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Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (groin) is active for today’s game against the Texans. He put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday and told reporters that he’s “good to go.” Gronk remains an elite fantasy play.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (groin) "should play" against the Texans today. That's been the general consensus for the past couple of days now. We'll find out Gronk's official status by noon ET, but go ahead and pencil him into fantasy lineups.

Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett (knee) was limited in practice all week and is questionable for this weekend’s game against the Texans. He’s not a fantasy option with Danny Amendola expected back.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (groin) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Texans after limited practices on Thursday and Friday. He told reporters on Friday afternoon that he’s “good to go.” We’ll find out Gronk’s official status by noon ET on Sunday. Assuming he’s active, he belongs glued into fantasy lineups.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Texans. His absence should open up a few extra targets for RBs James White and Dion Lewis.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (groin) was listed as a limited participant in Thursday's practice. He officially didn't practice on Wednesday, although he was spotted on the field at the start of the workout. Gronk appears to be on track to play against the Texans this weekend, but we'll get another update on Friday afternoon.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (quad) was listed as a non-participant in Wednesday's practice. The media spotted him on the field at the start of the workout. There's always some haziness with these practice reports. Regardless, Gronk remains iffy for this weekend's game against the Texans. Check back tomorrow for another update.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) did not practice on Wednesday. We still haven't gotten any details on his injury, but he's obviously in danger of missing this weekend's game against the Texans. Burkhead's absence could mean extra work for RBs James White and Dion Lewis.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski's groin injury is "not believed to be serious," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That's been the feeling all along. Gronk remained on the sideline during yesterday's win over the Saints and told reporters, "I'm good" afterward. He's undergoing additional testing today, per Rapoport, so we'll look for further updates.

Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett injured his knee in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Saints. He's officially questionable to return, but we doubt we see him back out there with New England nursing a big lead. We'll see what kind of update we get from the team after the game.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead injured his ribs in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Saints and hasn't played in the 2nd. New England is calling him questionable to return, but don't expect to see him back out there. We'll look for an update after the game.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is questionable to return to Sunday's game in New Orleans with a groin injury. He was attended to by 3 trainers on the sidelines and was then shown riding a stationary bike. With the Patriots up by 20, we doubt we see Gronk again today.

Patriots S Devin McCourty is active for Sunday's game against the Saints after entering the day questionable with a groin issue. He's fine to use in IDP lineups against a pass-heavy Saints offense.

The Patriots have ruled LB Dont'a Hightower out for Sunday's game against New Orleans with a right knee injury. We'll see about his status heading toward Week 3, but Hightower's not worth owning in most IDP leagues at this point. It's the same knee that dogged him throughout the offseason, camp and preseason. The Patriots have also showed willingness in the past to bring him along slowly even when he's active.

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower left Thursday night's game with a right knee injury after another player fell into the side of it. He could be seen riding the stationary bike on the sideline with a hot pad on the joint. The team announced that he's questionable to return. The right knee is the same spot that kept Hightower out of action until late August.

Patriots RBs Mike Gillislee, Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis are all active for tonight's opener against the Chiefs. We're eager to see the backfield usage here, but it's a situation to avoid in Week 1 fantasy lineups in possible. White is the safest play as the likely passing-down back.

The Colts on Saturday traded disappointing WR Phillip Dorsett to the Patriots for 3rd-string QB Jacoby Brissett. Dorsett caught just 51 passes through 2 seasons in Indy after arriving as a late 1st-round pick. Brissett just finished throwing 4 TD passes in New England's preseason finale. The move could signal significant worry that QB Andrew Luck will miss multiple games as he works back from offseason shoulder surgery. Dorsett's a poor bet to make a fantasy impact in 2017, though he could see some early targets if WR Malcolm Mitchell remains hobbled.

Patriots HC Bill Belichick called WR Chris Hogan "one of our best players" in a recent radio appearance. "Another hard-working guy that is tough and has been very dependable for us," Belichick added. The Hoodie rarely publicly praises one of his guys, so this is notable. Hogan is in line to soak up a big chunk of the targets left behind by Julian Edelman. It's not tough to see him emerging as a high-upside WR3.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead practiced on Monday, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. Burkhead missed the 3rd preseason game with an undisclosed injury, which allowed RB Mike Gillislee to regain some momentum. This backfield remains wide open heading into the regular season. Burkhead will be tough to trust in Week 1 fantasy lineups but is still worth a look in the double-digit rounds of drafts.

NFL Network's Albert Breer reports that an MRI on Patriots WR Julian Edelman's right knee confirmed a "complete ACL tear." He's done for the season and is tasked with a lengthy rehab. If all goes smoothly, he'll be ready for the start of training camp next year. But Edelman will be 32 years old at that point. He's signed in New England through the 2019 season with cap hits of $5.2 and $4.7 million over the next 2 seasons. We've already removed Edelman from the 2017 WR rankings and bumped up Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola. QB Tom Brady's projections took a slight hit, but he's still flush with weapons and sitting 2nd in the QB rankings.

 
 
 

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