WR Phillip Dorsett - New England Patriots
|5-10, 185||Born: 1-4-1993||College: Miami||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2015|
Week 15: at Cincinnati Bengals - $3700
FBG says: Good matchup. The Patriots passing offense continues to struggle. This offense has now completed 55% or less of their passes in their last four games as the team seemingly is unable to find a second receiver to go along with Julian Edelman. Mohamed Sanu has been a disappointment after the Patriots acquired the receiver for a second-round pick. Sanu has just 6 receptions for 31 yards total over his last three games. N'Keal Harry has just two receptions in his three games back from IR, and Jacobi Meyers is a deep threat but has struggled with consistency. The reality is that this is an offense that is going to need to figure something out quickly and it appears that it likely will be James White who has played in 60% or more snaps in each of the last two games which he has not done since both Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead were out back in 2018. Cincinnati's passing defense has made a fairly substantial turnaround in the second half of the season after being a unit that struggled to start the year. Since Week 9, the Bengals have not allowed a quarterback to throw for over 300 yards, and have allowed just one quarterback to throw for over 240 yards. The Bengals held Baker Mayfield to just 11 of 24 last week for 192 yards while intercepting the quarterback twice. This is by no means a perfect unit, as they are still the second-worst team in the league in yards-per-attempt, and their overall numbers look better than they should as they have faced the second-fewest attempts in the NFL this year. Their best corner could give the Patriots matchup problems this week as Darqueze Dennard out of the slot has been far and away the best corner with the Bengals struggling on the outside with B.W. Webb and William Jackson. This is a matchup that should be an efficient but low statistical game for the Patriots.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Phillip Dorsett's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 14 vs KC (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec - 0 points, $4400)
Dorsett's only highlight was getting absolutely mugged on a play that should have been defensive pass interference with a no-call from a referee crew that couldn't get anything right. Beyond that, he barely saw any targets, and it's clear he may be losing Tom Brady's trust.
2019 Week 11 vs PHI (5 / 3 / 33 / 1 rec - 12.3 points, $4200)
Dorsett's highlight was catching a touchdown pass from Julian Edelman early in the 3rd quarter, but he was knocked out of the game after the catch with a head injury. Beyond that, there wasn't much to speak of since he missed nearly half the game, but he was still seeing good snaps.
2019 Week 8 vs CLE (6 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec - 7.3 points, $4200)
Dorsett's highlight was a chunk back shoulder catch from Tom Brady early in the game. He did get 6 targets, but wasn't able to do much else with them.
2019 Week 7 vs NYJ (4 / 3 / 46 / 1 rec - 13.6 points, $4800)
Though he only had 4 targets, he made one count on a deep touchdown with a nice sluggo route. It's worth noting gamescript didn't favor the passing game even though Josh Gordon was out, and the Pats purposely played a quick passing game. It remains to be seen how the return of Gordon, NKeal Harry and the addition of Mohamed Sanu affect him.
2019 Week 4 vs BUF (9 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush - 3.9 points, $4700)
Tom Brady looked and threw Dorsett's way plenty, but Dorsett was unable to get separation on most of his targets, and many were questionable throws and decisions from his quarterback. This is one case where the stat sheet did the performance justice: 2 catches for 10 yards on 9 targets is wholly awful. Dorsett's depth of target was also in chunk areas, which meant Brady forced or was inaccurate on a lot of those throws thanks to pressure and generally great defense. Any game where Dorsett is the most targeted Patriot either means something went very wrong or there was nonexistent coverage. On the plus side, maybe this means more trust is being developed between QB and WR.
2019 Week 3 vs NYJ (7 / 6 / 53 / 1 rec, 2 / 12 / 0 rush - 18.5 points, $3400)
Another week, another touchdown for Dorsett. Apparently he's Tom Brady's new Gronk. Kidding aside, Dorsett showed up on the field and in the stat sheet once again with a solid day that included a 25 yard touchdown on an easy crossing route. Brady's trust with Dorsett has definitely grown this year, and with Antonio Brown, he's locked in as the third receiver on this team.
2019 Week 1 vs PIT (4 / 4 / 95 / 2 rec - 25.5 points, $3100)
It may be his high watermark for the year, but Dorsett had himself a game, including two touchdowns on deep throws. His first was a go route where he ran past defenders on a great throw by Tom Brady. His second touchdown was semi-broken coverage against the zone, and he simply ran straight ahead for an easy touchdown. His snap share is likely to go down with Antonio Brown in the fold, but he showed he still has value to the Pats.
Latest NewsPatriots | Phillip Dorsett does little in return (Mon Dec 2, 03:10 AM) - New England Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett (concussion) was targeted six times in Week 13, catching two passes for 15 yards against the Houston Texans. link to story Patriots | Phillip Dorsett will be uniform (Sun Dec 1, 06:57 PM) - New England Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett (concussion) is officially active for the team's Week 13 game. link to story Patriots | Phillip Dorsett likely to play (Sun Dec 1, 09:41 AM) - New England Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett (concussion) is expected to play in Week 13's game against the Houston Texans, according to a source. link to story
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