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The Patriots have signed WR Kenny Britt, who was dumped by the Browns last week. It's a 2-year deal, which makes it a more interesting move. Britt is a long shot to hold any fantasy value the rest of this season, but he'll be worth monitoring closely in the offseason. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, New England was in on Britt when he was a free agent this offseason but was priced out by the Browns' offer. Britt, of course, was a colossal flop in Cleveland. But he's also just a year removed from a 1,000-yard season with the Rams. He turns 30 next September.

Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy is inactive for tonight's game against the Dolphins. If that leaves you without a LB, Patriots Eric Lee can be an emergency fill-in.

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Patriots WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) is active for tonight's game against the Dolphins. There's a chance that he's on a snap count in his 1st action since Week 8, but we're expecting Hogan to be on the field in most passing situations -- especially with TE Rob Gronkowski out.

Patriots insider Phil Perry confirms that WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) will play against the Dolphins tonight. "It's unclear how much he'll play," Perry adds. Hogan has been sidelined since Week 8 and was limited in practice this week. It's possible he's on a snap count, but there's still plenty of upside here against Miami's leaky secondary.

The Patriots on Sunday downgraded DE Trey Flowers to out for Monday night's game against the Dolphins. It'll mark the 2nd straight game he has missed with his rib injury. LB/DE Eric Lee stepped in against the Bills last week and played 85% of the snaps. DE Deatrich Wise also saw a boost in playing time, staying on the field for 86.6% of snaps. Each is an option if you need to replace Flowers in your IDP lineup.

Patriots DE Trey Flowers is questionable for Monday night's game against the Dolphins. He put in limited practices all week, just as he did last week before going inactive against the Bills. Make sure you have an insurance option available if you plan to wait for Flowers in your IDP lineup.

Patriots WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Dolphins after a limited week of practice. ESPN's Mike Reiss reports that Hogan's shoulder "responded well" to practice and that he'll "likely" play vs. Miami. We'll look for another update on his status tomorrow morning, but we'd feel comfortable penciling Hogan into Week 14 fantasy lineups right now.

The Browns are releasing WR Kenny Britt, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. We actually forgot he was still on the roster. Britt totaled 18 receptions in 9 games as a Brown. We'll see where the 29-year-old lands next.

Patriots WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) was on the practice field on Wednesday for the 1st time since going down back in Week 8. It's an unofficial practice since New England doesn't play until Monday night, so we won't know whether Hogan was "limited" or "full." But it looks like he has a shot to return for the Dolphins game. It'd be excellent timing with TE Rob Gronkowski suspended.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has been suspended 1 game for his body-slam shot to the head of Bills CB Tre'Davious White. Gronk might appeal the ban but is a long shot to win that. It was a stupid, dirty play that concussed White. Gronkowski fully deserves to sit down for a game. It's obviously a tough break for fantasy owners, who will need to survive without their stud TE. Gronk's 7.7 targets per game figure to be spread to Brandin Cooks, Danny Amendola and the RBs. We could also see New England go run heavy against the Dolphins -- especially if WR Chris Hogan remains out.

Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy (calf) is active for today's game against the Bills. Use him as you normally would in your IDP lineups for a high-upside matchup.

The Patriots late Saturday night ruled DE Trey Flowers out for today's game against the Bills because of a rib injury. That removes the top pass rusher from a New England defense that has played well for weeks, which dings the upside for the team D against Buffalo. It's still a starter-worthy fantasy defense, though.

Patriots DE Trey Flowers (rib) and LB Kyle Van Noy (calf) are questionable for Sunday's game in Buffalo. Both players put in limited practices all week, though. We'd bet on them playing but will confirm their status Sunday morning.

Patriots WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) is out for Sunday’s game against the Bills. He didn’t practice all week and remains without a timetable for return. Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola will continue to serve as New England’s top 2 WRs in Buffalo.

The Patriots have placed TE Martellus Bennett on IR. He played just 2 games for New England after getting cut by the Packers earlier this month. Bennett is actually under contract through 2018, but it's unclear if the Patriots will want him back.

Patriots RB Mike Gillislee is a healthy scratch for today's game against the Dolphins. New England will continue to roll with Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead and James White in the backfield.

Patriots TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder, hamstring) is inactive for today’s game against the Dolphins. Dwayne Allen will serve as the #2 TE but isn’t a fantasy option.

Patriots S Patrick Chung (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. He missed practice Wednesday but returned for Thursday and Friday workouts. We'll update his status Sunday morning.

Patriots TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder, hamstring) is doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. He’s seen just 3 targets in both games with New England this year, so there’s not much fantasy impact here.

Patriots WR Chris Hogan (shoulder) is out for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. Brandin Cooks will continue to operate as New England’s clear lead receiver in the plus matchup.

 
 
 

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