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7:10pm EDT 10/14/18

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.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport called Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) a game-time decision for tonight's tilt with the Chiefs. Rapoport went on to say that Michel is expected to play. The rookie was limited in practice all week, but this is the 1st time we've heard that his status is at all in doubt. We'd still lean toward keeping Michel in fantasy lineups unless you're stacked at RB.

The Patriots have listed RB Sony Michel (knee) as questionable for Sunday night’s game against the Chiefs. He was limited in practice all week. We’ve heard nothing to suggest Michel is in danger of missing this one, but it’s a situation to keep an eye on considering his history of knee issues. We’ll look for an update on Sunday morning.

Patriots S Patrick Chung and DE Trey Flowers (concussions) are both active for today's game against the Dolphins. Both make sense as IDP options depending on league size and your other available options.

11:09am EDT 9/30/18

Patriots WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Dolphins. He was limited in practice all week and figures to be on some type of snap count in his Pats debut. Gordon is just a fantasy flier.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that there's a "good chance" WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) makes his Patriots debut against the Dolphins today. We'll find out for sure by noon ET. If active, Gordon figures to play a limited number of snaps after joining the team just 2 weeks ago. Consider him just a fantasy flier for Week 4.

Patriots S Patrick Chung and DE Trey Flowers are questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. Each guy missed Week 3 with a concussion. They put in limited practices this week, and Flowers told reporters Wednesday he expected to be ready to play Sunday. We'll see about the status of each starter on Sunday.

Patriots WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. It’s unclear if he’s ready to make his Pats debut, but we’ll find out by noon ET. If active, Gordon will be just a fantasy flier.

The Patriots will place RB Rex Burkhead on IR with the neck injury he suffered in Week 3, according to the Boston Globe's Jim McBride. No word yet on Burkhead's exact injury or whether he's a candidate to return after 8 weeks. We'll look for more details, but Burkhead can be dropped outside of deep leagues and leagues with an IR spot. New England's once deep backfield has now lost Burkead and Jeremy Hill to injuries. That leaves Sony Michel as the clear lead ball-carrier and James White as the primary pass-catching back. Both guys look like weekly fantasy starters at this point.

Raiders K Mike Nugent has a hip injury and is in danger of missing this weekend's game against the Browns, according to insider Michael Gehlken. Oakland figures to add a K over the next couple of days, but this is a situation to avoid in Week 4 fantasy lineups.

UPDATE: Nugent has been placed on IR.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead injured his neck in the 4th quarter of Sunday night's game against the Lions and did not return. He played just 7 snaps before exiting, carrying 0 times and catching 2 of 3 targets. He's fallen behind Sony Michel and James White in the backfield pecking order.

7:09pm EDT 9/23/18

Patriots WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) is inactive for tonight’s game against the Lions. It’s unclear if the hammy is keeping him out or the fact that he’s been with the team for less than a week. Regardless, Chris Hogan and Phillip Dorsett will remain New England’s top 2 WRs tonight.

Patriots WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) is "no sure thing" to play against the Lions tonight, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "He’ll have to test his hamstring pre-game and the team is preparing for scenarios without him on the field, as well as one with him playing," Rapoport says. "Clear they aren’t 100% counting on it." Even if Gordon's hammy allows him to suit up, he figures to play a limited number of snaps. He shouldn't be in Week 3 fantasy lineups.

The Patriots on Saturday ruled DE Trey Flowers and S Patrick Chung out for Sunday night's game at Detroit. Each is dealing with a concussion. We'll see about their progress heading into Week 4.

Patriots WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game against the Lions after a limited week of practice. We’ll look for updates on his status Sunday morning, but we might not know for sure whether he’ll play until 90 minutes until kickoff. If he does, it will be in a limited role. Gordon belongs on fantasy benches for Week 3.

WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) was limited in his 1st practice with the Patriots Wednesday. Gordon dealt with hamstring trouble in August and reportedly suffered a setback late last week. It's unclear at this point whether New England plans to play him against the Lions on Sunday night. We should know more later this week.

Patriots S Patrick Chung left Sunday's loss to the Jaguars with a concussion. He and DE Trey Flowers must pass through the league protocol before returning to play. We'll watch the status of each guy heading toward Sunday night's visit to Detroit.

The Patriots have acquired WR Josh Gordon from the Browns in exchange for a conditional 5th-round pick. This was 1 of (if not the best) landing spots for Gordon's 2018 fantasy upside. He'll be working with an elite QB in an offense with a relatively clear path to playing time. Be careful not to overrate Gordon here, though. He has a brand new offense to learn, has been dealing with hamstring trouble for almost a month now and obviously comes with lots of off-field baggage. Consider Gordon a high-upside bench stash for now. We'll be keeping a close eye on his progress in New England.

2:09pm EDT 9/16/18

Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) is active for today’s game against the Jaguars. The rookie has been practicing for a few weeks now, but it's unclear how big a role he’ll play in his NFL debut. We’d try to not to use Michel in Week 2 fantasy lineups.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (concussion) is active for today’s game against the Jaguars. He remains the best bet to lead New England backs in touches after handling 19 of them in the opener.

 
 
 

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