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QB Brian Hoyer - New England Patriots

6-2, 215Born: 10-13-1985College: Michigan StateDrafted: ---

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Week 12: vs Miami Dolphins

All QB vs MIA

FBG says: Great matchup. Packed to the gills with playmaking weapons - even with Chris Hogan still sidelined by a shoulder injury - Tom Brady continues to pick apart opposing defenses and throw touchdowns seemingly at will. His numbers have rebounded back to early-season levels, with 7 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, and a 312.7-yard per-game average over his last 3 games. Brady remains the league's premier pure passer, and week to week he's a matchup-proof play in the mix for 300 yards and multiple touchdowns. Rob Gronkowski remains a matchup-proof dynamo of his own, producing huge plays and/or drawing valuable downfield coverage every week, and Brandin Cooks has truly found his footing as Brady's top playmaker. Cooks has been quieter than expected thus far, but has produced 74+ yards in 6 of 10 games and remains a threat to score at any moment. Brady is having buckets of fun sending Cooks on deep routes, which opposing secondaries struggle to manage even with safety help. There isn't a compelling reason to expect Brady and company to slow down in Week 12; he remains the top quarterback in fantasy on any given week. It was certainly discouraging to see the Dolphins defense roll over against Ryan Fitzpatrick. The 34-year-old backup, fresh off a faceplant in his first relief start of the year in Week 10, looked rejuvenated in picking apart this shaky-at-best secondary. Fitzpatrick was allowed to complete a stunning 8 of his 11 deep attempts (15+ yards downfield), and it was disturbing just how easily it all came to him. The Dolphins continued to struggle to generate a pass rush, and in coverage they flailed mightily against not only Mike Evans but a host of supporting Buccaneers. DeSean Jackson and rookies Chris Godwin and O.J. Howard all recorded catches of 24+ yards of their own. All told, on the year Miami has allowed the league's 10th-most net yards per attempt, and their last 3 opposing quarterbacks have averaged a healthy 276.3 yards against them. This is a borderline-targetable unit, one that can be beaten badly by downfield passing games. Tom Brady and Brandin Cooks are licking their chops.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 at DEN 9 3 3 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.85
11 at OAK 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 vs MIA PROJ-Tremblay * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 6 vs WAS (4 / 11 / 34 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

As odd as this might sound, Hoyer's passing performance didn't fit the profile of a typical NFL in-game benching. Yes, the box score says he went 4-for-11 before getting the hook, but only three of Hoyer's incompletions were of his own making: behind Pierre Garcon on an open dig route; over Garcon on an open out route; low to Aldrick Robinson on an open dumpoff in the right flat; high and inside to Marquise Goodwin on an open dig route. Otherwise, one of his incompletions was dropped, one came via being hit as he threw the ball, and the remaining two more were placed nearly perfectly deep down the sideline in the soft spot of Washington's Cover-2 (i.e., between the cornerback and the safety), but fell incomplete because his receivers didn't have quite enough separation to make the catch. And one final note: Hoyer didn't commit any sins of omission either. That is, from watching the All-22, there weren't any obvious instances of him failing to see wide open receivers or making bad decisions with respect to where he went with the ball. In short, no one who watched this game closely would say Hoyer played well; but neither would any of them say he played poorly enough to get demoted.

2017 Week 5 vs IND (29 / 46 / 353 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)

If last week Hoyer played better than his stats suggested, this week he played worse than they suggested. In the first half, he missed a wide open Marquise Goodwin on 3rd-and-9, nearly had another pass picked off by an unseen linebacker in underneath zone, and had two miscues handing off the ball to a running back. In the second half, he threw an awful deep ball to Goodwin, underthrew Pierre Garcon on another deep ball, missed both George Kittle and Carlos Hyde on short throws, and threw high and inside to Garcon on an out route. Two of these passes were nearly intercepted. Even in the midst of leading San Francisco on their game-tying drive at the end of regulation, he didn't even look at a completely uncovered Aldrick Robinson -- for the second time in the game -- and overthrew an easy swing route to Matt Breida.

2017 Week 4 vs ARI (24 / 49 / 234 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

As his 3.4 Adjusted Net Yards per Attempt suggests, Hoyer did not have a good game statistically. However, this was one of those performances where statistics obscure a large part of the story. First, Hoyer's best receiving weapon, Pierre Garcon, was neutralized by an alignment shadow from perrenial Pro-Bowler Patrick Peterson. Second, Arizona's constant blitzing, which increased as the game went on, contributed to Hoyer taking three sacks. Third, Hoyer's interception was less due to a bad throw than to the fact that slot cornerback Tyrann Mathieu -- in hockey parlance -- hooked Trent Taylor at the break of his corner route. Finally, 9 of Hoyer's 12 incompletions came on throws to Aldrick Robinson, who replaced an injured Marquise Goodwin for the final three-plus quarters. Lack of cohesion between the two was evident repeatedly, with both timing and "not being on the same page" miscues led to incompletion after incompletion.

2017 Week 3 vs LAR (23 / 37 / 332 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 9 / 1 rush)

Hoyer got off to an inauspicious start, throwing an interception that was nearly a pick six on his first attempt. He had no one to blame but himself, as it was a throw towards the inside on an out route. From there, Hoyer recovered to have a great game in terms of a fantasy stat line, but nevertheless one that wasn't awe-inspiring when one digs deeper than the box score. His scramble or a touchdown showed good situational awareness, but was mainly the byproduct of an "I can't believe he's running" reaction by the Rams defense and a deftly executed, timely block by Marquise Goodwin. Later in the first half, Hoyer missed Pierre Garcon wide open on a deep left target (a la his miss of Goodwin deep left early in the game last week). Hoyer also benefitted from a number of individual skill demonstrations by his receivers throughout the game: Goodwin and Garcon made several great catches via sideline toe taps, over-the-shoulder catches, fighting for the ball at its highest point, and somtimes a combination of these feats. That said, Hoyer also was the victim of several wide-open drops. In the second quarter, tight end George Kittle dropped a slant pss that would have been a walk-in touchdown. In the third quarter, Aldrick Robinson also dropped a slant pass. Meanwhile, both Carlos Hyde and Matt Breida dropped checkdowns by Hoyer.

2017 Week 2 vs SEA (15 / 27 / 99 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Although leeway must be given because of facing the Seahawks pass defense in Seattle, Hoyer's performance was awful nevertheless. His first dropback of the game saw Marquise Goodwin get wide open against Richard Sherman off of play action, but Hoyer air-mailed the 20-yard throw. His second dropback, which wasn't until San Francisco's next drive, resulted in one of the worst interceptions you'll ever see. Hoyer operated from the shotgun in an empty backfield because Carlos Hyde lined up at slot right. On his slant route, Hyde beat the outside linebacker in coverage towards the inside, but Hoyer threw his pass directly into the waiting arms of middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, who had been statiioned in the middle of the field the entire time. As failing to reach 100 yards passing suggests, things didn't improve from there.

2017 Week 1 vs CAR (24 / 35 / 193 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / -5 / 0 rush)

Hoyer looked good on plays that went as designed. When he had a clean pocket and the first option was open, Hoyer was accurate and on time. When there was pressure from the Panthers defense, he was ineffective. Drives sputtered because of sacks, penalties, and unsuccessful plays and the 49ers were unable to score a touchdown in this game. Hoyer was also picked to open the second half, killing any chance the 49ers had to create momentum. CJ Beathard will get to start before the season is over.


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