He’s gonna score at some point, right? Right?
After catching 4 balls in Sunday’s win over the Texans, Meyers is up to 116 NFL catches without a TD. He came oh-so-close in this one, taking a short pass down to the Texans 1-yard line in the 2nd quarter. (RB Damien Harris scored on the next play.) The TD is coming!
Meyers has been strong in other departments, ranking 10th among WRs in targets, 7th in catches and 31st in receiving yards. He’s a rock-solid WR3 in PPR leagues, even if he never finds the end zone.
The connection between Meyers and Jones was on full display, he saw a 30% target share from Mac against Tampa Bay. Meyers had two times as many targets as the next highest targeted receiver in this game. The Patriots also dialed up two trick plays that allowed Meyers to show off his arm, resulting in Meyers going 2/2 for 45 yards through the air. Jones looked at Meyers throughout this game against a very depleted Tampa secondary. Meyers put up 70 receiving yards on 8 catches. Meyers has seen 26 targets over the last two weeks, and he has become the #1 option for Mac Jones in this Patriots offense. He has yet to score a receiving TD in 33 career games, but that streak could end this weekend in a matchup against the Texans who have given up over 200 yards to receivers in 3 out of 4 games. The Patriots next three opponents include @HST, DAL, NYJ.
Meyers is by far the leader in the pass game, seeing 29 targets to 16 for the next highest Patriots player. That trend didn’t change in Week 3 as Meyers paced the team with 14 targets, 9 receptions and a solid 94 yards on the week. Of course, these stats are inflated by Mac Jones attempting 51 passes, but Meyers’ usage is encouraging after the Patriots added a lot of talent this offseason.
This week, Meyers is immediately back on the WR3 map as the Patriots take on Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. We should expect the Buccaneers offense to be amped up for this game, so the Patriots might need to throw a lot again in Week 4. This should be welcome news for Meyers’ fantasy owners as the Bucs have allowed the most points to WRs in 2021.
Meyers caught 4 of 6 targets for 38 yards in the Patriots' Week 2 win over the Jets.
Meyers will most likely lead the Patriots in targets throughout the season but wasn’t needed much in this game as the Patriots defense dominated and Mac Jones was able to check down to a variety of receiving options.
Meyers will have bigger games if the Patriots are required to throw the ball more and should be viewed as a WR3/4 going forward.
Meyers matched Nelson Agholor in routes run (38), but Meyers — the much shorter-range target — topped his teammate in targets (9 vs. 7). Agholor caught the lone goal line target between the two from 7 yards out. Still, it was simply encouraging to see Meyers carry over his offseason momentum to Week 1. A low TD rate can be expected, and spike weeks figure to be few and far between. But Meyers profiles as a relatively high floor PPR starter, especially with Mac Jones looking pro-ready. You can’t beat the Week 2 matchup against a Jets defense torn apart by injuries.