Sony Michel - RBPosted 9/20/18 1:57pm ET
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 20.
Huddle Up: Michel received 11 touches in Week 2 and probably will receive a similar workload this week against the Detroit Lions. He can be a possible flex option in some deeper leagues but is not a must-start option.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 9/20/18 1:53pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 20.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski was added to the injury report Thursday, so the severity of his injury is not known at this point. He should be considered a No. 1 tight end in all leagues as long as he is healthy enough to play.
Jordan Matthews - WRPosted 9/19/18 5:10am ET
Free-agent WR Jordan Matthews (Patriots) is signing with the Philadelphia Eagles Wednesday, Sept. 19. Terms weren't disclosed.
Huddle Up: Matthews could be worth a waiver claim in deeper leagues, but he's mostly a watch list player right now.
Sony Michel - RBPosted 9/19/18 2:12pm ET
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) was able to take part in a full practice session Wednesday, Sept. 19.
Huddle Up: Michel was able to make his NFL debut in Week 2 after missing the opener, and he did well catching some passes out of the backfield. That might be where he is able to contribute the most. Fantasy owners in PPR formats will want to target him as a low-end RB3 or flex fantasy option, while he has lesser value in standard play.
Jordan Matthews - WRPosted 9/18/18 12:23pm ET
Free-agent WR Jordan Matthews (Patriots) was spotted at the Philadelphia Eagles' facility Tuesday, Sept. 19, and is a candidate to re-sign with the team with the Eagles in need of wide receiver help.
Huddle Up: Alshon Jeffery hasn't played yet this year, and Mike Wallace is done for the season with a broken leg, so the Eagles may turn to Matthews, a 2014 second-round pick who was traded to the Bills in the offseason a year ago. Matthews caught eight TDs in each of his 2014 and '15 seasons with Philly, but those obviously were different teams and seasons, and he's since disappointed with the Bills (25 catches in 10 games last year) and been waived by the Patriots. Matthews would be nothing more than a speculative deep-league fantasy add even if he does return to Philly.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 9/17/18 12:03am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski was targeted only four times in Week 2 versus the Jacksonville Jaguars, posting two catches for 15 yards.
Huddle Up: The highly anticipated showdown between Gronkowski and Jalen Ramsey predictably rarely ever happened. Jacksonville is one of the few teams with the athleticism at linebacker and safety to challenge the four-time All-Pro, so a slow day at the office isn't a shock. Expect Gronkowski to bounce back in a big way versus the Detroit Lions in Week 3.
Sony Michel - RBPosted 9/16/18 12:14pm ET
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) is officially active for the team's Week 2 game.
Huddle Up: Michel will be making his season debut but his role in the offense is uncertain at this point. Owners may want to see how he is used in the offense before considering him a fantasy option.
Rex Burkhead - RBPosted 9/16/18 12:13pm ET
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (concussion) is officially active for the team's Week 2 game.
Huddle Up: Burkhead should receive most of the carries in the game and probably will also be involved in the passing game. He will be facing a tough Jacksonville Jaguars defensive but can still be a No. 2 running back or flex option.
Chris Hogan - WRPosted 9/16/18 11:57pm ET
New England Patriots WR Chris Hogan finished with three catches for 42 yards and two touchdowns in Week 2 versus the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Huddle Up: Hogan essentially provided the kind of production in the most difficult matchup he's probably going to have all year one week after managing one reception for 11 yards in a much friendlier draw versus the Houston Texans. At any rate, Hogan proved he doesn't need to be benched in fantasy regardless of the opponent. He's very much in the WR2 discussion in Week 3 against the Detroit Lions.
Rex Burkhead - RBPosted 9/15/18 3:19pm ET
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (concussion) progressed this week and made the trip for Week 2, according to a source.
Huddle Up: It's encouraging, but he's not out of the woods yet. Burkhead will have to show that he's good to go in pre-game warmups tomorrow. If he does play he may not see his usual allotment of touches, but he would pose as an RB3 threat.
Sony Michel - RBPosted 9/15/18 3:12pm ET
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) progressed this week to the extent that he may be able to play in Week 2, according to a source. There is no guarantee that he will play, however.
