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RB Brandon Bolden - New England Patriots

5-11, 222Born: 1-26-1990College: MississippiDrafted: ---

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Week 20: vs Jacksonville Jaguars

All RB vs JAX

FBG says: Tough matchup. Even with a slew of injuries in the backfield and along the front line, the New England run game looked plenty capable on Divisional Weekend. Dion Lewis led the way with 62 yards on 15 carries, while special teams ace Brandon Bolden chimed in to help the Patriots iced the clock late. Lewis remains the running game's lynchpin, and he's been as consistently productive in the role as just about any Patriot in recent memory, averaging 70.2 rushing yards over his 13 games as the unquestioned starter. He's produced 8 games of 80+ ground yards, averaging 4.98 per carry along the way. His rushing explosiveness has actually been hidden a bit: The Patriots tend to use their short passing game as an extension of the run, so some of Lewis' more successful plays come on short, quick screens and check-downs. They showcase his decisiveness and ability to exploit openings but don't register in his rushing lines. In any event, Lewis is an exceptional low-end fantasy RB1; as usual, the problem here is nailing down the opportunity. The Patriots rotate their backs wildly, and even the hot hand often finds himself watching in key moments. Rex Burkhead, a similar dual-threat talent with red zone chops of his own, has vultured Lewis for much of the year and will likely suit up Sunday. In any event, we know to expect tons of opportunity and touchdown potential from this duo, even if we're not entirely sure how it will split up. Fantasy owners should feel confident about both Lewis and Burkhead, who simultaneously boast the upside, even in this matchup, for 80 scrimmage yards and multiple scores. The Jacksonville run defense has rebounded nicely over the second half of the season and is no longer a fantasy liability at all. In fact, they've grown borderline-prohibitive as a matchup. They opened the year roughly against the run, allowing an eye-popping 145.8 yards over the season's first 5 games. But they've tightened majorly and mostly neutralized the last 5 lead backs they've faced, a list that includes Carlos Hyde (21 carries for 54 yards), Derrick Henry (28 for 51), LeSean McCoy (19 for 75), and LeVeon Bell (16 for 67). (Actually, they've shut down Bell twice on the year.) Boasting a crowd-controlling front line that features Defensive Player of the Year frontrunner Calais Campbell and ex-Bill acquisition Marcell Dareus, they're adept at marshaling run lanes and redirecting ballcarriers to their linebackers. There are still vulnerabilities here, though. Middle linebacker Myles Jack is still finding his legs as a run defender - he's been far more valuable against the pass thus far - and remains attackable. But on the whole, this is no longer an easy unit to run against in a vacuum, and Dion Lewis will likely find himself relying more than usual on the Patriots' spread scheme to create room.

Recent Stats and Projections

16 vs BUF 5 2 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
17 vs NYJ 34 9 46 0 4 1 7 0 0 5.3
19 vs TEN 6 4 27 1 0 0 0 0 0 8.7
20 vs JAX PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 17 vs NYJ (9 / 46 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Bolden served as Dion Lewis' back-up and spelled Lewis throughout the game. Bolden ripped off a few big runs, including a 20-yarder on an inside run.


Latest News

Patriots | Brandon Bolden vultures touchdown (Sun Jan 14, 12:55 AM) - New England Patriots RB Brandon Bolden rushed four times for 27 yards and a touchdown in a 35-14 win over the Tennessee Titans Saturday, Jan. 13.

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