New England Patriots

AFC East

The New England Patriots surrendered 14 points (eight if your league factors out turnovers for a score, in this case a fumble return) and 213 yards of offense in their Week 6 win over the Giants. The defense recovered one fumble and intercepted three passes, but just one sack. However, the D/ST scored on both a blocked punt and a fumble return, making for a huge day.

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots have not yet faced and very strong teams, but their defense has been nothing short of elite, and the schedule should not discredit their performance. In fantasy teams, they have outscored all wide receivers in most formats, which is mind blowing. It should not take any prodding for owners to use them with extreme confidence in Week 7 against the Jets.

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Mike Nugent converted all five extra point attempts but missed his only field goal attempt in the Patriots' Week 6 win over the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: What could have been a very nice fantasy outing was marred by Nugent's miss. Thus far in his Patriots tenure, Nugent has not been a sniper. However, the Patriots should provide ample kicking opportunity at least for a few more weeks. Nugent is usable but not a firm Top-12 option at the position.

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Ryan Izzo caught two of his four targets for 31 yards in the Patriots' Week 6 win over the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Izzo became the primary tight end after Matt LaCosse left the game with an injury early on. Had he happened to fall into the end zone, this quintessential tight end stat line would be very appealing -- that's just the nature of the position. However, Izzo is not worth an add at this point with LaCosse likely not to miss much if any time.

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Matt LaCosse was not targeted before leaving the game early with an injury in the Patriots' Week 6 win over the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: LaCosse has been clearly the top tight end in terms of playing time until this point, so this is notable if he misses any time. LaCosse's injury does not appear to be serious at this point, but he has not yet been a fantasy option due to lack of targets, and that does not appear to be about to change.

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Gunner Olszewski caught two of his three targets for 34 yards in the Patriots' Week 6 win over the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Olszewski was forced into action after Josh Gordon left with an injury, but has not really seen work outside of special teams to this point. He's not worth an add unless his role changes, as Gordon's injury is not considered serious.

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Jakobi Meyers caught all four of his targets for 54 yards in the Patriots' Week 6 win over the Giants. Meyers benefited from extra work after Josh Gordon left the game early with an injury.

Fantasy Impact: Meyers both showed how thin the Patriots are at wide receiver and how far he has come since going undrafted earlier this year. Meyers was a strong producer at NC State with below-average athleticism, but showed the ability to get open and strong hands in the TNF win. Meyers looks to be earning the trust of his team and coaches, and could parlay this into more work going forward. This is good news for Meyers and bad news for Josh Gordon. For now, Meyers shouldn't be used unless Gordon misses time, but he can be added if available and if a viable drop candidate is on the bench.

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Josh Gordon caught his only target for seven yards in the Patriots' Week 6 win over the Giants. Gordon left the game early with an injury and did not return, though the injury is not considered serious.

Fantasy Impact: Gordon remains clearly the WR2 on the team, behind Julian Edelman and well ahead of the rest of the pack. Assuming the injury does not cause him to miss time, which seems likely, he remains a boom-bust option and should be used with that in mind next week against the Jets.

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Julian Edelman caught nine of his 15 targets for 113 yards in the Patriots' Week 6 win over the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Edelman benefitted in part from Josh Gordon leaving the game early with an injury, but remains the top target on the team and a fantasy mainstay. Edelman is about as reliable as they come and should be used with confidence each and every week, with even more appeal in PPR leagues.

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Brandon Bolden scores on TNF

Sun, Oct 13th 9:41am EDT
By Mark Leipold

Brandon Bolden rushed three times for 23 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' Week 6 win over the Giants. He caught both of his targets for 22 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Bolden only really saw some run on offense because of the absence of Rex Burkhead. Bolden is not a mainstay on offense and is thus not a viable fantasy option moving forward. Don't chase the box score on this game.

