Player News - Patriots

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James White rushed once for a loss of five yards and caught 5-of-8 targets for 31 yards in the Patriots' Week 10 loss to the Titans.

The Patriots forced the issue unsuccessfully with Sony Michel early, then got nothing going offensively against Tennessee's blitz-heavy pressure after falling behind. This was easily White's weakest fantasy performance all season. Fantasy owners need to keep their trust in White following New England's Week 11 bye. He has flirted with every-week RB1 viability all season.
Nov 11 - 5:43 PM

Chris Hogan was held catch-less on one target in Week 10 at Tennessee.

Hogan also appeared to draw the ire of Tom Brady following an in-game miscue. Catch-less in back-to-back contests, Hogan can safely be sent to the waiver wire with New England entering its Week 11 bye.
Nov 11 - 5:40 PM

Sony Michel managed 31 yards on 11 carries in New England's Week 10 loss to the Titans.

The Patriots got nothing going on the ground early, then fell behind by multiple scores. That's a perfect recipe for Michel to be a fantasy bust. Michel will have New England's Week 11 bye to work through any lingering effects of his recurring knee woes. He still offers RB2 upside for the stretch run.
Nov 11 - 5:14 PM

Josh Gordon managed four catches for 81 yards on 12 targets in the Patriots' Week 10 loss to the Titans.

The Patriots went out of their way to try to attack Tennessee's previously vulnerable secondary, and Gordon delivered a 44-yard gain on their opening drive. Unfortunately, he wound up losing too many one-on-one battles with Titans CB Adoree Jackson, while New England's offensive line struggled to protect Tom Brady against the Titans' blitzes. The Patriots now have a Week 11 bye to sort out their offensive issues. Gordon will remain an every-week WR2 when he comes back from the open date.
Nov 11 - 4:05 PM

Julian Edelman caught 9-of-12 targets for 104 yards in the Patriots' Week 10 loss to Tennessee.

Edelman entered the game with an ankle injury. In the fourth quarter, he may have aggravated the injury, went to the sideline, and eventually the locker room at the end of New England's blowout loss. Edelman took an unruly number of shots over the middle from physical Titans CB Logan Ryan. Edelman was able to walk on his own power. We suspect he'll be good to go after the Pats' Week 11 bye.
Nov 11 - 3:55 PM

Tom Brady completed 21-of-41 passes for 254 scoreless yards in the Patriots' Week 10 loss to the Titans.

The Pats threw in the towel with over six minutes left, sitting Brady in favor of Brian Hoyer. Brady faced constant duress as multiple offensive linemen were in and out of the game, but he didn't help them by holding the ball for too long in the pocket. Tennessee's defense was simply dominant, winning with a high blitz frequency and contesting everything to Brady's pass catchers. The Patriots have a Week 11 bye to get healthy and things figured out.
Nov 11 - 3:51 PM

Sony Michel (knee) is active for Week 10 against the Titans.

This has been the expectation since early in the week. Michel carries some risk coming off a two-week absence, but he also has as much touchdown upside as any back this side of Todd Gurley, Kareem Hunt, and Alvin Kamara. He should be put right back into fantasy lineups.
Nov 11 - 11:48 AM

Rob Gronkowski (back) is inactive for Week 10 at Tennessee.

He remains week to week with New England's Week 11 bye on the horizon. The rest of the Patriots' inactives are DB Keion Crossen, RG Shaq Mason, S Obi Melifonwu, OL Matt Tobin, DE Derek Rivers, and RB Kenjon Barner.
Nov 11 - 11:37 AM

Sony Michel (questionable, knee) is expected to play Week 10 against the Titans.

Michel will give it a go after missing the past two games with a knee injury. He'll return to his usual role as New England's lead ball-carrier with James White handling the bulk of passing-down responsibilities. Both are viable RB2s in fantasy.
Nov 11 - 8:05 AM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss reports Rob Gronkowski (ankle, back) traveled with the team and remains questionable for Week 10 against the Titans.

This conflicts with previous reports. Gronkowski isn't expected to play, but he hasn't been officially ruled out. The Patriots plan to rest Gronk through their Week 11 bye to get him fully healthy.
Nov 10 - 3:07 PM

Rob Gronkowski (ankle, back) is out for Week 10 against the Titans.

Rapsheet confirmed what The Boston Herald's Kevin Duffy reported early Saturday morning. With the Patriots' bye merely one week out, the team is taking the longterm approach with Gronk and hoping 27 days is enough to get the prolific playmaker back to full health for a late season run. The Patriots will face the Jets in Week 12.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: In Gronkowski's absence, look for Josh Gordon, Julian Edelman, and James White to see the majority of the passing targets for the Patriots. Dwayne Allen will see most of the reps at the tight end position, but he primarily functions as a pass blocker when on the field and isn’t a fantasy-relevant asset. Of the Patriots pass-catchers, Josh Gordon has the most favorable matchup against Malcolm Butler, and figures to be a popular play across the DFS industry for Week 10.
Nov 10 - 12:24 PM

Rob Gronkowski (ankle, back) is not expected to play in Week 10 against the Titans.

The Boston Herald's Kevin Duffy reports that Gronkowski isn't expected to play, and that the Pats are hoping some rest in November will allow him to become the ferocious Gronk of old down the stretch. Gronk himself called his availability on Sunday a "coach's decision." It's a logical decision to rest the ailing 29-year-old given that the team hits their bye next week. As it stands, Gronkowski will have 27 days off before potentially returning to the field in Week 12 against the Jets.
Nov 10 - 10:07 AM

Julian Edelman (ankle) wasn't listed on the Patriots' final injury report for Week 10 against the Titans.

Edelman played through his ankle injury last week, so it was never a concern. He's a WR2 against the Titans.
Nov 9 - 4:23 PM

Cordarrelle Patterson (neck) wasn't listed on the Patriots' final injury report for Week 10 against the Titans.

Patterson is healthy, but he's not going to have much of a role wiith Sony Michel (knee) due back. He's droppable in redraft leagues.
Nov 9 - 4:21 PM

Sony Michel (knee) is questionable for Week 10 against the Titans.

Michel is expected to give it a go after missing New England's last two games with a knee injury. If he suits up against Tennessee, it would likely come at the expense of James White, who has blown up for five touchdowns over his last three outings.
Nov 9 - 4:19 PM


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