Rob Ninkovich plays role of defensive star Sunday for Patriots
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (12/8/13) Patriots defensive lineman Rob Ninkovich did a little big of everything in helping his team beat Cleveland on Sunday.
Ninkovich tied for second on his unit with seven tackles, registered its only sack, added two TFLs and had two quarterback hits.
Patriots DST almost scoreless in defeat of Browns
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (12/8/13) One measly sack by Rob Ninkovich. That's all Fantasy owners of the Patriots DST got for putting that unit in their lineups Sunday against Cleveland.
The Patriots yielded 26 points and 386 yards and forced no turnovers in their come-from-behind win.
Alfonzo Dennard returns to Sunday game after shoulder scare
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (12/8/13) Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard returned to action in the second quarter Sunday against Cleveland after leaving with an apparent shoulder problem.
Shoulder injury has Alfonzo Dennard sidelined
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (12/8/13) Patriots starting cornerback Alfonzo Dennard has been taken to the locker room with an apparent shoulder injury sustained in the first quarter of the Sunday against Cleveland.
The Patriots DST has the potential to be great in 2013, but they need to be more consistent. The Patriots DST had some big games in 2012 with at least 20 Fantasy points in a standard league in four games, but they also had single digits in five other outings. The good thing for the Patriots is they create plenty of turnovers with 20 interceptions and 21 fumble recoveries. This is now the third year in a row with at least 34 turnovers. A more consistent pass rush would help since they had just 36 sacks in 2012, which is the third year in a row they’ve been at 40 or fewer. But with Bill Belichick at the helm, the Patriots defense will always be among the best in the NFL. They are worth drafting as a Top 10 option in all leagues and should be taken with a late-round pick. (Updated 4/26/13)