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The forecast for today's Browns-Patriots game calls for a 100% chance of rain, with heavy rainfall at times possible. The wind will be at just 7-14 mph, so that shouldn't have a major impact. But this will be a wet one. We've made some slight adjustments to our projections for this game.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (foot) remained limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable again for Sunday’s game against the Browns. He hasn’t played since Week 4 and shouldn’t be in your fantasy plans. We’ll see if he’s active on Sunday.

The Patriots have traded a 2nd-round pick to the Falcons in exchange for WR Mohamed Sanu. New England tried to acquire Sanu during this spring's draft, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, so it's clearly a player the team covets. Sanu was a steady producer in Atlanta, averaging 4.2 catches and 47 yards per game over the past 3+ seasons. He played primarily in the slot for the Falcons, but we'll see how he fits into the Patriots' WR corps alongside Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon (once he's back from his knee injury), Phillip Dorsett and Jakobi Meyers. When everyone's healthy, it figures to be Edelman, Gordon and Sanu in 3-WR sets. Sanu has a brand new offense to learn, though. And note that he's going from the league's 2nd pass-heaviest offense to its 14th run-heaviest. Sanu is worth stashing in most fantasy leagues but won't be a recommended Week 8 starter. The Falcons, meanwhile, figures to roll with either Justin Hardy or Russell Gage as the #3 WR. But Sanu's departure will mostly just free up extra targets for Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Austin Hooper.

Patriots S Patrick Chung (heel, chest) is inactive for tonight's game against the Jets. He entered the night questionable.

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Patriots RB Damien Harris is active for tonight's game against the Jets. It's just the 2nd time the rookie has been up. Don't expect him to get more than a few carries -- if any -- but this could hint at a run-heavier game plan from New England.

Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) is active for tonight's game against the Jets. He should slide in as New England's #2 WR with Josh Gordon out, although there's elevated risk here as Dorsett comes off the hamstring injury.

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 TEs Matt LaCosse (knee) and Ryan Izzo (concussion) are out for Monday night's game against the Jets. That means TE Ben Watson should be in for lots of snaps. He's worth considering if you're hard up at TE this week.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (foot) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Jets. It's the same boat Burkhead was in last week before missing the Giants game. He shouldn't be in Week 7 fantasy lineups.

Patriots WR N'Keal Harry returned to practice on Tuesday. He was placed on IR prior to Week 1 after battling a variety of lower-body injuries this summer. The 1st-round rookie will be eligible to play starting in Week 9 and could find immediate opportunity if WRs Josh Gordon and Phillip Dorsett are still banged up. Harry is worth stashing in deep fantasy leagues.

The Patriots are re-signing TE Ben Watson, according to ESPN's Field Yates. Watson was surprisingly never activated after serving his 4-game suspension to open the season, and it's unclear exactly what kind of role he'll play for the Pats going forward. There's certainly opportunity, though, on a TE depth chart topped by Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo.

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.

The forecast for Thursday night's game between the Giants and Patriots calls for rain and wind gusts of 30+ mph. That's enough to impact the passing and kicking games. Hopefully you're not relying on anything in New York's passing game. We nudged QB Tom Brady and WRs Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon down the Week 6 Rankings -- but they all still sit safely inside starter territory in this pristine matchup. Try to avoid both Ks in this game.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (foot) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Giants. He was a full-go in Wednesday's practice, so there's a good chance he returns for this one. Still, Burkhead would be tough to trust in fantasy lineups after getting just 1 touch last time out.

The Patriots elected not to activate TE Benjamin Watson by Monday's deadline. That means the veteran hits waivers. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Watson does want to continue playing somewhere. He had, of course, announced his retirement before signing with New England in the offseason. Looks like the Patriots will proceed with Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo as their top TEs.

ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett's hamstring injury is "minor" but that he's considered "week to week." It sounds like Dorsett will miss Thursday night's game against the Giants but has a shot to be back for Week 7. Rookie Jakobi Meyers will step in as New England's #3 WR for however long Dorsett is out.

Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett suffered a hamstring injury early in Sunday's game against the Redskins and will not return. We'll look for an update on the severity of the injury. Dorsett's absence leaves rookie Jakobi Meyers as New England's #3 WR.

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower is active for today's game against Washington. He missed last week with a shoulder injury and entered this week questionable. We'll see whether Hightower's return cuts into the playing time of Kyle Van Noy or Jamie Collins, each of whom played 100% last week. We're not adjusting our IDP outlooks for either player, though.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (chest) is active for today’s game against the Redskins. He played through this injury last week and should be ready for his usual role today.

 
 
 

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