Mac Jones, who has been inactive the past three games, has told teammates his recovery from a high left ankle sprain he suffered Sept. 25 has progressed, with a final hurdle to be cleared in practice. The Patriots' first practice of the week is scheduled for Thursday.
Bailey Zappe and Jones's efficiency stats don't look too terribly different on the year, though the team has two impressive wins under their belt in Zappe starts. Neither option should be under consideration outside of 2QB leagues.
NE QB Bailey Zappe - Week 5 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 5 vs. Detroit Lions
With Mac Jones still looking unlikely for this week, it's looking like the first career start for rookie Bailey Zappe, the NCAA's all-time single-season record holder for passing yards and touchdowns. Zappe stepped in last week for an injured Brian Hoyer and became the first rookie quarterback to throw a touchdown pass this season (though it probably should have been blown dead for delay of game). The Patriots will likely keep things simple for Zappe again, as they did last week, so we shouldn't expect too much from him, though he is facing the league's worst scoring defense in the Lions.