Honestly, we have no idea. We’re throwing our hands in the air. The Patriots released Demaryius Thomas but are expected to bring him back. He’d be in the mix with Phillip Dorsett, Jakobi Meyers and NKeal Harry for that No. 3 role, as well. Julian Edelman is the only guarantee for Week 1. Josh Gordon will probably take on an almost full share of snaps as the No. 2, but he might need to work on his conditioning after missing training camp. Dorsett has the best rapport with Brady. Meyers had the best training camp. Harry has the most potential but hasn’t played or practiced in full since Week 1 of the preseason because of an injury. He’s a candidate for IR. Thomas had the best preseason game, putting up seven catches for 87 yards with two touchdowns in Week 4. Our best guess is Dorsett and Meyers share the No. 3 role and wind up with around the same amount of snaps in Week 1. If Thomas comes back, then maybe he and Dorsett share that role.
There is a lot of information to process here, but it looks like Gordon will be the team's WR2, at least once he's back in ideal shape. The WR3 role is up in the air but could have a fantasy impact with Gronk out of the picture. James White will also be a big factor in the passing game out of the backfield, but it looks like Dorsett and Meyers are guys to keep an eye on.
NE WR Phillip Dorsett - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 3 vs New York Jets
Phillip Dorsett doesn't lose all of his value with Antonio Brown now a member of the Patriots, but his fantasy value takes a sizeable hit. He stands as the fantasy WR23 (mostly due to his 23.5-point Week 1), but his snap share went from 87% in Week 1 to 49% in Week 2, and it likely only remained that high because Brown is still learning the offense.
Dorsett will be difficult to roster in redraft leagues because of his low target volume, but his value hasn't disappeared. He's caught every single one of his last 23 regular-season targets from Tom Brady going back to last season, and with an aDOT of 14 yards along with his 4.33 speed, he's always a threat for a deep one. The right matchup could make him a low-owned, inexpensive option in DFS, but this one isn't likely to be it.