WR Phillip Dorsett has re-signed with the Patriots on a 1-year deal. The former 1st-rounder evolved into a short-range target in New England last season, hauling in 76.2% of his targets but averaging just 9.1 yards per catch. He has a shot to take on a bigger role in 2019 with Chris Hogan a free agent and Cordarrelle Patterson off to Chicago. But we'd bet on the Pats making some additions to their WR room.
Andy Hart of the Patriots' website calls WR Eric Decker "far from a lock to make the roster," adding that "the veteran still doesn't seem comfortable." Of course, you can still take a late shot on Decker in fantasy football drafts this weekend if you'd like, in a WR corps that will miss Julian Edelman for the 1st 4 weeks. But Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson are better bets to make the final roster if you're looking for a late upside pick.
Ben Volin of the Boston Globe projected New England's 53-man roster Monday and did not include Kenny Britt among the WRs. Volin projects Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, Eric Decker and Cordarrelle Patterson making the roster, with Julian Edelman opening the year on suspension and Riley McCarron going to the practice squad. Britt has yet to practice in training camp because of a hamstring injury. "If Britt can't get on the field soon, his time with the Patriots might end swiftly," Volin writes. This is just 1 writer's opinion, of course, but we have to weigh all these opinions from regular observers of the team this time of year -- especially when deciding how to treat murky situations such as New England's WR corps in our fantasy football drafts. For now, Britt's a risky late-round option in any format. If he does get the boot, there's no guarantee he catches on elsewhere. Among the 3 new veterans listed, Patterson is probably the best bet to stick because of his value in the return game.
The Patriots have signed WR Eric Decker. The 31-year-old is clearly past his prime, averaging just 10.4 yards per catch in Tennessee last year. But he was still a reliable possession receiver, hauling in 65.1% of his targets. He finished a decent 48th among 116 WRs in Pro Football Focus' 2017 receiving grades. "Decent" is all Decker needs to be to have a shot at early-season fantasy value in New England. He'll compete with Kenny Britt, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson for snaps behind Chris Hogan while Julian Edelman serves his 4-game suspension.
The Patriots have released WR Jordan Matthews. That didn't take long. After reportedly impressing in spring workouts, Matthews suffered a significant hamstring injury in Sunday's camp practice. We'll see if and when he resurfaces, but he's obviously off the redraft radar now. New England is left with Kenny Britt, Phillip Dorsett, Cordarrelle Patterson and rookie Braxton Berrios behind Chris Hogan and the suspended Julian Edelman. Malcolm Mitchell remains sidelined with his knee issue.
Update: New England ended up placing Matthews (hamstring) on IR. He'll likely end up being released with an injury settlement.
Patriots WR Jordan Matthews is dealing with what NFL Network's Ian Rapoport calls a "significant" hamstring injury. Matthews went down in practice on Sunday and hasn't been back on the field since. He had been considered the favorite to step in during Julian Edelman's 4-game suspension, but this injury throws a wrench in those plans. We've heard positive buzz on WRs Kenny Britt, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson early in camp. And New England has shown some interest in free-agent WR Eric Decker. This remain a wide-open situation that we'll be monitoring closely.
Patriots WR Julian Edelman is facing a 4-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Edelman has appealed the ban, so we'll see if it gets reduced. But fantasy owners should now be drafting as if he'll miss the first 4 games of the season. Edelman is returning from last August's torn ACL but had averaged 9.6 targets per game over the previous 3 seasons. So this is a big opportunity opening up in an offense that's finished top 12 in passing yards in an incredible 16 straight years. WR Chris Hogan is a good bet to serve as New England's #1 WR during Edelman's suspension. Jordan Matthews, Malcolm Mitchell, Kenny Britt, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson will battle for snaps behind Hogan.
Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett (knee) was limited in practice all week and is questionable for this weekend’s game against the Texans. He’s not a fantasy option with Danny Amendola expected back.
Patriots WR Danny Amendola (concussion, knee) returned to practice on Wednesday. That gives him a shot to play against the Texans this weekend. WR Phillip Dorsett (knee) was also on the field Wednesday. We'll get another update on both guys tomorrow.
Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett injured his knee in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Saints. He's officially questionable to return, but we doubt we see him back out there with New England nursing a big lead. We'll see what kind of update we get from the team after the game.
Patriots WR Danny Amendola (concussion, knee) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Saints. He didn’t practice all week and could be looking at a multi-game absence. Phillip Dorsett will step in as New England’s #3 WR but is an extreme fantasy flier. Expect Amendola’s targets to go to Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan, Rob Gronkowski, James White and Rex Burkhead.
The Colts on Saturday traded disappointing WR Phillip Dorsett to the Patriots for 3rd-string QB Jacoby Brissett. Dorsett caught just 51 passes through 2 seasons in Indy after arriving as a late 1st-round pick. Brissett just finished throwing 4 TD passes in New England's preseason finale. The move could signal significant worry that QB Andrew Luck will miss multiple games as he works back from offseason shoulder surgery. Dorsett's a poor bet to make a fantasy impact in 2017, though he could see some early targets if WR Malcolm Mitchell remains hobbled.
Chester Rogers has worked as the Colts' #3 WR in the team's last 2 training-camp practices, according to the Indianapolis Star's Zak Keefer. That's ahead of Phillip Dorsett and Kamar Aiken. Kevin Bowen of the Colts' official website wrote back in June that Rogers was a candidate for this role -- but it's starting to look like he's the favorite for it. Rogers went undrafted last year out of Grambling State, where he never topped 735 yards or 6 TDs in a season. He tested as a 62nd percentile athlete, though, and averaged 14.4 yards on his 19 catches last year. We just bumped Rogers up the WR rankings.
Kevin Bowen of Colts.com considers Chester Rogers a candidate for the team's #3 WR job this season. Rogers posted a 19-273-0 line as an undrafted rookie last year and has impressed this offseason. “He’s slowed down and played a little more under control in that way – not slowed down his speed, but as far as his mind,” OC Rob Chudzinski said. “He’s seeing things better, whereas last year he was running around like crazy. Right now, I think he’s understanding, getting things better and you see the progression you expect to see out of a second-year player.” We're still betting on either Kamar Aiken or Phillip Dorsett emerging as the Colts' #3 WR, but it'll be a situation to monitor when training camp gets underway.
WR Kamar Aiken is set to sign with the Colts, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Aiken disappeared in Baltimore last year but tallied a 75-944-5 line in 2015. He turns just 28 in May. T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief are locked in as Indy's top 2 WRs, but Aiken could certainly push Phillip Dorsett for the #3 gig. Dorsett has disappointed since being selected in the 1st round of the 2015 draft, totaling just 51 catches, 753 yards and 3 TDs through 2 seasons.
Colts WR Donte Moncrief was knocked out of Saturday's game against the Raiders with a shoulder injury. He's been banged up for much of the season and will probably be held out of the team's meaningless season finale. That'd move Phillip Dorsett back into the #2 WR spot.
Colts WR Donte Moncrief (hamstring) is out for Sunday's game against the Vikings. He didn't practice all week and certainly isn't a lock to be back for Week 16. Phillip Dorsett will step into the #2 WR role but failed in that spot earlier this season. He's not a recommended fantasy play vs. the #2 WR defense.
Colts WR Donte Moncrief (hamstring) missed practice again on Thursday. He's looking unlikely to play against the Vikings this weekend. That'd move Phillip Dorsett into the #2 WR spot. He didn't do much there earlier this season, averaging just 32 yards and .25 TDs in 4 games.
Colts WR Donte Moncrief (hamstring) was sidelined for Wednesday's practice. HC Chuck Pagano labeled him"day to day" earlier this week, but fantasy owners should be planning as if he won't play against the Vikings on Sunday. That'd move WR Phillip Dorsett into the #2 WR role, where he struggled with Moncrief out earlier this season.
Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) on Wednesday was "reluctant to commit to playing" against the Packers this weekend, according to insider Stephen Holder. Hilton returned to last Sunday's game but didn't look right, finishing with just 1 catch. He didn't practice on Wednesday. We'll get another update tomorrow. Hilton's absence would make Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett the Colts' top 2 WRs in Sunday's plus matchup.
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