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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 - 33, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 36, 41, 43, 44, 44, 45, 46, 57
Overall Redraft - 99, 56
RB Redraft PPR - 35, 23, 24, 27, 30, 31, 32, 32, 32, 33, 33, 34, 36, 38, 40, 41, 43, 43, 45, 46, 46, 50, 59
Overall Redraft PPR - 95, 53
RB Dynasty - 33, 19, 33, 34, 46, 46
Overall Dynasty - 80, 44

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2015 BUF 5 47 267 3 7 6 29 0 1
2016 BUF 15 101 576 8 11 9 50 1
2017 PROJ-Dodds 16 149 * * 7 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 175 * * 7 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 160 * * 7 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 129 * * 6 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 79
RB: 28
Overall-PPR: 82
RB-PPR: 30

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