Brian Hoyer Released By Patriots, Still No Fantasy Value

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 29: Quarterback Brian Hoyer #8 of the New England Patriots looks to pass against the New York Giants during an NFL pre-season game at MetLife Stadium on August 29, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Patriots 6-3. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

The Patriots released Brian Hoyer, leaving only 2 QBs on the final roster. We break down the fantasy implications.

In a bit of surprising roster news, Adam Caplan reports that the New England Patriots have released QB Brian Hoyer, giving the No. 2 QB spot to Ryan Mallett. Hoyer was rumored to be trade bait throughout the offseason, but struggled in the preseason, going 22 of 47 for 196 yards, a 1:1 TD/INT ratio and only 4.2 yards per attempt. He is due $1.927 million on an RFA tender.

Analysis: As bad as Hoyer played in the preseason, Mallett hasn't done much to earn the job in his own right, with a 49.3% completion percentage and 4.5 yards per attempt. Yet, the Patriots will go forward with only two QBs on the final roster, making for a precarious situation should anything happen to Tom Brady. Hoyer should catch on with another team before the weekend is over.

For more on the Patriots, check out Pats Pulpit and SB Nation Boston. For more fantasy info, check out the SB Nation Fantasy War Room 6-10pm Monday through Friday, 4-9pm Saturday and Sunday.

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