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.
LaCosse was on the field for 53 of a possible 87 snaps on offense in Sunday's 28-22 loss to the Texans, en route to catching one of his two targets for 24 yards.
Meanwhile, fellow tight end Ben Watson was on the field for 47 snaps, hauling in his only target for 23 yards. Neither of New England's top two tight ends are high-percentage fantasy lineup options in the coming weeks.
LaCosse caught his only target for five yards during Sunday's 13-9 win over the Cowboys.
LaCosse played 34 snaps (49 percent) on offense. No. 1 tight end Ben Watson, on the other hand, took the field for 49 snaps (70 percent). As long as he remains relegated to a depth role in New England's offense, LaCosse won't warrant much fantasy consideration.
LaCosse caught two of his targets for three yards in Sunday's 17-10 win over the Eagles.
In his return to action from an MCL injury that caused him to miss three games, LaCosse logged 21 snaps in the contest. Meanwhile, fellow tight end Ben Watson was on the field for 59 snaps Sunday, en route to catching three of his four targets for 52 yards. As long as Watson stays healthy, LaCosse's fantasy value will be limited.
LaCosse is officially listed as active for Sunday's game against the Eagles.
LaCosse has missed the last three games with an MCL sprain and, as evidenced by this news, doesn't need more time to recover. Now that the Illinois product is finally healthy enough to make his return to the lineup, he'll resume his role as the No. 2 option at the tight end position behind Ben Watson.
LaCosse (knee) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's match against the Eagles.
LaCosse has missed the last three games due to an MCL sprain. He appears to have made some progress in his recovery coming off New England's bye, but his status remains up in the air for Sunday's tilt against the Eagles. Even if LaCosse does manage to take the field Week 11, he won't be worth much fantasy consideration as the No. 2 option behind Ben Watson.
LaCosse (knee) practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday.
LaCosse has been on the sideline since Week 6 against the Giants when he suffered an MCL sprain. The tight end worked in a limited fashion last week as well, so he has a chance to play this Sunday against the Eagles. Even if he suits up, his fantasy value is negligible as the Patriots' No. 2 tight end against the Eagles' defense, which has allowed four receptions for 40.4 yards per game to the position.
The Patriots have have ruled LaCosse (knee) out for Sunday's game against the Ravens.
LaCosse was originally given a questionable designation, but the Patriots did not wait until game day to rule him out. The absence will mark his third consecutive game missed. He was able to return to practice this week as a limited participant, so he appears to be trending in the right direction. Look for Ben Watson to continue being the Patriots' top tight end option in Week 9.
LaCosse (knee) is considered questionable for Sunday's game at Baltimore, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
LaCosse returned to practice as a limited participant this week after missing the last two games with the knee sprain. The 27-year-old will have a chance to suit up Sunday and could serve as the Patriots' No. 1 tight end if active.
LaCosse (knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Nora Princiotti of The Boston Globe reports.
LaCosse has missed New England's last two contests due to a sprained knee. He didn't practice in any capacity last week, so his limited session Wednesday is a notable step in the right direction. LaCosse appears to have a shot to suit up Sunday against the Ravens, depending on what he's able -- or unable -- to do in the week's final two practice sessions.
LaCosse (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Browns, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
The same applies to Ryan Izzo (concussion), which means that Ben Watson and Eric Tomlinson will be serve as the team's tight end options this weekend against Cleveland.
LaCosse (knee) didn't practice Friday, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
Look for LaCosse to be ruled out for Sunday's game against the Browns. With Ryan Izzo (concussion) iffy for the contest, the Patriots could end up rolling with a tight end duo of Ben Watson and Eric Tomlinson this weekend.
LaCosse (knee) wasn't spotted on the field for the start of Thursday's practice, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
LaCosse is slated to go down as a non-participant for the second day in a row, which seemingly puts him on pace to miss his second straight game Sunday against the Browns. If that's the case, Ben Watson would likely take the bulk of the snaps at tight end.
LaCosse (knee) did not practice Wednesday.
LaCosse missed Monday's win over the Jets while nursing an MCL sprain. He'll have two more opportunities to practice in some capacity before Sunday's tilt against the Browns. Ryan Izzo (concussion) was also unable to practice Wednesday, leaving Ben Watson and Eric Tomlinson as New England's only healthy tight ends to begin the week.
LaCosse (knee) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Jets.
LaCosse didn't practice this week due to the MCL sprain so this isn't much of a surprise. Ben Watson and Eric Tomlinson will serve as New England's only two tight ends in New York with Ryan Izzo (concussion) also sidelined.
LaCosse (knee) is not expected to suit up against the Jets on Monday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
LaCosse hasn't practiced in any capacity this week as he tends to an MCL sprain. With Ryan Izzo (concussion) also trending toward missing Monday's game, the Patriots' tight end corps could be comprised of only Ben Watson and Eric Tomlinson.
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