|Team:||New England Patriots|
|Ht / Wt:||6'6" / 250 lb.|
|Born:||September 21, 1992|
|Drafted:||2015 / UDFA|
LaCosse has opted out of the 2020 NFL season, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: LaCosse thus becomes the eighth player on the Patriots to opt out of the 2020 campaign due to COVID-19 concerns. Now that he's unavailable, the members of the team's tight end corps are Devin Asiasi, Dalton Keene, Ryan Izzo and Jake Burt.
LaCosse's depth chart standing will be challenged by rookie tight ends Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene, Adam London of NESN.com reports.
Analysis: Moreover, London suggests that either LaCosse or Ryan Izzo may not stick with the team in the wake the Patriots doubling-down on Asiasi and Keene in Round 3 of this past week's NFL Draft. In his first season with New England, LaCosse caught just 13 passes for 131 yards with one TD in 11 games and it's possible that he could be the odd man out, considering Izzo's utility as a blocker. Either way, between the added competition for targets and a looming transition at QB, LaCosse is off the fantasy radar as the 2020 season approaches.
LaCosse finished the 2019 regular season with 13 catches (on 19 targets) for 131 yards and a TD in 11 games.
Analysis: With Rob Gronkowski no longer in the mix, LaCosse, Ben Watson and Ryan Izzo handled the Patriots' tight end duties in 2019. Neither of the trio came close to approaching fantasy relevance and we'd expect some sort of makeover at the position this offseason, with Watson a candidate to retire. Meanwhile, LaCosse -- who was hampered at times this past season by ankle and knee issues -- is under contract with New England through 2020, but Jeff Howe of the Athletic notes that if LaCosse doesn't make the team next season, the Patriots can save $1.4 million against their salary cap. If he does stick around in 2020 and can stay healthy, LaCosse should be able produce more, but with moving parts at both his position and also at QB, it's too early to assign him an accurate projection.
LaCosse recorded 46 of a possible 73 snaps on offense in Saturday's 24-17 win over the Bills.
Analysis: LaCosse saw just one target Saturday, but he made it count, turning it into an eight-yard TD. Meanwhile, fellow tight end Ben Watson was on the field for 31 snaps and caught all three of his targets for 15 yards. Neither New England tight end is a reliable fantasy option heading into Week 17.
LaCosse was on the field for 49 of a possible 65 snaps on offense in Sunday's 34-13 win over the Bengals, en route to hauling in all three of his targets for 22 yards.
Analysis: Meanwhile, fellow tight end Ben Watson was on the field for 34 snaps, but wasn't targeted in the contest. At this stage, it looks like LaCosse has overtaken Watson as the Patriots' preferred pass-catching option at his position, but that's not a high-volume role in the team's offense these days.
LaCosse caught two of his four targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: LaCosse was on the field for 54 of a possible 67 snaps on offense in the contest, while fellow tight end Ben Watson logged 32 snaps, en route to catching one of his three targets for seven yards. Neither player profiles as a reliable fantasy option down the stretch.
LaCosse was on the field for 53 of a possible 87 snaps on offense in Sunday's 28-22 loss to the Texans, en route to catching one of his two targets for 24 yards.
Analysis: Meanwhile, fellow tight end Ben Watson was on the field for 47 snaps, hauling in his only target for 23 yards. Neither of New England's top two tight ends are high-percentage fantasy lineup options in the coming weeks.
LaCosse caught his only target for five yards during Sunday's 13-9 win over the Cowboys.
Analysis: LaCosse played 34 snaps (49 percent) on offense. No. 1 tight end Ben Watson, on the other hand, took the field for 49 snaps (70 percent). As long as he remains relegated to a depth role in New England's offense, LaCosse won't warrant much fantasy consideration.
LaCosse caught two of his targets for three yards in Sunday's 17-10 win over the Eagles.
Analysis: In his return to action from an MCL injury that caused him to miss three games, LaCosse logged 21 snaps in the contest. Meanwhile, fellow tight end Ben Watson was on the field for 59 snaps Sunday, en route to catching three of his four targets for 52 yards. As long as Watson stays healthy, LaCosse's fantasy value will be limited.