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Sony Michel rushed 22 times for 86 yards and caught two of his three targets for 27 yards in the Patriots' Week 6 win over the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Capitalize on the box score and sell high on Michel if the opportunity is available. 26 of Michel's rushing yards came just before two kneel downs in garbage time. Michel has found it hard to come by targets with Rex Burkhead in the game (he missed Week 6). On top of that, after the Jets in Week 7, a game in which Michel should be very usable, the Patriots start a murderer's row of either good defenses or good teams, so Michel will either be facing bad matchups on the ground or potentially bad game script. After Week 7, Michel's outlook is trending down.

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James White rushed twice for -1 yard and caught all nine of his targets for 46 yards in the Patriots' Week 6 win over the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: White continues to be Mr. Reliable in terms of his receiving work, but generally tops out with an underwhelming yardage total. As a result, he's only a viable option in PPR formats. Expect more of the same next week against the Jets.

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Tom Brady completed 31-of-41 pass attempts for 334 yards and one interception in the Patriots' Week 6 win over the Giants. Brady also rushed seven times (including two kneel downs) for six yards and a pair of touchdowns. Brady fumbled once.

Fantasy Impact: Brady continues rolling in what has been a good start to the season for him after being a later round draft pick in fantasy. The supporting cast has been different seemingly each week, but Brady still looks the part and is producing for fantasy. Don't expect two rushing scores each week, but Brady should be right back in the conversation for Week 7 against the Jets.

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Kyle Van Noy scores TD on TNF

Thu, Oct 10th 11:34pm EDT
By Kaiyo Funaki

Kyle Van Noy notched two total tackles, one sack, and a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown in a 35-14 victory over the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Van Noy was in the right place at the right time for his scoop-and-score, and his TD essentially ended any potential comeback attempt by the G-men. Van Noy and the Patriots have a long rest ahead as they get ready for a MNF matchup against the Jets.

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More details on this news will be available soon. (Source: Jim McBride on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Check back shortly for the fantasy impact.

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Patriots running back Rex Burkhead is inactive for the team's Week 6 matchup against the New York Giants on Thursday Night Football as he continues to deal with a foot injury. (Source: New England Patriots on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Burkhead will now miss his second straight game with a foot injury. With the team having 10 days off before a Week 7 matchup against the Jets, he should have a chance to return for that contest.

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New England Patriots wide receiver Phillip Dorsett has been ruled out for Week 6 against the New York Giants. (Source: Nora Princiotti on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Phillip Dorsett is dealing with a hamstring issue and is unable to be cleared on the short week. Preseason stud Jakobi Meyers is expected to get his first look at extended snaps, and makes for a strong waiver addition for those in deeper leagues. With 10 days to heal up before the Patriots Week 7 contest against the New York Jets, Dorsett should be kept on fantasy rosters.

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Benjamin Watson has been released by the New England Patriots. He served a four-game suspension to start the 2019 season and was not activated for Week 5 against the Redskins. (Source: Around the NFL)

Fantasy Impact: Watson figured to be the primary starter after returning from suspension and what has generally been a pass-friendly offense. While Watson is no Rob Gronkowski, there was likely enough meat on the bone for him to be a usable fantasy asset. With Watson gone, Matt LaCosse figures to be the primary tight end with Ryan Izzo seeing work as well. Neither is quite the stable receiving option as the veteran Watson, and both have shown to be unreliable in fantasy terms thus far in 2019. Both should probably be left on waivers for now unless something changes.

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Jamie Collins was busy against Washington, recording four total tackles, one sack, one QB hit, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.

Fantasy Impact: Collins has been a force for the Patriots and for fantasy owners, as he is amongst the leading point scorers for IDPs. If he is still on your waiver wire, go send out a claim immediately.

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Dont'a Hightower was impressive this afternoon, putting up eight total tackles, four TFLs, 1.5 sacks, two QB hits, and a pass defended in a convincing 33-7 win over Washington.

Fantasy Impact: This performance was a little out of the blue, considering Hightower hadn't put up big fantasy numbers this whole season. However, it also speaks volumes as to how well the Patriots defense is coached.

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Patrick Chung (heel) has been ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Redskins. (Source: New England Patriots on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Chung was initially deemed questionable on Friday's injury report, but now he'll miss his first game of the season. The Patriots defense should be able to handle the Redskins offense without one of their top safeties.

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