WR Phillip Dorsett - New England Patriots
|5-10, 185||Born: 1-4-1993||College: Miami||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2015|
News you need to know
General News (Thu Oct 17): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
Week 7: at New York Jets
FBG says: Good matchup. Tom Brady has topped 300 yards in 3 of his last 4 games, albeit in fairly shaky fashion. Working behind a patchwork front line, he struggled with the ho-hum pass rushes of the Giants and Redskins, and it's affected his timing on downfield throws. He's also thrown an interception in three straight games. On the plus side, he's still producing, especially when feasting on his dynamic connection with Julian Edelman. The still-elite slot man, working through a minor chest injury, has posted back-to-back 100-yard performances as the clear focal point of Brady's attention. Beyond him, though, this attack is a pure grab bag. Josh Gordon is likely on the wrong side of questionable for Sunday, and another absence would push Phillip Dorsett and Jakobi Meyers into heavy snaps, though neither would project too much usage. It's quite possible James White would be the team's second-most relevant receiver for fantasy purposes. White caught nine balls last Thursday, which is no fluky occurrence for the versatile chess piece. All told, this unit is much greater than the sum of its parts. Brady's fantasy value is held up even on his worst days by volume, which is being distributed more predictably than ever. The Jets, still trotting out one of football's weakest pass defenses, got a reprieve last Sunday when Amari Cooper went down early. Dak Prescott mostly kept the ball underneath after that but did produce a few splash plays, with even Tavon Austin (64 yards on 5 catches) making a dent in the game. Before last week, the Jets had allowed huge lines to John Brown (7 for 123 and a touchdown), Odell Beckham (6 for 161 and 1), the Josh Gordon/Phillip Dorsett duo in New England (12 for 136 and 1). It's still far too easy for opposing wideouts to find room down the field against shaky cornerbacks Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts. Safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye make up a fantastic young duo, but can only do so much. If the Jets are going to slow down Tom Brady and his weapons, they'll need to hold downfield coverage long enough for Brady to feel pressure and misfire. That won't be an easy task, though, with the pass rush underperforming so badly. They've recorded a pitiful seven sacks through five games, despite blitzing at the league's fourth-highest rate. Brady has built a Hall of Fame career by forcing defenses to send their coverage men into the backfield to grasp at air.
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 4 vs BUF (9 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
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)
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)
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 | Friday's practice report for New England (Fri Oct 18, 04:24 PM) - New England Patriots WR Josh Gordon (knee, ankle), TE Matt LaCosse (knee) and TE Ryan Izzo (concussion) did not practice Friday, Oct. 18. RB Rex Burkhead (foot), S Patrick Chung (heel, chest), WR Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) and WR Julian Edelman (chest) were limited. link to story Patriots | Phillip Dorsett listed as limited (Thu Oct 17, 04:53 PM) - New England Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 17. link to story Patriots | Phillip Dorsett practices (Tue Oct 15, 12:27 PM) - New England Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) practiced Tuesday, Oct. 15. Our View: Dorsett has been frequently targeted and a deep threat for Tom Brady, so he could be worth a pickup in typical leagues with a full week of practice.
link to story Patriots | Week 6 New England Patriots inactives (Thu Oct 10, 06:54 PM) - The New England Patriots have declared OL Korey Cunningham, DL Byron Cowart, RB Rex Burkhead, RB Damien Harris, QB Cody Kessler, WR Phillip Dorsett and CB Joejuan Williams inactive for Week 6. link to story Patriots | Optimism Phillip Dorsett misses only one game (Thu Oct 10, 06:10 PM) - New England Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) isn't expected to miss more than one game after being ruled out for Thursday, Oct. 10's game against the New York Giants, according to a source. Our View: Dorsett should return just in time for a second half schedule that will force the Patriots to be more aggressive in the passing game against teams with actual viable offenses.
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