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This Week Outlook
Patriots TE Matt LaCosse is opting out of the 2020 NFL season due to concerns amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
LaCosse by default was being listed as the TE1 in New England after just catching 13 balls for 131 yards and one TD last season. With him now out of the picture, third-round draft choices Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene figure to be more involved in the offense. Asiasi is more of the pass-catching tight end of the two, and could have some sneaky value this season.
Matt LaCosse caught his only target for an eight-yard touchdown in the Patriots' Week 16 win over the Bills.
LaCosse was not used as a receiver outside of his touchdown grab early in the game, as he was deployed primarily as a blocker. LaCosse will be unlikely to get any reliable fantasy production for Week 17 or playoffs contests given his role in the offense.
Matt LaCosse caught all three of his targets for 22 yards in the Patriots' Week 15 win over the Bengals.
LaCosse is far from a primary target in this offense and is strictly a touchdown-or-bust dart throw in any given week. He's a TE2 at best.
Matt LaCosse caught two of his four targets for 14 yards in the Patriots' Week 14 loss to the Chiefs.
LaCosse has not been a viable receiving option for most of the season, but the four targets in this game is a nice sign. He would need to seize the full-time role to have any fantasy value, so he's worth watching but not adding yet. It's likely too little, too late for fantasy football 2019.