by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
The New England Patriots traded QB Jacoby Brissett to the Indianapolis Colts for WR Phillip Dorsett
The Colts Fallout:
While it’s impossible to think Brissett will be ready to start in Week 1, the fact that Indianapolis went out to acquire him could indicate that they have concerns Andrew Luck will miss multiple games (or have trouble staying healthy for the remaining 15 ). Brissett, a 2016 third round draft pick, brings more upside then Scott Tolzien or Stephen Morris as he played well in three early games of ’16 (34-for-55, 400 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT). He also brought strong praise prior to the draft, as NFL.com described him by saying:
“With his size, arm and competitiveness, there are times when Brissett will remind you of Jameis Winston, but Winston understood the nuances of the position early in his college career while Brissett is still learning. Brissett’s overall ability as a passer is NFL-caliber and he should continue to show rapid improvement on the next level with better weapons and protection.“
The outlook for T.Y. Hilton and company takes a step up, even if Luck is out for an extended period, so adjust your draft boards accordingly.
As far as a receiving perspective goes, while Dorsett has disappointed his trade opens the door to a bigger role for Jack Doyle, while Chester Rogers and Kamar Aiken also could see more opportunities. Regardless, there isn’t much of a change in draft day value as Aiken is the “best” deep league flier and Doyle remains a low-end TE1.
Fantasy Stock Report:
- Jacoby Brissett – Now in Indianapolis he could get a chance to play and be a worthy option in two-quarterback formats
- T.Y. Hilton & the receiving corps – If Luck were to miss time they have a much better option now throwing them the football
- Andrew Luck – Does this mean he’s likely out for more than just one week?
The Patriots Fallout:
Many thought Brissett would replace Jimmy Garoppolo as the long-term replacement for Tom Brady, so the trade makes you think that Garoppolo is going to be staying in New England after all. That’s a story for the offseason, though, and has no impact on the ’17 campaign.
Dorsett, a former first round draft pick, has been a bitter disappointment as he has just 51 catches (on 99 targets) for 753 yards and 3 TD over his first two NFL seasons. Sure playing with Brady could help, but he’s not a direct replacement for Julian Edelman and it’s not like he was playing with a poor QB previously. At 5’10” you’d think he’d be a nice fit in the slot, but that’s simply not the case. More of a boom or bust receiver, he has potential but isn’t going to be a highly targeted threat and there will likely be more bad than good games. He was likely a fantasy non-factor in Indianapolis and that doesn’t change now that he’s in New England.
Fantasy Stock Report:
Sources – NFL.com, ESPN
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