Huddle Up: It's now looking as if all of Michel, Rex Burkhead and James White could play. Burkhead is the best bet if healthy, but White has PPR RB2 appeal if Michel and/or Burkhead are sidelined. It's best to wait at least a week to see how Michel looks, if he plays.
Sony Michel - RBPosted 9/14/18 8:53am ET
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (hamstring) is steadily improving, head coach Bill Belichick said Friday, Sept. 14. '(He) gets better every day,' Belichick said. He missed a lot of plays in training camp and training camp practices. He's gotten a chance to be more involved in those recently, and each time he runs through those, he sees something. ... (He's) reacting quicker, being a little more decisive.'
Huddle Up: The rookie first-round pick appears to be on track to make his NFL debut Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but given Michel's inexperience, the Patriots' always-unpredictable RB situation and the rugged matchup, Michel's fantasy owners are advised to use the game as an observation period -- even if the rookie is active -- to get a better feel for the situation.
Rex Burkhead - RBPosted 9/14/18 9:54am ET
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (concussion) participated in his second straight day of practice Friday, Sept. 14.
Huddle Up: Burkhead, of course, still has to clear the concussion protocol, and even if so, he also could be competing with the likes of James White and rookie Sony Michel for touches Sunday in a tough matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars. That said, he's a solid flex option if active.
Sony Michel - RBPosted 9/14/18 1:42pm ET
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) was limited in practice for a third straight day Friday, Sept. 14 and he is officially listed as questionable for Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Huddle Up: Michel appears to be a 50-50 proposition for the key early-season showdown with the Jags. With Rex Burkhead (concussion) also questionable, the Pats could use Michel, even if it is in a limited role. James White could see a significant role in Week 2 if neither back is able to go, or even if they can play and are limited. Wait on Michel and let him prove his health in a full game before trusting him in seasonal play.
Sony Michel - RBPosted 9/13/18 6:58am ET
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) is preparing as though he'll play against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2.
Huddle Up: Michel would be a flex option with a rough matchup. With the shape the Pats' backfield is in, he would have chances early and often.
Rex Burkhead - RBPosted 9/13/18 10:41am ET
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (concussion) was in full pads but did not take part in the limited positional drills the media was able to observe at practice Thursday, Sept. 13.
Huddle Up: It's a good step for Burkhead who sat out Wednesday entirely, but he still has a ways to go, including clearing the concussion protocol. If he plays Sunday, he's a solid flex consideration against a tough Jacksonville Jaguars D.
Sony Michel - RBPosted 9/13/18 2:29pm ET
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 13.
Huddle Up: Michel probably will be eased into the offense game plan if he is able to play in Week 2 and may only see a limited amount of touches. Owners probably should wait to see how he is used in the offense before considering him a starting option.
Rex Burkhead - RBPosted 9/13/18 2:28pm ET
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (concussion) was officially listed as limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 13.
Huddle Up: Burkhead needs to pass his concussion tests before he is cleared to play, so owners will need to check on his status over the next few days. He has been receiving most of the work at running back this season and can be a No. 2 running back or flex option if he is able to play in Week 2.
Rex Burkhead - RBPosted 9/12/18 1:47pm ET
New England Patriots RBs Rex Burkhead (concussion) was not able to practice Wednesday, Sept. 12, and RB Sony Michel (knee) was limited.
Huddle Up: It's looking like there could be another heavy dose of James White, who led the Patriots in targets a week ago. White is a fine backup plan for those who were counting on Burkhead and/or Michel this week. It's a tough matchup in the Jacksonville Jaguars, but White has RB2 to RB3 PPR upside.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 9/10/18 12:32pm ET
New England Patriots RB Jeremy Hill (knee) was diagnosed with a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2018 season.
Huddle Up: While the news is devastating for Hill, he was set to play a bit role behind Rex Burkhead and James White. If anything, Hill's injury should lock the other two into more work inside the red zone.
Sony Michel - RBPosted 9/9/18 6:16am ET
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) is not expected to play in Week 1's game against the Houston Texans, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Michel had been a limited participant in practice throughout the week and was listed as questionable on the injury report but missed most of the preseason with knee problems. Rex Burkhead and James White will split carries in the season opener but neither player should be considered as anything more than a flex option.
