28-Year-Old Linebacker – Free Agent
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
There was no outlook written for Brandon Spikes in 2015. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Brandon Spikes Contract Information:
Released by the Patriots in June of 2015.
Spikes was released by the Patriots on Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
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Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Spikes spent the first four seasons of his career with the Patriots, and had his best year in 2012, tallying 92 combined tackles and five forced fumbles. After collecting 54 combined tackles in 2014 with the Bills, Spikes will return to his original pro team, where his ability as a run-stuffer will bolster New England's linebacking corps. At the very least, he'll provide an insurance policy in the case that Jerod Mayo and Dont'a Hightower suffer any setbacks in their recoveries from respective knee and shoulder injuries.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Brandon Spikes.
Spikes signed with Buffalo in the offseason and will start for the team at middle linebacker, perhaps even in a three-down role. His play count was limited in New England due knee troubles and a deep linebacker rotation, but his knee is reportedly healthy, and the Bills are fairly thin at linebacker aside from star second-year player Kiko Alonso. Since Buffalo will play with a lot of wide-nine looks on the defensive line, meaning the ends will be split out wide and away from the tackles, Spikes should get a lot of cleanup work in the middle as ballcarriers try to split the widened gaps.
Spikes, who racked up 92 tackles and five forced fumbles in 15 games last season, is slated to start at middle linebacker for the Patriots and while Jerod Mayo is New England's top IDP in the LB slot, Spikes can help out those in deeper formats.
Spikes hasnít fulfilled it quite yet, but he has great potential as both a run stopper and an interception threat. He should be granted more snaps as he heads into his third season than he was given in the last two years, and his role in the middle of the New England defense will keep him consistently near the point of attack, an area in which he thrives. Spikes intercepted six passes and returned four for touchdowns in his three seasons at Florida, so itís reasonable to expect his rare coverage instincts to start showing up on the stat sheet with the Patriots.
Spikes is a bit limited due to his 5.0-speed, but he was effective against the run in his rookie season and has demonstrated the ability to make big plays in coverage despite his lack of fleetness (he returned four interceptions for touchdowns in college). Gary Guyton might steal passing-down work from Spikes, but Spikes should do enough damage on first and second down to be a useful IDP nonetheless. He finished his rookie year with 61 tackles (38 solo) in 12 games.
Spikes, who will join the New England inside linebacker mix, has good intangibles and was productive in collge for Florida, but he isn't the fleetest of foot. Still, the Patriots love their Gators and they clearly view him as a good fit for their system, something the team's brass values more than where a player is listed on consensus draft boards.