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Jabar Gaffney Released By Patriots, Fantasy Value Dries Up

Aug 7, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Jabar Gaffney walks onto the practice field during training camp at the teams practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-US PRESSWIRE

The Patriots released Jabar Gaffney after he failed to impress in a crowded receiving unit. We break down the fantasy implications.

The New England Patriots have released WR Jabar Gaffny in their first round of roster cuts Monday, reports Christopher Price of WEEI. Gaffney was signed to a two-year deal in May after setting career highs in 2011 with 68 catches, 947 yards and 5 TDs. Despite his productive year, he failed to win the No. 3 WR spot in camp before suffering a thigh injury last week.

Analysis: Pretty surprising cut for a guy who was a steady WR3 last season, but it's clear he had no real role in New England, with Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd locked into starting jobs and the tight-end combo of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez siphoning away even more catch opportunities. There's still time for Gaffney to catch on with another team, but he's not even worth a late-round flier at this point in time.

For more on the Patriots, check out Pats Pulpit and SB Nation Boston.

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