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Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (foot) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Redskins. He was active with this injury last week but got just 1 touch. Burkhead will now try to get ready for Thursday night's game vs. the Giants. We'll see if rookie RB Damien Harris is active for the 1st time this season on Sunday, but RBs Sony Michel and James White will handle the majority of New England's backfield work.

ESPN's Field Yates reports that Patriots TE Ben Watson is not traveling with the team to Washington and will not play in Sunday's game. The team must have decided to use his roster spot for another player. If the Patriots don't activate him by Monday afternoon, though, they would have to release Watson, according to Doug Kyed of NESN. Expect Watson to be back on the roster for the Week 6 Thursday night game against the Giants.

Patriots TE Ben Watson won't play against the Redskins on Sunday, according to ESPN's Field Yates. Watson is eligible to return from his 4-game suspension, so it's unclear if he's not ready to play or if he's not part of New England's current plans. Watson is only worth stashing in deep and TE-premium fantasy leagues.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (chest) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Redskins. Although he mustered just 4 catches for 30 scoreless yards vs. Buffalo last week, he played 95% of the offensive snaps, so it doesn’t seem like the chest injury was a real factor. We like Edelman to bounce back in a much easier Week 5 matchup.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Redskins after a limited week of practice. It’s the same boat he was in last week before playing just 19% of the offensive snaps and registering only 1 touch. Burkhead can’t be trusted in fantasy lineups until we see that he’s healthy.

The Patriots have placed K Stephen Gostkowski on IR. No word yet on his injury or if he's a candidate to return later this season, but he's obviously not worth stashing on fantasy rosters. We'll see who New England signs to replace Gostkowski.

Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Gostkowski has a left hip injury that requires season-ending surgery.

Patriots DL Michael Bennett is active for today's game against the Bills. He entered the day questionable with a shoulder injury and saw his snaps dip last week. LB Dont'a Hightower is inactive with his own shoulder injury. Neither should have factored into your IDP plans much, and Hightower's absence doesn't change the outlook for the New England team defense.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (chest) is active for today’s game against the Bills. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported this morning that Edelman’s snaps could be limited, so there’s elevated risk here. But we liked Edelman’s matchup against slot CB Siran Neal.

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Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (foot) is active for today’s game against the Bills. He was limited in practice all week and was reportedly a game-time decision, so he clearly comes with risk in Week 4 fantasy lineups.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport calls Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (foot) a game-time decision for today's tilt in Buffalo. Burkhead was limited in practice all week, but as usual with New England, we've heard nothing about the injury. We'll get the Patriots' inactives around 11:30 am ET this morning. Burkhead's absence would be a nice boost for RBs Sony Michel and James White.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Patriots WR Julian Edelman (ribs) is expected to play today but adds that his snaps could be limited. That obviously adds risk to his Week 4 profile. Even if his snaps are limited, though, we'd expect him to be out there in passing situations. We'll keep an eye out for further updates, but we're sticking with Edelman as a WR2.

NFL Network's Michael Giardi reports that Patriots WR Julian Edelman is traveling with the team to Buffalo and that the "expectation is he plays." That's been our expectation all week as well, given that Edelman has been practicing. There will likely be some pain-tolerance question to Edelman against the Bills, but his toughness has rarely been questioned. There's some risk to Edelman but also lots of reception upside.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (foot) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bills. We’ve heard nothing to suggest that he’s in danger of missing this game, but check the inactives at 11:30 am ET on Sunday to make sure Burkhead is suiting up.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (chest) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bills after a limited week of practice. His injury reportedly isn’t serious, and the New England media has seemed optimistic about his chances of playing this weekend. We’ll get his official status by noon ET on Sunday. If Edelman can’t go, rookie Jakobi Meyers would step in as the Patriots’ slot receiver.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (chest) got in a limited practice on Wednesday. The fact that he was out there at all early in the week is good news. We continue to expect Edelman to play against the Bills on Sunday. We'll get another update on his status Thursday afternoon.

"He'll be good," a source tells NFL Network's Ian Rapoport about Patriots WR Julian Edelman. Edelman avoided structural damage to his ribs, so it'll probably be a pain-management issue going forward. We'll keep an eye on his practice participation this week, but we like his chances of playing Sunday against the Bills.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman suffered a chest injury in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Jets and is officially questionable to return. We'll update his status when we learn more. Sans Edelman, Josh Gordon, Phillip Dorsett and Jakobi Meyers would be New England's top 3 WRs.

Update: Edelman has been ruled out for the day. New England's 30-7 lead might have something to do with that, but we'll look for an update on Edelman's injury.

Update: X-rays on Edelman's ribs came back clean, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Patriots RB James White will not play against the Jets today because he and his wife are expecting their baby's arrival, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. That gives a big boost to RB Rex Burkhead, who drew 8 targets in a Week 1 contest that included White. Burkhead also closed out last week's blowout win at Miami after Sony Michel lost a 4th-quarter fumble. Check our updated Week 3 rankings before you finalize your lineups.

Patriots RB Damien Harris is a healthy scratch for tonight's opener against the Steelers. He's behind Sony Michel, James White and Rex Burkhead for now. Harris might still be the best bet for carries in this backfield if Michel misses time this season, but he's obviously just a fantasy handcuff.

Patriots TE Matt LaCosse (ankle) is active for tonight’s game against the Steelers. It’s a surprise after NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported this morning that LaCosse wasn’t expected to play. It’s unclear how big a role he’ll have, leaving him as just a fantasy flier.


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