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The Patriots' defense looked solid despite losing to the Packers in a Week 4 clash that went to overtime.

Fantasy Impact: Jack Jones headlined the Patriots' defense, forcing and recovering a fumble while also logging a pick-six. Meanwhile, Matt Judon recorded the unit's lone sack. They should be viewed as a fringe top-12 option against a surprisingly strong Lions offense in Week 5.

Category: Game Recaps


Nick Folk went 3-for-3 on extra points against the Packers in Week 4. He also made his lone field goal attempt from 37 yards out.

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots' offense performed better than expected, and a pick-six from the defense added to New England's scoring. Folk should be started in most leagues ahead of a favorable matchup against the Lions next week.

Category: Game Recaps


Jonnu Smith went untargeted in Sunday's game against the Packers before exiting with an ankle injury. He did not return.

Fantasy Impact: Smith has totaled just seven receptions and 58 yards this season. Even if he is healthy going forward, the tight end should be left on waivers in most leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Hunter Henry turned four targets into two catches for 13 yards against the Packers in Week 4.

Fantasy Impact: Henry has struggled to get things going this season, catching just five passes for 41 yards through four games. He should be left on fantasy benches in all leagues going forward, but it might be too early to drop him considering the thin crop of tight ends on the waiver wire.

Category: Game Recaps


Kendrick Bourne hauled in two of three targets for 23 yards against the Packers in Week 4.

Fantasy Impact: Bourne has seen his role increase since he registered a four percent snap share in Week 1. Despite his upward trajectory, he hasn't contributed enough offensively to justify rostering him in fantasy football.

Category: Game Recaps


Nelson Agholor turned four targets into three catches for 46 yards against the Packers in Week 4.

Fantasy Impact: Agholor has been a valuable part of the Patriots' offense this season, but his fantasy value has been inconsistent at best. As a result, he should be left on waivers in most leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


DeVante Parker registered two receptions for 24 yards and one touchdown against the Packers in Week 4.

Fantasy Impact: Parker was on the receiving end of rookie Bailey Zappe's first career touchdown pass. The 29-year-old receiver has looked solid over the past two weeks with Jakobi Meyers sidelined, but with the offense trending in the wrong direction, Parker's fantasy value is likely touchdown-dependent going forward.

Category: Game Recaps


Rhamondre Stevenson rushed 14 times for 66 yards against the Packers in Week 4. He also hauled in four of five targets for an additional 23 yards through the air.

Fantasy Impact: Stevenson has carved out a sizable role as of late, registering 139 rushing yards, 51 receiving yards, and one touchdown over his last two games. He should be viewed as a high-end RB3 heading into a very favorable matchup against the Lions.

Category: Game Recaps


Damien Harris rushed 18 times for 86 yards and one touchdown against the Packers in Week 4.

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots relied heavily on the running game with Mac Jones (ankle) inactive and Brian Hoyer (concussion) exiting early. Harris is still the Patriots' top running back, though Rhamondre Stevenson has also carved out a sizable role. Harris projects as a mid-range RB2 against a woeful Lions defense in Week 5.

Category: Game Recaps


Bailey Zappe came off the bench to replace Brian Hoyer (concussion) during Week 4 against the Packers. The rookie completed 10 of 15 passes for 99 yards and one touchdown. He also fumbled once in the overtime loss.

Fantasy Impact: Zappe looked solid, keeping the Patriots in the game until the final seconds of overtime. Even his fumble was less his fault and more the fault of New England's offensive line. If Zappe is forced to play in Week 5 against the Lions, he should be viewed as a mid-range QB3 in fantasy football.

Category: Game Recaps


Brian Hoyer has been ruled out for the remainder of the game with a head injury. (Source: Patriots on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Hoyer was injured after being sacked and hitting his head on the turf. He immediately went into the medical tent and then headed to the locker room to be evaluated. With Hoyer and Mac Jones both injured, the Patriots will turn to Bailey Zappe for the remainder of the game in Green Bay.

Category: Injury Updates


Jakobi Meyers is officially out for the Patriots’ Week 4 game with Green Bay. (Source: New England Patriots on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Meyers was limited in practice all week as he continues to deal with a knee injury. This will be the second consecutive game missed for Meyers. Fantasy managers should expect Kendrick Bourne and Lil’Jordan Humphrey to fill in for Meyers in Week 4.

Category: Injury Updates


QB Mac Jones was listed as out, according to the New England Patriots injury report, and will not play in Week 4 following his ankle injury from Week 3. (Source: patriots.com)

Fantasy Impact: QB Brian Hoyer will be the teams' starter with rookie Bailey Zappe operating as the backup. Hoyer is a veteran in the NFL and has played in 75 career games, but all of New England's offensive weapons should be downgraded, especially against a strong Green Bay Packers defense allowing just 15 points per game this year.

Category: Injury Updates


According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, New England Patriots safety/linebacker Kyle Dugger appeared limited in practice. (Source: Mike Reiss on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Dugger was not listed with a knee injury last week, so this appears to be a new ailment. We will get official confirmation of his practice participation later today. Dugger is an IDP force when healthy, so fantasy managers should stash him on the bench if he misses any time. He managed to play just 32 percent of the snaps against Pittsburgh, so this is a situation to monitor heading into the weekend. Dugger remains a DB1 option if active, but his floor will be lower due to the potential of reduced snaps.

Category: Injury Updates


The Patriots' defense logged one interception and recovered a muffed punt during Sunday's win over the Steelers. The unit also sacked Mitchell Trubisky three times and held Pittsburgh to 14 points.

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots have a solid defense, though they admittedly didn't have an extremely challenging matchup this week. They held Najee Harris in check and looked fine fending off Trubisky and the passing attack. Things will get a lot more difficult for New England when they take on the dominant Ravens offense next week.

Category: Game Recaps


Lil'Jordan Humphrey was promoted to the 53-man roster to take the place of Ty Montgomery who was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. (Source: Oliver Thomas on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Humphrey was elevated from the team’s practice squad in Week 1 but he did not factor into the stat sheet. Humphrey did work on special teams during training camp and could be set to fill in for Montgomery on kick returns. The 24-year-old will not carry any fantasy value unless he begins to see snaps on offense.

Category: Transactions


Ty Montgomery was placed on IR Tuesday with a knee injury. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Montgomery was questionable heading into Week 1 with a knee injury, but was active and scored the team’s lone touchdown. It is possible that Montgomery came back too early and he will now have to miss the next four games. Wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey has been promoted to replace Montgomery on the active roster.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions


Pierre Strong is inactive for the Patriots’ Week 1 matchup against the Dolphins. (Source: Patriots on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Strong is not a surprising inactive since Ty Montgomery was able to practice this week and is active Sunday. Strong is buried on the depth chart at RB right now and will likely only have fantasy value if Harris or Stevenson were forced to miss time.

Category: Transactions


The Patriots placed Tyquan Thornton on IR Thursday. He will miss a minimum of four games. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Thornton underwent surgery on his fractured clavicle recently, so this move was not a surprise. His recovery time is 6-8 weeks, so Week 4 is a possibility depending on his healing and rehab. He will most likely be the field stretcher in the Patriots offense when he returns.

Category: Transactions


After previously being waived by them, J.J. Taylor signed with the Patriots practice squad. (Source: Patriots.com)

Fantasy Impact: The former Arizona Wildcat has played in 11 games the last couple of seasons in New England. It is very possible he is on the Week 1 roster if Ty Montgomery (ankle) is sidelined.

Category: Transactions