Update: Twins placed Joe Mauer on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain.
Depending on the severity and how long Mauer says this has been an issue, we could at least have an answer for the exceptionally poor performance this year. You couldn't expect that Mauer would suddenly start hitting for power with the move to first base, but you had every right to think you'd be seeing somewhere around 600 at-bats with a high average. Now you're not getting either as he has struggled all year. The move to the DL is good for fantasy owners as it will expedite the move away from using Mauer. Name-recognition is not going to win you a championship, and you've been using him because of who he is for too long.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Tom Brady completed 23-of-42 passes for 280 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots 30-24 OT loss to the Broncos on Sunday.
Brady turned in one of his better games of the season and Sunday and while he's certainly had better numbers in previous games it is hard to ignore the lack of weapons on the offensive side of the ball that he had at his disposal with injuries to Dion Lewis, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola over the last three weeks. Brady tossed three more touchdown passes on Sunday night, connecting with Rob Gronkowski, Scott Chandler and Brandon Bolden for the scores. Late in the fourth quarter the Patriots passing attack suffered another tremendous blow as Rob Gronkowski was carted off with a knee injury which at the time appeared to be severe and yet Brady still managed to drive the Patriots down the field for a game tying field goal try to send the contest into OT. If Gronk is forced to miss any extended amount of time the fantasy impact for Brady will take another big blow as the available offensive weapons will be reduced to the very bottom of the depth chart. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba