New England Patriots Fantasy Football News | Shark Bites

New England Patriots Fantasy Football News | Shark Bites

6:10pm EDT 10/21/19

Patriots RB Damien Harris is active for tonight's game against the Jets. It's just the 2nd time the rookie has been up. Don't expect him to get more than a few carries -- if any -- but this could hint at a run-heavier game plan from New England.

Patriots TEs Matt LaCosse (knee) and Ryan Izzo (concussion) are out for Monday night's game against the Jets. That means TE Ben Watson should be in for lots of snaps. He's worth considering if you're hard up at TE this week.

Patriots WR N'Keal Harry returned to practice on Tuesday. He was placed on IR prior to Week 1 after battling a variety of lower-body injuries this summer. The 1st-round rookie will be eligible to play starting in Week 9 and could find immediate opportunity if WRs Josh Gordon and Phillip Dorsett are still banged up. Harry is worth stashing in deep fantasy leagues.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot) is expected to be ready to practice after the Week 7 bye. Carolina has gone 4-0 under QB Kyle Allen, although his play has been uneven. We'll see if Newton is ready to return for Week 8 against the 49ers -- and then if the Panthers go back to him.

7:10pm EDT 10/13/19

Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) is active for tonight’s game against the Steelers. HC Anthony Lynn said Friday that Henry will be on a snap count in his 1st action since Week 1, but he only needs a handful of targets to turn in a nice fantasy outing.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Chargers TE Hunter Henry is "trending towards returning to the field today." Henry is obviously not a safe fantasy bet in his first game back from a leg fracture. But in the volatile current TE landscape, he's an immediate option.

Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game against the Steelers. He put in a full practice on Friday. HC Anthony Lynn said that Henry will be on a snap count if he plays, but he'd still be a viable fantasy starter considering the dearth of quality options at the position. Of course, the late kickoff makes this a tough situation for fantasy owners. We’ll look for an update on Henry on Sunday morning.

Chargers TE Hunter Henry (knee) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. He's 4-and-a-half weeks removed from an injury that was expected to sideline him for 4-6 weeks. Henry has a shot to play against the Steelers on Sunday night, although Week 7 might be a more realistic target.

Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot) won't travel with the team to London and is out for Sunday's game against the Bucs, HC Ron Rivera said Tuesday. Newton is reportedly out of his walking boot, so a Week 8 return (after a Week 7 bye) seems possible. QB Kyle Allen gets another start this weekend and is a viable starter vs. Tampa's 27th-ranked QB defense.

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower is active for today's game against Washington. He missed last week with a shoulder injury and entered this week questionable. We'll see whether Hightower's return cuts into the playing time of Kyle Van Noy or Jamie Collins, each of whom played 100% last week. We're not adjusting our IDP outlooks for either player, though.

Patriots DL Michael Bennett is active for today's game against the Bills. He entered the day questionable with a shoulder injury and saw his snaps dip last week. LB Dont'a Hightower is inactive with his own shoulder injury. Neither should have factored into your IDP plans much, and Hightower's absence doesn't change the outlook for the New England team defense.

The Athletic's Joseph Person hears that Panthers QB Cam Newton is dealing with a Lisfranc injury. That's much more significant than just a sprained foot. Person notes that the timetable for return for Lisfranc injuries tends to be in the 4-8 week range. The Panthers have a Week 7 bye, so we're now expecting Newton to be sidelined until at least Week 8. We'll continue to keep a close eye on him, but he's droppable in shallower fantasy leagues.

The Panthers have ruled QB Cam Newton (foot) out for Sunday's game against the Texans. "We want him at 100 percent when he’s ready, so there’s no exact timetable for his return,” HC Ron Rivera said. It's a smart move by Carolina, especially after QB Kyle Allen's impressive Week 3 outing. Allen will be a deep-league spot-start option vs. Houston this week.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that there's a "real chance" Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot) returns to practice on Wednesday. "He's day-to-day, not week-to-week," Rapoport adds. So this might end up being just a 1-game absence for Newton. We'll keep a close eye on his practice participation this coming week.

Patriots RB James White will not play against the Jets today because he and his wife are expecting their baby's arrival, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. That gives a big boost to RB Rex Burkhead, who drew 8 targets in a Week 1 contest that included White. Burkhead also closed out last week's blowout win at Miami after Sony Michel lost a 4th-quarter fumble. Check our updated Week 3 rankings before you finalize your lineups.

Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot) has been ruled out for Week 3. He was still in a walking boot on Thursday, so he might be looking at a multi-game absence here. QB Kyle Allen starts this weekend's game against the Cardinals. He played well in last year's finale but struggled to a 52.9% completion rate and 4.9 yards per attempt this preseason. Allen is just a low-end QB2 for Week 3 -- but he's worth considering at minimum price on DraftKings.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport believes it's "trending" toward Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot) missing this weekend's game against the Cardinals and QB Kyle Allen getting the start. Newton remains in a walking boot and didn't practice on Wednesday. Fantasy owners shouldn't plan on having him in Week 3 lineups. Allen started last year's season finale against a Saints team with nothing to play for, completing 16 of 27 passes (59.3%) for 228 yards (8.4 YPA), 2 TDs and 0 INTs. He posted an ugly 52.9% completion rate and 4.9 yards per attempt this preseason, although it was enough to beat out rookie Will Grier for the backup job. Allen went undrafted last year after a rocky college career. He was the #1 QB recruit in the country in the 2014 class and actually played alongside Kyler Murray at Texas A&M in 2015. Allen then transferred to Houston, opened the 2017 campaign as the starter but was benched just 3 games in. He's an intriguing player but is just a low-end QB2 for Week 3.

Panthers QB Cam Newton (foot) did not practice on Wednesday. He's reportedly still in a walking boot after re-injuring his foot last Thursday night. Consider Newton no better than 50/50 to play against the Cardinals this weekend. QB Kyle Allen will draw the start if Newton is out.

Panthers HC Ron Rivera said Tuesday that there's "no timeline" for QB Cam Newton's return from his latest foot injury. That doesn't sound like a guy with a good shot of playing this weekend. Newton was reportedly in a walking boot at the Panthers' facility on Tuesday. We'll track his status over the next few days, but fantasy owners should plan on being without Newton for Week 3 -- any maybe longer.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Panthers QB Cam Newton aggravated his foot injury in Thursday night's loss to the Bucs and that his status for Week 3 is "up in the air." We'll keep tabs on Newton throughout the week, but he shouldn't be in your Week 3 fantasy plans. On top of struggling as a passer, Newton isn't running. He has 5 carries for negative 2 yards through 2 games -- and the foot injury is likely to blame. QB Kyle Allen will start for Carolina against the Cardinals on Sunday if Newton can't.

 
 
 

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