The Patriots have released WR Maurice Harris. The 26-year-old got off to a strong start in training camp but seemed to fizzle out over the past couple of weeks. Josh Gordon's return didn't help Harris, either. New England's WR depth chart now looks something like this: Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, Phillip Dorsett, N'Keal Harry, Jakobi Meyers, Demaryius Thomas.
Multiple Patriots beat writers have named Maurice Harris the team's best WR early in camp. Julian Edelman, of course, has been sidelined with his broken thumb. That's left Harris and Phillip Dorsett to take the majority of the 1st-team snaps. Rookie N'Keal Harry has been working mostly with the 2nd team. Harris was briefly a thing last year, coming out of nowhere for a 10-124 outing in Week 9 and following that up with a 5-52. But he corralled just 2 of 13 targets over his final 5 outings. The former undrafted free agent has nice size at 6'3, 205 pounds but is a subpar athlete and totaled just 81 catches across 4 college seasons. Harris still feels like a long shot for reliable fantasy production this year -- but there's opportunity in New England, especially if Harry proves unready for an immediate role. We'll continue to monitor this depth chart.
Washington WR Jamison Crowder (ankle) was ruled out of Sunday's game vs. Tampa Bay. Crowder hasn't suited up since Week 5, and his absence boosts the deep league value of Maurice Harris and Josh Doctson.
Redskins WR Jamison Crowder (ankle) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Bucs after getting in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. Crowder has been out since Week 5 and wasn’t very productive before going down. He shouldn’t be in your Week 10 fantasy plans. Crowder’s return, though, would push WR Maurice Harris to the outside, where the Bucs have actually been a slightly negative matchup.
Redskins WR Jamison Crowder (ankle) missed another practice on Wednesday. That doesn't bode well for his chances of returning for this weekend's game against the Bucs. Crowder's absence would leave WR Maurice Harris in the slot, where he'd be a low-end PPR option vs. a Tampa defense that's allowed the most PPR points to slot receivers.