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Patriots RB James White (undisclosed) remained absent from practice on Thursday. (Source: Mike Reiss on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It’s unclear the reason for White’s absence, but hopefully he can return to Friday practice. We should learn more on his status ahead of the weekend prior to the Patriots’ Week 7 tilt with the 49ers. Rex Burkhead could be in line for more work if White were to miss the game Sunday.

Category: Injury Updates


The New England Patriots D/ST recorded two interceptions in the team's 18-12 Week 6 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Fantasy Impact: New England's defense played well today and didn't allow a touchdown. However, they let up six field goals and the offense didn't do its part. The Patriots also registered two sacks. A home game against the 49ers is on deck for Week 7.

Category: Game Recaps


Nick Folk converted both of his field goal attempts in the Patriots' 18-12 Week 6 loss to the Broncos.

Fantasy Impact: He didn't attempt an extra point as the Patriots went for two after their only touchdown of the game. Folk isn't a great fantasy bet ahead of a Week 7 matchup with the 49ers.

Category: Game Recaps


Ryan Izzo caught three passes for 38 yards in the Patriots' 18-12 Week 6 loss to the Broncos.

Fantasy Impact: Izzo also lost a fumble on one of his catches. He isn't anywhere close to being a reliable fantasy option right now. The Patriots host the 49ers in Week 7.

Category: Game Recaps


Rex Burkhead rushed five times for 14 yards in the Patriots' Week 6 loss to the Broncos.

Fantasy Impact: Burkhead wasn't targeted in the passing game. He saw some extended run when James White was away from the team for a couple of weeks due to personal reasons, but he isn't anywhere close to being a reliable fantasy option right now. The Patriots host the 49ers in Week 7.

Category: Game Recaps


Damiere Byrd caught 3-of-4 targets for 38 yards in the Patriots' 18-12 Week 6 loss to the Broncos.

Fantasy Impact: Incredibly, Byrd was second on the team in receiving with this stat line. The Patriots' passing offense struggled to click once again. Byrd doesn't need to be rostered in 12-team fantasy leagues with this type of usage on a run-first team. The Patriots host the 49ers in Week 7.

Category: Game Recaps


N'Keal Harry didn't catch either of his two targets in the Patriots' 18-12 Week 6 loss to the Broncos.

Fantasy Impact: Harry has had a quiet sophomore season outside of a 72-yard performance in Week 2. The 22-year-old wideout doesn't need to be rostered in standard 12-team fantasy leagues ahead of a Week 7 matchup with the 49ers.

Category: Game Recaps


Julian Edelman caught just 2-of-6 targets for eight receiving yards in the Patriots' 18-12 Week 6 loss to the Broncos.

Fantasy Impact: Edelman was actually more effective as a passer today, completing both of his attempts for 38 yards. He has now been held under 58 yards in 4-of-5 games this season and hasn't found the end zone yet. For fantasy purposes, Edelman is a low-upside WR3 for a Week 7 date with the 49ers.

Category: Game Recaps


Damien Harris rushed six times for 19 yards and caught a 14-yard pass in the Patriots' Week 6 loss to the Broncos.

Fantasy Impact: It looked like Harris could receive a big workload with Sony Michel (COVID) and J.J. Taylor both inactive. However, the Patriots fell behind early and Harris was game scripted out. It's always risky trusting a Patriots RB for fantasy purposes, but Harris should remain a high-end RB3 in Week 7 against the 49ers.

Category: Game Recaps


Cam Newton completed 17-of-25 passes for 157 yards and two interceptions in the Patriots' 18-12 Week 6 loss to the Broncos.

Fantasy Impact: It was Newton's worst game as a passer so far this year. Luckily for fantasy managers he salvaged his day with 10 carries for 76 yards and a rushing touchdown. This was Newton's first game action since Week 3. He missed Week 4 following a positive COVID-19 test and the Patriots had their bye in Week 5. The lack of passing game weapons will be a concern all year, but Newton's rushing ability will keep him in the low-end QB1 range next weekend against the 49ers.

Category: Game Recaps


The Patriots placed RB Sony Michel on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots placed G Shaq Mason, DE Derek Rivers and RB Sony Michel on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday. The NFL is aware of the Patriots situation and Sunday’s game against the Broncos will be played as scheduled. Michel tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday, per Jeff Howe of the Athletic. The Patriots RB was placed on the injured reserve in early October due to a quad issue. Michel was a few weeks away from returning, but this could possibly delay his comeback. The Patriots backfield will continue to be led by James White, Damien Harris, Rex Burkhead and JJ Taylor while Michel is sidelined.

Category: Transactions


CB Stephon Gilmore was removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list and returned to practice Thursday. (Source: Mark Daniels on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Gilmore tested positive for COVID-19 and was placed on reserve/COVID list last week. He practiced on Thursday and is expected to play Sunday's Week 6 matchup against the Broncos. Gilmore would give the Patriots defense an immediate boost and his presence would downgrade all Broncos' skilled positional players for Week 6.

Category: Injury Updates


According to sources, if Cam Newton is unable to play in Week 5 against the Broncos, Jarrett Stidham would likely get the start. (Source: Jason La Canfora on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots started Brian Hoyer in Newton’s place in Week 4, but he was replaced by Stidham in the second half. The Patriots and Broncos are slated to play Monday night at 5:00 PM, EDT, so you’ll likely want to have another option as a backup should there be any issues with the game being played. It’s still a question mark whether or not Newton will be cleared to play this week after testing positive for COVID-19 a week ago.

Category: Rumors


The New England Patriots placed DT Bill Murray on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Murray is on the Patriots practice squad but he is the second player within the Patriots organization to test positive for COVID-19, the other is QB Cam Newton. Murray's absence has no impact on the New England D/ST.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions, Rumors


Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer has been benched in favor of Jarrett Stidham late in the third quarter of the team's Monday night matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hoyer started for the Patriots on Monday because Cam Newton rested positive for COVID-19, but he completed 15 of his 24 passes for 130 yards and an interception through nearly three quarters of play. Stidham threw a touchdown pass on his first possession.


J.J. Taylor ran 11 times for 43 yards in the Patriots' 36-20 Week 3 win over the Raiders.

Fantasy Impact: Taylor, Rex Burkhead, and Sony Michel all received double-digit touches in this one. Taylor ran with burst for most of the afternoon, but surprisingly Michel did as well. Meanwhile, it was Burkhead who scored a total of three touchdowns against Las Vegas. Taylor is a fun player to root for but ultimately only has fantasy value in deeper dynasty formats.

Category: Game Recaps


The Patriots placed David Andrews (thumb) on injured reserve. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Andrews broke his thumb and needs it to snap, so he'll be out for at least three games. This is a blow to Cam Newton's rushing upside.

Category: Injury Updates


Josh Uche (foot) placed on IR

Sat, Sep 26th 4:58pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma

The Patriots placed rookie LB Josh Uche (foot) on injured reserve. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Uche missed Week 2 due to an ankle injury and then hurt his foot in practice this week. His rookie season is off to a frustrating start.

Category: Injury Updates


Dalton Keene (neck) was inactive for the Patriots' Week 2 loss to the Seahawks.

Fantasy Impact: Keene was getting in full practices earlier in the week but suffered a setback and was only "limited" on Friday. He has missed both of New England's first two games due to a neck issue.

Category: Game Recaps


Devin Asiasi didn't receive a target in the Patriots' 35-30 Week 2 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Fantasy Impact: This wad despite the team throwing it 44 times. Asiasi is nothing more than a very deep dynasty league stash at this point. He doesn't have a target through two weeks.

Category: Game Recaps