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Bill Belichick continues routine of limited practices for his star players but who will actually be in doubt this week? We break down the fantasy implications.
Tom Brady (shoulder), Aaron Hernandez (ankle), Wes Welker (ankle), and Brandon Bolden (knee) head the list of notable Patriots that were limited in practice on Wednesday, continuing Bill Belichick's trend of either being super cautious with his stars or simply having the ego to not think that it matters. The real news though is Hernandez, who has missed the last three games with his ankle injury and looks like he might actually return for the first time. If Hernandez is able to play it will boost up the value of the other players because of his ability to draw a defense away from the other players.
Fantasy Take: The Great Wall of China meets The Boulder from Indiana Jones this week when New England's number one offense heads to the Seahawks number one defense. On one hand, the Patriots are one of the most talented and well-coached teams in the NFL and have had a top ten scoring offense in 11 of Tom Brady's 12 seasons at quarterback. On the other hand, Seattle has allowed just four offensive touchdowns in five games. The only Patriots that I'd consider benching though are Stevan Ridley and Bolden, as it seems likely that at least Seattle can stop the run. They may have bigger issues trying to stop Rob Gronkowski, Hernandez, and Welker.