|Ht / Wt:||5'9" / 162 lb.|
|Born:||January 27, 1993|
|Drafted:||2015 / UDFA|
Byrd finished the 2020 season with 47 catches on 77 targets for 604 yards and one TD in 16 games.
Analysis: Byrd, who also logged two carries for 15 yards, ended up garnering an 89.1 percent snap share over the course of the season, per Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. When signed as a free agent by New England last March, Byrd seemed headed for a complementary role, but after the team parted ways with Mohamed Sanu prior to Week 1, Byrd ended up seeing regular playing time all season. That context resulted in several fantasy-worthy efforts from Byrd, but the overall inconsistency of the team's passing game resulted in the 5-foot-9. 180-pounder being a hit-or-miss lineup option. The 27-year-old is eligible to become a free agent this coming offseason, but Reiss believes that that the Patriots' potential overhaul at wideout could include trying to keep Byrd around, while "projecting him to more of a complementary role."
Byrd suffered a head injury and won't return to Sunday's game against the Jets, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
Analysis: Byrd caught one pass for seven yards and rushed once for four yards before exiting the game. N'Keal Harry and Donte Moncrief figure to get more tread with Byrd on the sidelines. Byrd's fifth NFL season finishes with career highs in receptions (47) and receiving yards (604), adding one touchdown.
Byrd caught one of his three targets for seven yards in Monday night's 38-9 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: Playing time wasn't the issue for Byrd on Monday, as both he and Jakobi Meyers were on the field for all 50 of New England's snaps on offense. Rather, it was the team's struggles in the passing game (Cam Newton and Jarrett Stidham combined for 78 yards in the air) that held him back. Plus Byrd didn't help his cause by dropping a Newton pass on a well-executed trick play near the end zone early on. Despite his steady playing time, Byrd heads into Week 17 as a hit-or-miss fantasy option, due to the ongoing inconsistencies of his team's attack.
Byrd caught three of four targets for 24 yards during Sunday's 22-12 loss to the Dolphins.
Analysis: Byrd finished second on the team in targets Sunday, but that statement doesn't necessarily carry much weight given that the 27-year-old operates within New England's 29th-rated passing offense. The South Carolina standout has accumulated multiple catches in five consecutive appearances, but he's been less-than-explosive with those opportunities, eclipsing the quarter-century mark in receiving just once since Week 13.
Byrd brought in five of eight targets for 48 yards in the Patriots' 24-3 loss to the Rams on Thursday night.
Analysis: The speedster was able to muster a serviceable fantasy line from a PPR perspective, pacing the Patriots in receptions while checking in just a yard short of N'Keal Harry for tops in that category. Like the rest of New England's pass catchers, Byrd's consistency has suffered with an erratic Cam Newton under center, with the fifth-year wideout accumulating under 50 receiving yards in four of the last five games, including a catch-less effort across 42 snaps in Week 10 against the Ravens. However, there could be a quarterback change afoot if Jarrett Stidham's late-game appearance in place of an ineffective Newton on Thursday is any indication, and it remains to be seen if that would improve Byrd's fortunes over the last three games of the campaign were it come to pass.
Byrd caught two of three targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 45-0 win over the Chargers.
Analysis: With a significant lead for most of the game, the team leaned heavily on the running attack, and Cam Newton threw just 19 passes. Byrd finished second among Patriots' wide receivers with 52 snaps on offense (78 percent), and none of the team's wideouts caught more than two passes all afternoon. Byrd remains a starter on the team, but his fantasy value depends heavily on game script.
Byrd caught three of his team-high seven targets for 33 yards in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Cardinals.
Analysis: While Byrd, who was on the field 45 of a possible 53 snaps on offense Sunday, matched his target total from last week, his production took a dip in a game in which QB Cam Newton completed just nine of his 18 pass attempts for 84 yards. Though his 6/132/1 stat line in Week 11 looks like an outlier, Byrd's steady playing time does at least give him an opportunity each week to help out those in deeper fantasy formats. Overall, he's logged 35 catches (on 55 targets) for 502 yards and a TDin 11 contests.
Byrd caught six of seven targets for 132 yards and a touchdown while adding an 11-yard carry in Sunday's 27-20 loss to Houston.
Analysis: Byrd was on the receiving end of Cam Newton's first passing touchdown to a wide receiver this season, hauling in a 42-yard deep ball in the third quarter. This season-best performance from Byrd comes on the heels of a goose egg against Baltimore, and given Newton's struggles throwing the ball coming into this game, Byrd will be tough to trust against the Cardinals in Week 12 despite the momentum from this breakout effort.
Byrd wasn't targeted in Sunday's 23-17 win over the Ravens.
Analysis: Byrd, who played 42 snaps (72 percent) in the contest, had last failed to record a target or catch back in Week 1. A run-heavy game script didn't help his cause Sunday, so there's hope that Byrd (who logged a 5/65/0 stat line in Week 9) can bounce back this coming weekend against the Texans.
Byrd caught five of nine targets for 65 yards in Monday night's 30-27 win over the Jets.
