NFL Week 17 Fantasy Football Recap: New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins

Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers (16) makes the touchdown against Miami Dolphins linebacker Duke Riley (45) in the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Raheem Mostert: 9 carries, 29 yards, 8 receptions, 62 receiving yards, 1 touchdown

Jakobi Meyers: 6 receptions, 48 yards, 1 touchdown

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Damien Harris’ return: Harris returned to the Patriots’ lineup after last playing in Week 12.

  • The Patriots' backs took on similar roles to previous weeks when Harris was healthy, rotating by drive.
  • Typically, Harris would start the game, but this week it was Rhamondre Stevenson who took the first drive.
  • Harris took the last drive of the first half as well as the first drive of the second half, which contributed to their snaps totals being tighter than usual.
  • They were also more willing to rotate running backs within the same drive than they had been at other points in the season.
  • Stevenson was the primary receiving back, as he’s been all season long.
  • Stevenson will likely be a borderline first-round fantasy pick in August, especially if Harris leaves in free agency as expected.

Monitor Teddy Bridgewater’s health: Bridgewater suffered a finger injury on his right hand late in the third quarter and didn’t return.

  • Bridgewater was having a fine performance, completing 12 of 19 passes for 161 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the first three quarters.
  • Rookie Skylar Thompson took over. He also completed 12 passes with a touchdown and an interception but tallied only 104 yards.
  • Tua Tagovailoa missed this game after suffering another concussion. The Dolphins' playoff lives will be on the line next week, and any one of the three signal-callers could start.

Jeff Wilson Jr. re-emerges as the Dolphins' lead running back: Wilson led the backfield in offensive snaps and touches this week.

  • Miami has gone back and forth between Wilson and Raheem Mostert as their top running back since trading for Wilson.
  • The two seemed close to 50-50 last week.
  • Wilson took a clear majority of snaps both on early downs and third downs.
  • Mostert had the better fantasy performance, as he was the one to score a touchdown.
  • Both players are hitting unrestricted free agency this offseason. Miami could be a prime contender to upgrade at running back either in the draft or free agency.

Table Notes

Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.

Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown-away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.

Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.


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