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RB LeGarrette Blount - New England Patriots

6-1, 241Born: 12-5-1986College: OregonDrafted: ---

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Week 14: vs Baltimore Ravens

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. LeGarrette Blount remains the lead back for New England (18/88/1 rushing last weekend, 4.8 yards per carry) while Dion Lewis (5/27/0 rushing with five targets for 4/11/0 receiving) and James White (3/17/0 rushing with five targets for 4/18/0 receiving) continue to split the 'other' work from week to week. Over the last three weeks, White has seen the most targets, with 19 for 14/102/1 receiving (3/17/0 rushing), while Lewis has handled 16 for 11/70/0 (16/75/0 rushing). In short, Blount is the lead back, with Lewis in a change-of-pace role in both phases of the game, and White is mostly a receiving option. The Ravens' rush defense limited Jay Ajayi and the Dolphins to 16/62/0 rushing last week, after giving up 20/64/0 to the Bengals two weeks ago. They are tied for least rushing scores allowed in the NFL with just four given out, and are first in the NFL averaging 73.8 rushing yards allowed per game. From Week 10 to Week 13 of regular season (the last four weeks, but includes 10 teams on byes during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Baltimore averages 11.5 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (least in the NFL). This is a tough matchup for the Patriots, even though they have a multi-faceted rushing attack.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 vs SEA 37 21 69 3 0 0 0 0 0 24.9
11 at SF 34 19 124 0 0 0 0 0 0 12.4
12 at NYJ 27 11 67 0 1 0 0 0 0 6.7
13 vs LA 36 18 88 1 0 0 0 0 0 14.8
14 vs BAL PROJ-Dodds * 17 * * 0 * * * *
14 vs BAL PROJ-Tremblay * 17 * * 0 * * * *
14 vs BAL PROJ-Bloom * 13 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 13 vs LA (18 / 88 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Blount ran well against the Rams, particularly on his long touchdown run which actually came on 4th down. The interior was often sealed up due to Rams safeties playing downhill, which meant Blount was able to bounce a few key runs outside due to a lack of edge contain. This was the case on his touchdown, which was bounced to the outside for a long score. Expect Blount to share the backfield going forward, but he's still the guy who will see the most true rushes.

2016 Week 12 vs NYJ (11 / 67 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Though he had two nice chunk runs, the Patriots game plan called for a lot of passing the ball and not much running. Blount also had to contend with Dion Lewis working his way back into the mix. One of Blount's long runs saw him reverse field to the left after initially running right, completely going behind the offensive line. It meant Tom Brady ended up out front as a blocker, which likely terrified the collective Patriots fan base. Blount's workload will be up and down depending on game flow and Lewis's health going forward.

2016 Week 11 vs SF (19 / 124 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

As expected, the volume was there for Blount as the Patriots were heavy road favorites in San Francisco with wet conditions. However, a long touchdown run was called back by a holding penalty leaving his box score without a needed touchdown and surpassing 150 yards. His day was largely built on two long runs, which did count, once finding a wide open cutback lane for more than 40 yards and another perimeter jaunt. There was a concerted effort to integrate Dion Lewis back into the offense. Along with James White, Blount's snap count will be a critical watch, regardless of game script, going forward.

2016 Week 10 vs SEA (21 / 69 / 3 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Though there wasn't much running room on the day, Blount was still able to find paydirt three times thanks to some fortuitous plays prior. Two of his touchdowns were of the 1 yard variety, and fairly nondescript at that. His 13 yard touchdown was a run outside left tackle that had good tight end blocking, and frankly a fairly direct route to the goal line, as a couple defenders took bad angles. Beyond the touchdowns, the Seahawks defense held stout, and Blount was held in check for much of the day.

2016 Week 8 vs BUF (18 / 43 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Ceding way to the passing game, Blount was largely bottled up, and salvaged his day with a 1 yard plunge. Beyond that, there weren't any big plays to speak of, as his lines will vary week to week based on game plan.

2016 Week 7 vs PIT (24 / 127 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

LeGarrette Blount was a man against the Steelers, toting the rock for 127 yards and acting as the focal point of the offense. Game script called for a heavy dose of runs, and Blount and the offensive line created a good north-south run game that helped with the win. Both of Blount's touchdowns were of the short variety one was a straight run behind the left side of the line, and one was a bounce outside for a score. Blount had no blemishes on the day to speak of, and continues to be a top running back in the league.

