Shark Bites

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.

Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu exited in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Bucs with hip injury. He was on the injury report this week with a hip, although it's unclear if this is related. We'll update Sanu's status when we learn more.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars after a limited week of practice. His status might depend on whether RB Rex Burkhead (concussion) is cleared for Sunday’s game. We’d try not to use Michel in Week 2 fantasy lineups, but he’d at least carry some upside if he’s active and Burkhead is not.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (concussion) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Jaguars. He was limited in practice Thursday and Friday. We’ll look for updates on Burkhead Sunday morning. Pats-Jags doesn’t kick off until 4:25 pm ET.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (concussion) got in a limited practice on Thursday. He's making progress through the protocol but still has multiple stages to clear. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead missed practice Wednesday with a concussion. It's the 1st we've heard of the injury, so Burkhead must have developed symptoms since Sunday's game. He'll obviously need to pass through the league protocol before returning to action. We'll see about Burkhead's availability Sunday at Jacksonville. RB Sony Michel (knee) put in a limited practice Wednesday and could be a potential replacement if Burkhead's not ready.

11:09am EDT 9/9/18

Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) is inactive for today’s game against the Texans. The rookie has been limited in practice the past couple of weeks and seemingly has a shot to debut in Week 2. But it might be October before we can trust him in fantasy lineups. Rex Burkhead, James White and Jeremy Hill will handle backfield duties for the Pats today.

Patriots RB Sony Michel is not expected to play in today's opener against the Texans, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Michel is officially questionable with his knee issue. His absence would add upside to RB Rex Burkhead for fantasy lineups. We'll see, though, about Burkhead's workload as he deals with his own knee issue.

Patriots RB Sony Michel (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Texans. He was limited in practice all week. Even if he plays, we’re not expecting the rookie to play a big Week 1 role after missing most of August. He’s a strong stash but shouldn’t be in fantasy lineups this week.

ESPN's Mike Reiss expects Patriots RB Rex Burkhead to be "eased into the mix" as he works back from his knee injury. Burkhead has been practicing for a few weeks now, so the report is a bit surprising. New England is also thin at RB, with Sony Michel (knee) iffy for the opener. James White is a pass-catching back, and Jeremy Hill is the only other RB on the roster. We're curious to see exactly what the Patriots offense will look like considering they're also razor thin at WR. Expect White, WR Chris Hogan and TE Rob Gronkowski to be super busy against Houston on Sunday. Burkhead is shaping up as a risk/reward RB2.

 
 
 

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