Posted: 11:37 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013
By Jack Choros
The Patriots receiver attended practice on Wednesday and should play in Week 5. We discuss the fantasy implications.
New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson (neck) was not among those absent from practice on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. Dobson left the team's Week 4 game against the Atlanta Falcons after being hurt in the third quarter of the game.
Fantasy impact: Quarterback Tom Brady has been forced into working with a young receiving corps because of injuries to Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski to start the season. Those injuries are the main reason Dobson is seeing starter's minutes so far this year.
That said, Amendola and Gronkowski are very close to returning as both nearly played in Week 4, which will cut into Dobson's playing time. The fact is that Kenbrell Thompkins has developed a better rapport with Brady than Dobson has, and their won't be room for both young guns once the Patriots have all of their veterans back and healthy.
So far this season, Dobson has 11 catches for 118 yards and a touchdown. Fantasy owners should look to Kenbrell Thompkins and Julian Edelman as the go-to guys in New England until official updates on Amendola and Gronkowski come to light.