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RB Brandon Bolden - New England Patriots

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

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Week 7: vs Atlanta Falcons

All RB vs ATL

FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Patriots continue to manufacture a running game with spare parts. Mike Gillislee has a tenuous grip on the lead runner role; he's been largely ineffective, with just 3.67 yards per carry and a season high of just 69 yards. The team uses Gillislee mostly to run between the tackles, so it's not particularly fair to judge him by yards per rush. Still, he looks devoid of dynamism - his longest run thus far was just 16 yards - and has settled in as a specialty back, nothing more. The team tends to find more success when it features Dion Lewis, who's averaging 5.03 yards across 30 rushes, or passing down back James White. In any event, this is a generally low-impact running game for fantasy purposes - though we should never downplay the massive touchdown potential for Patriots backs. It's what keeps Gillislee relevant and Lewis somewhat intriguing. The Falcons run defense is looking very mediocre, especially after Jay Ajayi's Week 6 performance. It was especially discouraging to see the Falcons allow Ajayi to rattle off 42 fourth-quarter yards after Miami center Mike Pouncey was lost to a concussion. The middle of the Falcons defensive line, anchored by tackles Dontari Poe and Grady Jackson, is generally stout but wildly inconsistent. As a result, the team's athletic linebackers are constantly fighting through blocks to make plays, and solid creases keep developing. This isn't explicitly a unit to target with opposing runners, but it's one that can be worked over mercilessly by strong running games.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
3 vs HOU 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 vs CAR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 at TB 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 at NYJ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 vs ATL PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *

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Schedule

7vs Atlanta Falcons
8vs Los Angeles Chargers
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Denver Broncos
11@ Oakland Raiders
12vs Miami Dolphins
13@ Buffalo Bills
14@ Miami Dolphins
15@ Pittsburgh Steelers
16vs Buffalo Bills
17vs New York Jets