New England Patriots Depth Chart
- AFC East
- Gillette Stadium
- Head Coach
- Bill Belichick
- Offensive Coordinator
- Bill O'Brien
- Defensive Coordinator
- Special Teams Coach
- Cameron Achord
- Defensive Scheme
The New England Patriots waived running back/wide receiver Ty Montgomery II on Friday, a day after their Thursday night upset win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. In Week 14, Montgomery was only on the field for a total of six offensive snaps and caught one pass for 17 yards on two targets in the 21-18 win. The 30-year-old veteran had a mere three rushing attempts for nine yards and five catches on 12 targets for 40 yards in his 13 games with the Patriots this year. Rhamondre Stevenson (ankle) is expected to miss some more time with a high-ankle sprain, leaving Ezekiel Elliott as their lead back moving forward. He'll be backed up by JaMycal Hasty and Kevin Harris with Montgomery now out of the picture in New England.
New England Patriots wide receiver Tyquan Thornton turned five targets into three receptions for 17 yards during Thursday's upset victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The second-year pass-catcher saw an increased role with Rhamondre Stevenson (ankle), Demario Douglas (concussion), and DeVante Parker (knee) sidelined. He was the Patriots' No. 2 wide receiver behind JuJu Smith-Schuster, who finished with four catches and 90 yards. Thornton is a solid contributor on offense but should be left on fantasy waivers in all redraft leagues going forward.
New England Patriots running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed 22 times for 68 yards during Thursday's upset win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was also quite impressive in the passing game, catching seven of eight targets for 72 receiving yards and one touchdown. The veteran running back saw a drastically increased role in Week 14 with Rhamondre Stevenson (ankle) sidelined and wasted no time getting involved. Elliott was the Patriots' top weapon on offense and has delivered key production as a pass-catcher midway through his age-28 season. Even with a trickier matchup against the Chiefs on tap, Elliott will remain a low-end fantasy RB2 option in Week 15.
New England Patriots tight end Hunter Henry caught all three of his targets for 40 yards and two touchdowns during Thursday's upset win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Henry benefitted from an expanded role with teammates Rhamondre Stevenson (ankle), Demario Douglas (concussion), and DeVante Parker (knee) sidelined. Week 14 was certainly Henry's best game of the season, and it could be tough to trust him in a much more difficult matchup against the Chiefs next week. Nevertheless, he'll at least garner some streaming consideration in leagues with 12-plus teams. He's a touchdown-dependent mid-range TE2 going forward.
New England Patriots wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster caught four of six targets for 90 yards during Thursday's upset win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was a revenge game for Smith-Schuster, who played in Pittsburgh from 2017 through 2021. He accumulated a large portion of his yardage on the opening drive with a spectacular 37-yard grab down the sideline. There's no denying that the 27-year-old benefitted from being the top wide receiver with Demario Douglas (concussion) and DeVante Parker (knee) out. Despite his big game, he'll be tough to trust in fantasy football against another one of his old teams, the Chiefs, next week. By then, Douglas or Parker (or both) could be back, taking Smith-Schuster off the fantasy radar.