Week 11 TNF and Injury News

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We’ve made it into the back half of the season. Trade deadlines in fantasy leagues are fast approaching, and I’ve already heard folks whispering about the fantasy playoffs. I’m still trying to wrap my head around Week 10, but we’ve got a game tonight. We get to see Mac Jones in primetime, and I’m sure the real-time discourse will be fair and level-headed. Here are my notes on Jones and what I’ll be looking for in tonight’s game, along with all of the news coming out of Wednesday’s practices.

TNF Preview: The Mac Attack

Mac Jones had been as advertised throughout the season. He bottomed out against the Saints back in Week 3, only to match wits with Tom Brady the very next week in the rain.

He’s literally pushed his teammates to victory. He’s made mistakes while also having high-scoring fantasy outings. Jones has been a rookie in every sense of the word. That is until we saw him on Sunday.

Jones had my curiosity. Now, he has my attention.

The touchdown is excellent, but let’s break down the parts leading up to the throw. Cleveland’s showing single high coverage since we can only see ten defenders at the snap. Hunter Henry releases to the left after Jakobi Meyers and Kendrick Bourne clear out the flat. I expected Jones to take the easy throw to Henry for (possibly) the first down. If you pause at 0:04, you can see the window Jones had to hit. With this massive step forward from Jones, we can start to re-evaluate the entire Patriots’ offense.

But his efficiency (third in EPA per play in Week 10) and accuracy (first in completion percentage over expectation) are where real and fantasy football converges. Nothing about the Patriots’ offense or the matchup suggested this type of outcome was in the cards. New England was 24th in pass…

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