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Julian Edelman was able to return to practice Thursday. He's listed with knee and shoulder injuries. (Source: Mark Daniels on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots will continue to give the veteran time to recover week-to-week, and at this time there's no indication that Edelman was ever at threat of missing the team's Week 15 contest against the Bengals. It's a great matchup for New England, who could be upset and wanting to issue a statement to the league following their offense's struggles of late. Edelman continues to be a bright spot for the Patriots and his fantasy owners, and he's considering the WR6 by our expert consensus.

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Kyle Van Noy had a minimal impact in a 23-17 loss to Kansas City, grabbing just four solo tackles and one assisted tackle.

Fantasy Impact: Van Noy didn't show up on the stat sheet as much as he normally does, but the Patriots as a team were somewhat out of sorts in their second consecutive loss. The perfect cure for their woes comes in the form of a Week 15 game against Cincinnati, so be sure to get Van Noy into your lineups if he wasn't already there.

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Jamie Collins posted five solo tackles, three assisted tackles, one TFL, one QB hit, and one pass breakup, though the Pats fell to the Chiefs, 23-17.

Fantasy Impact: Collins has been prone to some major fantasy fluctuation from week to week, so it was nice to see him record a stat line that wasn't on either end of the spectrum. He ranks as one of the elite IDPs this season and is a must-play next Sunday when New England faces a one-win Cincinnati team.

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The New England Patriots allowed 23 points and 346 yards of offense in their Week 14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The defense recorded one sack, one fumble, and one interception.

Fantasy Impact: The defense could have had a bigger day if a fumble recovery and return was not blown dead. It wasn't a clear score, but there was a chance it would have gone for six. The Patriots can deliver even in tough matchups, even if the stat line didn't boom for this week. Next week against the Bengals is a dream scenario for fantasy playoffs. Expect a strong outing for the Pats on defense.

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Nick Folk converted one of his two field goals and his lone extra point try in the Patriots' Week 14 loss to the Chiefs. The miss was a blocked kick.

Fantasy Impact: Folk does not appear to have the trust of his coaching staff, as the Patriots passed up a field goal in the first half for a 4th-and-7 attempt. Folk is tough to trust for fantasy purposes if he won't be allowed to kick much.

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Matt LaCosse caught two of his four targets for 14 yards in the Patriots' Week 14 loss to the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: LaCosse has not been a viable receiving option for most of the season, but the four targets in this game is a nice sign. He would need to seize the full-time role to have any fantasy value, so he's worth watching but not adding yet. It's likely too little, too late for fantasy football 2019.

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Benjamin Watson caught one of his three targets for seven yards in the Patriots' Week 14 loss to the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Watson has been an underwhelming fantasy option in a role that could have been valuable this season. He should be on waivers in most leagues and has little fantasy appeal for the remainder of this season.

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N'Keal Harry caught his only target for 12 yards in the Patriots' Week 14 loss to the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Harry's catch should have been ruled a touchdown but he was incorrectly called out at the three-yard line. Harry was not likely in many starting lineups, and he was only targeted once, so his outlook is bleak for this year. Harry has upside for 2020 and beyond, as long as the quarterback situation is adequate.

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Jakobi Meyers caught one of his three targets for 35 yards in the Patriots' Week 14 loss to the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Meyers was targeted in a few key situations but has not been reliable and has struggled to separate at times. He's a risky start in any given week given his limited target floor. Meyers belongs on waivers in most leagues.

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Phillip Dorsett failed to convert on either of his targets in the Patriots' Week 14 loss to the Chiefs. He drew a pass interference penalty early.

Fantasy Impact: Dorsett is nothing more than a boom-bust field stretcher at this point and is impossible to trust on a weekly basis. Next week is a soft matchup, but he should not be used in most leagues.

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Mohamed Sanu caught his only target for 13 yards in the Patriots' Week 14 loss to the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: No receiver on the team besides Julian Edelman is reliable in terms of targets. Sanu is a risky option with a ceiling we have seen earlier in the season, but he's unlikely to pay off in the fantasy playoffs.

Category: Game Recaps


Brandon Bolden rushed once for a 10-yard touchdown in the Patriots' Week 14 loss to the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Bolden is primarily a special-teamer and is unlikely to have a reliable role on offense down the stretch. Leave him on waivers.

Category: Game Recaps


Rex Burkhead rushed seven times for 15 yards in the Patriots' Week 14 loss to the Chiefs. He was targeted once.

Fantasy Impact: There is no real situation where Burkhead is a primary offensive weapon, and he need not be owned in fantasy football.

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James White completed his only pass attempt for 35 yards, rushed six times for 33 yards, and caught five of his seven targets for 27 yards in the Patriots' Week 14 loss to the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: White posted a nice line in PPR formats, as usual, especially in matchups where the Patriots don't lead early and win big. The downside for White owners who have been riding him through a tough stretch of opponents is that the Patriots face off with the Bengals next week. Look for more Sony Michel and less James White in that game.

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Sony Michel rushed five times for eight yards and caught his only target for one yard in the Patriots' Week 14 loss to the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Michel was absent for much of the game as the Patriots coughed up an early lead and were in catch-up mode for much of the game. Michel is the guy when the Patriots have a nice lead, which means he should be just fine next week against the Bengals.

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Tom Brady completed 19-of-36 pass attempts for 169 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Patriots' Week 14 loss to the Chiefs. Brady rushed twice for 20 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Brady was robbed of a second touchdown by a bad call on N'Keal Harry diving for the pylon, so don't kick yourself if you started him. The volume was there as the Patriots were in catch-up mode as was a strong possibility. Brady is in a plum matchup next week against the Bengals. He's still far from a locked-in fantasy starter, though.

Category: Game Recaps


Dont'a Hightower finished Sunday night's 28-22 loss to the Texans with three solo tackles, three assisted tackles, one TFL, one sack, and one QB hit.

Fantasy Impact: Hightower has been gaining some traction in the last few games with his pass-rushing ability and backfield penetration, creating a higher fantasy floor than he had in the beginning of the season. He's a solid option when the Patriots play the Chiefs next Sunday.

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Kai Forbath converted his only field goal attempt from short range and hit one of his two extra point tries in the Patriots' Week 13 loss to the Texans.

Fantasy Impact: Forbath has been unsigned for a while before joining the Patriots, and probably for good reason. On an underwhelming offense, there is little juice here for fantasy purposes, and it's not worth the squeeze.

Category: Game Recaps


New England Patriots number two corner Jason McCourty has been ruled out for Week 13 against the Houston Texans. (Source: New England Patriots on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McCourty is in the midst of one of the best seasons of his career, and his loss will likely be felt by the Patriots. With Stephon Gilmore expected to travel with Deandre Hopkins, Will Fuller gets an upgrade. Fuller could very well end up Deshaun Watson's number one target tonight, and is worth captain consideration in single game DFS contests.

Category: Injury Updates


The Patriots activated Isaiah Wynn (turf toe) off injured reserve. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is a big boost to their offensive line ahead of a Week 12 tilt with the Cowboys. Wynn's return should be considered a positive for all of New England's skill players.

Category: Injury Updates


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