up and Kevin White still in the process of finding himself, Miller is an important third option and he’s a strong red zone weapon as we saw last week.

Cameron Brate, Buccaneers vs. Broncos, $2,800

Austin Seferian-Jenkins is no longer on the team, which leaves Brate as the unquestioned lead dog. That should mean solid week-to-week production as he’s shown an ability to work well with Jameis Winston over the last year. He’ll be a big part of the game plan this week as the Bucs will have trouble targeting their outside receivers due to Denver’s absurd strength at cornerback. Brate is a potential steal on DraftKings.

Sit

Jacob Tamme, Falcons vs. Panthers, $3,400

It’s a tough matchup and he was nothing special last week. I also worry about him losing snaps to rookie Austin Hooper. Tamme may make some plays, but Carolina closes too well for him to make a big dent on the scoring sheet unless he somehow scores, which I tend to doubt.

Blog Author: 
Peter Davidson

FOXBORO — The Patriots were back practicing Friday after a rare Thursday walkthrough.

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The Patriots stretch on Friday before practice. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — The Patriots were back practicing Friday after a rare Thursday walkthrough.

And, for a fourth straight day, it was a perfect day of attendance. The only players not on the field were Tom Brady and Rob Ninkovich, both of whom return Monday from their four-game suspensions.

As for the quarterbacks who were on the field, Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett were suited up for shorts and shells practice. Brissett, nursing a right thumb injury, was wearing gloves while Garoppolo was not. Both have been limited all week in the injury report.

The media was only permitted to watch stretching.

Typically, Fridays are reserved for work on red zone offense and defense and speciality situations.

The Patriots will try to improve to 4-0 when they host the Bills this Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia
Sep 1, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;   New England Patriots outside linebacker Jamie Collins (91) attempts to block a pass by New York Giants quarterback Ryan Nassib (12) during first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Jamie Collins could be soaring toward a big deal in free agency. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — No one knows more than Bill Belichick that, in today’s NFL, you have to prepare for the games while always keeping an eye on the future.

Asked Friday about the large number of defensive starters who have pending contract issues on the horizon after the season, the Patriots coach provided some perspective and insight on how the team regards signing its own free agents.

“In general, there’s some team planning, you do what you can do,” Belichick said Friday. “Sometimes if you can work out a contract, which we’ve done that during the season with various players — if you can work that out, you work that out. If you can’t, there’s been a number of players we’ve signed — our players that we’ve signed once free agency has started. Devin (McCourty), to pick a name.”

McCourty’s case might provide some insight as to the Patriots approach this time. After free agency began in March 2015, the team inked him to a five-year, $47.5 million deal through 2019. But that didn’t mean the team wouldn’t re-visit it down the road. Days before this season began, they converted $3.74 million of his salary this season into his signing bonus. That move cleared $2.8 million of cap space. A win-win for the player and the team.

“I don’t think you can be afraid of free agency. It’s not if a guy gets to free agency, you can’t resign him. You’re in a competitive market, but you’re in a competitive market anyway. These guys know that they have other options, depending on who the player is and what their situation is. They have other options. We know there’s only so much money to go around.”

What the Patriots were able to do with Devin McCourty last season is something they would certainly like to pursue with others on their defense.

Linebackers Jamie Collins and Dont’a Hightower, defensive ends Jabaal Sheard and Chris Long, cornerback Logan Ryan, safety Duron Harmon and defensive tackle Alan Branch are unrestricted free agents. Collins, Hightower and Sheard are all considered front line starters and figure to demand big money over multiple years.

Third-year corner Malcolm Butler is a restricted free agent. The Patriots could match any offer Butler receives and be more patient with that.

“If you can work it out, then you have the security, if you can’t then you have your options,” Belichick added. “They have their options, we have our options. That’s professional sports.”

On the offensive side, starters Martellus Bennett, LeGarrette Blount, Marcus Cannon, Sebastian Vollmer and James Develin are all set to hit free agency next March.

Why might Belichick have such patience and feel confident? Simple, the Patriots are projected to have approximately $60 million in cap room after the season, meaning they could sign most of their free agents and let the season play out, which is usually what the Patriots prefer to do when there’s internal discussions over keeping players or letting them walk.

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia
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Bill Belichick holds court Friday in Foxboro. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — The praise of Bill Belichick, his coaching staff and the players has been flying around Foxboro more than Tom Brady’s passing game at its peak.

Even our own Chris Price wrote after the 27-0 demolition of the Texans without Brady, Rob Ninkovich and Jimmy Garoppolo that Belichick should already be considered the 2016 NFL coach of the year.

Don’t trying telling that to Belichick.

Asked by CSNNE’s Tom Curran at the end of Friday’s press conference if he takes any measure of pride in the amount of adversity the team has negotiated in the 3-0 start, Belichick showed his laser focus.

“Again, we’re really focused on Buffalo,” Belichick began. “I mean, I don’t really care about last week, I don’t really care about two weeks ago, I don’t really care about last year. I don’t really care about four years ago. I don’t really care.

“We’re just trying to get ready and compete against Buffalo. That’s our challenge this week. The rest of it, it’s in the books. It is what it is. Write whatever you want to write about it.

“I don’t care. It was good, it was bad, I don’t really care. It’s done. We’ve got to do a good job with what we have right here with Buffalo. Can’t live in the past.

“I respect where you’re coming from. It’s not like I’m trying to be dismissive of it but I really don’t care. It doesn’t really matter. Nothing that happened last year, last week, last month, really has anything to do with this week.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia
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Bill Belichick holds court Friday in Foxboro. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — The praise of Bill Belichick, his coaching staff and the players has been flying around Foxboro more than Tom Brady’s passing game at its peak.

