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RB Dion Lewis - New England Patriots

5-7, 193Born: 9-27-1990College: PittsburghDrafted: Round 5

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Lewis was more involved as a receiver for the first time this year, and scored through the air while putting up his best total yardage total of the season. He'll be a solid RB2 going forward if his usage doesn't change.

Week 12: vs Miami Dolphins

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FBG says: Good matchup. Dion Lewis impressed again in Week 11, tallying 60 yards on 10 carries. With Mike Gillislee out of the team's plans, he's now the clear lead back and on a fairly hot stretch, averaging 4.86 and 56.7 per game over the Patriots' last 6. We can never be totally sure about Josh McDaniels' backfield rotation, but at the moment, Lewis appears to be the only cemented part of it; Rex Burkhead and James White are little more than complementary runners. The issue comes with Lewis' usage in this Tom Brady-centered offense: he doesn't see much volume nor many goal line carries, so he relies on massive per-touch efficiency for his fantasy value. It's not shrewd to project him beyond 60-65 ground yards, even in the tastiest of matchups, and he's rarely more than a flex play in fantasy. Still, any prominent player in this Patriots offense is a weekly threat to chew up garbage time and find the end zone, so that value appears locked-in. The Dolphins run defense returned to its suffocating early-season ways last week, but it's hard to read much into it. They faced the Buccaneers rushing "attack," headlined by the wildly ineffective Doug Martin and easily one of the league's weakest units. And over the previous few weeks, Miami had been simply atrocious in terms of addressing the run, allowing 174 yards to the Ravens in Week 8 and 294 to the Panthers in Week 10. The team released wheezing, aging linebacker Rey Maualuga this week after an arrest, and the rest of the front seven remains exceptionally hit-or-miss against the run. The team boasts fine tackling safeties, but their impact typically isn't felt until the ball is already downfield. This unit isn't a dumpster fire, but it's growing more and more targetable as the season wears on.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs LAC 30 15 44 0 2 2 10 0 0 5.4
10 at DEN 21 14 55 1 0 0 0 0 0 11.5
11 at OAK 26 10 60 0 4 4 28 1 0 14.8
12 vs MIA PROJ-Dodds * 13 * * 2 * * * *
12 vs MIA PROJ-Tremblay * 12 * * 2 * * * *
12 vs MIA PROJ-Bloom * 15 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs OAK (10 / 60 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 28 / 1 rec)

Dion Lewis has taken control of this backfield. Deployed as a runner and as a receiver, Lewis gave Oakland's defense fits. Lewis was asked to run between the tackles--and rewarded the coaching staff with some hard-nosed running. Lewis refused to be taken down by the first tackler and kept his legs churning to pick-up additional yardage. In the first quarter, Brady hit Lewis on an option route--and Lewis turned the reception into a 15-yard touchdown. On the scoring play, Lewis, who was sitting in the flat as Brady's second option, made the first defender miss before accelerating and corkscrewing into the end zone. As the game progressed, Lewis was fed and picked up tough yards between the tackles. Mike Gillislee was inactive and James White only had five carries, so Lewis appears to have a strangle-hold on this backfield.

2017 Week 10 vs DEN (14 / 55 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Lewis rotated in and out of the lineup, and though he was the best runner on the day, his impact was most felt on a 103 yard kickoff return touchdown. It was simply a case of wheels and good blocking, as so many return touchdowns are. Lewis also ran in a touchdown from 8 yards from the shotgun formation, which opened up a bit more room on the play. He wasn't involved in the passing game, but is clearly one of the lead rushing backs now for the Pats.

2017 Week 8 vs LAC (15 / 44 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

Once again, as expected, Dion Lewis saw plenty of touches, though he would have seen more if Rex Burkhead wasn't active once again. Lewis saw the most rushes, but didn't do a ton with them, though he did see some carries inside the 10 yard line. He was also not a focal point of the passing game. His big highlight was actually a nice kick return that went for over 70 yards.

2017 Week 7 vs ATL (13 / 76 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

As expected, Lewis saw an increased role on offense and did well with the touches. His most notable run was a 25 yarder up the gut, thanks in large part to a big hole opened up by the offensive line. Lewis also saw a few carries inside the 10, though he didn't convert any of them. He was also replaced at the 2 yard line on one carry by Mike Gillislee. His touch counts may ebb and flow on a weekly basis with 4 running backs involved, but he'll get his shots.

2017 Week 6 vs NYJ (11 / 52 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dion Lewis started the game against the Patriots, saw a goal line score, and clearly looked more explosive than backfield mate Mike Gillislee. He had a great 10 yard run that saw him bounce off a wall of tacklers, cut to the outside, and scamper up the field for 10 yards. Many running backs would have simply been stuffed for no gain on the play. Even with Rex Burkhead back, Lewis should see touches, even if not in huge volume.

2017 Week 5 vs TB (7 / 53 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

Dion Lewis was arguably the most explosive Patriots player against the Buccaneers, outrunning Mike Gillislee on 5 less carries. His highlight was a 31 yard gain with a decent hole that Lewis squirted through, looking quicker than almost every defender near him. One wonders if this will lead to a more stable touch role going forward since his touches have been minimal.

2017 Week 4 vs CAR (4 / 18 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Though Lewis has taken a back seat in the backfield, he did score a touchdown on one of his few touches from 8 yards out. This is likely an anomaly and not a trend of things to come.

2017 Week 3 vs HOU (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)

With Rex Burkhead out, Lewis was able to get some touches, but wasn't able to do much with them. He may take a backseat again when Burkhead is back.

2017 Week 1 vs KC (2 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Lewis was the odd man out in the backfield, only receiving a couple carries. He did look good on a 5 yard gain he had, but his role seems fairly small right now.


Latest News

Patriots | Dion Lewis leads the charge (Mon Nov 13, 08:08 AM) - New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis rushed 14 times for 55 yards and a touchdown in the Week 10 win over the Denver Broncos.

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