New England Patriots Fantasy Football News | Shark Bites

New England Patriots Fantasy Football News | Shark Bites

Patriots RB James White is a surprise healthy scratch for tonight's game against the Seahawks. Andy Slater of Fox Sports 640 in South Florida reports that White's father was killed today in a car crash that also has left his mother in critical condition. White's absence from the lineup will leave opportunities for Rex Burkhead and rookie J.J. Taylor.

Patriots DE/OLB Chase Winovich is active for today's game against the Dolphins. He entered the day questionable with a shoulder issue but looks good to use as planned.

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Patriots WR N’Keal Harry (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Dolphins. He’s nota recommended fantasy play vs. CBs Byron Jones and Xavien Howard.

Patriots WR N'Keal Harry is "good to go" for today's opener against the Dolphins, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Harry is officially questionable with a shoulder issue.

The Patriots activated K Nick Folk from the practice squad. He'll handle kicking duties at least for Sunday's opener vs. Miami. (Rookie K Justin Rohrwasser is on the practice squad.) Folk is a middling Week 1 fantasy option.

Patriots DE/OLB Chase Winovich is questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. He's listed with a shoulder issue that limited him in Wednesday's practice. But Winovich put in full workouts Thursday and Friday. We'll check his status Sunday, but Winovich looks like he should be ready to play.

Patriots WR N’Keal Harry (shoulder) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Dolphins. He was added to the injury report on Friday but put in a full practice. We’re expecting Harry to play, but he shouldn’t be in your Week 1 fantasy plans.

ESPN's Mike Reiss expects the Patriots to "easy [Sony] Michel" back into the mix in Sunday's opener against the Dolphins. That's not a surprise considering Michel returned to practice just a couple of weeks ago after May foot surgery. RB Damien Harris' absence might make Michel a slightly better bet for carries vs. Miami, but James White, Rex Burkhead and potentially rookie J.J. Taylor will also be involved. Consider Michel a risk/reward RB3 for Week 1.

The Patriots have placed RB Damien Harris (pinky) on IR. That knocks him out for at least the first 3 games of the season. Harris should be ready to go after that, but we'll see what kind of role he returns to. The 2nd-year back had a strong camp, but Sony Michel now has an opportunity to reclaim his spot atop the depth chart.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Patriots named QB Cam Newton their starter in a team meeting Thursday afternoon. It's certainly no surprise after Newton clearly worked ahead of Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer as camp progressed. But it's nice to get official word. Newton gets a nice opening matchup with Miami at home, and his history clearly displays tremendous fantasy upside. We'll be quite interested to see Newton's early games to see how close he is to Carolina form. But Newton's well worth betting on outside of the top 12 QBs in fantasy football drafts.

Patriots RB Damien Harris had surgery on his pinky finger earlier this week, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. ESPN's Mike Reiss reports that Harris' status for Week 1 is now "in question." This all follows a buzzy summer that seemed to have the 2nd-year back in line for a big role out of the gate. We'll see when Harris is able to get back on the field and how New England plans to deploy him, Sony Michel, Lamar Miller, James White and Rex Burkhead. We'd still take a shot on Harris in the double-digit rounds of fantasy drafts.

Patriots RB Sony Michel was in uniform for Wednesday's practice and participating in individual drills. It's his 1st time on the field since May foot surgery. RB Damien Harris has impressed as both a runner and receiver in Michel's absence. We'll be curious to see where Michel sits in the pecking order now -- and, of course, how he fares returning from that foot issue.

"Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is adapting the offense, especially from a running game perspective, to amplify [QB Cam] Newton’s athleticism and ability to run the football at a high level." That's according to insider Evan Lazar after observing training camp so far. It's not surprising that the Patriots are altering the offense as they move from Tom Brady to Cam Newton -- but the confirmation is nice. If New England takes full advantage of Cam's mobility, he'll boast QB1 potential.

ESPN's Mike Reiss writes that the Patriots' lead back role is Damien Harris' "job to lose." The 2nd-year back has taken full advantage of Sony Michel and Lamar Miller's absences in camp so far. "Harris' fresh legs and soft hands in the passing game (e.g., a one-handed catch Tuesday) have him in good position to be a primary option alongside Rex Burkhead," Reiss adds. Harris continues to rocket up our RB rankings. We also just boosted Burkhead, who is a nice late-round flier.

The Patriots are expected to sign K Nick Folk, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Folk and rookie Justin Rohrwasser will compete for the starting job. It's a situation to avoid in fantasy drafts until we get a winner.

RB Damien Harris has been 1 of the buzziest players early in Patriots training camp. Harris "continues to stack good days together and might be New England’s best skill player through two days [of padded practices]," insider Evan Lazar writes. "Harris’s vision between the tackles to set up blocks and make cuts into space continues to garner praise from running backs coach Ivan Fears. Plus, he was heavily involved as a receiver in the first two days of pads." Harris is taking advantage of the absences of RBs Sony Michel and Lamar Miller and has a shot to open the season in a significant role.

Patriots RB Sony Michel is "no sure thing" for Week 1, a source tells The Athletic's Jeff Howe. Michel is recovering from May foot surgery. It's the 3rd consecutive offseason he's needed surgery, following knee procedures in 2018 and 2019. New England signed RB Lamar Miller earlier this week and returns 2nd-year RB Damien Harris, so Michel's job as lead ball-carrier isn't assured. He continues to sink in our RB rankings.

Patriots RB Sony Michel (foot) has been placed on the active/PUP list to open training camp. He's still recovering from May foot surgery. He shed his walking boot in mid-July, but we still have no timetable for his return to the field. We'll see when he's able to get back out there -- and whether 2nd-year RB Damien Harris can take advantage of Michel's absence.

Patriots RB Sony Michel's status for the start of training camp "remains up in the air," according to The Athletic's Jeff Howe. Michel had foot surgery in May and has been rehabbing at the team's facilities for the past few weeks. He still stands as the favorite to lead the Pats in carries this season -- but any missed time would give RB Damien Harris an opportunity to earn a bigger role.

Patriots FB Danny Vitale and RT Marcus Cannon have chosen to opt out of the 2020 season. Vitale was signed in May to replace the retired James Develin. The Pats had a FB on the field for 26% of their snaps last year, so it's not an insignificant loss. But Cannon's absence is more notable. He started 15 games last season and ranked 33rd in Pro Football Focus' grades among 66 qualifying OTs. 2019 3rd-rounder Yodny Cajuste might be the favorite to replace Cannon. It's all bad news for Sony Michel and the rest of New England's RBs.


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