2016 Week 6 vs CIN (13 / 50 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

The Bengals defense played the run fairly well, but Blount did manage a couple good runs and a score. He was also involved in some dustups with the Bengals and was called for a 15 yard penalty. Blount's touchdown run came with the game out of hand, and it salvaged his fantasy day. Otherwise, the passing game did most of the lifting, with Tom Brady passing for 376 yards on 35 attempts. Without many huge holes to run through and the Bengals keying on him well, it was a fairly ordinary day for Blount.

2016 Week 5 vs CLE (18 / 37 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Surprisingly, Blount was stonewalled most of the day by the Browns run defense, including a few 1 yard potential touchdowns that weren't converted. His lone score of the day was a 1 yard run that was bounced to the outside after getting stuffed at the initial point of attack. Game script called for more passing than rushing while the game was close, and Blount will no longer be the focal point of the offense with Tom Brady back and dealing.

2016 Week 4 vs BUF (13 / 54 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 4 / 0 rec)

The Patriots would have liked Blount to get more than 13 carries, but being down two scores for much of the game dictated game flow in such a way that Blount barely got anything going. He was stymied on many of his runs, and taking away his long gain of 16 yards, he had 12 rushes for 38 yards, which is barely over 3 yards per carry. There wasn't much to take away from his performance, and he should be fine with Tom Brady back under center.

2016 Week 3 vs HOU (24 / 105 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Blount was called upon to carry an offense starting a rookie quarterback. In the first half, he was totally bottled up, rushing for less than 2 yards per carry. The second half was a totally different ballgame, as he busted loose for numerous chunk gains and a long touchdown run. His first score was a short score from the 1 yard line that had him barely cross the plane. His second was the exact opposite of that a long run with a great hole opened up. For a big back, Blount has a surprisingly fast top speed, and he simply outran defenders after shedding a tackle. Blount has held up extremely well through the first 3 weeks of the season, and should once again be the focal point of the offense in Week 4 provided Brissett starts again.

2016 Week 2 vs MIA (29 / 123 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

It was a tale of two games for Blount. The first half barely saw any touches, as Jimmy Garoppolo was completely dismantling the Dolphins. Then, Jimmy G got hurt, and the team rode Blount to the tune of 29 total carries. Blount ran fairly well considering the Dolphins knew exactly what was coming, and turned a couple runs into chunk gains that very well could have been stopped for a couple yards. His highlight play was a hurdle of a defender, something Blount seemingly does once every other week. He also hit paydirt on an easy draw that saw him nearly untouched from 9 yards out. Going forward, assuming Brissett starts a game or two, Blount should be heavily involved.

2016 Week 1 vs ARI (22 / 70 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Blount had tough sledding on the day, as the Arizona run defense absolutely dominated the Patriots offensive line on running plays. Many of Blount's runs went for 0 or 1 yards, and his only positive runs were the ones he bounced to the outside. His touchdown was a great one, as he carried several defenders who were nearly riding him piggyback-style into the endzone. However, he also committed a terrible fumble that Arizona converted into a touchdown, but was back in the game on the very next drive. Blount's lines will be very game flow dependent as the season goes on.


Latest News

Patriots | Baltimore ready for LeGarrette Blount (Sat Dec 10, 09:23 PM) - New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount faces the Baltimore Ravens in Week 14, and LB C.J. Mosley said the Ravens are ready to 'gang-tackle' Blount.

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Patriots | LeGarrette Blount finds end zone again (Sun Dec 4, 07:15 PM) - New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount rushed 18 times for 88 yards and a touchdown in the Week 13 game against the Los Angeles Rams. He was not targeted in the pass game.

Our View: Blount had a long touchdown early in this one and that was enough to make his fantasy owners happy. He has a tough matchup against the Ravens next week but should still be worth an RB2 start.
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Patriots | Three Patriots RBs split snaps evenly (Mon Nov 28, 07:22 PM) - New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount received 27 snaps during the team's Week 12 game, while RB James White received 26 snaps and RB Dion Lewis received 23 snaps. The Patriots ran three plays with White and Lewis on the field at the same time.

Our View: Fantasy owners are going to have a level of frustration when it comes to predicting the Pats backfield on a weekly basis. The Jets are tough to run against, so the Patriots got creative with their running backs. Against softer run defenses, it could be a better day for Blount. At this time, it seems like White and Lewis are going to continue splitting time as receiving or change-of-pace backs.
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Patriots | LeGarrette Blount so-so in win (Mon Nov 28, 01:57 AM) - New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount rushed 11 times for 67 yards in the Week 12 game against the New York Jets. He was targeted once but did not record a reception.

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