Byrd caught one of his two targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 33-6 loss to the 49ers. Byrd's 48 (of a possible 52) snaps on offense were tops among Patriots wide receivers, but the team's Week 7 passing attack fell flat for the second game in a row, with a corresponding drop in production the result. His steady role in New England's offense gives him a chance to help out in PPR formats, but it's hard to get fired up about his fantasy prospects until things start clicking again for QB Cam Newton, who struggled Sunday before being pulled early in the fourth quarter.
Byrd hauled in three of his four targets for 38 yards in Sunday's 18-12 loss to the Broncos. Byrd led the Patriots' Week 6 wide receiver corps in playing time (55 of a possible 57 snaps on offense), catches and yards, but that was in the context of a game in which QB Cam Newton only recorded 157 passing yards. Five contests into the 2020 season, Byrd's steady role in New England's offense has given him modest utility in PPR formats, with the 27-year-old having logged a 17-217-0 stat line in that span.
Byrd and the Patriots won't play the Broncos on Monday after the game was postponed until Week 6 due to a third positive COVID-19 test in the New England organization within the past eight days, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The Patriots and the Broncos are now tentatively scheduled to play Sunday, Oct. 18 in Week 6, which was originally a scheduled bye week for New England. Denver, meanwhile, had been in line to host the Dolphins, but Miami now looks poised to take its bye Week 6.
Byrd secured five of 10 targets for 80 yards in the Patriots' 26-10 loss to the Chiefs on Monday night. The journeyman receiver paced the Patriots pass catchers across the board on the night, even recording a team-high 30-yard reception. Byrd has been busy early in his New England tenure, now sporting a 14-179-0 line on 22 targets through four contests. With Julian Edelman struggling with drops and N'Keal Harry not yet stepping up consistently, Byrd's fantasy outlook appears to be on solid footing ahead of a Week 5 battle against the Broncos.
Byrd was on the field for 66 of a possible 69 snaps on offense in Sunday's 36-20 win over the Raiders, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. Byrd, who out-snapped both Julian Edelman (56) and N'Keal Harry (46) in the game, hauled in all three of his targets for 27 yards as the Patriots went with a run-heavy game plan Week 3. Unless the team makes a move to add wideout depth, Byrd figures to continue to see regular snaps, but he profiles as a hit-or-miss fantasy option in an offense that tends to change its approach from week to week.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|9||11/09||@New York Jets||11||21.29|
|13||12/06||@Los Angeles Chargers||10||20.00|
|14||12/10||@Los Angeles Rams||1||15.57|
|17||01/03||New York Jets||11||21.29|
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|3 Year Avg||22||14||157||1||7||11.21||21|