Patriots QB Tom Brady missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. It's the 1st time he's missed 2 practices in a week since 2010. He played that weekend -- and posted a perfect passer rating. The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe says "the working assumption" is that Brady will play against the Jets on Sunday. Check back tomorrow for another update.
Patriots QB Tom Brady was held out of Wednesday's practice with a knee injury that doesn't seem serious. "Initial sense I get on knee injury that kept Tom Brady out of practice is that it is not of great concern and shouldn't affect availability," ESPN's Mike Reiss tweeted. We'll keep an eye on the situation over the next few days, but Brady is fine to keep penciled into fantasy lineups.
Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website expects RB Rex Burkhead to replace Gio Bernard as the "jack-of-all-trades-third-down back that must catch run, catch, and block." Cincinnati lost a combined 151 targets -- 15.1 per game -- when Bernard and WR A.J. Green went down last week. Bernard accounted for 51 of those (5.1 per game). Burkhead has flashed some pass-catching chops in limited chances, hauling in 19 of 27 career targets (70.4%) for 167 yards (8.8 YPC). He's unlikely to be play a big enough role to turn into a fantasy option, but we'll keep an eye on him in Sunday's game against the Ravens.
Patriots HC Bill Belichick suggested Friday that James White could remain the team's primary passing-down back even with Dion Lewis back in the mix. "I think James White is a good player. What he does is good. Could somebody do it better? I don't know. But it would take quite a bit, I would say, based on where he is and how consistent he's been with what he's done," Belichick said. "It would take somebody playing pretty good to be better than him." White has tallied 29 catches for 258 yards and 3 scores, adding another 107 yards on 26 carries. The Lewis we saw last year was better than White, but it remains to be seen if he'll rediscover pre-injury form. ESPN's Mike Reiss expects the Patriots to take a "conservative approach" to Lewis' return and confirms that White will play ahead of him on Sunday night. White is certainly the better Week 10 fantasy play. We'll see beyond that.
Cleveland.com reports that the Browns expect to start LB Jamie Collins Sunday against Dallas after acquiring him from the Patriots on Monday. DC Ray Horton reportedly plans to keep him on the field for most of the snaps as well, specifically saying: "We're going to ask a lot of him and obviously see what he can handle, but so far, I have been really impressed with his smarts and his savvy and athleticism on the field and really off the field, too, of just learning something and not hesitating to translate it in his mind." Collins carries some risk by virtue of his relatively unknown role, but he has showed us all his cross-category upside. This is probably a chance worth taking for most IDP owners who have counted on Collins as a regular starter to this point. Expect Collins to take the place of veteran ILB Demario Davis and play next to Christian Kirksey.
The Patriots have traded LB Jamie Collins to the Browns. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Cleveland's giving New England a 3rd-round compensatory pick. (The upcoming NFL Draft marks the 1st time those picks will have been tradeable.) Collins is in the final year of his contract, so New England clearly didn't believe it would re-sign the young LB. The trade also indicates that the Patriots figured the league compensatory-pick system would have given them something later than a 3rd-rounder for losing Collins. Thirdly, this suggests the team is happy with rookie LB Elandon Roberts, who has seen his role grow this season. Collins should start quickly for Cleveland. We'd guess he'll take over for veteran ILB Demario Davis. The Browns will also need to re-sign Collins to make this a worthwhile move. New England gets a Week 9 bye before a Week 10 game against Seattle. Dont'a Hightower figures to be the top Pats LB for IDP owners in that game and likely the rest of the way. Keep an eye on Roberts' role and production, however. The move takes a playmaker out of New England's defense, though FOX's Michael Lombardi pointed out that Collins has done more freelancing this year than the Pats would like. For now, we're not adjusting the team D's outlook.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Seahawks DE Michael Bennett will have surgery Monday to repair cartilage in his right knee. Bennett's expected to miss 2-3 weeks, which would at least cost him matchups with the Bills and Patriots. DE Frank Clark saw increased playing time at New Orleans on Sunday, delivering 6 tackles (3 solo) and a sack. You'll find Clark in this week's IDP Free Agent Focus.
The Seahawks have ruled DE Michael Bennett (knee) out for Sunday's game at New Orleans. Bennett suffered the injury back in Week 6 and sat out practice this week, but he started last week's game at Arizona and played 81 snaps. So this comes as a surprise. DE Frank Clark should see significantly more snaps in Bennett's absence, though the Saints matchup isn't great for sack upside. ESPN's Sheil Kapadia reports that Bennett will get his knee checked Monday for a cartilage issue that might require surgery. Seattle will also miss S Kam Chancellor (groin) this weekend for the 3rd straight game, leaving Kelcie McCray to start in his place again.
Colts WR Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) is not on the final Week 8 injury report after putting in full practices on Thursday and Friday. He's set to return for this weekend's game against the Chiefs but will do so as the #3 WR behind T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief.
Colts WR Phillip Dorsett (foot, hamstring) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday -- his 1st since going down in Week 6. It gives him a shot to play against the Chiefs this weekend, but it might be as the #3 WR with WR Donte Moncrief expected back. The real winner here is QB Andrew Luck, who might have his WR corps at full strength for the 1st time since Week 2.
Patriots LB Jamie Collins (hip) is active for today's game at Pittsburgh. He missed Week 6 but should be good to use as you normally would in your IDP league. Collins practiced all week.
Patriots LB Jamie Collins (hip) traveled with the team to Pittsburgh for Sunday's game, according to ESPN. That would seem to put him in line to play, though we'll still have to check on his game status this afternoon. Collins entered the weekend questionable after missing Week 6. If you're planning to use Collins in your IDP lineup, make sure to have an insurance option available.
Colts WR Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) didn’t practice all week and is out for Sunday’s game against the Titans. Chester Rogers will step in as Indy’s #2 WR, putting him on the WR4 map in fantasy football.
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said Monday that DE Michael Bennett is feeling "pretty good" and that his "tests came back clear" after Bennett hurt his right knee Sunday, according to the Seattle Times. It doesn't seem like Bennett is heading for any further missed time, but we'll keep an eye on his practice participation this week.
Colts WR Phillip Dorsett missed the end of the 4th quarter and overtime on Sunday night with a hamstring injury. We'll keep an eye on him this coming week, but the 2nd-year wideout hasn't been much of a fantasy option. Week 6 marked his 5th straight game with 3 or fewer catches.
Seahawks DE Michael Bennett left Sunday's win over the Falcons with a right knee injury after taking a low block from Atlanta OT Jake Matthews that left Bennett cussing as he recounted the play after the game. Bennett did say that he doesn't think the injury is major and that he expects to play in Week 7, according to ESPN's Sheil Kapadia. "A little sore, but we think he's OK," HC Pete Carroll added. "A little sore knee. We'll see what happens here in the next couple days."
Patriots LB Jamie Collins (hip) is inactive for today's game against the Bengals. Collins' absence can't hurt the already positive receiving outlook for Bengals RB Gio Bernard.
The Patriots added LB Jamie Collins to the injury report Thursday with a hip issue that limited his practice time Thursday and Friday. He's questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals. We'll check on his status Sunday.
Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) is active today against the Browns. That's no surprise after he played in Week 4, but he had been listed as questionable once again. Hightower's still a lower-level IDP option, though the Browns present attractive big-play upside.
Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) is active for today’s game against the Browns. He was added to the injury report on Thursday but was able to get in a limited practice on Friday. Edelman is safe to get into fantasy lineups in a plus matchup and with QB Tom Brady back in action.
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