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WR Eric Decker - New England Patriots

6-3, 217Born: 3-15-1987College: MinnesotaDrafted: Round 3, pick 87 (2010)

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Summary

Decker is three years removed from a top-5 fantasy season (80 receptions for 1,027 yards and 12 touchdowns) and had fallen out of the fantasy purview. His final year in New York was beset by injuries, and his only season in Tennessee was uninspired, too. Decker averaged just 10.4 yards per reception as a Titan, more than three yards below his career average. He's only caught three touchdowns in the last two seasons, and has struggled to gain separation. Of course, part of the blame could fall on playing with Marcus Mariota. Decker now gets a chance to play with Tom Brady, but his outlook remains uncertain. Bill Belichick has a long history of bringing in aging veterans. Sometimes they stick, many times they don't. (August 2)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 85, 53, 73, 77
WR Redraft PPR - 88, 53, 74

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2015 NYJ 15 0 0 0 132 80 1027 12 1
2016 NYJ 3 0 0 0 21 9 194 2
2017 TEN 16 0 0 0 83 54 563 1
2018 PROJ-Dodds 14.0 0.0 * * 22.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Henry 14.5 0.0 * * 30.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Wood 16.0 0.0 * * 37.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 0.0 * * 12.1 * * *

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Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Eric Decker's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Average Draft Position

Overall: 216
WR: 75
Overall-PPR: 219
WR-PPR: 72

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Latest News

Patriots | Eric Decker's hands in question (Tue Aug 14, 09:36 AM) - New England Patriots WR Eric Decker dropped the first pass QB Tom Brady threw him last week, dropped two more Sunday, Aug. 12, and three more Monday, Aug. 13. After his drops, Decker appeared to run the wrong route when Brady first targeted him in 11-on-11s. He ended practice with four catches in a row, however.

Our View: There was some hope that Decker could fill the big slot role when he was signed, but it sounds like he's not even a sure thing to make the team right now.
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Patriots | Eric Decker a potential starter? (Sun Aug 5, 09:17 PM) - New England Patriots WR Eric Decker and WR Malcolm Mitchell are both listed as the backups to WR Julian Edelman on the first depth chart released Sunday. Aug. 5.

Our View: Decker should be in line to start at the beginning of the year when Edelman is suspended. That's going to be a fantasy relevant position/situation for whoever that guy is. If it's Decker, we could see him produce like a solid flex play for Fantasy GMs during that time.
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Patriots | Eric Decker contract update (Sat Aug 4, 03:44 PM) - Updating a previous report, New England Patriots WR Eric Decker's one-year deal is worth $1.9 million, according to a source. Decker could make as much as $2.5 million depending on his reception totals.

Our View: Decker is a seasoned veteran and shouldn't take too long to get up to speed with the Patriots. His precise route running should make him a favorite of Tom Brady. During Julian Edelman's four-game suspension, we might see Decker have a flex-worthy role in this offense.
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Patriots | Eric Decker joining Patriots (Thu Aug 2, 12:34 PM) - Free-agent WR Eric Decker (Titans) is expected to sign a one-year deal with the New England Patriots Thursday, Aug. 2, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Our View: Decker was terrible with the Tennessee Titans last season and while we always give Bill Belichick the benefit of the doubt when it comes to revitalizing a player's career, he just didn't look like the player who had 1,000 yards in 2015. That said, Julian Edelman is suspended to start the season, and outside of Chris Hogan and Rob Gronkowski, targets are up for grabs. We'll keep an eye on Decker and could be more interested once we've seen him at practice.
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2018 Schedule

1vs Houston Texans
2@ Jacksonville Jaguars
3@ Detroit Lions
4vs Miami Dolphins
5vs Indianapolis Colts
6vs Kansas City Chiefs
7@ Chicago Bears
8@ Buffalo Bills
9vs Green Bay Packers
10@ Tennessee Titans
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ New York Jets
13vs Minnesota Vikings
14@ Miami Dolphins
15@ Pittsburgh Steelers
16vs Buffalo Bills
17vs New York Jets