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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.

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 24): Will Jonas Gray split the power back work down the middle with Blount now that his punishment for oversleeping is behind him? Maybe, but Bill Belichick's history with Blount could give the veteran the edge. He's worth an add just to make sure he doesn't fall into enemy hands in the case that the Patriots do stick with him.

Week 13: at Green Bay Packers

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Jonas Gray was late to the Patriots' facility last Friday, and missed practice. Welcome to Bill Belichick's doghouse, Mr. Gray, who finished with zero touches on the football vs. Detroit. In Gray's stead, retread Patriot LeGarrette Blount plowed in two rushing scores with 12/78/2 rushing (he lead the team in rushing last week), while Shane Vereen handled 8/12/0 rushing and 8/48/0 receiving in the third-down/change-of-pace role. We'll see if Gray can work his way back into good graces this week, or if he is now the backup to Blount going forwards. The Packers' rush D is ranked 30th in the NFL averaging 136.7 yards allowed per game, with nine rushing scores handed out over 11 games. Minnesota managed 25/112/0 rushing vs. Green Bay last week - Philadelphia posted 31/109/0 rushing at Lambeau two weeks ago. Though the Packers don't shut down opposing running backs, they have stiffened in the red zone of late. This looks like a good matchup for the visiting Patriots' stable of backs.

Recent Stats and Projections

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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 12 78 2 0 0 0 0 0
13 at GB PROJ-Dodds 11 * * 0 * * *
13 at GB PROJ-Tremblay 9 * * 0 * * *
13 at GB PROJ-Bloom 12 * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

2014 Week 12 vs DET (12 / 78 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The stars aligned for Blount as he was cut by the Steelers, picked up by the Patriots, then Jonas Gray showed up late for practice. As a result, he saw a handful of meaningful carries and two touchdowns, though 7 of those carries came on the game's final drive. If this had been a closer game, we were looking at maybe 6, 7 carries on the day. Both of his touchdowns were short plunges from the goal line which he cashed in on with relative ease. Blount's role will largely be situational, as he won't be much of a factor in pass heavy games, and Jonas Gray may see more touches in the future.

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Latest News

Patriots | Shane Vereen plays 62 snaps (Mon Nov 24, 12:17 PM) - New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen had a team-high 62 snaps in the team's Week 12 win over the Detroit Lions, but RB LeGarrette Blount had 17 snaps and two touchdowns in his team debut, while RB Brandon Bolden had just two snaps.

Our View: Ah, the ever-changing situation in the New England backfield. Jonas Gray's fantasy owners are quite sad over the signing of Blount. It only thins out the touches available on a weekly basis.
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Patriots | LeGarrette Blount back with vengeance (Sun Nov 23, 06:45 PM) - New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount carried 12 times for a team-high 78 yards and two touchdowns in the Week 12 game against the Detroit Lions after re-signing with the team this week.

Our View: Jonas Gray overslept and Blount's career got the wake-up call. You have to presume that Blount is the Patriots power back to own now, even though it's clear Gray is plenty capable. Next week they both go to Lambeau to play the Packers.
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Patriots | Jonas Gray to split carries (Sun Nov 23, 09:13 AM) - New England Patriots RB Jonas Gray will play Sunday, Nov. 23, after being late to practice Friday, Nov. 21. He'll split carries with RB LeGarrette Blount in Week 12.

Our View: Neither is a good play with the Lions very stiff run defense up this week.
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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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Schedule

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