New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon caught five passes for 96 yards in the Patriots 34-33 last-second loss to the Dolphins. Gordon continues to make the most of his opportunities, averaging 19.2 yards per catch in the game while seeing eight targets. Gordon came down with a nice 29-yard catch in the game as he has cemented himself as one of the top options in the offense. The Patriots offense likes to spread the ball around so it is hard to envision a true breakout performance coming for Gordon. But he now has at least 50 receiving yards in each of his last five games and is worth FLEX consideration in most fantasy formats for the rest of the season.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Danny Amendola made an underwhelming return to the field in Miami's 34-33 victory over New England in Week 14. Amendola caught one pass on one target for ten yards. He sat out Week 13 with a knee injury, and perhaps that injury affected his target share. However, the team only threw the ball 19 times and only one player on the Dolphins had more than one catch, and that was Kenny Stills. Miami doesn't throw the ball much, and Ryan Tannehill doesn't seem to look in Amendola's direction much when they do throw. Amendola should not be considered a starting option in Week 15 against Minnesota.
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman caught nine passes for 86 yards, including a three-yard touchdown catch, in the team's shocking 34-33 loss to the Dolphins. Edelman enjoyed a highly active first half and it was a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners to see Edelman targeted in the red zone. The veteran receiver now has four touchdowns on the season to go along with 56 receptions, 622 yards through nine games played and will remain on the WR2/3 fantasy radar for the remainder of the season.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Devante Parker was scarcely involved in Miami's 34-33 victory over New England in Week 14. Parker caught one pass on four targets for 18 yards. His biggest impact came on the final play, where Parker received a lateral from Kenny Stills and then lateraled to Kenyan Drake, who scored the game winning touchdown. Parker doesn't get enough volume to be anything more than desperation WR5. That is exactly what he'll be in Week 15 against Minnesota.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski caught eight passes for a team-high 107 yards and one touchdown in the Patriots 34-33 shocker of a loss to the Dolphins. Quarterback Tom Brady threaded the needle between three defenders to hit Gronk for only his third touchdown of the season. Gronkowski caught all eight of his targets as he consistently picked up multiple first downs. The tight end was unable to catch Dolphins running back Kenyon Drake on the final, wild play of the game but Gronk is beginning to round into shape just in time for the fantasy playoffs.
Miami Dolphins running back Brandon Bolden got revenge on his former team in Miami's 34-33 victory over New England in Week 14. Bolden rushed for 60 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns on his only two carries. He also caught one pass for zero yards. Bolden ripped off a 54-yarder and then took one in from six, both in the second quarter. It's odd that Miami didn't give him any more carries after that, but his lack of work probably says how they feel about him compared to Frank Gore and Kenyan Drake. A nice game for Bolden, but he's not fantasy material.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady completed 27 of 43 passes for 359 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots wild, unpredictable 34-33 loss to the Dolphins. Brady recorded his best fantasy performance in over a month and looked strong running the offense with a full complement of weapons. Brady especially enjoyed connecting with his favorite target Rob Gronkowski repeatedly. After a lull in his production mid-season, Brady now has six touchdown passes over his last three games. He will have a favorable matchup next week against a beatable Steelers defense.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills had his best game since Week 1 in Miami's 34-33 victory over New England in Week 14. Stills caught eight passes for 137 yards and a touchdown, setting a season high in catches and yardage. Stills was also Miami's only player with more than one reception in this game. Part of what made Stills under-perform was backup quarterback Brock Osweiler, but with Ryan Tannehill back and healthy Stills should return to a boom-or-bust WR3/4 option. He is probably closer to a WR4 next week against a tough Vikings defense.
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard caught two passes for 17 yards, including a three-yard touchdown catch, in the Giants 40-16 win over the Redskins. Shepard's season has been as inconsistent as the entire Giants offense this season. Shepard has only 147 receiving yards over his last six games but has quietly become a top target for quarterback Eli Manning in the red zone. Shepard is worth a fantasy roster spot but starting him will be an act of desperation for the remainder of the fantasy playoffs.
Miami Dolphins running back Frank Gore had his second-highest yardage total of the season in Miami's 34-33 victory over New England in Week 14. Gore rushed 12 times for 92 yards and caught one pass for 24 yards on the day. While he was out-shined by Kenyan Drake's miracle touchdown at the end of the game, Gore had himself a nice day as well. He still failed to find the end zone and hasn't scored since Week 4, cementing his status as a low-end flex. He faces a tough Vikings defense in Week 15.