| Pats' Dion Lewis out for the year with ACL injury -- Mon Nov 9 1:40 pm --|
RB injured in Week 9
|Tough news out of Foxborough: Patriots RB Dion Lewis out for the season with torn ACL per team source. (Jim McBride on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Lewis is was a key cog in the Patriots offensive machine and will be missed. Brandon Bolden and James White are available to soak up the passing game role out of the backfield while LeGarrette Blount remains the between the tackles runner.
| Dion Lewis expected to play tonight -- Thu Oct 29 12:39 pm --|
|Patriots RB Dion Lewis (abdominal injury) is playing tonight vs. the Dolphins, source said. He sat out Sunday to get healthy. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Lewis was inactive last week against the Jets - a game that saw the Patriots handoff five times to their running backs. They may display the same pass-heavy attack against the Dolphins tonight but Lewis should in a good spot to take advantage. He's on the RB2 radar.
| Dion Lewis not expected to play -- Sun Oct 25 4:30 am --|
|Patriots RB Dion Lewis does not expect to play vs Jets due to abdomen injury, though team wants to test him one more time before final call. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: It sounds like Lewis will get one more opportunity in pregame warmups to prove he can be on the field in Week 7. If he's unable to go, LeGarrette Blount should get the start with James White and/or Brandon Bolden serving as the pass-catching back.
| Dion Lewis expected to play, test in pregame -- Sun Oct 18 7:00 am --|
|Patriots RB Dion Lewis plans to play with abdomen injury that has him listed as questionable, but they want to test it pregame to make sure. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Another report from the Boston Herald suggested that Lewis would be "good to go" and hasn't had any setbacks since originally suffering the injury on Thursday. The Patriots play Sunday night and we won't know for sure if Lewis will be active until later in the day but it sounds like you pencil him in your lineup as long as you have an option for a late swap.
|Dion Lewis the new face of the Pats' backfield? -- Fri Sep 11 4:10 pm --|
RB rattles off 69 rushing yards and 51 receiving yards in Pats' debut
|Fantasy football owners generally know that New England Patriots running backs can be a shaky investment because of the way coach Bill Belichick often rotates them and alters the game plan on a week-by-week basis. But Thursday night's season-opening 28-21 win against the Steelers at least provided some clarity as to how the coaching staff views part of the depth chart. Dion Lewis, who hadn't played in a regular-season game since 2012, is now the clear-cut top option to fill the void created by Shane Vereen's free-agent departure. Vereen played 52.9 percent of the offensive snaps last season as the team's top "pass-catching" back, which is a high total that reflects how the Patriots regularly spread the field and rely on their backs as pass-catchers and in blitz pickup. That was the plan in Thursday's opener, as Lewis played 46 of 61 snaps. Brandon Bolden was sprinkled in at times (14), while James White played one snap, the kneel-down right before the half. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: LeGarrette Blount owners best make sure, if they haven't previously, to secure Dion Lewis after last night's impressive performance. The Patriots' RB situation is always a nightmare for fantasy owners but these two appear to be the two top dogs... for now.
|Patriots release RB Jonas Gray -- Sat Sep 5 3:06 pm --|
Brandon Bolden leads the Pats in touches Week 1?
|Patriots officially released RB Jonas Gray. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: This is somewhat a surprising move considering LeGarrette Blount is suspended for Week 1. The Patriots will likely lean on Brandon Bolden, Dion Lewis and James White against the Steelers Thursday night.