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RB Mike Gillislee - New England Patriots

5-11, 208Born: 11-1-1990College: FloridaDrafted: Round 5

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Don't expect Gillislee to reproduce LeGarrette Blount's 18 touchdown 2016 campaign for New England, but do expect him to lead a high-scoring offense in rushing touchdowns. You don't have to time the starts in a best ball league, so Gillislee makes a lot of sense in the 7th/8th round as part of an approach that ignores running back early.

Summary

While Mike Gillislee is slated to take over LeGarrette Blount's 'big back' role in the offense, he's not remotely the same back. He gives two inches and 33 pounds to Blount, and does not run with the same violence as Blount does either. That said, as of now, Gillislee is going to see the early-down and short yardage work, and if he gets the majority of Blount's carries from 2016, that's a significant amount of work assuming the number of carries continues. There's no sure bet it will, as the backfield is healthier than 2016 was and the team may decide to take it easier on the slightly smaller back. Gillislee may have had a 5.7 yards per carry in 2016, but that was on 101 runs , while Blount carried the ball 299 times. Gillislee wearing down is a real concern. (May 22)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 32, 21, 22, 24, 26, 26, 27, 28, 30, 30, 33, 34, 37, 39, 39, 40, 40, 40, 43, 45
Overall Redraft - 76, 44, 49, 55, 57
RB Redraft PPR - 36, 21, 25, 28, 28, 30, 31, 33, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38, 39, 39, 40, 40, 43, 45, 46, 46
Overall Redraft PPR - 87, 44
RB Dynasty - 33, 20, 30, 32, 32, 45, 48
Overall Dynasty - 83, 46

Stats and Projections

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2015 BUF 5 47 267 3 7 6 29 0 1
2016 BUF 15 101 576 8 11 9 50 1
2017 PROJ-Dodds 16 124 * * 7 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 145 * * 15 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 160 * * 7 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 143 * * 10 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 66
RB: 26
Overall-PPR: 73
RB-PPR: 27

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Latest News

Patriots | Mike Gillislee expected to sit out (Sat Aug 19, 02:57 PM) - New England Patriots RB Mike Gillislee (hamstring) is not expected to play in the preseason game against the Houston Texans Saturday, Aug. 19.

Our View: Gillislee is set to be the starting RB for the Patriots this year, but they will use a RBBC. He needs to get healthy with the largest opportunity of his career coming up in 2017. The Patriots are going to run the ball more than some think, and Gillislee could get 150 carries this season. Consider him a RB3 in fantasy leagues.
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Patriots | Mike Gillislee remains sidelined (Wed Aug 16, 06:43 PM) - New York England RB Mike Gillislee (hamstring) did not travel with the team for their joint practices with the Houston Texans.

Our View: Gilislee is supposed to be the lead back for the Patriots since LeGarrette Blount is with the Eagles. He's going to be splitting time with guys like James White and Dion Lewis.
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Patriots | Dion Lewis, James White listed on first-team (Wed Aug 9, 02:20 PM) - New England Patriots RBs Dion Lewis and James White are ahead of Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee on the team's unofficial depth chart.

Our View: Lewis was considered possibly in danger of losing his roster spot, but his explosiveness is reportedly back and he'll have a role in this backfield.
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Patriots | Mike Gillislee sidelined (Wed Aug 9, 01:58 PM) - New England Patriots RB Mike Gillislee (hamstring) has been 'locked onto the conditioning field for the past few days,' according to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe. Gillislee also reportedly dealt with a similar issue during OTAs.

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2017 Schedule

1vs Kansas City Chiefs
2@ New Orleans Saints
3vs Houston Texans
4vs Carolina Panthers
5@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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