(12/23/14) The Patriots signed defensive lineman Cam Henderson to the practice squad on Tuesday, NESN reports. Henderson was a member of the practice squad earlier this season before he was waived on Sep. 16.
Patriots DST adequate against Jets
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/21/14) The Patriots didn't have a monster defensive performance Week 16 at the Jets, recording just two sacks with one takeaway, an interception by Jamie Collins in the third quarter, but they performed adequately against one of the league's worst offensive teams, allowing 16 points on 307 yards.
It was their fourth game in five allowing less than 20 points. However, it was the just the second time during that same stretch that the Patriots DST didn't score double-digit Fantasy points in standard CBSSports.com leagues.
A lack of big plays are to blame, but those aren't always so predictable from week to week. The Patriots DST has been one of the most consistent in Fantasy this season and has a favorable matchup Week 17 against Buffalo, so keep it active.
Report: Patriots CB Kyle Arrington skips trip to New York
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/20/14) Patriots cornerback Kyle Arringtondid not make the trip to New York and will be inactive Week 16 against the Jets, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN on Saturday. Arrington suffered a hamstring injury in a win over the Dolphins in Week 15.
Through 14 games, Arrington has registered 39 combined tackles, one sack and one forced fumble. Before getting hurt last week, Arrington recovered a blocked field goal and took it for a 57-yard touchdown.
New England (11-3) is 10 1/2-point favorite on the road against New York (3-11).
Patriots D dominates Dolphins in win
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/14/14) The Patriots defense came up with another big performance in Week 15, in a 41-13 win over the Dolphins.
The Patriots gave up 384 yards of total offense to the Dolphins, but held them to just one late touchdown in the first half. They picked Ryan Tannehill off twice and sacked him four times, finishing with 20 Fantasy points for their troubles, their best showing since Week 2.
The Patriots DST has scored in double figures in Fantasy points in three of the last four games, and should be able to keep that going in Week 16, with the Jets on the schedule. The Patriots had just 5 points against the Jets the last time these two met up, but opposing DST units are averaging 12.4 per game against them for the season.
Patriots downgrade CB Kyle Arrington to out Week 15
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/14/14) The Patriots have downgraded cornerback Kyle Arrington to out for the remainder of Week 15 against the Dolphins with a hamstring injury. The announcement was made shortly after halftime. He recovered a blocked field goal and took it for a 57-yard touchdown in the opening quarter before leaving the game.
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The Patriots DST has the potential to be great in 2014, and the additions of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner could give them a dominant secondary. New England lost Aqib Talib to the Broncos this offseason, but getting Revis and Browner is a huge upgrade. The Patriots also get Jerod Mayo (pectoral), Vince Wilfork (Achilles) and Tommy Kelly (ACL) back from injury, along with drafting defensive tackle Dominique Easley in the first round, and they should be able to improve on their No. 12 finish in Fantasy points from 2013. The Patriots had 17 interceptions, 48 sacks, 12 fumble recoveries and three defensive touchdowns last year, which was the third time in the past four seasons that they were a Top 12 Fantasy unit. Go into the season with the Patriots as a Top 10 Fantasy option, and they are worth drafting with a late-round pick. They could emerge as a Top 5 option, especially with a great secondary in a division against erratic quarterbacks like Ryan Tannehill, Michael Vick/Geno Smith and EJ Manuel.