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Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) is inactive for today's game against the Jets. It's a matchup that some New England LB could exploit for IDP value -- perhaps Shea McClellin -- but the fluid playing time makes it a tough situation to mine for your fantasy football lineup. The team D remains a strong play even without Hightower.

The forecast for today's Jets-Patriots game calls for a 95% chance of rain with winds around 10 mph. That wind isn't a major concern, but it looks like this will be a sloppy game. We still don't expect the Pats to have any trouble when they take to the air, but the weather could push them further toward the run if (when?) they get out to a big lead.

The Titans have ruled CB Jason McCourty (chest, shoulder) out for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. That can only help the fantasy outlook for QB Blake Bortles and the rest of the Jacksonville passing offense against an already soft secondary. Of course, if you were planning to use the Tennessee D in fantasy, you were doing so because of the matchup rather than the Titans' talent. So McCourty's absence shouldn't affect your outlook too much. It does bring the floor down a bit.

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) and CB Malcolm Butler (hip) are active for today's game against the Broncos. Both entered the day questionable but should be fine to use at their normal IDP levels.

Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (groin) put in a full practice on Friday and isn’t listed on the final Week 15 injury report. He’ll play against the 49ers on Sunday and figures to serve as Atlanta’s #1 WR with Julio Jones out. The groin issue adds some risk, but Sanu is certainly in the WR3 discussion.

Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (groin) practiced on Wednesday. That gives him a shot to return for this weekend's game against the 49ers. Sanu could find himself as the #1 WR if Julio Jones sits again.

WR Mohamed Sanu (groin) has been ruled out for this weekend’s game vs. the Rams. Between his absence and WR Julio Jones’ turf toe, WR Taylor Gabriel figures to play a big role on Sunday. He’s a viable WR3.

The Falcons are not optimistic about WR Mohamed Sanu's (groin) chances of playing against the Rams this weekend, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. His absence would figure to mean a bigger role for WR Taylor Gabriel, who's already seen 5+ targets in 4 straight. He'll be on the WR3 radar if Sanu ends up inactive.

Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (groin) did not practice on Wednesday. It's unclear if he's in danger of missing this weekend's game against the Rams. With Julio Jones dealing with turf toe, Atlanta's WR corps is banged up. Taylor Gabriel could be in for a bigger role on Sunday.

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Patriots QB Tom Brady (knee) is active for today’s game against the Jets. Even at less than 100%, he’s an elite fantasy play in the plus matchup.

Patriots QB Tom Brady (knee) will play against the Jets today, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms. Brady only practiced on Friday, but there was never much concern about his status. He's a high-end QB1 in today's plus matchup.

Patriots QB Tom Brady (knee) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Jets. He sat out the first 2 practices of the week before returning to a limited workout on Friday. It looks like Brady is legitimately at less than 100%, but we’ve seen nothing to suggest that he won’t play on Sunday. He’s fine to keep penciled into fantasy lineups for now.

Browns QB Cody Kessler (concussion) is out for Sunday’s game against the Giants. QB Josh McCown draws the start but is only a lower-end option in 2-QB leagues.

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.

Browns QB Cody Kessler sustained a concussion in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Steelers. It's his 2nd concussion of the season. We'll track his progress through the league's protocol.

Browns HC Hue Jackson said after Thursday night's loss that Cody Kessler remains his starting QB. "Cody's still the QB. I took Cody out because I wanted a spark," Jackson said. "I wanted to try a veteran." The move to Josh McCown backfired big time. The veteran completed just 6 of 13 passes for 59 yards, 0 TDs and 2 INTs over the game's final 30 minutes. The Browns might go 0-16.

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.

Browns QB Cody Kessler was benched at halftime of Thursday night's game against the Ravens. The Akron Beacon Journal's Nate Ulrich confirms that Kessler is not injured. That was our 1st guess because the rookie wasn't bad in the first 30 minutes, completing 11 of 18 passes for 91 yards, 1 TD and 0 INTs. Cleveland scored just 7 points, though, and has turned to veteran QB Josh McCown.

 
 
 

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