Jakobi Meyers should be locked into the slot role for the Patriots this season, and he's worth drafting with a late-round pick in all Fantasy leagues, with his value slightly higher in PPR. In 2020, Meyers started seeing significant playing time in Week 7, and over his final 11 games he scored at least 11 PPR points five times. The Patriots' receiving corps is crowded this season even with the retirement of Julian Edelman, and Meyers will compete for targets with Nelson Agholor, Kendrick Bourne and tight ends Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry. But if Meyers can remain in the slot then he could lead the Patriots receivers in receptions. He has yet to score a touchdown in the NFL in two seasons, so his upside is capped in non-PPR leagues. But he could be a valuable reserve in PPR if Cam Newton leans on him in 2021.
Meyers appears to be the likely top wide receiver option at minicamp this week, Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald reports. Callahan notes that both Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne are still learning the playbook, which positions Meyers as the top wideout for the time being. Meyers could continue to hold that role depending on how things go throughout camp, but he figures to face competition once everyone has the system down.
Meyers figures to compete with newcomer Kendrick Bourne for a starting slot this coming season, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports. It's assumed that free agent acquisition Nelson Agholor will hold down one starting assignment, but following the retirement of Julian Edelman, the rest of the Patriots' depth chart remains unsettled. Though it's clear that the team sees something in Bourne, Meyers did display solid chemistry with QB Cam Newton last season while leading the team with 59 catches for 729 yards in 14 games. Meanwhile, 2018 first-rounder N'Keal Harry is also in the mix, but his role this coming season is undefined. It's also possible the team spends an early pick on a wideout in the upcoming NFL Draft, but for now Meyers has an opportunity to carve out a key role in what should be an improved passing attack in 2021.
Meyers caught six of seven targets for 68 yards and threw a 19-yard touchdown in Sunday's 28-14 win over the Jets. He also rushed once for seven yards in the season finale. Meyers spent his freshman season at NC State as a quarterback before converting to wide receiver, and he showed off his passing skills on a trick play in the third quarter, finding Cam Newton for the game-tying touchdown. He finishes the season as New England's leader in both catches (59) and receiving yards (729), but Meyers is yet to catch a touchdown through two NFL seasons. The Patriots will likely look to upgrade their underwhelming receiving corps in the offseason, but Meyers should be a part of the team's equation at wide receiver after his breakout sophomore season.
Meyers caught four of six targets for 45 yards in Monday night's 38-9 loss to the Bills. Meyers led the Pats in receiving on a night when the team made an in-game quarterback change from Cam Newton to Jarrett Stidham, with neither QB proving to be effective. Given that dire situation, it's tough to rely on Meyers for production, but his status atop New England's depth chart as well as a favorable matchup against the Jets at least offers some promise ahead of Week 17.
Meyers reeled in seven of 10 targets for 111 yards and lost one fumble during Sunday's 22-12 loss to Miami. Meyers' third-quarter giveaway didn't come back to haunt New England, as the Dolphins were forced into a punt just three plays later. With that in mind, the 24-year-old's Week 15 outing will go down as one of his most impressive of the 2020 campaign, as he eclipsed the century mark in receiving for the second time this season. A Week 16 matchup against Buffalo could allow Meyers to expand on a noteworthy Week 8 performance in a loss to the division rivals in which he notched six catches for 58 yards over 10 targets.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/19||@New York Jets||18||23.13|
|3||09/26||New Orleans Saints||16||22.00|
|4||10/03||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||19||23.50|
|7||10/24||New York Jets||18||23.13|
|8||10/31||@Los Angeles Chargers||7||20.25|
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