RB James White is expected to re-sign with the Patriots, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports. We'll see what the contract looks like, but it seems like White was met with a cool market. The 29-year-old caught just 35 balls last year -- his fewest since 2015 -- in his first season without QB Tom Brady. White should remain New England's lead pass-catching back in 2021, but a run-heavy offense under QB Cam Newton would make it tough to White to find enough volume to be a real fantasy factor.
Update: White signed a 1-year, $2.5 million deal with the Pats.
The Broncos-Patriots game has been moved to Week 6, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. New England was originally scheduled for a Week 6 bye. Denver was slated to play Miami in Week 6, but that game will now be rescheduled. Pull all Broncos and Patriots players from your Week 5 fantasy lineups.
The Broncos and Patriots are still slated to play on Monday night, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. New England had a 4th positive test on Sunday morning, but that evidently won't stop the game -- at least barring further positives. As always, this remains a fluid situation.
The Patriots had another COVID test come back positive on Sunday morning, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. That makes it 4 positives over the past 8 days in New England. The team closed its facilities again, and Monday's game vs. the Broncos is "now in question," according to Schefter. We'll pass along any further updates, but Patriots and Broncos players should probably be on fantasy benches for now.
Patriots RB James White practiced on Wednesday. He's missed the past 2 games after his parents were in an accident, killing his father and leaving his mother in critical condition. White will presumably play against the Chiefs this weekend. His return takes a bite out of RB Rex Burkhead's appeal.
Patriots RB James White is out for Sunday’s game against the Raiders as he continues to grieve the death of his father last weekend. With White out last week, RB Rex Burkhead played 71% of New England’s offensive snaps and tallied 6 carries and 6 targets. The Patriots’ game plan might be completely different this Sunday, but Burkhead is at least a RB3 or flex consideration in PPR leagues.
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.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that RB Lamar Miller has reached a 1-year deal with the Patriots. Miller tore his left ACL last August in a preseason game against Dallas but has said he's back to full health. As long as he passes New England's physical, it looks like the veteran will join Sony Michel, Damien Harris, James White and Rex Burkhead in a crowded backfield. The arrival complicates the outlook for everyone -- though White's role figures to be least affected. As usual, there's still a lot to sort out here: Michel's recovery from foot surgery, Harris' development after a near-silent rookie year, and whether Miller makes the final roster. Just make sure you don't over-invest in any Patriots RB as you draft.
Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett still hadn't cleared the concussion protocol as of Saturday morning, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. Both Dorsett and WR Mohamed Sanu (ankle) are looking very iffy for tomorrow's game against the Cowboys. Their absences would mean more playing time for rookie WRs N'Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers -- and more targets for WR Julian Edelman, RB James White and TE Ben Watson.
Patriots RB James White (toe) is active for tonight’s game against the Ravens. He was added to the injury report on Friday, but the toe injury is reportedly very minor. White is safe to get into fantasy lineups if you waited on him.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that the toe injury that landed Patriots RB James White on this week's injury report is "very minor." Rapoport doesn't say anything about White's availability for tonight's game against the Ravens, but the report suggests that he'll be able to play. We'll continue to look for updates on his status this morning.
Patriots RB James White (toe) was added to the injury report on Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Ravens. We don't have any other details right now. The late kickoff could make this a tricky situation for fantasy owners, but hopefully we get an update on White on Sunday morning. His absence would likely mean an expanded pass-catching role for RB Rex Burkhead.
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (foot) is active for today’s game against the Browns. He shouldn’t be in fantasy lineups in his 1st action since Week 4 but does add a bit of downside to RBs Sony Michel and James White.
The Patriots have downgraded RB Rex Burkhead (foot) to out for Monday night's game against the Jets. That can only help the touch outlook for James White and Sony Michel. Each is worth RB2 consideration for Week 7 fantasy lineups.
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (foot) is inactive for tonight’s game against the Giants. Rookie RB Damien Harris is a healthy scratch again, so RBs Sony Michel and James White should be busy with the Pats 16.5-point home favorites.
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (foot) is not expected to play against the Giants tonight, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That's a tad surprising after Burkhead put in a full practice on Wednesday. We're expecting him back for Week 7. Sony Michel and James White will again dominate backfield work for New England in a mouth-watering spot as big home favorites.
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (foot) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Redskins. He was active with this injury last week but got just 1 touch. Burkhead will now try to get ready for Thursday night's game vs. the Giants. We'll see if rookie RB Damien Harris is active for the 1st time this season on Sunday, but RBs Sony Michel and James White will handle the majority of New England's backfield work.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport calls Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (foot) a game-time decision for today's tilt in Buffalo. Burkhead was limited in practice all week, but as usual with New England, we've heard nothing about the injury. We'll get the Patriots' inactives around 11:30 am ET this morning. Burkhead's absence would be a nice boost for RBs Sony Michel and James White.
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.
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