Analysis: Byrd trailed only Jakobi Meyers in all major receiving categories, embodying the clear second option in New England's passing game. Despite the Patriots' obvious lack of dynamic weapons, Byrd still acquitted himself nicely, most notably on a 31-yard gain to New York's three-yard line late in the fourth quarter. That play helped set up a game-tying touchdown, which along with Byrd's overall production Monday made for a quality Week 9 showing.
Byrd caught three of four targets for 39 yards in Sunday's 24-21 loss to Buffalo.
Analysis: Byrd finished second on the team in both catches and receiving yards behind Jakobi Meyers. If neither Julian Edelman (knee) nor N'Keal Harry (concussion) suits up in Week 9 against the Jets, Byrd should continue to start opposite Meyers against New York's vulnerable secondary.
Byrd caught one of his two targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 33-6 loss to the 49ers.
Analysis: Byrd's 48 (of a possible) 52 snaps on offense were tops among the Patriots' wide receivers, but the team's Week 7 passing attack fell flat for the second game in a row, with a corresponding drop in production the result for Byrd. His steady role in New England's offense gives him a chance to help out in PPR formats, but it's hard to get fired up about his fantasy prospects until things start clicking again for QB Cam Newton, who struggled Sunday before being pulled early in the fourth quarter.
Byrd hauled in three of his four targets for 38 yards in Sunday's 18-12 loss to the Broncos.
Analysis: Byrd led the Patriots' Week 6 wide receiver corps in playing time (55 of a possible 57 snaps on offense), catches and yards, but that was in the context of a game in which QB Cam Newton only recorded 157 passing yards. Five contests into the 2020 season, Byrd's steady role in New England's offense has given him modest utility in PPR formats, with the 27-year-old having logged a 17/217/0 stat line in that span.
Byrd and the Patriots won't play the Broncos on Monday after the game was postponed until Week 6 due to a third positive COVID-19 test in the New England organization within the past 10 days, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The Patriots and the Broncos are now tentatively scheduled to play Sunday, Oct. 18 in Week 6, which was originally a scheduled bye week for New England. Denver meanwhile, had been in line to host the Dolphins, but Miami now looks poised to take its bye Week 6.
Byrd secured five of 10 targets for 80 yards in the Patriots' 26-10 loss to the Chiefs on Monday night.
Analysis: The journeyman receiver paced the Patriots pass catchers across the board on the night, even recording a team-high 30-yard reception. Byrd has been busy early in his New England tenure, now sporting a 14-179 line on 22 targets through four contests. With Julian Edelman struggling with drops and N'Keal Harry not yet stepping up consistently, Byrd's fantasy outlook appears to be on solid footing ahead of a Week 5 battle against the Broncos.
Byrd was on the field for 66 of a possible 69 snaps on offense in Sunday's 36-20 win over the Raiders, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Byrd, who out-snapped both Julian Edelman (56) and N'Keal Harry (46) in the game, hauled in all three of his targets for 27 yards, as the Patriots went with a run-heavy game plan in Week 3. Unless the team makes a move to add wideout depth, Byrd figures to continue to see regular snaps, but he profiles as a hit-or-miss fantasy option in an offense that tends change it approach from week to week.
Byrd caught six passes (nine targets) for 72 yards in Sunday's 35-30 loss to Seattle.
Analysis: Byrd remained as a starter opposite N'Keal Harry, logging 85 percent of the team's offensive snaps. The production finally caught up with the playing time after he started Week 1 and had zero receptions. Byrd should continue to see the field for the majority of offensive snaps against the Raiders on Sunday.
Byrd was on the field for 56 of a possible 64 snaps on offense in Sunday's 21-11 win over the Dolphins, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Byrd actually out-snapped both Julian Edelman (37) and N'Keal Harry (51) in Week 1, but he wasn't targeted by QB Cam Newton. Meanwhile, both Edelman and Harry caught five passes in the contest. While zero targets isn't the way into fantasy lineups, if Byrd continues to log heavy snaps, he figures to see added opportunities in games where the Patriots go less run heavy. Against Miami, Newton's carry and completion total (15) were equal, the type of ratio that we're not likely to see much, if at all, going forward.
With the Patriots parting ways with Mohamed Sanu, Byrd is the current favorite to emerge as the team's No. 3 wide receiver behind Julian Edelman and N'Keal Harry, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Analysis: Neither Edelman nor Harry possess blazing speed, and that's one thing Byrd can bring to the table. The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder, who can also return punts, could therefore carve out a role as an outside receiver in the team's offense. Whether that's a context that would include enough volume to merit fantasy consideration remains to be seen, but Byrd -- who logged a 32/359/1 stat line in 11 games with Arizona in 2019 -- is at least worth considering as a deep sleeper in re-draft formats and a potential economical DFS option certain weeks.
With the Patriots' training camp practices underway, Byrd has been "the wideout most consistently flashing, according to Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports Boston.
Analysis: Julian Edelman, N'Keal Harry and Mohamed Sanu currently profile as the Patriots' top three wide receivers, but there's a wide-open competition for the next few slots on the team's depth chart. Byrd, and Jakobi Meyers seems the most likely to stick, while Gunner Olszewski and Matthew Slater bring special-teams utility to the table. Assuming Byrd makes the cut, we wouldn't count on him seeing steady volume in the New England offense, but he does have the wheels to make the occasional big-play splash for the team.
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