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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

FANTASY FOOTBALL MONDAY NIGHT WRAPUP: BILLS/PATS

The Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots put the finishing touches on fantasy football Week 11 so let's get to all the newsworthy items coming out of the game.

Tom Brady:  20/39 for 277 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT.  Hmmm.  To say that Tom Brady was the first half fantasy football MVP was the understatement of the century as the Pats QB has gone nuclear against every opponent on a weekly basis.  However injuries are mounting at a ridiculous level in the Patriots offense and Brady could now be effected there with his numbers based on this game.  This was easily Brady's worst start of the season and he now has lost Julian Edelman, Dion Lewis, and now Danny Amendola and Aaron Dobson to injuries.  There is only so many weapons for Brady to lose before his numbers get hurt and that could already be happening.  Something to be concerned about with the fantasy football playoffs arriving soon.

Tyrod Taylor:  20/36 for 233 yards.  All the positive vibes Taylor had in September have completely vanished as he is looking more like the NFL backup he has been all along since October.  He has zero impact now in fantasy football.

LeSean McCoy:  20 carries for 82 yards and 1 TD to go with 6 catches for 41 yards.  This was vintage McCoy in blending both the running and receiving game to high effect.  The reception numbers were down on a per game basis this season prior to this one but at least McCoy seems fresh for the stretch run.

James White:  2 carries for 14 yards and a TD to go with 2 catches for 32 yards and another score.  Talk about a TD stealer.  White got his hands on the football four times but yet scored twice and at the very least he looks like the guy who will fill some of Dion Lewis' past responsibilities.  I would not go crazy making a pickup here as LeGarrette Blount (16 carries for 56 quiet yards) will handle the running duties while Branden Bolden will also be a factor on both sides of the offensive attack.

Rob Gronkowski:  2 catches for 37 yards.  This is pretty much as close to a non-factor as Gronkowski can get as opposing defenses can now double-team him all game long with the rest of the receiving corps hurting so much.  This is also a decent-sized concern for Gronkowski's owners going into the fantasy football playoffs but he is much too talented to be kept under wraps like this again.

Danny Amendola:  9 catches for 117 yards before exiting with a knee injury.  Amendola was typically targeted at a very high rate in replacing Julian Edelman in the slot but in going along with his career trends, he got injured as the snaps piled up.  Amendola simply can't withstand the rigors of full every snap usage and now he is headed for an MRI on his knee which doesn't sound good at all.  We might have seen the last of Amendola for awhile. 

Chris Hogan:  6 catches for 95 yards.  The sure-handed Hogan was the primary target of Tyrod Taylor but he has not shown enough consistency to yet be a factor this late in the fantasy football season. 

Sammy Watkins:  3 catches for 39 yards.  The ongoing inconsistency of Watkins continues as he just can't put together back-to-back games as he constantly fights through injuries.  He is just barely a WR 3 in fantasy football considering the letdown numbers he more often than not puts forth to his owners. 

 

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