News: LaFell, who had his left shoulder looked at, after leaving Sunday's win over the Lions in the fourth quarter, indicated afterward that he's "good," ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Impact: LaFell also relayed that if there were a game Sunday night, he would play, so it looks like the wideout will be fine for next week's game against Green Bay. We'll let you know if LaFell pops up on Wednesday's injury report, however.
News: Brady completed 38-of-53 passes for 349 yards, with two TDs and a pick in Sunday's 34-9 win over the Lions.
Impact: With a pass-heavy game-plan in place, Brady topped 300 passing yards for the third time in his last four outings. With his slow start, in terms of fantasy production, well behind him, Brady has re-emerged as a reliable lineup option at the QB position, while leading the 9-2 Patriots.
News: Edelman (thigh) caught a season-high 11 passes for 89 yards on 15 targets in Sunday's 34-9 win over the Lions.
Impact: Edelman's catch totals can fluctuate some, but he continues to be a valuable PPR asset (thanks to his target volume) and perhaps more importantly, he has re-established his health, after seeing a season-low 35 snaps in Week 11 against the Colts, while playing through some aches and pains in that contest.
News: Wright saw a season-high 60 snaps in Sunday's 34-9 win over the Lions, ESPN.com reports. In doing so, Wright caught five passes on six targets for 36 yards and two touchdowns.
Impact: Wright's target and yardage totals have been hit-or-miss this season, but he now has six touchdowns over his last seven games, which puts him on the fantasy radar in TD-friendly formats, while working in tandem with fellow TE Rob Gronkowski.
News: LaFell caught nine passes for 98 yards on 12 targets in Sunday's 34-9 win over the Lions.
Impact: As long as he stays healthy, LaFell is in line to see his share of looks in the coming weeks, though ESPN.com notes that the wideout was shook up late in the game, adding that LaFell, who walked off under his own power, was subsequently spotted having his left shoulder examined on the Patriots' sideline.
News: Vereen led New England running backs with 62 snaps on offense in Sunday's 34-9 win over the Lions, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. Vereen finished the game with eight carries for 12 yards and eight catches on nine targets for 48 yards.
Impact: Meanwhile, LeGarrette Blount saw 17 snaps, while Brandon Bolden saw two and Week 11 star Jonas Gray, who was benched, after oversleeping and missing practice Friday, saw zero. While Vereen's role in the New England offense is often game-plan/game-flow dependent, he figures to remain involved enough as a pass-catcher most weeks to retain flex/PPR utility.
News: In his return to the Patriots, Blount saw 17 snaps on offense in Sunday's 34-9 win win over the Lions, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. In the process, Blount carried the ball 12 times for 78 yards, with a pair of touchdowns.
Impact: In a game where the Patriots went pass-heavy, Shane Vereen saw 62 snaps, recording eight carries for 12 yards and eight catches for 48 yards. Meanwhile, fellow "big back" Jonas Gray did not see a single snap in the game, after being sent home in advance of practice Friday after oversleeping. In the span of a few short days, Blount has gone from being an afterthought in the Pittsburgh offense to reclaiming a share of work in the Patriots' attack moving forward. With Gray a candidate to re-enter the team's backfield mix, Blount's potential Week 13 workload against Green Bay is tough to predict, but he's worth a speculative pickup to see if his expanded workload continues down the stretch.
News: Though Gray (not injury-related) was in uniform Sunday against the Lions, he did not record a snap on offense in the game, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Impact: Per the report, Shane Vereen led the team's running backs Sunday with 62 snaps, while fellow power back LeGarette Blount saw 17 snaps and reserve Brandon Bolden saw two. While Vereen's increased involvement Sunday was a predictable outcome, in a game where New England emphasized the pass, Gray's zero-snap afternoon, on the heels of his 201-yard, four TD effort in Week 11, presumably resulted from him oversleeping in advance of practice and being sent home Friday for being late. While we suspect that Gray won't be punished further by the Patriots, Blount carried the ball 12 times for 78 yards and two TDs in his return to New England's backfield mix Sunday, which likely sets the stage for Gray and Blount to share the heavy lifting in the team's ground game moving forward, while Vereen's weekly role figures to vary according to both game planning and game-flow.
News: Though Gray (not injury-related) is active Sunday against the Lions, ESPN.com indicates that he won't start the contest.
Impact: Gray, who missed practice Friday, after oversleeping, is coming off a 201-yard, four-touchdown effort against the Colts this past Sunday, so we'd expect him to remain a part of the team's Week 12 backfield mix. He figures to find production less easy to come by Sunday, with the Patriots facing a Lions' defense that is giving up a league-low average of 68.8 rushing yards per game to date. Moreover, both Shane Vereen, a candidate to see added work this week, particularly as a pass-catcher, and fellow power back LeGarrette Blount, who ESPN's Mike Reiss suggests figures to see some touches at Gray's expense, are also in the mix Sunday, a combination of factors that appear to make Gray a hit-or-miss fantasy option this week.
News: Blount is active for Sunday's game against the Lions, the Providence Journal reports.
Impact: The newly re-acquired Blount's Week 12 role is unclear, but he does provide the Patriots with another power back option to go along with Jonas Gray, while fellow RB Shane Vereen is also a candidate to see his share of touches Sunday, notably in passing situations.
News: Gray (not injury related) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Lions.
Impact: Gray missed Friday's practice due to tardiness, but ultimately it didn't affect his active status for Sunday's game. That said, while Gray is coming off a 201-yard, four-touchdown effort against the Colts this past Sunday, he figures to find running lanes harder to come by this weekend, with the Patriots facing a Lions' defense that is giving up a league-low average of 68.8 rushing yards per game to date. Moreover, there's the possibility that the team's Week 12 game-plan could feature more touches for Shane Vereen, who is adept at catching passes out of the backfield, with bruising back LeGarrette Blount now back with Patriots, in uniform, and also potentially in the mix for some carries Sunday.
News: Edelman (thigh) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Lions.
Impact: Assuming no setbacks with his thigh issue, Edeleman is a candidate to see his share of targets, in a game in which the Patriots may be more inclined to throw, after emphasizing the run game in Week 11 against the Colts.
News: Gray (not injury related) is slated to be active for Sunday's game against the Lions, after missing Friday's practice for reporting late to the Patriots' facilty, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impact: The report adds that the Patriots are expected to make LeGarrette Blount active Sunday, with CBS's Jason LaCanfora suggesting that game-flow and production are likely to determine how much work Gray sees Sunday, on the heels of his 201-yard, four-touchdown effort against the Colts last week. In any case, we'd expect Gray to see his share of Week 12 action, though facing a tough Detroit run defense, it wouldn't be surprising to see a scenario unfold in which the flow of Sunday's game leads to fellow RB Shane Vereen seeing a more prominent role than he saw in the team's Week 11 backfield, given his ability as a pass-catcher.