revolutionary tools.  groundbreaking articles.  proven results.

Jakobi Meyers – Tom Brady’s Newest Security Blanket?

Tom Brady’s contract situation appears to have been resolved, in one manner or another, as we edge closer to the 2019 NFL season. There exists now only the question of who exactly he’ll be throwing the ball to. The Patriots have waved goodbye to a healthy chunk of targets from 2018. Many of the players earmarked to fill this target void have question marks of their own at present.

That’s why the news that Brady has formed something of an attachment to rookie wide receiver Jakobi Meyers is news that fantasy owners probably need to take note of.

All Change on Patriots Mountain

165 targets, approximately 29.7%, and 1,812 air yards walked out on the Patriots this past spring. Tight end Rob Gronkowski retired following the Patriots victory in the Super Bowl in February. Chris Hogan has taken his talents to Carolina. These departures, coupled with the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the availability of Josh Gordon, means that there is just one WR on the Patriots roster who has earned Brady at least 7.0 AYA when targeting him at least 50 times in the last five seasons.

Even this player, Julian Edelman, has spent much of the preseason to date rehabbing a thumb injury. The Patriots invested a first-round draft pick on N’Keal Harry this spring. But he has struggled to earn the trust of his coaching staff or quarterback. Unsurprising, given his current propensity to put the ball on the grass.  We have Brady projected to attempt the 13th most passes this season. He needs to throw them to someone he trusts. It is into this uncertain state that Meyers has emerged.

Hungry Like the Wolf

Meyers went undrafted after spending his collegiate career with North Carolina State. He put up decent numbers for the Wolfpack in his two seasons as a starter. He actually spent four seasons with the team, after starting as a QB. 1

Meyers 1,932 receiving yards are the fourth most by a member of the Wolfpack since the 2000 season. His 92 receptions for 1,047 yards in 2018 were the most receptions and the fifth most receiving yards in a season during this span.

It’s fair to say that Meyers didn’t exactly blow anyone away with his performance at the NFL Scouting Combine. Although it is equally fair to say that he wasn’t a disaster either.

Comps

The RotoViz Combine Explorer threw up the following comparable players to Meyers. At least two of the top comps led to the raising of at least one eyebrow from the author. 2

Mohamed Sanu has carved out something of a niche for himself in the NFL. This is especially true since joining the Atlanta Falcons. He has averaged nearly 11 PPR points per game in the last three seasons, playing as a big slot receiver.

Tyler Boyd was a slow starter in the pros after starring for Pitt in college. But he finally put it all together in 2018, finishing with his first 1,000 yard season whilst averaging 15.8 points per game.

Outlook

According to Greg Bedard, Meyers is Brady’s favorite target right now. Meyers is currently the WR97 over at the FFPC. This is a price that could make him an absolute steal should he and Brady continue to make sweet music together throughout the preseason. His is certainly a name to monitor as seasonal drafts approach, and also in dynasty leagues. But let’s not crown him the overall WR1 just yet.

Image Credit: Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Tom Brady.

  1. If only the Patriots had experience with and a love of working with versatile players, this marriage would be even better. Oh wait…  (back)
  2. It was only the one, and it was my left.  (back)

recent and related...

in case you missed it...

Week 10 Primetime Slate DFS Breakdown

Who are the best plays for the Week 10 DFS primetime slate on DraftKings and FanDuel? Tyler Loechner runs through notes on the primetime short slate featuring SNF/MNF games.1 DSF Week 10 Primetime Slate DFS Week 10 Primetime Slate theory thoughts: The games on this slate might not have “shootout”

Read More

Week 11 Waiver Wire Advice: Top Targets At Each Position

Looking for Week 10 waiver wire advice for fantasy football? You’ve come to the right place. We’ll give you some of the top targets at each position so that when you submit a waiver claim, you do it with confidence. This article will run through the top players available in

Read More

High Staked: What Went Wrong

Veteran high stakes fantasy football player Monty Phan chronicles his season. I can officially say things didn’t work out this season like we’d hoped. For the first time since 2014, none of the FFPC high-stakes teams I run with three friends are likely to advance to the league playoffs or

Read More

Nick Chubb Almost Destroys Week 10 and Christian McCaffrey Actually Destroys Everyone Else’s Fantasy Teams: What Expected Points Are Telling Us After Week 10

If you spend any time reading RotoViz, eventually you’ll hear us talking about expected points. Expected points (EP) are the number of fantasy points that a target or carry should score based on game situation — down, distance, and field position. In other words, expected points allow us to transform

Read More
Connect
Support

rotovizmain@gmail.com

Sign-up today for our free Premium Email subscription!

© 2019 RotoViz. All rights Reserved.