Patriots add TE Visanthe Shiancoe
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Patriots add TE Visanthe Shiancoe

The Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots each gave Visanthe Shiancoe a contract offer. And a choice. The 32-year-old tight end chose the defending AFC Champions on Tuesday. He signed a one-year deal with the Patriots for $1.2 million. Shiancoe had spent the past five seasons with the Vikings. After scoring 11 touchdowns in the 2009 season, Shiancoe scored a total of five through the next two seasons.

Fantasy Analysis:

This move really has more to do with Rob Gronkowski @RobGronkowski and Aaron Hernandez @AaronHernandez than Shiancoe. He hasn't had any fantasy value for a couple of years, and that will continue as he plays behind two studs at the position. But Shiancoe might be able to free up those two -- especially Gronkowski -- from a lot of their blocking duties, allowing them to run more pass routes. More routes, more chances for receptions, and in case you're just joining us, that's kind of a big deal in fantasy.


2 Comments | Add Yours

in a 8 team keeper league where the players kept are-M Lynch, Stafford,C Newton,AJ green,Graham-TE for N.O.,Peyton Manning,V Cruz. Do I keep Gronk or Demarco Murray? I have the 5th pick.

Posted by:
asroaerni 07/28/12 08:59 PM Writer

I'd keep Gronk, and that's odd for me to say that because I love to wait on TEs. But I think Murray has enough injury risk that you go for the absolute stud in Gronk over the high-end RB2. Considering that only one RB is being kept among the other seven teams, a good one should be available to you at No. 5.

Posted by:
Brian Murphy 07/29/12 03:11 PM

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