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WR Phillip Dorsett - New England Patriots

5-10, 185Born: 1-4-1993College: MiamiDrafted: Round 1, pick 29

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Week 15: at Pittsburgh Steelers

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FBG says: Great matchup. Tom Brady hasn't produced much fantasy-wise over the past two weeks. He's posted just 258 and 243 yards, both well below his league-leading average of 302.7, with just 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions. It's especially concerning that those underperformances came against the mediocre-to-bad pass defenses of the Bills and Dolphins. It's nothing particularly new for Brady: his passing efficiency and output have typically fallen off in December, and he's averaged about 20 yards less than in the season's first 3 months. But typically, that drop has been rooted in game flow, and the Patriots aren't likely to dominate the Steelers this week (Vegas currently pegs them at -2.5). It's safe to expect 35+ throws to his full complement of weaponry. He boasts elite deep threats in Brandin Cooks and Chris Hogan, and he'll get back Rob Gronkowski from suspension, so his outlook is typically bright even in this semi-dicey matchup. His history against the Steelers' Dick LeBeau/Keith Butler defense is certainly encouraging, as well. Dating back to 2004 he's averaged 317 yards, 2.62 touchdowns, and 29.2 fantasy points over 8 regular-season games against the Steelers. The Steelers pass defense continued its slow-burn slide in Week 14. After opening the year as a thoroughly dominant unit, essentially rivaled only by the Jaguars, they've shown cracks in recent weeks. Dating back to Week 8 they've allowed 283 yards per game - third-most in the NFL - and a surprising 1.7 touchdowns. Some of the slip can be attributed to cornerback Joe Haden's injury, but Haden hadn't been earth-shattering when healthy. It seems more likely that the team's shaky cover men are simply struggling to shut down receivers at the line, at least in comparison, and Steelers opponents are more able and willing to test them down the field. This is, of course, great news for Tom Brady and his massive collection of talent.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
11 at OAK 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 vs MIA 43 0 0 0 1 1 39 0 0 3.9
13 at BUF 48 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 at PIT PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *
15 at PIT PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

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2017 Week 2 vs NO (3 / 3 / 68 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

Dorsett's big play was a 38 yard deep shot with defenders around him, as he flashed why he was a high draft pick a couple years ago. However, it also appears Dorsett may have been dealing with a minor injury, which is something to watch going forward.

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Schedule

15@ Pittsburgh Steelers
16vs Buffalo Bills
17vs New York Jets