The injury report from New England on Thursday revealed a name that neither Patriots fans or fantasy owners wanted to see.
UPDATE: Friday, October 16 at 4:15 p.m. ET
Lewis, who was limited at practice on Friday, has been listed as questionable. The Boston Herald‘s Jeff Howe believes he’ll play, though:
Finally getting his shot after a couple seasons behind LeSean McCoy in Philadelphia and an injury-riddled stint in Cleveland, the 24-year-old Lewis has been electrifying through four games, tallying 180 rushing yards, 238 receiving yards and three touchdowns. His elusiveness makes him truly exciting in space, but he’s also shown the ability to break tackles and grind out yards.
For fantasy owners, he has been a legit RB1, and for the Pats, he has added a new dimension to the offense.
Fortunately, the injury doesn’t sound serious. ESPN’s Mike Reiss is optimistic about the situation:
Nevertheless, it’s never a great sign to see a player randomly pop up on the injury report in the middle of the week, so this is something to keep an eye on. We’ll have to wait until Friday’s practice to know more.
In fantasy circles, LaGarrette Blount would benefit most if Lewis sits. The Indianapolis Colts run defense has been much improved this season, but getting the majority of the touches in this explosive offense would warrant must-start status for Blount. James White, who has played ahead of Brandon Bolden, may also see some snaps on passing downs, and if Lewis’ injury proves to be serious, he would be an interesting add for deeper PPR leagues. For now, though, he’s not worth adding.