Phillip Dorsett Fantasy Outlook Improves With Josh Gordon on Injured Reserve

Jason Schandl
Pittsburgh Steelers v New England Patriots
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Despite being banged up and often serving as the New England Patriots' No. 3 WR, Phillip Dorsett has already made a solid impact this season with 243 yards and four touchdowns on 18 receptions.

Following the announcement that Josh Gordon was placed on the injured reserve list Wednesday, Dorsett looks set to generate even more fantasy football value moving forward.

Gordon and Dorsett played four full games together to start the season, and in that sample, Dorsett still averaged 5.8 targets and 13.7 PPR fantasy points. Gordon averaged 6.8 targets in those games, and a significant portion of those should go to Dorsett as the other outside WR threat in New England.

The Pats trading for Mohamed Sanu will take some of the potential volume away, but Sanu works mostly from the slot, not filling the same role as Gordon and Dorsett.

The Patriots are averaging the NFL's most points per game (31.9 PPG), and that means that Dorsett's upside should stay strong all year, even if Sanu soaks up more volume than expected. Averaging five to six targets per game from Tom Brady in an offense that is regularly in scoring position is a terrific spot to be in for fantasy football purposes.

Dorsett and the Patriots have a favorable matchup on tap in Week 8, taking on a Cleveland Browns team that ranks 21st in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA rankings. With the potential for increased volume in a favorable matchup, we have Dorsett at WR36 in our Week 8 PPR fantasy football rankings, making him a viable WR3 or FLEX option.

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