Shark Bites

11:10am EDT 10/6/19

Cardinals WR Damiere Byrd (hamstring) is inactive for today’s game against the Bengals. That’ll leave WRs KeeSean Johnson, Trent Sherfield, Andy Isabella and Pharoh Cooper behind Larry Fitzgerald.

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.

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.

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.

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.

11:09am EDT 9/29/19

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.

Cardinals WR Damiere Byrd (hamstring) is out for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks. He played 92% of Arizona’s offensive snaps over the first 3 games, so it’s a significant loss. KeeSean Johnson is the best bet to step in as the #3 WR, but he’s just a fantasy flier.

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.

Cardinals WR Damiere Byrd has missed the first 2 practices of the week with a hamstring injury, putting his Week 4 status in serious doubt. That's significant considering Byrd has played 92% of Arizona's offensive snaps so far. His absence would likely mean more playing time for rookie WR KeeSean Johnson.

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.

The Athletic's Joseph Person hears that Panthers QB Cam Newton is dealing with a Lisfranc injury. That's much more significant than just a sprained foot. Person notes that the timetable for return for Lisfranc injuries tends to be in the 4-8 week range. The Panthers have a Week 7 bye, so we're now expecting Newton to be sidelined until at least Week 8. We'll continue to keep a close eye on him, but he's droppable in shallower fantasy leagues.

"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.

The Panthers have ruled QB Cam Newton (foot) out for Sunday's game against the Texans. "We want him at 100 percent when he’s ready, so there’s no exact timetable for his return,” HC Ron Rivera said. It's a smart move by Carolina, especially after QB Kyle Allen's impressive Week 3 outing. Allen will be a deep-league spot-start option vs. Houston this week.

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.

 
 
 

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