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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has fallen off his torrid start with another weak outing where he ranked just 9th in the league in fantasy output. Of course, this is going to be his low point, even with Dion Lewis and Julian Edelman out. The Patriots offensive line should take form next week, giving the Patriots more time and space to work with and Brady will be right as rain. If you can trade up your quarterback for Brady, you should do it before your league's playoff push.
The Giants Eli Manning ranked 4th on the day.
Running back LeGarrette Blount was the 10th best rusher on the day with 77 total yards and a touchdown. This will likely continue to increase as the offensive line regains its health and the Patriots would love to reinforce their running attack when December comes around. James White and Brandon Bolden were non-factors in fantasy, but White was a much better blocker than Blount and could see more time moving forward.
Giants running backs aren't worth mentioning.
There were no Patriots receivers worth playing, but both Brandon LaFell and Danny Amendola are worth buying moving forward. Amendola will see tons of volume and LaFell is going to increase in value when Brady gets better blocking. Amendola is likely a WR2 for the rest of the year and LaFell is probably a boom-bust flex play every week.
It's a shame if you had Edelman on your roster, but he no longer has fantasy value and will miss the rest of the regular season.
The Giants Odell Beckham Jr. (6th, 4 catches/104 yards/1 touchdown) and Dwayne Harris (8th, 6/82/1) had huge days as Beckham benefit from one big play, and Harris took the Patriots 3rd cornerback to task all day. Few teams have a third target that is capable of replicating Harris' effort.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski had a great day with a huge 5/113/1 slashmark, ranking second on the day, behind the Bears Zach Miller, who had a 5/107/2 day. Scott Chandler could see an increased role moving forward, but remains off the radar. No Giants tight end had a worthwhile fantasy day.
Kicker Stephen Gostkowski didn't get bonus fantasy points for the game winning kick, but it helped him with a respectable 8th rank finish, while the Giants Josh Brown finished 3rd with four field goals on the day.
Neither the Patriots nor the Giants defense were worth playing this week.