There are a couple of big-time Patriots players that should soon return from injuries. Sony Michel and Rob Gronkowski both have a chance to playing against the Titans in Week 10, but a looming bye week could cause the Pats to play it a bit safe. (Classic Pats, right?) In addition to that duo, Bears receiver Allen Robinson is attempting to return from a groin injury that has kept him out of action in each of the past two weeks. These injury issues could necessitate moves on the waiver wire for fantasy football owners, and it could also have an impact on fantasy rankings and start ’em, sit ’em decisions.
As the week goes along, we’ll provide you with more injury updates. For more on A.J. Green, Chris Carson, and Leonard Fournette, go here, and for the latest in the Le’Veon Bell saga, click here. You can also follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy for more fantasy updates and advice.
Week 10 Rankings:
Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker
Is Sony Michel playing in Week 10?
Michel (knee) has been absent for the Patriots’ last two contests, but he was able to practice last week before ultimately being listed as questionable ahead of Sunday night’s game against the Packers. He ended up sitting out, but this week, his prognosis appears to be solid.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Michel is expected to return to action against the Titans in Week 10. He just needs to avoid suffering any setbacks in practice. He’ll need to be monitored in practice this week, but he is definitely trending in the right direction.
With Michel returning, James White will see a slight downgrade solely because his volume will go down a bit. Still, he’ll be a really good RB2 (RB1 in PPR formats) and could outproduce Michel if the Patriots ease him back into action, so he belongs in starting lineups.
The biggest negative fantasy impact from this injury is to Cordarrelle Patterson, who likely won’t see more than a couple of carries per game moving forward. He had been serving as the complement to White with Michel out, but now he’ll see less action on offense. He’s still worth stashing as a handcuff (who’s only eligible at WR because, again, we’re talking about the Patriots here), but until we see what his role in the backfield is, he should be left on fantasy benches.
MORE WEEK 10: Top waiver wire pickups | RB handcuff chart
Rob Gronkowski injury update
Another year, another injury to Gronk. For two of the past three weeks, Gronkowski has sat out with a back issue that flared up in practice. Moving forward, his status is week-to-week, according to WEEI’s Ryan Hannable (via Adam Schefter), and that means that he could be out for Week 10.
With the Patriots’ bye approaching in Week 11, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the team elect to sit Gronk this week as a precaution. After all, Gronk has struggled with injuries in the past, so why would they risk his health as they prepare for a postseason run? They’ve won six straight games anyway, so it seems possible — if not, probable — that Gronk could get another week off just to buy him some extra rest going into the bye.
If Gronk is out, the team’s tight end group won’t produce a viable fantasy target. Instead, guys like Josh Gordon, Julian Edelman, and James White will get stock-ups as they get more opportunities to catch passes. If you have Gronk on your fantasy roster, check out our Week 10 TE rankings for the best streaming options available.
WEEK 10 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end
Allen Robinson injury news
Robinson was out for the second-straight game last week, as a groin injury prevented him from suiting up against the Bills. However, it’s notable that he did log a limited practice last Friday, so he is on the right track as he tries to return from the injury.
If Robinson can improve in practice and get on the field earlier this week, he should have a chance to suit up against the Lions. The first practice report on Wednesday should help clarify his status a bit more, and we’ll have updates on that throughout the week. If Robinson misses more time, Trey Burton, Taylor Gabriel, and Tarik Cohen will continue to see plenty of targets in the Bears offense.
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