02 October 2023Conklin routinely worked open down the middle of the field against the heavy zone rates of the Chiefs, highlighted by a 25-yard catch-and-run. Both Jeremy Ruckert and C.J. Uzomah also contributed for the Jets, meaning Conklin’s tantalizing upside could be held in check through a messy rotation for the time being.
02 October 2023The yardage total wasn’t what we’ve grown accustomed to with Kelce catching passes from Mahomes, but the veteran tight end remained the focal point of the pass offense on a night where Mahomes attempted only 30 passes. Kelce could return to dominant fantasy performances as early as next week when the Chiefs travel to Minnesota to face the reeling Vikings.
02 October 2023Valdes-Scantling continues to be an afterthought in the Chiefs vaunted pass offense, routinely running empty downfield routes designed to influence opposing safeties. His snap rates have seen a steady decline as the season has progressed, leaving Valdes-Scantling bereft of any fantasy value until further notice.
02 October 2023Rice has seen a steady increase to his snap rate over the previous three games and continues to tease fantasy upside without yet delivering fully. For what it’s worth, he is now playing well ahead of Kadarius Toney and Justin Watson and appears to be a ticking time bomb ready to erupt at any moment. Maybe he can finally return a fantasy-worthy score in Week 5 when the Chiefs take on the Vikings on the road in Minnesota.
02 October 2023Toney can’t seem to garner a full snap rate as the Chiefs continue rotating through their wide receivers faster than Bob Ross did with paint brushes. One would think the team would feature their happy little accident at greater frequency considering they sought him out through trade last year. Until then, Toney can be left alone on fantasy benches.
02 October 2023Moore fell victim to reduced pass volume but also was not on the same page as quarterback Patrick Mahomes on this night. He continues to play the most snaps of players not named Travis Kelce but has yet to return any meaningful counting stats with the opportunity. His next opportunity to disappoint comes in Week 5 when the Chiefs travel to Minnesota to face the Vikings.
02 October 2023Mahomes was uncharacteristically shaky against one of the top defenses in the league but managed to will his team to another victory. The Jets managed just one sack on the evening but routinely made life difficult for Mahomes, holding him to a paltry 63.6 quarterback rating and generating two turnovers off of Mahomes interceptions. He had a two additional passes that should have been picked off as well. The Chiefs turned to the ground game in the fourth quarter after generating a turnover of the ...
02 October 2023Pacheco took over the in the fourth quarter with the Chiefs clinging to a three-point lead and padded his counting stats with 43 yards on three receptions. The 5.8 yards per carry came against one of the top defensive fronts in the league, highlighted by a 48-yard touchdown scamper in the first quarter. Pacheco won’t see 20 carries in every matchup, but fantasy managers have to be happy with the output against a tough defense. Up next for Pacheco and the Chiefs is a road matchup with the more ...
02 October 2023Ogletree led the Colts in receiving yards while running a mere right pass routes, far fewer than TE Kylen Granson, who had two receptions for 24 yards. Ogletree wouldn’t be fantasy relevant unless Granson missed time.
02 October 2023Thomas was fourth on the Commanders in receiving yards on the day, with his biggest gain coming on a 27-yard play where he split the seam and held on to the catch despite a hard hit. Thomas has posted a solid 9-108-1 receiving line through three games in Eric Bieniemy’s offense and could be worth a desperation flier in Week 5 against the Bears.
02 October 2023Zappe came on late in the second quarter in relief of Mac Jones after the game was well out of hand. The backup quarterback didn’t fare much better in his outing, but also didn’t turn the ball over three times. Bill Belichick re-committed to Jones after the game, saying there was no point in leaving him in the game at the time he was pulled.
02 October 2023Parker’s longest play of the day came on a 22-yard reception in the fourth quarter when Bailey Zappe found him along the sideline. Parker was also missed on a wide open look from Mac Jones earlier in the day, but nothing was going to salvage the day for the veteran receiver. Like every other Patriots receiver, Parker is not on the fantasy radar for Week 5 against the Saints.
02 October 2023Gallup started things off with a 29-yard reception early in the first quarter and hauled in another nine-yard pass on the team’s second possession. He’s now gone for 60-plus yards in back-to-back weeks and is averaging 6.5 targets per game over that span. The sixth-year receiver could be on the fantasy radar as a fringe WR3/WR4 next week against the 49ers.
02 October 2023This was the fear for Judon when it was reported he was “being evaluated for a biceps tendon injury.” Judon went down in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game and didn’t return to the field, but will undoubtedly be sidelined for some time. Per Schefter, the Patriots are still evaluating how much time Judon could miss. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Judon miss several weeks and possibly do a stint on injured reserve. However, we will know for sure soon.
02 October 2023Douglas found a soft spot in the Cowboys’ secondary early in the first quarter and connected with Mac Jones for a 42-yard gain. It was the longest play of the day for the Patriots, who didn’t offer much offensively in the 35-3 beatdown. Douglas isn’t on the fantasy radar at this time, but has looked good in his limited opportunities.
02 October 2023As long as Hunter Henry stays healthy, we can expect him to out-target Gesicki on a week-to-week basis. Gesicki has caught 10 passes for 99 yards this season and isn’t on the radar as a streaming option in Week 5.
02 October 2023Bournes’ best play came on a 20-yard reception when Mac Jones rolled to his right only to throw across the field to his left side to find Bourne for a gain. It was an ill-advised play that drew the criticism of the broadcast crew, who were all the more critical of Jones when he tried the same thing again just a few plays later, only to see the ball intercepted. Bourne got off to a hot start for the Patriots in Week 1 but is averaging just 37 yards per game over the last three weeks. There’s ...
02 October 2023That’s two-straight one-catch weeks for Smith-Schuster, who now has 11 catches for 80 yards on the season. The three-year, $25 million contract Smith-Schuster signed this offseason is on the verge of being a one-year deal if things don’t turn around quickly. Fantasy managers need not consider Smith-Schuster in Week 4 against the Saints.
02 October 2023Belichick said Jones wasn’t benched for a bad performance — which may be true, but Jones was atrocious in this one. He threw for 150 yards and two interceptions, and also lost a fumble. Two of his three turnovers resulted in touchdowns for the Cowboys defense, who harassed Jones and the Patriots all afternoon. Assuming Belichick isn’t pulling a smoke and mirrors act, Jones will start in Week 5 against the Saints.
02 October 2023Henry’s biggest play came on a 21-yard reception which he stretched out to haul in. As was the case for several Patriots players’ Henry’s day was largely forgettable, although the 9.1 fantasy points he provided in PPR leagues likely pleased managers who streamed him this week. Henry has gotten off to a solid start this season, totaling 17 receptions for 176 yards and two touchdowns so far. He’ll be on the streaming radar for Week 5 against the Saints.