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RB LeGarrette Blount - New England Patriots

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

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Blount is taking over kickoff returns after Dri Archer underperformed the first half of the season.

Week 12: vs Detroit Lions

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. The New England rush offense was jolted by Jonas Gray last week - he posted a ridiculous 37/201/4 against the hapless Indianapolis rush D, helping the Patriots to a huge 44/246/4 rushing on the day - Shane Vereen had just one carry for 18 yards during the Gray Show, but added 4/59/0 receiving for his fantasy owners' solace. The Patriots have found their next 'big back' to pound away at opposing defenses. The Lions' rush D is no pushover, though, averaging just 68.8 rushing yards allowed per game this year (#1 in the NFL) and with only four rushing scores given out to date (tied for second-least rushing TDs allowed this year). Arizona had 26/46/0 rushing vs. Detroit last week, while Miami managed 19/50/0 on the ground two games back. Detroit has a shut-down rush D going strong entering the stretch run into the playoffs - this is a tough matchup for Gray and Vereen despite last weeks' explosion at Indianapolis.

Recent Stats and Projections

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8 vs IND 6 21 0 2 2 11 0 1
9 vs BAL 10 23 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 at NYJ 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 at TEN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 vs DET PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs BAL (10 / 23 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

LeGarrette Blount carried the ball a season-high 10 times against the Ravens. Blount, however, was stymied at the line of scrimmage by a Ravens' front seven that allowed only 2.2 yards per carry on the game; Blount's running back partner, Le'Veon Bell, experienced similar poor rushing output in this game. Blount did receive the Steelers' only rushing attempts inside the 10-yard line, indicating that he is still their goalline back moving forward.

2014 Week 10 vs NYJ (5 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Blount tied his season-low for offensive snaps played (6), but did manage to get 2 key goalline carries in the fourth quarter; on those efforts, Blount was unsuccessful against the Jets' solid defensive front, losing a total of 8 yards. Blount finished the day with 5 carries for no net gain and only has fantasy value in touchdown-only leagues and as a handcuff for Le'Veon Bell.

2014 Week 11 vs TEN (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

LeGarrette Blount is progressively being phased out of the Steelers' offense. After averaging ~ 14 offensive snaps over the first nine games, Blount has received 6 and 1 snap(s) over the past two games, respectively. He did not touch the ball in this game and his fantasy value moving forward is completely contingent on a Le'Veon Bell injury.

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Latest News

Patriots | LeGarrette Blount won't unseat Jonas Gray (Fri Nov 21, 10:23 AM) - New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount was not signed by the team to replace RB Jonas Gray as the between-the-tackles runner. Blount's presence gives the team another tough inside runner in the potentially poor-weather weeks ahead.

Our View: Hopefully you didn't drop Gray on the news of Blount's signing. Blount could have value if Gray goes down, but Gray is still the primary power back.
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Patriots | LeGarrette Blount signs (Thu Nov 20, 08:27 AM) - The New England Patriots signed free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount (Steelers) to a two-year deal for the veteran's minimum plus incentives Thursday, Nov. 20.

Our View: This is likely to cap Jonas Gray's ceiling although to be honest, he's not hitting 30-plus carries again any time soon anyway. Shane Vereen is still is still the better play, although that just means a high-end RB3. Gray is really just an RB4 with some upside, and a player fantasy owners should consider against weak run defenses.
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NFL | LeGarrette Blount clears waivers (Wed Nov 19, 09:22 PM) - Free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount (Steelers) went unclaimed on waivers Wednesday, Nov. 19, and is now an unrestricted free agent available to sign with any club.

Our View: We're not surprised by this. Blount is a bit of a malcontent who had soured relationships with his teammates in Pittsburgh. We can see someone adding him before the end of the season, but nobody was hot and heavy to pick him up via waivers.
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Dolphins | LeGarrette Blount not option for MIA yet (Wed Nov 19, 12:17 PM) - Free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount (Steelers) likely will not be claimed by the Miami Dolphins, but the team is not ruling out the possibility of signing him later in the season or in the offseason.

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Jaguars | No interest in two RBs (Wed Nov 19, 09:05 AM) - Free-agent RBs Ben Tate (Browns) and LeGarrette Blount (Steelers) spark no interest from the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Our View: The Jaguars have found a lead back in Denard Robinson. He has done a great job this year as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. Toby Gerhart is a good reserve back behind Robinson, so there's no need for the team to have any interest in either Blount or Tate.
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Schedule

12vs Detroit Lions
13@ Green Bay Packers
14@ San Diego Chargers
15vs Miami Dolphins
16@ New York Jets
17vs Buffalo Bills