What will Matt Nagy be up to in 2019 with Cordarrelle Patterson?
Cordarrelle Patterson has been an NFL enigma.
Even the most plugged in analysts never know what to make out of him from year to year.
When Patterson came into the league with the Minnesota Vikings in 2013, people expected big things. While Patterson hasn’t disappointed as a kick returner, his production on offense have been hit or miss.
Leave it to Bill Belichick to figure out an even better way to utilize Patterson. Patterson spent 2018 with the New England Patriots and Belichick starting using him far more as a running back and lining him all over the field.
Matt Nagy is going to have fun with Patterson as a weapon to utilize in his offense, there’s no doubt about that, but should Patterson be considered to have any fantasy value?
Due to the amount he will be touching the football, the answer to that is still probably not.
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Patterson is best left on the wire and if there is an intriguing defensive matchup during a bye week and you need help at your utility spot, perhaps a flier on Patterson would be worth it.
Patterson, as dangerous as he can be, simply won’t get enough touches during the season to be a viable fantasy threat.
Patterson had a career high 63 touches last season on offense. Even if he builds upon that number, he certainly isn’t going to suddenly have 125 to 150 touches, perhaps he will reach 75.
It’s also possible his touches could drop to 50. That’s the problem with Patterson.
Nagy will build specific plays to utilize Patterson. He proved last year that he’s great at that and is fantastic with personnel packages. Patterson will have a package each week to utilize at given times, but with a crowded backfield of Mike Davis, David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen, plus plenty of receiving threats such as Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller, Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel, there just isn’t going to be space for Patterson to explode.
The Bears will put Patterson in positions to make big plays. They know they won’t always be successful, but the idea will be to give Patterson the ball 4 or 5 times a game in some capacity and hope that every few games, one of those plays results in a massive yardage gain or a touchdown.
If your league counts everything and you get points, not only for return touchdowns but also for return yards, that’s where Patterson could settle in as a WR4 or WR5 for you. But you need return yards for that to even be a consideration. If your league is like most leagues and only counts return TDs, Patterson won’t be worth a fantasy roster spot.
Cordarrelle Patterson 2019 stat projections– 40 carries, 230 yards, 5.8 yards per carry, 1 TD; 25 receptions, 300 yards, 12.0 yards per catch, 2 TDs, 1 return TD