New England Patriots Fantasy Football News | Shark Bites

New England Patriots Fantasy Football News | Shark Bites

Chargers S Adrian Phillips suffered a forearm fracture in Sunday's loss at Detroit, according to multiple reports. The Chargers don't yet know how long Phillips will be out, though it's not expected to be a season-ending injury. Jaylen Watkins looks like the primary playing-time beneficiary while Phillips is out.

The Chargers announced that TE Hunter Henry suffered a tibia plateau fracture to his left knee in Sunday's win over the Colts. For what it's worth, this is the opposite knee in which he tore his ACL last spring. Henry will "continue to be evaluated" and a timetable for his return "has not yet been determined," per the team's statement. There are 3 instances of a tibia plateau fracture in Sports Injury Predictor's database. Those guys (Nate Burleson, Anthony Hitchens and Daniel Sorensen) missed anywhere from 1 to 3 months. We should learn more about Henry's status over the next few days, but fantasy owners obviously need to plan to be without him for a while. Virgil Green is currently the Chargers' backup TE. (We'll see if they try to bring Antonio Gates back.) Henry's absence will push even more targets to WR Keenan Allen and RB Austin Ekeler.

Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Chargers are expecting Henry to miss 4-6 weeks.

Patriots RB Damien Harris is a healthy scratch for tonight's opener against the Steelers. He's behind Sony Michel, James White and Rex Burkhead for now. Harris might still be the best bet for carries in this backfield if Michel misses time this season, but he's obviously just a fantasy handcuff.

Patriots TE Matt LaCosse (ankle) is active for tonight’s game against the Steelers. It’s a surprise after NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported this morning that LaCosse wasn’t expected to play. It’s unclear how big a role he’ll have, leaving him as just a fantasy flier.

Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy is a surprise inactive for tonight's game against the Steelers. Van Noy didn't show up on the injury report at all this week and had been working with the starters. We'll see what's up with this situation and how the LB playing time breaks down for the Pats against Pittsburgh.

Update: It appears Van Noy is missing the game because his wife is giving birth.

Patriots TE Matt LaCosse (ankle) is not expected to play in Sunday night's game against the Steelers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That leaves Ryan Izzo as New England's lead TE. Avoid the situation in Week 1 fantasy lineups.

Patriots TE Matt LaCosse (ankle) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Steelers. It sounds like he has a good shot to play, but you should be able to do better in Week 1 fantasy lineups.

Panthers QB Cam Newton isn't listed on the initial Week 1 injury report. "I feel good about the work that he has done," HC Ron Rivera said Wednesday. Newton still comes with elevated risk in Week 1 fantasy lineups after that preseason foot sprain -- and the fact that Sunday will be his 1st significant action since offseason shoulder surgery. But an active Newton always brings top-5 fantasy upside.

Dolphins LB Raekwon McMillan returned to practice Monday after missing the entire preseason with an undisclosed injury. "Felt good. Back to 100 percent," he told the team website. HC Brian Flores also praised the 3rd-year LB. "Honestly, I've never seen a guy work so hard to get back," he said. McMillan said he doesn't know what his role will be, which points to newcomer Sam Eguavoen continuing to work ahead of McMillan. The former CFL player spent the preseason starting next to Jerome Baker and impressed. Baker hits the regular season as the top IDP option among Dolphins LBs. Eguavoen looks like the next. But you might want to wait and see this LB corps in action before using anyone beyond Baker.

Panthers GM Marty Hurney said Monday that QB Cam Newton (foot) is "good to go" for this weekend's opener against the Rams. That matches everything we've heard over the past week. ESPN's David Newton noted that Newton wasn't limited in the portion of Monday's practice open to the media. We'll get Carolina's 1st official injury report on Wednesday. A full practice would make Newton a green-light fantasy play.

The Patriots are placing rookie WR N'Keal Harry on IR for an ankle injury he has been battling, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The Pats reportedly expect Harry to return this season. His deactivation clears a roster spot for WR Demaryius Thomas. Schefter reports New England has already agreed to a new 1-year deal with the veteran the team cut Saturday. Expect Thomas to have a decent-sized role Sunday night against the Steelers.

Patriots WR N'Keal Harry is still moving "gingerly," according to insider Andrew Callahan. The rookie suffered a lower-body injury in the preseason opener about 2-and-a-half weeks ago and hasn't done much since. It's believed he's dealing with a hamstring injury, a toe injury, or both. Harry was off to an inconsistent start even before this issue and seems unlikely to play a significant early-season role.

Panthers HC Ron Rivera said Tuesday that "there's no doubt in my mind” that QB Cam Newton (foot) will be ready for the season opener. He's worked off to the side of practice the past 2 days. The question now is whether Newton's mobility and rushing production will be curtailed early on. We'll be watching his practice participation closely next week.

"There isn’t much mystery regarding the Patriots running game," the Boston Herald's Kevin Duffy writes. "The preseason has made this much clear: The Pats are going to feed Sony Michel the ball early and often." It was a shaky spring for Michel, who was sidelined after another knee surgery. But he's been healthy throughout training camp and looked excellent in New England's 3rd preseason game. Michel figures to open the season as a workhorse on the ground -- and we've even heard that his role in the passing game might expand this season. He's a fine value at his current 5th-round ADP.

Panthers HC Ron Rivera told NFL Network's Tiffany Blackmon that QB Cam Newton (foot) is "sore" but is expected to get reps in practice this week in preparation for Week 1. The fact that Carolina is planning to have him back on the field so soon is confirmation that Newton's injury is minor. It's still possible that his mobility is limited early in the season, but it's looking like he won't miss games with this injury.

Panthers GM Marty Hurney said Friday that QB Cam Newton has been diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain. "We are cautiously optimistic he will be ready for Week 1," Hurney added. That's something less than a guarantee that Newton will be out there for the opener. We'll keep a close eye on him over the next couple of weeks. If you're drafting this week, Newton obviously comes with a bit more risk than he did 24 hours ago -- especially considering his fantasy production is closely tied to his mobility. We nudged Newton down the QB rankings.

ESPN's David Newton reported Thursday night that a "league source" said the initial diagnosis for Panthers QB Cam Newton was a sprained left ankle. The QB is headed for more testing on Friday, which should help clear up the situation. Newton did leave the stadium under his own power (and his ever-unique fashion sense) with a boot on that left foot. We'll watch for updates to see if we need to alter Newton's outlook for fantasy football drafts this weekend.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Panthers QB Cam Newton's foot injury "doesn't appear to be serious." That matches what we heard from former NFL head team Dr. David Chao. "He may get tests tomorrow, regardless," Rapoport adds. Stay tuned for more updates.

Panthers HC Ron Rivera said after Thursday night's game that QB Cam Newton is in a walking boot but gave no further update on the foot injury. "Walking boot" sounds scary, but it's often a precautionary measure, so we're not reading too much into it. We should learn more about Newton's status on Friday.

Panthers QB Cam Newton suffered a left foot or ankle injury in Thursday night's preseason game against the Patriots. He was examined by the trainers on the sideline before eventually limping back to the locker room. This didn't look like a serious injury to us, but we'll obviously pass along updates as we get them.

Update: The team announced it as a foot injury.

 
 
 

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