What a week from the New England Patriots in fantasy football! If you had any significant player on the offensive side of the ball for the Patriots starting, chances are that you were quite pleased with their output. With the way Tom Brady passed the ball on Sunday and how he used his top three guys, the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t stand a chance.
One of the guys that exploded for the Patriots was rookie wide receiver Aaron Dobson. He finished with five catches on nine targets for 130 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Dobson displayed some veteran moves and presence on the field to reel in both of his touchdowns, with the second one coming by way of a catch and run for 81 yards.
Over his last five games, Dobson is seeing an average of 7.2 targets. This is definitely encouraging for those of us that need a wide receiver at the moment. In his past two contests, Dobson has nine catches for 190 yards and three touchdowns. The rookie is really coming into his own. But, should you take a gamble on him and add him to your roster?
For the most part, I would still tell you to stay away at least for the moment. The only reason I’d pick him up now is if you are able to hold out for two weeks and have starters in place. Dobson and the Patriots have a bye week in week 10, and the following week they are playing one of the top defenses in the league — the Carolina Panthers.
So, if it is possible for you to spare a roster spot without losing anyone significant, or if you have an injured guy needing replacement, go ahead and add Dobson. But, other than that I would leave him alone for now.
Two huge games in a row aren’t enough to merit a roster spot especially on an offense where Brady spreads the ball around so much, and now has his top weapons — Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola — healthy again. Any given Sunday Kenbrell Thompkins or Julian Edelman will get 5-10 targets as well, so this offense is a tough one to predict in the passing game. Monitor how Dobson does against the Panthers, and then we’ll talk again.