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The Patriots played last week without their star tight end Rob Gronkowski and lost rookie running back Sony Michel during the game to what looked like a potentially season-ending knee injury.

Luckily, the latter wasn't the case and Michel is only expected to be sidelined for another week or two. Gronk could potentially be back this week -- to play in front of his hometown Buffalo fans -- against the Bills on Monday night.

Gronk hasn't really had a game worth mentioning since Week 1 when he put up 7 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown. Maybe the the time off to get healthy will change this and he'll to back to being the TE1 many owners drafted him to be.

And finding out Michel will only likely miss a few games is surely a relief for Patriots fans and fantasy owners alike, especially given how well he had been playing before the injury. In the meantime, Kenyon Barner becomes a FLEX fantasy option and James White's value increases as he'll most likely become more than just a pass-catching back with all those additional touches now available.

It's encouraging news about Michel, but worth monitoring the Gronk situation as the week goes on. If Gronk plays, he's a TE1 this week, but it would be smart to have a viable back-up plan with the Pats playing on Monday night. 

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