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RB Brandon Bolden - New England Patriots

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

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Week 15: at Pittsburgh Steelers

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Patriots' tandem of Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead continues to impress. Since shedding Mike Gillislee from their rotation and scaling back snaps for the one-dimensional James White, the Patriots running game has been among the league's most effective. Lewis has averaged a studly 5.34 yards per rush and 62.3 per game since Week 5; he's running fantastically both inside and out and is a perfectly viable fantasy RB2, especially given his touchdown upside. He's spelled nicely by Burkhead, who's versatile and has chimed in 136 ground yards and 4 touchdowns over the past 3 weeks. These two are a bit reliant upon game flow and tired, trailing defenses - there's not quite enough volume here to project 100-yard games. But given the Patriots' play volume and scoring prowess, there's always RB1 upside for both. The Pittsburgh run defense, elite for most of the season, finds itself in moderate trouble at the moment. They've been worked over by their last 2 opponents, with the soft-running Bengals racking up 130 yards in Week 13 and the Alex Collins-led Ravens posting 152 last Sunday night. The Steelers have spent most of 2017 thoroughly neutralizing the run on a per-game basis - they're still allowing just 102.9 yards, ninth-best in the league - but getting generally gashed per run (4.30, eighth-worst). It seems clearer every week that run-focused teams can blow the Steelers' pass-oriented front seven off the ball with relative ease; we've seen them similarly slaughtered by the Bears and Jaguars earlier in the year. And with top linebacker Ryan Shazier sidelined indefinitely, there's little reason to believe much in this unit. The Patriots' isn't a run-dominant offense, but if they're able to establish any kind of early lead, they can blow the doors off this matchup and escort Dion Lewis to another strong day.

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