How Jimmy Garoppolo Injury Impacts Patriots Players’ Fantasy Football Value


New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo injured his right (throwing) shoulder in Sunday’s win over the Miami Dolphins, and early reports suggested he’s miss a good chunk of time, possibly even weeks.

But the latest news is far more encouraging for those with Garoppolo on their rosters — real or fantasy.

If you own Garoppolo on your fantasy team, don’t drop him. It’s possible he still plays Week 4 against the Bills, which would be a favorable matchup given Buffalo’s poor performance and injuries to key players on defense.

Garoppolo also has a ton of value in keeper/dynasty leagues since it’s quite possible he starts next season, even if it’s not for the Patriots.

As for Week 3, Garoppolo’s injury opens the door for rookie Jacoby Brissett to start Thursday night against the Houston Texans in Foxboro. Brissett hasn’t officially been named the starting quarterback, but he’s not worth adding to your fantasy roster either way.

Running back LeGarrette Blount is very much worth owning and starting in Week 3, however, despite the Texans’ quality defense. New England likely will run the ball more with an inexperienced quarterback under center, and Blount tallied 123 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries in Week 2.

James White isn’t a bad start as a flex play in deeper leagues. His receiving ability makes him valuable in PPR fantasy leagues, and he could benefit from a rookie QB wanting to check down more often than an established veteran.

Patriots wide receivers are risky starts against the Texans, even in PPR. That means Danny Amendola and Chris Hogan aren’t worth starting. Julian Edelman is only worth playing in PPR formats, but finding a better option still is preferred.

Martellus Bennett is OK to play if Rob Gronkowski isn’t in the lineup for the third straight week. Bennett had his first 100-yard game of the season on Sunday and also caught a touchdown from Garoppolo. Gronkowski always is a must-start if he’s active.

To recap, start Blount, White (PPR only), Julian Edelman (PPR only), Bennett (only if Gronk doesn’t play) and Gronkowski. Do not start Brissett, Amendola or Hogan.

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