TE Fred Davis - New England Patriots
|6-4, 248||Born: 1-15-1986||College: USC||Drafted: Round 2|
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Week 3: vs Houston Texans
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Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a sprained A/C joint in Week Two - as Footballguys.com's Dr. Jene Bramel noted on Monday, September 19: '...a mid-grade ligament sprain [in the shoulder] is often a multi-week injury for a throwing athlete. The Patriots may call Garoppolo day-to-day this week, but it's very unlikely he plays on Thursday night. Pain and stiffness will be issues throughout the week and the medical staff will not be able to harness Garoppolo's throwing shoulder without further limiting his range of motion and effectiveness. Week 4 may be at risk, too.' With Tom Brady still out on suspension, the Patriots will turn to third-round pick Jacoby Brissett, who played collegiately at N.C. State - he cleaned up the Patriots' win over Miami last week with 6/9 for 92 yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions thrown, and two sacks taken for -22 yards. He added 4/12/0 rushing to the team effort. With an inexperienced rookie under center, look for the Patriots to hand off the ball early and often in this game. The all-world tight end Rob Gronkowski was limited in practice on Tuesday, and with a short week before the Thursday Night Football game, it would be surprising if he was ready to play on Thursday (although it is surely possible). Bottom line here is that the Patriots' passing attack is severely impacted by injuries as things stand right now.
The Texans' pass D is ranked third in the NFL with an average of 178.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with only one passing TD given up so far vs. one interception generated. The team leads the NFL with nine sacks over two games - as noted above, Brissett was sacked twice in a short appearance vs. Miami last week. Over the first two weeks of the Houston has averaged 12.3 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (second-least in the NFL); and 17.9 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (ninth-least); with 2.4 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (fourth-least).
This looks like a bad matchup for either a hurt-and-limited Garoppolo or the rookie Brissett.
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