RB Dion Lewis - New England Patriots
|5-7, 193||Born: 9-27-1990||College: Pittsburgh||Drafted: Round 5|
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General News (Wed Feb 1): has missed a good deal of football the last two seasons, but the Patriots are 16-0 in games in which Lewis has been active.
Week 21: at Atlanta Falcons
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. LeGarrette Blount has rushed for eight touchdowns in his last seven post-season games. He has scored six times in his last seven games this season, including the Divisional and Conference Championship games. He regained the lead position in the Patriots' running back stable during the Conference Championship game, handling 16/47/1 rushing while Dion Lewis had 6/11/0 rushing (with two targets for 2/8/0 receiving) and James White handled just 1/0/0 rushing (with four targets for 3/8/0 receiving). Two games ago, in the Divisional round vs. Houston, Lewis led the team with 13/41/1 rushing and seven targets for 2/23/1 receiving while Blount had just 8/31/0 rushing - but Blount had been ill prior to the Houston game and missed two practices. We'll see a blend of Blount, Lewis and White during the Super Bowl, but expect Blount and Lewis to handle the bulk of the work. Atlanta limited the Seahawks' lead running back, Thomas Rawls, to 11/34/0 rushing in the Divisional round of the playoffs, while Russell Wilson managed 6/49/0 rushing to lead the team - all told, the Seahawks posted 21/101/0 rushing at Atlanta in the Divisional round. The Falcons followed up by holding the Packers to 17/99/0 rushing during the Conference Championships (the Packers were down 0-24 at Atlanta by half-time and had to go pass-heavy in the second half). So far they average 100 rushing yards allowed per game during the post-season, down slightly from their season average of 104.5 rushing yards allowed per game (17th in the NFL, with 15 rushing scores given out during 16 games). From Week 15-17 (last three games of regular season), they averaged 18.3 fantasy points allowed per game (15th-most in the NFL). The Falcons aren't pushovers in this phase of the game, but they aren't shutting down the opposition, either. This is a neutral matchup for Blount and company.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 20 vs PIT (6 / 11 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
The running game took a backseat to Tom Brady and the passing game against the Steelers. In contrast to the Texans, Lewis had a fairly small role as a result, and split snaps evenly with his other two running back partners.
2016 Week 19 vs HOU (13 / 41 / 1 rush, 7 / 2 / 23 / 1 rec)
Dion Lewis stole the show, putting on a record setting performance with a couple blemishes. Lewis scored a rushing, receiving, and return touchdown, showing off his versatility in the process. His first touchdown was a swing pass from Tom Brady. Matched up against a linebacker, Lewis simply sped on by for a score. His return touchdown was a full highlight of his speed, while his rushing touchdown was a short one that typically goes to LeGarrette Blount. On the down side, Lewis fumbled twice on the day, which is inexcusable, especially in the playoffs. He will still have a big role going forward, especially if the Patriots can create speed mismatches against the Steelers.
2016 Week 17 vs MIA (11 / 48 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)
A theme on the year, Lewis did more with his carries than his receptions, and it looks to be a fairly even timeshare with LeGarrette Blount on the touch front. However, Blount does have the goal line totes in his favor, meaning the bulk of Lewis's work has come and will come between the 20s.
2016 Week 16 vs NYJ (16 / 52 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Involved once again, Lewis touched the ball 17 times, with most of his touches being carries. Interestingly, Lewis continues to run well between the tackles, something he didn't do much of last year prior to his injury.
2016 Week 15 vs DEN (18 / 95 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
In a surprise, Dion Lewis led the Patriots offensive attack, running all over the place and handling the ball 20 times in the process. Considering how much he was used in the passing game last year, the rushing success was great gameplanning and good work by Lewis and his o-line, who used speed to their advantage to create mismatches against the Broncos front 7. Lewis's run game role may be dependent on game flow and opposing defense matchups, but this backfield is becoming a big timeshare.
2016 Week 14 vs BAL (3 / 14 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
With only 4 touches and James White playing good football, it's fair to wonder if Lewis will see the touch share of his pre-injury 2015 form. It's looking less and less likely, particularly with LeGarrette Blount's play in the run game. As a result, his contributions were minimal against the Ravens.
2016 Week 13 vs LA (5 / 27 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 11 / 0 rec)
Lewis only saw 9 touches, though he may have seen more had the game been closer. He notably played less as the game got out of hand, as the Patriots were likely managing his reps.
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.
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