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Patriots WR Josh Gordon's fantasy value soars after his reinstatement

Patriots WR Josh Gordon's fantasy value soars after his reinstatement

Josh Gordon's reinstatement by the NFL and his return to the Patriots has not only given the New England's receiving corps a potential lift, but has risen his fantasy value as well.

Before the reinstatement, Gordon's average draft position, according to FantasyPros, was 176. His draft rank there now is 75, with CBSSports.com's Chris Towers moving him into the Top 30 and Tom Brady moving up draft boards now that he again has Gordon as a target. 

Still, there's always the risk for Gordon to be suspended again, as he has throughout his NFL career, including last season with the Patriots, when he missed the final two games of the regular season and three playoffs.

He played 11 regular-season games for the Patriots and made 40 catches for 720 yards. He led the NFL in yards per reception (18.0) among receivers who've played at least 50 percent of their team's snaps.

Still, in fantasy terms, he only cleared double-digit points four times with four five-catch games and two 100-yard games. 

The Sporting News had Gordon as the 33rd-best WR in fantasy points per game last season. His 40/720/3 TD season extrapolated to a full 16 games, per Towers, has him at 72/1300/9, which would've made him the No. 13 WR last season. 

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Five Patriots plays among Top 30 on NFL 100 list

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Five Patriots plays among Top 30 on NFL 100 list

Last week, the NFL released all but the Top 30 of its 100 greatest plays as part of its 100th-anniversary celebration. Seven plays involving the Patriots cracked that list.

This week, it was a countdown of plays 30 to 1 and the Pats found themselves well-represented again. 

The list was selected by a panel of 50 voters (the same panel that votes for the NFL Awards and the All-Pro team), including our own Tom E. Curran, who listed his Top 20 plays earlier this summer, here. Voters were given a ballot of 100 plays and asked to rank 50.

The rest of the countdowns on NFL Network continue next week with Greatest Games (Sept. 27 & Oct. 4), Characters (Oct. 11 & Oct. 18), Game-Changers (Oct. 25 & Nov. 1) and Teams (Nov. 8 & Nov. 15).

The No. 1 play was Franco Harris' "Immaculate Reception" touchdown in the Pittsburgh Steelers' December 1972 playoff victory over the Oakland Raiders.

 

 

Report: Antonio Brown's latest incident 'enraged' Robert Kraft

Report: Antonio Brown's latest incident 'enraged' Robert Kraft

The Patriots gave Antonio Brown a shot at redemption when they signed him earlier this month, then another when they kept the wide receiver amid allegations of sexual assault.

But on Friday, enough was enough. When intimidating text messages sent by Brown to one of his accusers leaked to the public, that was the final straw.

Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft came to the conclusion cutting ties with Brown was in the best interest of the team. According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, the decision stemmed from Kraft being "enraged" upon hearing about Brown's latest incident.

Howe writes:

Kraft, who was on a business trip, became enraged Friday when he heard the details of Brown’s most recently reported incident of text messaging harassment of a former female acquaintance. Kraft and Belichick spoke and decided together to officially release Brown just 11 days after the Patriots signed the controversial star receiver, according to sources.

Shortly before the release was announced, Belichick walked off the podium in the middle of his press conference following a flurry of questions related to Brown. He did note, however, “There are some things that we’re looking into.”

Brown's tenure in New England lasted only 11 days and one game -- last Sunday's 43-0 win over the Dolphins. Now, he's again a free agent faced with hoping another team will be willing to give him yet another chance.

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