Cordarrelle Patterson will try to revive his Fantasy value with the Patriots after he was traded to New England from Oakland in March. Patterson has never lived up to the lofty expectations given to him following his rookie campaign in 2013 when he had more than 600 total yards and seven touchdowns. He has struggled to be a consistent receiver but has done well as a return man for the Vikings and Raiders. With the Patriots, it could be more of the same since New England has a loaded receiving corps with Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell, Kenny Britt, Jordan Matthews and Phillip Dorsett, and Patterson could be left out when it comes to getting consistent targets. Don't plan on drafting Patterson in the majority of leagues this year.
ESPN's Mike Reiss views Patterson as a roster lock "because of his value as a kickoff returner and gunner." At 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, Patterson adds size to the Patriots' wideout corps, but how much of a role he ends up carving out in the offense has yet to be determined. The 2013 first-rounder is off the fantasy radar for now, but beyond the fact that Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan top the team's depth chart, not much is set. Patterson will thus contend for slotting with the likes of Jordan Matthews, Malcolm Mitchell (knee), Phillip Dorsett, Kenny Britt and Braxton Berrios.
Patterson said head coach Bill Belichick informed him that the Patriots informed him they believe they get can the most out of his potential, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports. Belichick's comments hint at an important role on offense for Patterson, who was acquired from the Raiders earlier this offseason in exchange for a swap of late-round draft picks. The minimal compensation suggests the 27-year-old may need to compete for a roster spot, a notion that's supported by the team's recent addition of Jordan Matthews (knee, ankle). Patterson has led the league in kickoff return average three times in five professional seasons, but his $3 million salary (per OverTheCap.com) nonetheless could make it tough to justify keeping him if he doesn't prove worthy of a key role in the New England offense. He'll need to compete with Jordan Matthews, Malcolm Mitchell (knee), Phillip Dorsett and Kenny Britt, all of whom should slot in behind the leading duo of Chris Hogan and Julian Edelman (knee). The 2013 first-round pick has 163 catches and 44 carries in 80 career games, averaging 10.0 yards per reception, 6.3 per target and 10.3 per carry.
The Raiders traded Patterson and a 2018 sixth-round pick to the Patriots on Sunday in exchange for a 2018 fifth-round pick, Mark Daniels of The Providence Journal reports. Patterson led the league in kick-return average in 2017 among qualifying players, reeling off 28.3 yards per return. He recorded only 31 catches for 309 yards, however, suggesting that the Patriots' acquisition of Patterson is largely meant to be a special-teams boost. Further reinforcing this suggestion is the fact that the Patriots' main kick returner in 2017, Dion Lewis, recently departed to the Titans.
Patterson wrapped up his 2017 campaign with 31 catches (on 42 targets) for 309 yards to go along with 13 carries for 121 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games. Patterson, who was limited by a minor hip injury throughout the last two weeks of the season, failed to record a single touchdown catch in his first campaign as a Raider. The 2013 first-rounder remained behind Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree and even Seth Roberts on the depth chart at wide receiver, though Patterson also added 538 kick return yards and an average of 9.3 yards per carry. He's under contract through 2018, but the Raiders' offense could be shaken up after the firing of head coach Jack Del Rio.
Patterson (hip) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Chargers after practicing fully Friday. With fellow wideout Amari Cooper (ankle) back in the mix, Patterson's path to targets is muddled heading into Week 17, making him a fantasy dart in the Raiders' season finale.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|6||10/15||Kansas City Chiefs||30||23.35|
|9||11/05||Green Bay Packers||32||24.13|
|12||11/25||@New York Jets||19||20.00|
|17||12/30||New York Jets||19||20.00|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||38||28||257||1||12||9.18||43|