Matt LaCosse could be the starting tight end for the Patriots this season, but he has minimal Fantasy value in most leagues. And he could face competition for playing time from rookies Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene. New England has to find a new quarterback with Tom Brady gone, and LaCosse still has to contend with Julian Edelman, Mohamed Sanu, N'Keal Harry and James White for targets. LaCosse did not fare well in 2019 with minimal production, and that isn't expected to dramatically improve this year. LaCosse is not worth drafting in any leagues. G
LaCosse's depth chart standing will be challenged by rookie tight ends Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene, Adam London of NESN.com reports. Moreover, London suggests that either LaCosse or Ryan Izzo may not stick with the team in the wake of the Patriots doubling-down on Asiasi and Keene in Round 3 of this past week's NFL Draft. In his first season with New England, LaCosse caught just 13 passes for 131 yards with one TD in 11 games, and it's possible he could be the odd man out, considering Izzo's utility as a blocker. Either way, between the added competition for targets and a looming transition at QB, LaCosse is off the fantasy radar as the 2020 season approaches.
LaCosse finished the 2019 regular season with 13 catches (on 19 targets) for 131 yards and a TD in 11 games. With Rob Gronkowski no longer in the mix, LaCosse, Ben Watson and Ryan Izzo handled the Patriots' tight end duties in 2019. Neither of the trio came close to approaching fantasy relevance- and we'd expect some sort of makeover at the position this offseason, with Watson a candidate to retire. Meanwhile, LaCosse -- who was hampered at times this past season by ankle and knee issues -- is under contract with New England through 2020, but Jeff Howe of the Athletic notes that if LaCosse doesn't make the team next season, the Patriots can save $1.4 million against their salary cap. If he does stick around in 2020 and can stay healthy, LaCosse should be able to produce more, but with moving parts at both his position and also at QB, it's too early to assign him an accurate projection.
LaCosse recorded 46 of a possible 73 snaps on offense in Saturday's 24-17 win over the Bills. LaCosse saw just one target Saturday, but he made it count, turning it into an eight-yard TD. Meanwhile, fellow tight end Ben Watson was on the field for 31 snaps and caught all three of his targets for 15 yards. Neither New England tight end is a reliable fantasy option heading into Week 17.
LaCosse was on the field for 49 of a possible 65 snaps on offense in Sunday's 34-13 win over the Bengals, en route to hauling in all three of his targets for 22 yards. Meanwhile, fellow tight end Ben Watson was on the field for 34 snaps but wasn't targeted in the contest. At this stage, it looks like LaCosse has overtaken Watson as the Patriots' preferred pass-catching option at his position, but that's not a high-volume role in the team's offense these days.
LaCosse caught two of his four targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Chiefs. LaCosse was on the field for 54 of a possible 67 snaps on offense in the contest, while fellow tight end Ben Watson logged 32 snaps, en route to catching one of his three targets for seven yards. Neither player profiles as a reliable fantasy option down the stretch.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/27||Las Vegas Raiders||30||8.75|
|4||10/04||@Kansas City Chiefs||21||7.32|
|7||10/25||San Francisco 49ers||6||5.42|
|9||11/10||@New York Jets||4||5.13|
|13||12/06||@Los Angeles Chargers||11||6.25|
|14||12/11||@Los Angeles Rams||20||7.25|
|17||01/03||New York Jets||4||5.13|
|3 Year Avg||19||12||127||1||6||10.58||18|