The Patriots wideouts have collectively struggled down the stretch, culminating in a Week 17 performance which saw all three receivers combine for a total of 18.9 fantasy points against a 26th ranked Miami Dolphins pass defense. They face a secondary of similar caliber this weekend when they take on the Tennessee Titans. The Titans look like they maybe getting cornerback Adoree’ Jackson back on the field for the first time in over a month, which will provide a boost to their squad. How will the New England wide receiver corps perform as the Titans try to shut down Tom Brady and the Patriots offense? We break down the fantasy football implication below.
Fantasy football advice, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman
Julian Edelman is limited in practice this week, which is par for the course this season — he continues to deal with knee and shoulder injuries. Despite his limited and questionable tags all year, Edelman trots out onto the field every weekend, and is indubitably the first person Tom Brady looks for when the game is on the line. Edelman has had some shaky performances lately, including a poor Week 17 performance, that was a result of a dysfunctional New England offense as a whole. Despite the inconsistencies of late, the top target of Tom Brady in a must-win playoff game is always an asset in any fantasy line-up. With a price tag of $6,500 in DFS contests, Edelman will be a valuable add to line-ups this week.
Fantasy football advice, New England Patriots wide receiver N’Keal Harry
Despite high hopes for the rookie wide receiver in the offseason, N’Keal Harry’s rookie campaign has been a disappointment as a whole. Since making his debut in Week 11, Harry has reached double digits only once with a performance of 11.6 fantasy points, and has averaged 5.6 points per game. Perhaps we are just seeing growing pains as the talented young receiver settles into the offense. He saw a season high target share in Week 17, as Brady looked his way seven times, yet he only managed to haul in three receptions for 29 yards. If the Titans defense focuses in on Edelman this weekend, Brady will need to look elsewhere, and Harry seems to be his next best target. He is a boom/bust option, but with a price tag of only $4,100, he may be a receiver worth gambling on in DFS contests.
Fantasy football advice, New England Patriots wide receiver Mohamed Sanu
Mohammed Sanu joined the Patriots in Week 8 vs. the Cleveland Browns. In Week 10 he had ten receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown for 24.1 fantasy points against the Baltimore Ravens. Since then, he has averaged 4.2 fantasy points per game, he has not scored another touchdown, and he has not exceeded three receptions in any single game. It remains to be seen if his Week 10 performance was a fluke, or if Sanu can manage to carve out a significant role in the Patriots offense. At a price tag of $3,900 in DFS this weekend, he is a low floor flier, who will be very touchdown dependent. He is certainly not a must target.
Start Edelman in DFS lineups
Start Harry in DFS lineups as a value play with upside
Sit Sanu in DFS lineups