LaCosse is officially listed as active for Sunday's game against the Eagles.
Analysis: LaCosse has missed the last three games with an MCL sprain, and as evidenced by this news, won't need more time to recover. Now that the Illinois product is finally healthy to make his return to the lineup, he'll resume his role as the No. 2 option at the tight end position behind Ben Watson.
LaCosse (knee) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's match against the Eagles.
Analysis: LaCosse has missed the last three games due to an MCL sprain. He appears to have made some progress in his recovery coming off New England's bye, but his status remains up in the air for Sunday's tilt against the Eagles. Even if LaCosse does manage to take the field Week 11, he won't be worth much fantasy consideration as the No. 2 option behind Ben Watson.
LaCosse (knee) practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday.
Analysis: LaCosse has been on the sideline since Week 6 against the Giants when he suffered an MCL sprain. The tight end worked in a limited fashion last week as well, so he has a chance to play this Sunday against the Eagles. Even if he suits up, his fantasy value is negligible as the Patriots' No. 2 tight end against the Eagles' defense, which has allowed four receptions for 40.4 yards per game to the position.
LaCosse (knee) didn't practice Friday.
Analysis: The same applies to Ryan Izzo (concussion) and if the duo is unable to play Monday night against the Jets, the Patriots' Week 7 tight end corps would feature recently re-signed Ben Watson and newcomer Eric Tomlinson.
LaCosse (knee) isn't participating in Thursday's practice, Andrew Callahan of The Springfield Republican reports.
Analysis: Even with the benefit of an extended break following the Patriots' Week 6 win over the Giants on Thursday Night Football, LaCosse will still have a tough time making it back to practice this week while he works back from an MCL sprain. New England recently re-signed Ben Watson and also brought in former Giant Eric Tomlinson to provide additional depth at tight end, adding further credence to the notion that LaCosse will miss games as a result of his injury.
LaCosse (knee) suffered an MCL sprain during Thursday's win over the Giants, Michael Giardi of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: LaCosse is expected to miss at least the next few weeks due to his injury, which could open the door for the Patriots to re-sign Ben Watson. For the time being, Ryan Izzo is the only healthy tight end on New England's roster.
LaCosse was on the field for 15 of a possible 82 snaps on offense in Thursday's 35-14 win over the Giants.
Analysis: LaCosse was forced out of the game for a spell with a knee injury and subsequently limited, so his status will be worth monitoring leading up to the Patriots' Oct. 21 tilt against the Jets. Given that he's banged up, it wouldn't surprise us if the Patriots looked into securing some added tight end depth in the coming days. Re-signing Ben Watson is among the options the team could consider.
LaCosse was on the field for 73 of a possible 78 snaps on offense in Sunday's 33-7 win over Washington, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: In the process, LaCosse caught one of his four targets for 22 yards. Meanwhile, fellow tight end Ryan Izzo hauled in both of his targets for 39 yards and a TD. With Ben Watson a candidate to return to action in Week 6, LaCosse doesn't offer much fantasy upside in the coming weeks, but his Week 5 snap count does at least indicate that he's past the ankle woes that slowed him earlier this season.
LaCosse was on the field for 12 of a possible 65 snaps on offense in Sunday's 16-10 win over the Bills, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: LaCosse was not targeted in the game and with Ben Watson eligible to return from his suspension in Week 5, there's not a clear path for LaCosse to find himself on the fantasy radar any time soon.
LaCosse (ankle) is officially active for Sunday's road test against Buffalo.
Analysis: LaCosse was only a limited participant for practice leading up to the game, but as evidenced by this news, was given the "all-clear." Expect the Illinois product to slot into his normal role as the starting tight end for the game.
The Patriots have listed LaCosse (ankle) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills.
Analysis: LaCosse was limited at practice throughout the week and is looking like a true game-time decision. He recorded two catches for 33 yards in Week 2, which is the only game he has suited up for this season. If he is again able to go, look for Ryan Izzo to draw the start at tight end.
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