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5:03pm EST 11/26/15

The Patriots on Thursday placed WR Aaron Dobson on IR with the ankle injury he suffered in the Week 11 win over the Bills. That leaves Brandon LaFell and Chris Harper as the only healthy WRs on the roster. We'll see whether Danny Amendola will be available Sunday against the Broncos.

Patriots WR Aaron Dobson is dealing with a high-ankle sprain, according to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe.  Dobson won't play against the Broncos on Sunday night and figures to miss multiple weeks.  He's not worth holding onto in fantasy football.

Patriots WR Aaron Dobson (ankle) is not expected to play against the Broncos on Sunday night, according to insider Tom Curran.  Dobson's status beyond that is uncertain.  X-rays on the ankle came back negative, but the severity of the sprain will determine how long he's out.  Brandon LaFell, Chris Harper and Matt Slater are the only healthy WRs on the Patriots roster right now.

Patriots WR Danny Amendola injured his knee in the 3rd quarter of Monday night's game against the Bills.  He spent the rest of the night on the sidelines.  “When I saw him, it looked like he was in good spirits,” LaFell said after the win. “I hope it’s nothing major. We’re going to need him soon.”  We'll look for updates on Amendola's status.  He racked up 9 catches on 12 targets for 117 yards before exiting.  New England also lost WR Aaron Dobson to an ankle injury.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman suffered a Jones fracture in Sunday's win over the Giants, according to insider Mike Garafolo.  It's the same exact injury that cost Cowboys WR Dez Bryant 6 weeks earlier this season.  Six weeks would sideline Edelman until Week 17.  New England is likely targeting a return in the postseason (a 1st-round bye would give him 8 weeks to heal up).  Edelman currently leads the Patriots with 61 catches and sits 2nd in receiving yards and TDs.  It's another big blow to an offense that lost RB Dion Lewis and is banged-up on the offensive line.  WR Danny Amendola figures to see the biggest spike in targets with Edelman out.  He looks like at least a weekly WR3 the rest of the way.  WR Brandon LaFell and TE Rob Gronkowski will also likely see more action.  We'll see if WR Aaron Dobson, TE Scott Chandler, RB James White and/or RB Brandon Bolden can emerge as fantasy assets.

Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (foot) has been placed on the PUP list to open the season.  That knocks him out for at least the first 6 games.  New England still hasn't provided any details on LaFell's injury, but he's been sidelined the entire offseason.  He's not a lock to make an impact at any point this season and isn't worth rostering outside of deep leagues.  The Patriots will begin the season with Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson and Chris Harper behind Julian Edelman, who is still dealing with a leg injury.

ESPN's Mike Reiss lists WR Aaron Dobson as 1 of 6 Patriots who have "built some positive momentum" early in training camp. Dobson has been getting 1st-team reps as WR Brandon LaFell (foot) continues to sit. "I don't think it's a stretch to say this is as good as he's looked since joining the club," Reiss adds. This comes just a few days after HC Bill Belichick praised Dobson for reporting to camp in "great" shape. The former 2nd-round pick is officially on our late-round flier radar.

Patriots HC Bill Belichick said WR Aaron Dobson reported to camp in "great" shape and "put himself in a great position."  Belichick rarely singles players out like this.  And his comments are especially intriguing because WR Brandon LaFell has been sidelined by a foot injury for most of the offseason.  Foot and hip injuries limited Dobson to 3 catches in 4 appearances last year.  But he just turned 24, was a 2nd-round pick and goes 6'3, 205 pounds with above-average athleticism.  Dobson is still only draftable in deep fantasy leagues for now, but stick him on your watch list.

Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (foot) has been placed on the active/PUP list.  He can be removed anytime and would be eligible to play Week 1, but the news still puts him on our watch list.  LaFell was in a walking boot for much of the offseason and didn't participate in spring practices open to the media.  He shed the boot earlier this month but obviously isn't yet back to 100%.  We'll continue to keep a close eye on him.  LaFell's absence opens up an opportunity for guys like Danny Amendola and Aaron Dobson to earn bigger roles.

