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Patriots RB Ezekiel Elliott (thigh) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Chargers. We've heard nothing to suggest that Zeke is in danger of missing this one. But the thigh injury is just more reason to believe that RB Rhamondre Stevenson will control backfield work again this weekend.

Patriots WR Demario Douglas (concussion) missed practice all week and is out for Sunday’s game vs. the Chargers. WR Kayshon Boutte (shoulder, illness) is also out. That leaves New England with WRs DeVante Parker, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Tyquan Thornton, and Jalen Reagor. You could take a shot on Parker, Smith-Schuster, or Thornton in DFS, but you shouldn’t mess with the situation in season-long fantasy leagues.

The Patriots are preparing to start QB Bailey Zappe against the Chargers this weekend, according to The Athletic's Jeff Howe. QB Mac Jones was abysmal again last week, completing just 12 of 21 passes (57%) for 89 yards (4.2 YPA), 0 TDs, and two INTs before getting yanked for Zappe. This might be the end of Jones' time in New England. Zappe, of course, has not been any better than Jones this season. He's completed only 49% of his passes at 4.0 yards per attempt across four appearances. He was better in two starts last season, tallying a 75% completion rate and 9.0 yards per attempt. "The Patriots are hoping that a full week of practice and game preparation helps bring out a better performance from Zappe," The Athletic's Chad Graff writes. "They hope that Zappe will be better against the Chargers than he’s been in relief this season now that he’ll get more reps in practice and with a gameplan built around what he can do." We'll see how Zappe fares, but this remains a passing game to avoid in Week 13 fantasy lineups.

Patriots WR Demario Douglas (concussion) did not practice on Wednesday. We'll keep an eye on his progress through the protocol, but the rookie is unlikely to play vs. the Chargers this weekend. That'd leave DeVante Parker and JuJu Smith-Schuster as New England's likely top two WRs.

Patriots RB Rhamondre Stevenson totaled 21 carries for 98 rushing yards and a TD in Week 12’s loss vs. the Giants. He also ranked tied for second on the team with 5 targets in the contest, hauling in 5 receptions for 9 yards as a pass-catcher. Though few things worked well for the Patriots’ offense, who split the QB reps between Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe, Sunday saw Stevenson play on a season-high 77.9% of the offensive snaps and out-touch teammate Ezekiel Elliott 26 to 11. In fact, Stevenson had only logged a 70+% snap rate in just two other games this season (Week 1-2). Fantasy managers looking ahead to Week 13 should be excited about starting Stevenson as he continues to see increased usage. He’s got a solid shot at repeating this effort against a Chargers defense that ranks 26th in run defense DVOA this season next Sunday.

Patriots WR Demario Douglas was knocked out of Sunday's game vs. the Giants with a head injury. He took a shot to the head on a punt return in the fourth quarter and will likely land in the concussion protocol. We'll track the rookie's progress through the protocol this week, but consider him unlikely to play vs. the Chargers next Sunday.

Patriots QB Mac Jones was yanked in favor of QB Bailey Zappe at halftime of Sunday's game vs. the Giants. Jones went 12-of-21 for 89 yards, 0 TDs, and two INTs over the first 30 minutes, producing 0 points. We'll see how Zappe fares and what the Patriots do at QB going forward. It'll remain a situation to avoid in fantasy lineups.

Patriots LB Ja'Whaun Bentley (hamstring) is active for today's game against the Giants. He might still carry some re-injury risk with the issue that cost him the Week 10 loss to the Colts. Bentley remained limited in practice this week coming off the bye, but that doesn't tell us much about Patriots players. Bentley also carries high fantasy upside because of the matchup, especially in the sack/pressure categories. He sits high in our Week 12 LB rankings. DL Deatrich Wise (shoulder) is also active after entering the day questionable.

Patriots WR DeVante Parker (concussion) is active for today’s game vs. the Giants. It’ll be his first action since Week 8. Parker has scored double-digit PPR points just once all year and isn’t a viable fantasy play. His return does add a bit more target competition for WR Demario Douglas.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo confirms that Patriots QB Mac Jones will start today's game vs. the Giants. Garafolo adds that QB Bailey Zappe is "likely to be in the mix as well." It's unclear exactly what that means -- but it's clear that you should avoid this situation in Week 12 fantasy lineups.

ESPN's Adam Schefter tweets that "signs continue to point to" Patriots QB Mac Jones starting today's game vs. the Giants. The team had not yet been informed of the starting QB on Friday, per Schefter, which seems less than ideal. You should be avoiding this situation in Week 12 fantasy lineups.

Patriots LB Ja'Whaun Bentley is questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants. He remained limited in practice all week coming out of the bye, with the injury that cost him their Week 11 game against the Colts. Of course, it's the Patriots. So there's no way for us to know whether Bentley will be inactive for this game or be the new starter at QB. (Bill Belicheck said he told "everybody" to be ready.) We'll check in on the LB's status Sunday morning.

Patriots WR DeVante Parker (concussion) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game vs. the Giants. He remained limited in practice all week, so he still has some work to do to clear the concussion protocol. Parker isn’t on the fantasy radar, but his return would add a bit more target competition for WR Demario Douglas.

Patriots QB Mac Jones was benched for the final drive of Sunday’s loss to the Colts. Bailey Zappe took over and promptly threw a game-ending INT on his seventh attempt. How’d we get here? Well, Jones posted only 170 yards and 1 INT on 15-of-20 passing. He misfired badly on several throws, including one that should have gone for a late score. Jones also took a season-high five sacks. New England will evaluate its QB options during a Week 11 bye. Note that Zappe targeted Demario Douglas four times in today’s limited action. Overall, the Round 6 rookie led the team across the board with 9 targets, 6 catches, and 84 yards. He's the most reliable piece of a bottom-barrel pass offense and should retain some WR3/FLEX value in PPR leagues, especially with Kendrick Bourne out for the year.

Patriots LB Ja'Whaun Bentley (hamstring) is inactive for today's game against the Colts. That's at least a mild surprise. Bentley did enter the day questionable, but he followed the same practice routine (all limited) this week with the same issue that he played through in Week 9. His absence boosts LB Jahlani Tavai into LB2 territory in our Week 10 rankings. CB Myles Bryant (chest), DE Deatrich Wise (shoulder), CB Jack Jones (knee), and Jonathan Jones (knee) are active.

Patriots WR Demario Douglas (ankle) is active for this morning’s game vs. the Colts. He was limited in practice all week, but we heard nothing to suggest that the ankle will be an issue today. Douglas is on the WR3/4 radar with New England again without WRs Kendrick Bourne and DeVante Parker.

Patriots WR Demario Douglas (ankle) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday morning’s game vs. the Colts. We haven’t heard anything to suggest that the rookie is in danger of missing this one, but we’ll get New England’s inactives around 8 am ET on Sunday.

Patriots WR DeVante Parker (concussion) will not travel with the team to Germany and is out for Sunday morning's game vs. the Colts. That again leaves WR Demario Douglas as the favorite to lead New England in targets this weekend. Jalen Reagor, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Tyquan Thornton will round out the WR corps.

Patriots WR DeVante Parker (concussion) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. We'll see if he can get cleared for Sunday morning's game vs. the Colts. Parker isn't a fantasy option, but his return would mean a bit more target competition for WR Demario Douglas.

Patriots LB Ja'Whaun Bentley (hamstring) is active for today's game against the Commanders. He left last week's game in the first half and did not return but put in limited practices all week. Bentley should be OK to use at your normal level in IDP lineups.

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