Fantasy football implications of Patriots injuries on defense

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Sep 12, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots outside linebacker Jerod Mayo (51) during the fourth quarter against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium. The New England Patriots won 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports


The New England Patriots will likely be without Pro Bowl linebacker Jerod Mayo for the remainder of the season after he suffered a torn pectoral muscle during Sunday’s miraculous over the New Orleans Saints, and while he is a defensive player, this will have a significant impact in the fantasy football world.

The biggest impact is in IDP, or individual defensive player leagues. Coming into the 2013 NFL season, Mayo was ranked as one of the highest defensive players after racking up 147 tackles, three sacks and four forced fumbles. It’s a tough loss for anyone who owned him, but could be good news for other Pats linebackers and their production going forward.

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