Patriots WR Aaron Dobson is enjoying a healthy offseason after an injury-wrecked 2014.  He underwent foot surgery last May, made 3 catches in 4 appearances and then was placed on IR with a hip injury.  That followed an up-and-down rookie campaign that saw Dobson finish with a 37-519-4 line.  “I’m still developing," Dobson said.  "But I feel good out here now. I’m getting more comfortable with the playbook, so I’m just trying to play fast.”  With Brandon LaFell's emergence last year, Dobson will be battling just to make the team this summer.  He remains a long shot for 2015 fantasy value but will be worth tracking this summer.

The Patriots have elected to make WR Aaron Dobson a healthy scratch for tonight's game against the Jets (barring some unreported injury).  It's just the latest turn in an extremely disappointing year for  the apparently immature 2nd-year wideout.  Dobson's absence helps WR Brandon LaFell's fantasy outlook and could make Brian Tyms more of a factor going forward.  Tyms snagged a long TD with his only Week 6 catch at Buffalo.

The Patriots waived WR Kenbrell Thompkins. He simply failed to take a step forward in year 2. The 2013 UDFA appeared in just 2 games this season, snagging 6 balls for 53 yards. Look for Aaron Dobson to be active Sunday night against Cincinnati. NFL insider Albert Breer passes along word that Thompkins could be brought back if he clears waivers. Still, he’s not worth rostering in fantasy leagues. Dobson is merely a speculative add. 

Patriots insider Shalise Manza Young hears that there are "immaturity issues" with WR Aaron Dobson.  "The team is not really thrilled with how he has performed the other 6 days of the week," Young adds.  "How he's been around the facility, how he's been in the meetings rooms with coaches."  Young also reports that Dobson was inactive the past 2 weeks because he "mouthed off" to OC Josh McDaniels.  The Patriots desperately need an outside threat in the passing game, and Dobson remains the best bet to emerge as that guy.  He'll get another shot, possibly as soon as this week against the Bengals.

The Patriots have deactivated both WR Aaron Dobson and WR Kenbrell Thompkins for tonight's game against the Chiefs.  They're both healthy scratches.  Thompkins has hauled in just 6 of 10 targets for 53 yards in 2 games.  Dobson was 1 of 2 for 13 yards in his lone appearance this year.  New England has only 3 WRs active tonight: Julian Edelman, Brandon LaFell and Danny Amendola.

Patriots WR Aaron Dobson is a healthy scratch for today's game against the Raiders.  New England seems to be rotating Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins, waiting for 1 of them to step up.  Dobson remains the better bet but isn't a must-hold in fantasy football.

Patriots WR Kenbrell Thompkins is a healthy scratch for today's game against the Vikings.  He played 54% of the snaps in the opener, catching 5 of 9 targets for 37 yards.  It looks like New England will go with WR Aaron Dobson over Thompkins in Week 2.  Dobson isn't a recommended fantasy play this week but is a great bench stash.

Patriots WR Aaron Dobson is inactive for today's opener against the Dolphins.  Dobson is believed to be healthy -- he played in the preseason finale -- but likely isn't ready for an offensive role after missing almost the entire offseason with foot trouble.  We'd still hang on to Dobson in fantasy leagues of 12+ teams.  He's talented enough to emerge as New England's top outside WR this year.

Patriots WR Aaron Dobson racked up 57 yards and a score on 3 grabs in his preseason debut on Thursday night.  The highlight was a 33-yard TD on a "go" route down the left sideline.  We mentioned in our podcast that we were actually hoping Dobson wouldn't make a big play so that his ADP would stay down.  You might need to target him in the 12th or 13th round in drafts this weekend, but he's still a good value there.  Dobson looks to be past that foot problem and should quickly emerge as New England's top outside WR.  That spot will give him the potential to produce as a weekly fantasy starter.

Patriots WR Aaron Dobson (foot) is expected to make his preseason debut tonight.  After missing almost the entire offseason, he's practiced setback-free the past 2 weeks and appears close to or at 100%.  A healthy Dobson is still New England's best bet at outside WR.  We've seen him dropping into the 13th and 14th rounds of recent drafts.  He's well worth targeting there as a bench stash with significant upside.

Patriots WR Aaron Dobson returned to the practice field Monday for the 1st time since March 10 surgery on the stress fracture in his left foot, according to ESPN Boston.  "They're making good progress" is all HC Bill Belichick would say, referring to Dobson and DT Dominique Easley.  The rookie DT also took the field for the 1st time coming off an ACL tear that ended his final college season.  Both are high-upside performers who could claim starting roles if they prove fully healthy and ready to step up.

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