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Phillip Dorsett Could Become Viable Fantasy Option If Patriots Cut Demaryius Thomas

Dan Israeli
Divisional Round - Los Angeles Chargers v New England Patriots
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The New England Patriots reshuffled the deck at wide receiver this offseason, drafting N'Keal Harry in the first round of the NFL Draft, while also taking fliers on free agents Demaryius Thomas and Dontrelle Inman.

While the crowded wide receiver corps could potentially spell trouble for incumbent players like Phillip Dorsett, it's very likely there will be multiple roster cuts at the position by the end of training camp.

One rumor floating around involves the veteran Thomas, who signed a one-year deal with New England after sustaining the second torn Achilles of his career last season. The 31-year-old was traded midseason from Denver to Houston, and may be on the last legs of his career due to diminishing play and injury.

The Patriots will also have to make a decision on Josh Gordon, who re-signed in August of last year despite his indefinite suspension. Should New England cut both Thomas and Gordon, there is a chance Dorsett will hold some fantasy value with only Harry, Inman and slot receiver Julian Edelman vying for targets.

Dorsett has yet to break out on the fantasy scene, and only compiled 44 catches for 484 yards and three touchdowns through two seasons in New England. He did experience a mini-breakout during the Patriots most recent playoff run, scoring a touchdown against both the Chargers and Chiefs before getting zero targets in New England's ugly Super Bowl win over the Rams.

If Harris is slow to come around in his rookie season, Dorsett may emerge as a viable target for Brady, as the two have shown chemistry in bursts. New England will need a touchdown/deep threat now that Rob Gronkowski has retired, and Dorsett may get that chance if the roster shakes out in is favor.

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