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RB Rex Burkhead - New England Patriots

5-10, 214Born: 7-2-1990College: NebraskaDrafted: Round 6, pick 190 (2013)

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Burkhead was injured in practice on Wednesday, August 9 and missed the preseason opener, and hasn't returned to practice

Summary

Coming off what can only be termed a disappointing 2017, Burkhead was brought back and given another chance to capture the early down role for the Patriots. Last season he saw a fair amount of red zone snaps between weeks 10 and 15 but he barely saw the field when he returned for the playoffs. He may still have been dealing with the aftermath of his knee injury, or he might just have fallen out of favor, which isn't anything new for Patriot backs. There's room for success for him though, if he can stay healthy and perform. Per Sigmund Bloom's AFC East Backfield study from May 18, "the Patriots were sixth in running back carries and fourth in running back rushing yards, even though their leading rusher had only 180 carries." Bloom also pointed out that New England was fifth in running back yards per carry average and had 16 rushing touchdowns. That bodes well for a Burkhead resurgence, as does the fact that the Patriots continue to target backs in the passing game. Burkhead is tracking as an RB4 so far, and that makes sense given his health issues last year and first round rookie Sony Michel. But he has the upside to be a lot more. (June 1)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 34, 21, 22, 23, 26, 28, 29, 29, 33, 40, 40, 50, 55
Overall Redraft - 72, 52, 53, 55
RB Redraft PPR - 31, 16, 18, 21, 26, 27, 28, 28, 31, 32, 34, 36, 40, 42, 55
Overall Redraft PPR - 62, 43, 43, 48, 53, 56
RB Dynasty - 40, 30, 32, 35, 37, 38, 44, 51, 59
Overall Dynasty - 102, 66

Stats and Projections

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2015 CIN 16 4 4 0 15 10 94 1 1
2016 CIN 16 74 344 2 20 17 145 0 1
2017 NE 10 64 264 5 36 30 254 3
2018 PROJ-Dodds 14.4 136.0 * * 36.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Henry 14.5 130.0 * * 45.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Wood 16.0 145.0 * * 38.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 71.0 * * 34.4 * * *

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Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Rex Burkhead's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Average Draft Position

Overall: 76
RB: 33
Overall-PPR: 70
RB-PPR: 29

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Latest News

Patriots | Rex Burkhead out of practice (Mon Aug 13, 11:54 AM) - New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (undisclosed) is out of practice Monday, Aug. 13.

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Patriots | Rex Burkhead might be nicked up (Wed Aug 8, 05:51 PM) - New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (undisclosed) headed to the team's lower field at practice Wednesday, Aug. 8, a field usually reserved for those rehabbing injuries.

Our View: Burkhead is in line to be the lead back for the Patriots in 2018. He'll work in a RBBC just like most all Patriots backs do, but his role should have the most fantasy value. Burkhead currently has an ADP of RB29 (6.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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Patriots | Rex Burkhead working as returner (Sun Aug 5, 07:02 PM) - New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead has been working out as a punt returner during early part of training camp. Burkhead has not returned a punt since college.

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Patriots | New England releases first depth chart (Sun Aug 5, 03:46 PM) - New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead appeared ahead of Sony Michel on the team's first depth chart release Sunday, Aug. 5.

Our View: Michel isn't going to play much, if at all this preseason, which could make it hard for him to have an early season impact. Look for Burkhead's ADP to jump into the fourth or fifth round very soon.
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2018 Schedule

1vs Houston Texans
2@ Jacksonville Jaguars
3@ Detroit Lions
4vs Miami Dolphins
5vs Indianapolis Colts
6vs Kansas City Chiefs
7@ Chicago Bears
8@ Buffalo Bills
9vs Green Bay Packers
10@ Tennessee Titans
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ New York Jets
13vs Minnesota Vikings
14@ Miami Dolphins
15@ Pittsburgh Steelers
16vs Buffalo Bills
17vs New York Jets