Even our own Chris Price wrote after the 27-0 demolition of the Texans without Brady, Rob Ninkovich and Jimmy Garoppolo that Belichick should already be considered the 2016 NFL coach of the year.

Don’t trying telling that to Belichick.

Asked by CSNNE’s Tom Curran at the end of Friday’s press conference if he takes any measure of pride in the amount of adversity the team has negotiated in the 3-0 start, Belichick showed his laser focus.

“Again, we’re really focused on Buffalo,” Belichick began. “I mean, I don’t really care about last week, I don’t really care about two weeks ago, I don’t really care about last year. I don’t really care about four years ago. I don’t really care.

“We’re just trying to get ready and compete against Buffalo. That’s our challenge this week. The rest of it, it’s in the books. It is what it is. Write whatever you want to write about it.

“I don’t care. It was good, it was bad, I don’t really care. It’s done. We’ve got to do a good job with what we have right here with Buffalo. Can’t live in the past.

“I respect where you’re coming from. It’s not like I’m trying to be dismissive of it but I really don’t care. It doesn’t really matter. Nothing that happened last year, last week, last month, really has anything to do with this week.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia
Michael Lombardi

Michael Lombardi

NFL analyst Mike Lombardi, making his weekly appearance with Kirk & Callahan, said the Patriots are justified in waiting to decide until shortly before game time who will start at quarterback against the Bills on Sunday. To hear the interview, go to the Kirk & Callahan audio on demand page.

Lombardi said the Patriots need to wait as long as possible to see if Jimmy Garoppolo can play through the injury to his shoulder.

“I don’t know if anybody can know that until Sunday,” Lombardi said. “I really don’t. And I don’t mean to be skirting the issue. But I think that Garoppolo is in such an iffy situation. I think Jacoby Brissett’s fine. I think whatever the rumors were about Brissett were wrong. I think Brissett’s fine, I think he can play. I think they probably tried to split reps [in practice].

“But I think the key’s going to be, it’s going to be windy on Sunday, can Garoppolo throw the ball all the way around the field, and how much pain can he tolerate. I don’t know if they’re really going to know that until Saturday — at least Saturday, or Sunday [after] another day of treatment. And if he can go, I would suspect he’ll go, but I have a feeling they’ll play both quarterbacks. … I don’t know if Jimmy’s going to be able to play for 60 minutes, and I don’t think they’ll want to risk that.”

Lombardi said this game likely will come down to New England avoiding mistakes and winning a low-scoring battle.

“They’re going to manage the game,” Lombardi said. “The first thing they’re going to do is not lose the game. So they’re going to protect the ball, not turn it over. And look, they’re not playing a juggernaut, they’re not playing the greatest offense on turf, So you’ve got to look at them and say, ‘OK, look, if we keep them in the pocket, if we don’t turn the ball over, if we don’t give up a big run, the game’s going to be in the teens.’ They’re not going to score very many points. So that’s how you have to approach the game plan: ‘Look, we’re not going to give up a big play down the field. If [wide receiver] Marquise Goodwin comes on the field, everybody on the sideline, play the deep ball. You’ve got to handle that. We’ve got to handle the down-the-field throws. Keep them in the pocket, don’t let them get out of the pocket.’

“It’s the law of inversion. This is what makes [Bill] Belichick so brilliant, is he operates under the Charlie Munger law of inversion. He asks what he must eliminate before he can win. And that’s what he does. They’re going to eliminate the big play, they’re going to stop the run, they’re not going to turn the ball over, and one of my pet peeves of all time is they typically are not going to get penalties on special teams.”

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

On Rex Ryan: “I think he’s a really good defensive coordinator. As a head coach I think there’s a lot to be desired.”

On which team is second best in the AFC East: “The Jets are clearly the second-best team. Their defense is good. The Jets have no depth. That’s the problem with the Jets.”

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

Tom Brady and Robert Kraft are expanding their horizons.

The Patriots quarterback and team owner have become minority partners in UFC.

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Tom Brady and Robert Kraft are expanding their horizons.

The Patriots quarterback and team owner have become minority partners in UFC.

“Expanding our ownership group to include this caliber of talent and entrepreneurs is a strong indicator of UFC’s fast-growing global presence,” UFC President Dana White said. “Our new investors bring an incredible depth of knowledge and experience to help us continue to elevate this brand and capitalize on its entertainment and sports crossover appeal.”

Brady becomes part of a star-studded group that is buying in on one of the biggest and fastest-growing brands in sports worldwide.

Also included in the partnership are Abel “The Weekend” Tesfaye, Adam Levine, Anthony Kiedis, Ben Affleck, Calvin Harris, Cam Newton, Conan O’Brien, Flea, Guy Fieri, Jimmy Kimmel, Li Na, LL COOL J, Maria Sharapova, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Bay, Rob Dyrdek, the Williams sisters (Serena and Venus), Sylvester Stallone, Trey Parker and Tyler Perry.

In July 2016, global entertainment and sports leader WME | IMG – joined by Silver Lake Partners, KKR, MSD Capital, L.P. and MSD Partners, L.P. – announced it would acquire UFC®, the world’s premier professional mixed martial arts (MMA) organization.

The organization, founded in 1993, produces more than 40 live events annually and is the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world, broadcast in over 156 countries and territories to more than 1.1 billion television households in 29 languages.

UFC continues to capitalize on digital platforms via its wholly owned subscription over-the-top service, UFC FIGHT PASS, which delivers exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content to fans around the globe.

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia