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Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle, back) is active for tonight's game against the Bills. Get him in season-long lineups if you were waiting on him. Gronk is a risk/reward play in DFS.

Patriots LB Dont’a Hightower (knee) is inactive for tonight’s game against the Bills. Hightower should not have been in IDP plans anyway.

The Patriots plan to bench WR Josh Gordon for "several series" during tonight's game against the Bills because of tardiness, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. His absence will reportedly amount to about a quarter of action, with "regular playing time after that." This situation isn't likely to change many redraft plans for tonight, but it adds risk to Gordon if you're building any DFS lineups that include tonight's game. Throw in the matchup with CB Tre'Davious White and Gordon's extreme popularity for fantasy, and he looks like a good player to fade in DFS. We'll see if any off-field issues persist for Gordon in New England.

Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) has been downgraded to out for Monday night's game in Buffalo. He was originally listed as doubtful but never had a shot to play after missing practice all week. We'll see if he can return for Week 9. James White and Kenjon Barner will handle backfield duties for New England vs. the Bills.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski wouldn't guarantee that he'll play against the Bills on Monday night, but it sure sounds like he's on track to suit up. "Obviously I feel better. I've been taking steps every single day forward," Gronk said Saturday. "Definitely at this time last week, we're way better [now]." We'll look for another update on his status Sunday morning, but Gronkowski can be penciled into fantasy lineups for now.

Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) is doubtful for Monday night’s game against the Bills. That leaves the backfield to James White and Kenjon Barner, each of whom started the week in usable range in our Week 8 rankings.

Patriots WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) is questionable for Monday night’s game against the Bills. He put in limited practices all week, though, and played through the exact same setup last week. We’d bet on Gordon playing but will confirm his status Monday evening.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski doesn’t know whether he’ll play Monday night against the Bills, according to ESPN. Gronk does plan to travel with the team, so it sounds like a game-time decision. He’s officially questionable. If you have another quality option, that’s probably the way to go in your fantasy lineup. If you’d be reaching for a streaming-level replacement, then it might be worth waiting and stashing Dwayne Allen as lineup insurance.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, ankle) was limited again in Friday's practice. He's expected back for Monday night's game against the Bills, but we'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski returned to practice Thursday, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. Gronk is dealing with injuries to an ankle and his back, the latter of which cost him Sunday's game in Chicago. We'll certainly track his participation through the week and hope that he doesn't finish Saturday as a question mark for Monday night's kickoff. Dwayne Allen and Charles Clay would be the insurance options if that winds up the case with Gronkowski, who posted 2 nice fantasy outings against Buffalo in 2017.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) didn't participate in Wednesday's workout, according to NFL Network's Michael Giardi. It was an unofficial practice with New England not playing until Monday night. We'll get the week's first official practice report tomorrow. Gronk is tentatively expected back to face the Bills, but his status can't be taken for granted.

An MRI on Patriots RB Sony Michel's injured knee revealed no structural damage, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The rookie is considered "week-to-week." It's about the best possible news Michel owners could have hoped for. We'll keep you updated on his rehab. It's worth noting that New England has a Week 11 bye, so a Week 12 return might be most likely. We'd try to hang on to Michel as a potential RB1 down the stretch.

A Patriots source told ESPN's Adam Schefter this regarding RB Sony Michel's knee injury: “Expect it will be a little bit but not overly serious. Won’t know til they look at it Monday.” It sounds like Michel avoided a season-ending injury but figures to miss some time. We should learn more later today. James White and Kenjon Barner are left as the Patriots' healthy RBs right now. They figure to add someone this week. Free agent and former Patriot Mike Gillislee's name has been tossed around.

Patriots RB Sony Michel was carted to the locker room with a left leg injury in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Bears. His leg got twisted awkwardly in a pile. We'll update his status when we learn more. Michel's absence leaves New England with RBs James White and Kenjon Barner.

UPDATE: The Pats announced Michel with a knee injury and deemed him questionable to return.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) is officially inactive for today’s game against the Bears. His injury isn’t considered a long-term concern, and he’s tentatively expected back for Week 8. Dwayne Allen will serve as New England’s lead TE today but is just a fantasy flier.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski's back injury is not expected to be a "long-term" issue. His back reportedly "locked up" on him during Friday's practice. It's good news considering Gronk's history of back problems, which includes 3 surgeries. He's not going to play against the Bears today, but it sounds like he has a shot to return for Week 8.

The Patriots have downgraded TE Rob Gronkowski (back) to doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bears. We just removed him from the Week 7 Rankings, and he should be on fantasy benches now. New England also ruled out TE Jacob Hollister with a hamstring injury. That leaves Dwayne Allen as the only healthy TE on the roster. But he'd still be just a desperation play for Gronk owners. Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon and James White should lead the way in targets tomorrow.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is not expected to play Sunday against the Bears, according to multiple reports. Gronk reportedly landed on the injury report Friday with a back issue and did not travel with the team to Chicago. New England is reportedly keeping open the possibility that Gronk could play if he feels good Sunday, but you should make alternate fantasy plans.

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Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) is active for tonight’s game against the Chiefs. We never heard any concern over the knee, so Michel seems safe to use as you normally would in fantasy lineups.

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Patriots WR Chris Hogan (thigh) is active for tonight’s game against the Chiefs. He only put in limited practices on Wednesday and Friday, so don’t expect him to be at 100%. That only adds more downside to a guy who’s yet to top 3 catches in a game this season.


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