Antonio Brown Release From Patriots Creates Fantasy Value for Josh Gordon and Julian Edelman

MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Antonio Brown #17 of the New England Patriots looks on against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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After signing with the New England Patriots on September 7, Antonio Brown's time in Foxborough has already come to an end. The Patriots released the wide receiver, who is currently mired in a series of extremely concerning off-field incidents.

Now that AB is off the team, Josh Gordon and Julian Edelman should see a boost in their fantasy football value.

Josh Gordon Fantasy Value

Josh Gordon was extremely productive in his first game of the season (played without Brown), catching three passes for 73 yards and a highlight-reel TD. He was something of a forgotten man in Week 2 though, hauling in just two passes for 19 yards.

It was clearly a point of emphasis to get Brown involved in the offense early on in Week 2, and he caught three balls for 36 yards on the first drive alone. Now that Brown is gone, though, Gordon role should expand and he will once again be an extremely important part of this offense.

He's firmly established as the No. 2 WR in an offense that's averaging 38.0 points per game, the second-best mark in the NFL. That alone is enough to make him fantasy viable, and Gordon's rare combination of size and speed gives him a massive ceiling. Gordon is best viewed as low-end WR 2 going forward.

Julian Edelman Fantasy Value

Like Gordon, Edelman's value will get a boost. He's been fantasy's WR36 in PPR scoring thus far, which isn't a great start, but two games is too small of a sample size to make any sweeping judgements about.

Edelman will be fine, and his role will only continue to grow now that AB is out of town. He caught 74 passes for 850 yards and six TDs last season, finishing tied for WR12 on a per-game basis in PPR leagues. He should be expected to produce at a similar level going forward.

Tom Brady Fantasy Value

Tom Brady's fantasy value, however, will take a hit. Just how much of a hit is unclear, but he's been QB4 thus far and should not be expected to produce at that level over the remainder of the year. While his ceiling isn't what it looked to be when this signing was announced, Brady should still be treated as an every-week QB1 until he shows us reason to believe otherwise.

He was also plenty productive in his first game played without AB, tallying 25.6 fantasy points in Week 1. Brady should be fine going forward.

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