James White - RBPosted 9/9/18 6:37pm ET
New England Patriots RB James White rushed five times for 18 yards in the Week 1 game against the Houston Texans while he added four receptions for 38 yards and a touchdown.
Huddle Up: The diminutive White is very versatile out of the backfield, but his biggest value to fantasy owners are his soft hands catching the football. He is a decent low-end RB3 in PPR formats. The Patriots will travel to meet the Jaguars in Week 2.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 9/9/18 6:35pm ET
New England Patriots RB Jeremy Hill rushed four times for 25 yards in the Week 1 game against the Houston Texans and he added one catch for six yards.
Huddle Up: Hill averaged 6.3 yards per carry in his team debut, so it was a pretty successful outing as he spelled Rex Burkhead. Still, he had five total touches to 19 for Burkhead, so he has work to do if he wants to carve into Burkhead's role and build fantasy appeal. Right now, he is only worth using in the deepest of fantasy formats.
Rex Burkhead - RBPosted 9/9/18 6:33pm ET
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead rushed 18 times for 64 yards in the Week 1 win against the Houston Texans and he added one reception for five yards on three targets.
Huddle Up: Burkhead led the backfield with 19 total touches, compared to five for Jeremy Hill and nine for James White. As such, Burkhead is a solid RB3 or flex fantasy option in most fantasy formats. He faces a tough matchup on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2, however.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 9/9/18 6:30pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 26-of-39 passes for 277 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the Week 1 win against the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: Brady was sacked twice, but he takes a licking and just keeps on ticking. He posted a 102.2 quarterback rating in the win, spreading around TD strikes to Rob Gronkowski, Phillip Dorsett and James White, three players from three different positions. The ageless wonder keeps defying Father Time. He faces a difficult matchup in Week 2 on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Chris Hogan - WRPosted 9/9/18 6:50pm ET
New England Patriots WR Chris Hogan managed just one reception for 11 yards on five targets in Week 1 against the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: Someone needs to step up with Julian Edelman suspended for the first four games, and many figured Hogan would see a larger role. It was Phillip Dorsett who picked up the pace and looked fantasy relevant, while Hogan was a huge disappointment.
Phillip Dorsett - WRPosted 9/9/18 6:46pm ET
New England Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett posted seven receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown in the Week 1 win against the Houston Texans. He was targeted seven times.
Huddle Up: Dorsett posted a total of 12 catches with 194 yards and no receiving touchdowns across 15 games in 2017 with the Pats. He was expected to be better, but he already has more than half as many catches as he had all of last year. The former Miami Hurricanes standout looks like a solid sleeper heading into Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 9/9/18 6:39pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski rolled up seven receptions, 123 yards and a touchdown on eight targets in Week 1 against the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: Gronk isn't quite ready to cede his No. 1 fantasy status just yet. As long as he can stay healthy, something that has been hard to do in recent seasons, then he is the top dog among tight ends as long as Tom Brady is also healthy. People keep expecting these guys to drop off, but they just keep on rolling. Next week is a challenge against a hungry Jacksonville Jaguars defense in their place.
Mike Gillislee - RBPosted 9/9/18 11:34pm ET
New Orleans Saints RB Mike Gillislee managed only three carries for nine yards and lost a fumble in Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: Gillislee joined the team only a week ago, but he appeared to be a good candidate to fill the Mark Ingram role in this offense while the latter served his four-game suspension. However, Gillislee offers virtually nothing in the passing game, so he can't afford to make mistakes - such as committing fumbles that result in defensive touchdowns. At this point, there's little reason to believe he'll earn enough trust over the next three weeks to be of use to fantasy owners, meaning he probably belongs on waivers in most leagues.
Sony Michel - RBPosted 9/7/18 1:26pm ET
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) was limited during practice Friday, Sept. 7, and is listed as questionable for Week 1.
Huddle Up: Michel missed a majority of the preseason because of the knee injury and may be a game-time decision for Week 1, so owners should keep an eye on the situation. He will be part of a committee this season but may not be a starting option at this time.
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