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RB Rex Burkhead - New England Patriots

5-10, 214Born: 7-2-1990College: NebraskaDrafted: Round 6

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Burkhead didn't do much in the matchup with the Raiders, but the game was a laugher and the Patriots offense was too efficient for him to get a large opportunity. He's still talented and versatile in a great offense and worth keeping.

Week 12: vs Miami Dolphins

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FBG says: Good matchup. Dion Lewis impressed again in Week 11, tallying 60 yards on 10 carries. With Mike Gillislee out of the team's plans, he's now the clear lead back and on a fairly hot stretch, averaging 4.86 and 56.7 per game over the Patriots' last 6. We can never be totally sure about Josh McDaniels' backfield rotation, but at the moment, Lewis appears to be the only cemented part of it; Rex Burkhead and James White are little more than complementary runners. The issue comes with Lewis' usage in this Tom Brady-centered offense: he doesn't see much volume nor many goal line carries, so he relies on massive per-touch efficiency for his fantasy value. It's not shrewd to project him beyond 60-65 ground yards, even in the tastiest of matchups, and he's rarely more than a flex play in fantasy. Still, any prominent player in this Patriots offense is a weekly threat to chew up garbage time and find the end zone, so that value appears locked-in. The Dolphins run defense returned to its suffocating early-season ways last week, but it's hard to read much into it. They faced the Buccaneers rushing "attack," headlined by the wildly ineffective Doug Martin and easily one of the league's weakest units. And over the previous few weeks, Miami had been simply atrocious in terms of addressing the run, allowing 174 yards to the Ravens in Week 8 and 294 to the Panthers in Week 10. The team released wheezing, aging linebacker Rey Maualuga this week after an arrest, and the rest of the front seven remains exceptionally hit-or-miss against the run. The team boasts fine tackling safeties, but their impact typically isn't felt until the ball is already downfield. This unit isn't a dumpster fire, but it's growing more and more targetable as the season wears on.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
8 vs LAC 27 4 15 0 7 7 68 0 0 8.3
10 at DEN 36 10 36 0 3 3 27 1 0 12.3
11 at OAK 19 5 16 0 6 4 21 0 0 2.7
12 vs MIA PROJ-Dodds * 8 * * 3 * * * *
12 vs MIA PROJ-Tremblay * 8 * * 4 * * * *
12 vs MIA PROJ-Bloom * 8 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs OAK (5 / 16 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 21 / 0 rec)

Rex Burkhead worked as the second option behind Dion Lewis. Burkhead fumbled in the first quarter, but luckily, the ball was recovered by Dwayne Allen. Burkhead sat out a series before re-emerging in his normal pass catching role. Burkhead had a few carries between the tackles, but was quickly bottled up. As a receiver, he made two tough grabs--one of which went for 10 yards.

2017 Week 10 vs DEN (10 / 36 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 27 / 1 rec)

Burkhead played a featured role throughout the game in Week 10, displaying his versatility above all else. He caught a few passes, including one on a slant route for a 14 yard touchdown. He carried the ball with some success. Most importantly, he blocked a punt that set the Patriots up for a score. Now that he's healthy, Burkhead will clearly have a role with the team.

2017 Week 8 vs LAC (4 / 15 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 68 / 0 rec)

Back from injury, Burkhead's primary contributions came in the passing game, as he played entire series at times, highlighting his versatility. He had a big YAC gainer called back due to a penalty, but he displayed nice effort on the play shedding two tacklers. His role may be uncertain on a weekly basis, however.

2017 Week 7 vs ATL (6 / 31 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Burkhead saw a handful of carries after being shelved for a few weeks with injury, but with the 4 man backfield rotation, it may be tough for him to carve out a huge role.

2017 Week 2 vs NO (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 41 / 1 rec)

Burkhead did score a touchdown on a lob pass from 19 yards out, but perhaps the bigger note from this game was that he left with an injury early in the game. At this time, it's unsure what the injury is, but it's worth monitoring, as Burkhead had 5 touches in the early going. If he is healthy, the touches may be there if Patriots receivers are still dealing with injuries.

2017 Week 1 vs KC (3 / 15 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Though he was hyped coming into the game, Burkhead only played 10 of 81 snaps for the Patriots offense. The semi-good news is that he was targeted or touched the ball on 6 of those snaps, including one end zone target. Even though this backfield will likely be fluid, Burkhead's role seems minimal right now.

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Patriots | Rex Burkhead busy in Week 10 (Mon Nov 13, 08:21 AM) - New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead rushed 10 times for 36 yards and caught three passes for 27 yards and a touchdown in Week 10 against the Oakland Raiders.

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Schedule

12vs Miami Dolphins
13@ Buffalo Bills
14@ Miami Dolphins
15@ Pittsburgh Steelers
16vs Buffalo Bills
17vs New York Jets