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RB Mike Gillislee - New England Patriots

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

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General News (Wed Jan 17): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 20: vs Jacksonville Jaguars

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Even with a slew of injuries in the backfield and along the front line, the New England run game looked plenty capable on Divisional Weekend. Dion Lewis led the way with 62 yards on 15 carries, while special teams ace Brandon Bolden chimed in to help the Patriots iced the clock late. Lewis remains the running game's lynchpin, and he's been as consistently productive in the role as just about any Patriot in recent memory, averaging 70.2 rushing yards over his 13 games as the unquestioned starter. He's produced 8 games of 80+ ground yards, averaging 4.98 per carry along the way. His rushing explosiveness has actually been hidden a bit: The Patriots tend to use their short passing game as an extension of the run, so some of Lewis' more successful plays come on short, quick screens and check-downs. They showcase his decisiveness and ability to exploit openings but don't register in his rushing lines. In any event, Lewis is an exceptional low-end fantasy RB1; as usual, the problem here is nailing down the opportunity. The Patriots rotate their backs wildly, and even the hot hand often finds himself watching in key moments. Rex Burkhead, a similar dual-threat talent with red zone chops of his own, has vultured Lewis for much of the year and will likely suit up Sunday. In any event, we know to expect tons of opportunity and touchdown potential from this duo, even if we're not entirely sure how it will split up. Fantasy owners should feel confident about both Lewis and Burkhead, who simultaneously boast the upside, even in this matchup, for 80 scrimmage yards and multiple scores. The Jacksonville run defense has rebounded nicely over the second half of the season and is no longer a fantasy liability at all. In fact, they've grown borderline-prohibitive as a matchup. They opened the year roughly against the run, allowing an eye-popping 145.8 yards over the season's first 5 games. But they've tightened majorly and mostly neutralized the last 5 lead backs they've faced, a list that includes Carlos Hyde (21 carries for 54 yards), Derrick Henry (28 for 51), LeSean McCoy (19 for 75), and LeVeon Bell (16 for 67). (Actually, they've shut down Bell twice on the year.) Boasting a crowd-controlling front line that features Defensive Player of the Year frontrunner Calais Campbell and ex-Bill acquisition Marcell Dareus, they're adept at marshaling run lanes and redirecting ballcarriers to their linebackers. There are still vulnerabilities here, though. Middle linebacker Myles Jack is still finding his legs as a run defender - he's been far more valuable against the pass thus far - and remains attackable. But on the whole, this is no longer an easy unit to run against in a vacuum, and Dion Lewis will likely find himself relying more than usual on the Patriots' spread scheme to create room.

Recent Stats and Projections

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16 vs BUF 15 6 28 1 1 1 15 0 0 10.3
20 vs JAX PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *
20 vs JAX PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 16 vs BUF (6 / 28 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)

Gillislee was active for the first time in over a month as the clear second back behind Dion Lewis. Gillislee served as Dion Lewis's backup with Rex Burkhead injured, and was involved to spell Lewis. He converted on a goal line opportunity, and ran hard on his seven touches. Gillislee best showing was a screen pass which he caught and ran for 15 yards.

2017 Week 8 vs LAC (11 / 34 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

With the 4 man committee in tow, Gillislee saw most of his carries in the second half, and once again wasn't involved in the passing game. He remains a clock killer, short yardage, and goal line back at best.

2017 Week 7 vs ATL (8 / 31 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Touchdown dependent as ever, the running back rotation is convoluted enough that Gillislee's role is now goal line and clock killer. As a result, he saw most of his action in the 4th quarter, and his touch count may vary wildly week to week.

2017 Week 6 vs NYJ (10 / 44 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dion Lewis started the game against the Jets, and when Gillislee eventually coughed up a fumble, he ended up riding the pine for much of the game. As noted in prior weeks, Gillislee's production remains highly goal-line dependent, and even in this game, Dion Lewis scored a 1 yard touchdown, not Gillislee. This backfield is a full blown committee on a week to week basis.

2017 Week 5 vs TB (12 / 52 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

After a hot start to the season, Gillislee has now found it to be tough sledding for 3 weeks on the ground. The offensive line hasn't been opening up huge holes, and due to his lack of passing game usage, Gillislee remains a classic two down, touchdown dependent back. As with LeGarrette Blount last year, he will continue to be game script dependent.

2017 Week 4 vs CAR (12 / 49 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Gillislee, who tends to be highly game flow dependent, was once again held out of the end zone. He did see Dion Lewis 'vulture' a score and had a couple nice runs, but beyond that, sledding was tough, and the Patriots were once again pass heavy. With the state of the defense, Gillislee may continue to have limited opportunities, since most games are turning into a shootout.

2017 Week 3 vs HOU (12 / 31 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

With barely any running game, this was not the week for Mike Gillislee. A combination of said lack of room plus a lack of elusiveness led to a paltry day for Gillislee, who has been salvaging his lines with touchdowns. Better days are ahead, but on days when the Patriots go pass heavy, he may turn in some relative duds.

2017 Week 2 vs NO (18 / 69 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Though he didn't score 3 touchdowns again, Gillislee still found paydirt on a short score thanks to a Brandin Cooks pass that ended up just short of the goal line. Gillislee ran hard, and notably dominated work after Rex Burkhead left the game with an injury. If Burkhead's injury is a multiple week affair, Gillislee will be very safe in terms of touch counts.

2017 Week 1 vs KC (15 / 45 / 3 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Gillislee operated as the clear goal line back, which was notable. It was an up and down game for Gillislee, who did score three times on short runs, but also whiffed on a couple key conversions, including on fourth down. His weekly touches may be volatile given the Patriots' stable of running backs, but it seems like the goal line touches will be his.

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Latest News

Patriots | Wednesday injury report for Patriots (Wed Jan 17, 04:39 PM) - New England Patriots DT Alan Branch (knee) and RB Mike Gillislee (knee) were limited in practice Wednesday, Jan. 17.

Our View: Gillislee could return this week to take a little off of Dion Lewis or Rex Burkhead's plate as an inside runner, but the restricted free agent signing has mostly been a bust for the team, and he's unlikely to have a playoff impact.
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Patriots | Mike Gillislee to miss game (Sat Jan 13, 06:52 PM) - New England Patriots RB Mike Gillislee (knee) has been declared inactive for the Divisional Round playoff game against the Tennessee Titans.

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Patriots | Divisional Round inactives for NE (Sat Jan 13, 06:50 PM) - The New England Patriots have declared DL Alan Branch, OL Cole Croston, LB David Harris, CB Johnson Bademosi, WR Kenny Britt, RB Mike Gillislee, RB Rex Burkhead inactive for Week 19.

Patriots | Mike Gillislee unlikely to play (Sat Jan 13, 10:16 AM) - New England Patriots RB Mike Gillislee (knee) is not expected to play in the team's Divisional Round playoff game against the Tennessee Titans Saturday, Jan. 13.

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Patriots | Divisional Round injury report for NE (Thu Jan 11, 04:19 PM) - New England Patriots LB Marquis Flowers (illness), RB Mike Gillislee (knee), DT Alan Branch (knee), RB Rex Burkhead (knee), DE Eric Lee (ankle, finger) and RB James White (ankle) were limited during practice Thursday, Jan. 11, and are listed as questionable for the Divisional Round playoff game against the Tennessee Titans.

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