It’s a week late, but the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots are finally going to get to play their game. Week 5 turned into Week 6 and almost turned into some undetermined date, but it would appear this game is through its Covid-19 delays.
The one upside to the delays is it would appear to have created enough recovery time for Drew Lock to recover from his shoulder injury and Cam Newton to get through his Covid-19 diagnosis. It provides pass catchers in this matchup with their optimal quarterback.
Fantasy Football analysis: Broncos WRs Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick
The Broncos pass catchers have taken some serious hits this year. Wide receiver Courtland Sutton is on IR and wide receiver K.J. Hamler and tight end Noah Fant are not going to play this week. That leaves the Broncos with Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick, DeaSean Hamilton, and Diontae Spencer at wide receiver and Jake Butt, Nick Vannett, and Albert Okwuegbunam at tight end. Add in Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman at running back and Drew Lock is going to be light on weapons.
Two weeks ago, Jeudy and Patrick both found the end zone against the Jets. Jeudy had a phenomenal 48-yard touchdown that capped a two-reception, 61 yard night, while Patrick led the team with six receptions and 113 yards. Patrick has been better on the upside, while Jeudy is establishing himself as a fairly steady presence.
They face a Patriots defense that gets Stephon Gilmore back from his Covid-19 diagnosis, but ranks 11th worst in allowing fantasy points to wide receivers. Both receivers are intriguing volume plays with so few other options out there, but it will come down to who Lock targets more regularly.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Flex one or the other in deeper leagues. Neither has yet to consistently prove himself a clear option over the other. It’s hard to justify starting either in small leagues, but again, there is some high volume upside.