Hot Stove Player of the Week: Malcolm Mitchell (WR – New England Patriots)

For Daily Fantasy Football Managers surveying the charts to find a player bound to procure numbers above projections, we are always working to isolate and identify the best situations where such an event can take shape.

This week we will direct our focus to a former Georgia Bulldog that has become a reliable receiving option for the AFC’s best team, the New England Patriots.

This is of course, wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell.

As we have championed previously, the game changes drastically once the playoffs come around so now the focus shifts to finding the best plays overall in what may be contrarian to public opinion.

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However, Mitchell has the potential to be what we typify as a low-cost, high-flier given the potency of the Patriots offense and given the fact they are going up against a defense that is prone for a let-down even if they have J.J Watt and Jadaveon Clowney in their ranks.

This of course is none other than the Houston Texans.

The bread and butter of the well-oiled Patriots offense has always been their offensive line.

New England has found ways to score points against the most potent of defenses and Houston has had enough hiccups this season to suggest their defense may have taken advantage of a weak AFC South more than they are a stalwart in passing defense.

New England is a very difficult team to beat in Foxboro be that they have an astounding home field advantage. Many players on the personnel are prepared and calibrated to play in the most hostile of environments that can be cultivated in the wintry months in Massachusetts, Houston plays in a climate-controlled dome stadium.

However, this is not a handicap of the game itself but rather an argument for why New England should have their way in this contest. Whether it be a blow out or prolific offensive day, Mitchell will likely see an enhanced role regardless.

The former Georgia Bulldog came in to the fold on the tail end of the 2016-17 regular season as a reliable option for Tom Brady. Mitchell had a streak going for finding the end zone in two consecutive games and there is no reason to suspect here that he may not see more targets as the Texans will likely focus on New England’s primary pass options.

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