Patriots fantasy report: Week 17

Posted Dec. 30, 2011 @ 10:24 a.m.
Posted By William Del Pilar

Here are some of the Patriots' fantasy football options this week:

QB Tom Brady will play, despite a shoulder injury, as the Patriots need a win to earn home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs and would like some revenge against the Bills, who upset them and picked off Brady four times in Week Three.  

RB Stevan Ridley has led the team in carries the past two weeks with 24. BenJarvus Green-Ellis has had 13 and Danny Woodhead has had 11. Ridley has value heading into Week 17 with the Bills coming into town and is worth a late-week waiver-wire pickup. He had 42 yards on six carries against the Bills in Week Three.

RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis' performance of 3-10-0 is not even his worst game of the season. At this point, you can't count on him. However, with the Bills up next, he does have some value in very deep leagues. It is with diminished value and minimum upside.

WR Deion Branch again showed why he's always an injury fill-in or flex-position WR, catching 3-37-1 vs. Miami. He can score or post great yardage in any game and has five TDs for the season. In nine games, he has produced either solid yardage or a TD.

TE Aaron Hernandez caught 4-36-0 in Week 16 for one of his worst games of the season. Even Rob Gronkowski struggled, going 7-78-0. Both remain fantasy starters.