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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 28): Lewis is still sharing with James White and LeGarrette Blount, but he got up to 10 touches, and his PPR value is on the rise. Matchups against Los Angeles, Baltimore, Denver, and the Jets again in Week 16 seem to favor Lewis's role growing, especially the Ravens and New York matchups.

Week 13: vs Los Angeles Rams

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. The Patriots' running back stable is now a three-headed monster, with LeGarrette Blount taking on most of the carries each week (11/67/0 rushing at the Jets, with one target for zero receptions), while Dion Lewis (6/24/0 rushing with seven targets for 4/34/0 receiving) and James White (nine targets for 4/22/0 receiving) are sharing the passing/third-down back roles. All told, the Patriots had 21/91/0 rushing last week as a team. The Rams' rush defense was slaughtered in New Orleans, allowing 32/209/2 rushing to the Saints. Jay Ajayi and the Dolphins managed 19/98/0 rushing at L.A. two games ago - from Week Nine to Week 12 of regular season (the last four weeks, but includes 14 teams on byes during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), L.A. averages 21.3 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (fifth-most in the NFL). They are sliding into oblivion in this phase of the game. Advantage, New England.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 at SF 21 5 23 0 5 3 26 0 0 4.9
12 at NYJ 23 6 24 0 7 4 34 0 0 5.8
13 vs LA PROJ-Dodds * 7 * * 3 * * * *
13 vs LA PROJ-Tremblay * 6 * * 3 * * * *
13 vs LA PROJ-Bloom * 6 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 12 vs NYJ (6 / 24 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec)

Lewis made his first appearance of the year, shaking off some rust in the process. He was given 10 touches, and as expected, played a role in the passing game. It remains to be seen if he takes over as the lead back, but he can be expected to rise in snap count as the season progresses.

2016 Week 11 vs SF (5 / 23 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)

Dion Lewis made his long-awaited return to the lineup for the Patriots, his 2016 season debut. The diminutive back looked hesitant on his opening touches as he regained feel for full-speed action. However, Lewis found space on three of his eight touches exhibiting a strong cut on one reception of note. Lewis was used in conjunction with James White on the field a handful of times.


Latest News

Patriots | Three Patriots RBs split snaps evenly (Mon Nov 28, 07:22 PM) - New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount received 27 snaps during the team's Week 12 game, while RB James White received 26 snaps and RB Dion Lewis received 23 snaps. The Patriots ran three plays with White and Lewis on the field at the same time.

Our View: Fantasy owners are going to have a level of frustration when it comes to predicting the Pats backfield on a weekly basis. The Jets are tough to run against, so the Patriots got creative with their running backs. Against softer run defenses, it could be a better day for Blount. At this time, it seems like White and Lewis are going to continue splitting time as receiving or change-of-pace backs.
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Patriots | Eight touches for Dion Lewis (Mon Nov 21, 01:23 AM) - New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis rushed five times for 23 yards in the Week 11 game against the San Francisco 49ers. He also added three grabs for 26 yards on five targets.

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Patriots | Dion Lewis active for Week 11 (Sun Nov 20, 03:28 PM) - New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis is officially active for the team's Week 11 game.

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Patriots | Dion Lewis travels with team (Sat Nov 19, 12:25 PM) - New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) traveled with the team for their Week 11 game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Our View: It's a sign that Lewis is going to be active against the 49ers. Even if he plays, the Patriots might choose to ease him back into the lineup.
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