RB Rex Burkhead - New England Patriots

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

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Week 14: vs Kansas City Chiefs

All RB vs KC

FBG says: Great matchup. For the third time in four games, the Patriots have gone away from the running game and Sony Michel in particular as he now has 10 carries or less in three of his last four contests. What is interesting about this is that the Patriots did not abandon the running game as their running backs ran the ball a total of 27 times last week it was just that James White had 14 of those carries which was the first time that White has had double-digit carries in a game in over a year. While this could be game script dependent as the Patriots fell behind early, it does mark a shift that the Patriots are ultimately looking for playmakers to step up in this offense. The Chiefs rushing defense has been a problem all season. Even in a game that they won 40-7 last week, they allowed Josh Jacobs to rack up 104 yards which was the seventh time that a running back has rushed for 99 yards or more on the season. The issue for the Chiefs is that they are a team designed to stop the pass as they have one of the worst run-stopping front sevens in football as linebackers Anthony Hitchens and Damien Wilson have both struggled with gap discipline and the defensive ends in Frank Clark and Tanoh Kpassagnon specialize in the pass rush. This is a team that on the year has allowed the second-highest yards-per-carry to running backs at 5.1.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
11 at PHI 21 5 14 0 3 2.0 34 0 0 4.8
12 vs DAL 15 2 3 0 5 2.0 14 0 0 1.7
13 at HOU 4 3 15 0 1 0.0 0 0 0 1.5
14 vs KC PROJ-Dodds * 4 * * 1.8 * * * *
14 vs KC PROJ-Tremblay * 3 * * 2.2 * * * *
14 vs KC PROJ-Bloom * 3 * * 1.0 * * * *

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.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 9 vs BAL (4 / 18 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

Burkhead played a bit role even with the Patriots playing from behind, but wasn't able to do anything with his limited touches. He remains a 4-8 touch player for now.

2019 Week 3 vs NYJ (11 / 47 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 22 / 0 rec)

With James White out on paternity leave and Sony Michel struggling, the backfield was the Rex Burkhead show. While all his catches were pure dumpoffs, he did get some traction on the ground, including a short touchdown. James White will obviously eat into his passing game touches going forward, but if Sony Michel continues to struggle and the Pats keep Damien Harris on ice, Burkhead could easily have a 10 touch floor in most games.

2019 Week 2 vs MIA (5 / 21 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 47 / 0 rec)

Similar to James White, Burkhead's role is going to be highly volatile as long as other RBs and WRs are healthy. He can do it all, but isn't the main option in the running or passing game, so a handful of touches per game will be the norm.

2019 Week 1 vs PIT (8 / 44 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 41 / 0 rec)

Surprisingly, Rex Burkhead was active, playing a healthy complement of snaps and logging 13 touches after being hurt most of last year. He played in 2 RB sets with James White, as well as some single RB sets in both the pass and run game. It's very clear the Patriots value his versatility, and he'll have a role health permitting.

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Schedule

14vs Kansas City Chiefs
15@ Cincinnati Bengals
16vs Buffalo Bills
17vs Miami Dolphins