26-Year-Old Linebacker – Free Agent
2013 Fantasy Football Outlook
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,...
2013 ADP: –
Brandon Spikes Contract Information:
Signed a four-year, $3.2 million contract with the Patriots in July 2010.
Spikes says he's 100 percent recovered from the knee injury that caused him to finish 2013 on the IR, Field Yates of ESPN Boston reports.
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Brandon Spikes: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Spikes, who recorded 86 tackles and a pick in 16 regular season contests in 2013, was placed on IR after the close of the campaign, but he'll avoid offseason knee surgery, which helps his cause in free agency. His ability as a run stopper ensures that he'll find a new gig, but at this stage it looks like he has played his last down for New England.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Spikes' season-ending injury came out of nowhere, but he apparently had been playing through a damaged ligament in the knee, which may require surgery at some point, according to Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe. While Jamie Collins might move from outside to middle linebacker as his replacement, Spikes tallied 86 tackles (48 solo), two passes defended, one interception, and one fumble recovery in 16 contests this year.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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.