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Week 2 Outlook
Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson is a healthy scratch for the team's Week 2 matchup against the New York Jets.
Stevenson rushed one time for two yards and caught his only target for nine yards in Week 1, but he also lost a fumble and may have found himself in head coach Bill Belichick's dog house, at least for a week. With Stevenson out, Damien Harris should lead the way, while James White will rotate in as a pass-catching back.
Patriots rookie RB Rhamondre Stevenson rushed one time for two yards and added one reception for nine yards in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins. He ended up losing a fumble after the catch, which occurred late in the first quarter, and did not register another touch the rest of the game.
The rookie out of Oklahoma had struggled with fumbles throughout his collegiate career. This unfortunate turnover will almost surely keep him off the fantasy radar for the foreseeable future, especially considering Damien Harris amassed over 100 yards and James White continued to serve as the primary third-down back. J.J. Taylor could be activated for Week 2 as well.
Patriots RB Rhamondre Stevenson dislocated his thumb in practice last week.
Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports there's some optimism that Stevenson should be okay for Week 1 against Miami. Still, this isn't an encouraging development for one of fantasy football's biggest sleeper RBs. J.J. Taylor would likely see work if Stevenson is forced to miss Sunday's regular season opener. Damien Harris remains locked into his 1A role, at worst, in New England's rushing attack.
Patriots RB Rhamondre Stevenson rushed 5 times for 23 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 17 yards in Sunday night's win over the Giants.
Stevenson seems to have carved out a role with the Patriots. The fact that they were willing to part ways with former first-round pick Sony Michel confirms it. Stevenson may have some stand-alone value, as well as handcuff value for the 2021 season.
Rhamondre Stevenson took the second handoffs behind Damien Harris during Patriots practice on Wednesday.
Sony Michel had been taking the second handoffs prior to the recent trade, so it appears if that move has helped Stevenson's value. The rookie RB could be worth a late-round dart throw as New England projects to be run-heavy this season.