RB LeGarrette Blount - New England Patriots
|6-1, 241||Born: 12-5-1986||College: Oregon||Drafted: ---|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Nov 24): Blount did an admirable job against a stout Bills front. It didn't amount to much for fantasy, but at least you can feel assured he'll get 15+ touches every week and he should have more scoring opportunities once the Patriots are past Denver this week.
Week 12: at Denver Broncos
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Last week James White began his Dion Lewis impersonation with 2/14/1 rushing and 2/32/1 receiving to score all the TDs that Patriots' backs scored last week - LeGarrette Blount posted a modest 16/56/0 rushing with 1/5/0 receiving but still had the bulk of hand-offs come his way. As is usual, predicting the Patriots' top back from week to week is maddening to many fantasy owners. The Denver rush D is ranked seventh in the NFL averaging 93.7 yards given up per game, but they have coughed up eight TDs over 10 games played. Over the past four weeks, Denver has allowed an average of 19.4 fantasy points to opposing backs, 10th-most in the NFL. Last week, Chicago posted 25/86/1 rushing against this team - the Chiefs posted 32/106/1 rushing at Denver two games ago. This is a neutral matchup for the visiting Patriots as the partisan crowd will boost the Broncos' defenders this weekend.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 11 vs BUF (16 / 56 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Blount had a tough day at the office, though this was primarily due to the inability of the offensive line to create any holes against a tough Bills defense. Blount was consistently met with contact in the backfield or at the line of scrimmage. In fact, without his long run of 17 yards, Blount's line would have been 15 carries for 39 yards. That long run was a good run to the outside that saw him stiffarm a defender for a good 10 more yards than he should have run for. Other than that, it was a quiet day for Blount and the entire Patriots offense.
2015 Week 10 vs NYG (19 / 66 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Blount had a middling day thanks to tough sledding with his offensive line and the Giants defensive line. He did have some good broken-tackle and run after contact on several occasions, but was also stuffed on a couple goal line tries. He did, however, manage to convert a 1 yard run by diving over a pile of linemen. He also had another touchdown called back due to a hold on the offensive line. Julian Edelman's injury actually impacts Blount, as the Patriots may end up more balanced than ever. Expect at least 15-18 touches per game going forward unless the Patriots get blown out.
2015 Week 9 vs WAS (29 / 129 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount was a featured piece against the Redskins, finding good ground and pounding the Redskins' front seven relentlessly. The offensive line blocked reasonably well given its completely tattered and beat up state, but Blount was able to elude tacklers on several occasions. Blount had several red zone opportunities, and was able to cash in on one of them from 5 yards out with a good hole opened up by the offensive line. Blount may be in line for more carries going forward if Dion Lewis's injury turns out to be significant.
2015 Week 8 vs MIA (17 / 72 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Surprisingly, LeGarrette Blount saw meaningful carries during closer moments of the game, and did well with those carries even though he didn't score. A large part of the reason for this might have been to alleviate the pass rush on Tom Brady, as the Patriots played with a makeshift offensive line. There were no true highlights for Blount, who had a workmanlike day to a T.
2015 Week 7 vs NYJ (3 / -3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Blount was a complete non-factor against the Jets as the Patriots went pure pass-happy throughout the game.
2015 Week 6 vs IND (16 / 93 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 1 rec)
When the Pats play the Colts, you know LeGarrette Blount is probably going to get his. Indeed he did, bowling over defenders in the run game and even scoring his first ever receiving touchdown. Blount's 38 yard touchdown scamper came on a solid pull block from the left guard, allowing Blount to make a cut and go the distance for the score. His receiving touchdown was thanks to Tom Brady's scrambling ability, something we probably wouldn't have said even a few years ago. Still, Blount ran well, though several of his carries came in clock-chewing mode. He will still be highly game-flow dependent going forward, but is a good bet for production when the Patriots are expected to win big.
2015 Week 5 vs DAL (13 / 74 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Once again operating as the closer, Blount's role was fairly game-flow dependent, as he saw the majority of his work in the second half when the Patriots had a double digit lead. He had a good scamper of 34 yards, but beyond that, sledding was tough behind a Patriots offensive line that was getting beat more often than not by the Cowboys front 7.
2015 Week 3 vs JAX (18 / 78 / 3 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
LeGarrette Blount is entrenched in a time share at this point, operating as more of a pounding/closer back rather than the feature back some expected him to be. Luckily for him, Jacksonville was a team the Patriots were able to beat up on, allowing him to run while the Patriots were up big to get his volume. Blount ran well initially, with his first 3 or 4 carries ripping off chunk gains. Once the Jaguars were prepared for his runs, his numbers tailed off a bit. He looks the same as he did during times at 2014, with surprising quickness and power you'd expect from a back of his size. All three of his touchdowns came from the 1 yard line, something that likely won't happen every week.
2015 Week 2 vs BUF (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Partially because of the pass heavy game script, partially because of the talent of Dion Lewis, Blount was simply not a large part of the game against the Bills. It's clear Blount's role will largely depend on opponent and game flow. With aerial games, Blount won't be part of the plan. With ground and pound games, Blount should still have a role with the offense.
Latest NewsPatriots | LeGarrette Blount doesn't do much (Tue Nov 24, 01:44 AM) - New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount carried 16 times for 56 yards in the Week 11 game against the Buffalo Bills Monday, Nov. 23. He also had one catch for five yards. link to story Patriots | LeGarrette Blount leads snap count (Mon Nov 16, 09:27 AM) - New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount played 38 snaps (52% of the offense) Sunday, Nov. 15. RB James White played 28 snaps (38% of the offense) against the New York Giants. Our View: Fantasy owners got the first batch of data about what the Patriots backfield rotation would look like without Dion Lewis in the lineup. We saw a lot of Blount with a small dash of White. Blount is the fantasy asset to trust moving forward. We can't recommend White as anything more than a 'what the heck' flex in deeper leagues until/unless he breaks out.
link to story Patriots | LeGarrette Blount dominates touches (Sun Nov 15, 09:13 PM) - New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount had 19 carries for 66 yards and a touchdown and two catches for 11 yards in a 27-26 win over the New York Giants in Week 10. Our View: Blount had one score wiped off of the board by a holding penalty. He'll be prominently featured with the Patriots passing game losing key pieces two weeks in a row. He might struggle Monday night against the Bills front, but he's at least a flex play.
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