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RB Dion Lewis - New England Patriots

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

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Dion Lewis will reportedly need a second surgery on the same knee as his 2015 ACL tear. Adam Schefter reports that this latest August surgery will be of the, "clean-up," variety, so Lewis still might have a chance to contribute later in the season. Lewis seems a likely candidate for the PUP list, which would keep him out until Week 7 at the earliest.

Summary

Before he was injured, Dion Lewis was having a ridiculous season. We thought he would be ready to go this season, but as of August 21, he's about to have a second knee surgery. This is considered "clean up" which some say means he could be back sometime this season, but we're not feeling very confident that he will or that he will pick up where he left off last season. James White will step into the role and it's possible Lewis might have a hard time getting the job back when White has had a few months to nest in it. (August 21)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 42, 19, 24, 31, 33, 44, 45, 46, 48, 49, 50, 50
Overall Redraft - 88, 52
RB Redraft PPR - 42, 16, 19, 24, 24, 35, 42, 43, 44, 46, 50, 50
Overall Redraft PPR - 69, 42, 42, 51, 59
RB Dynasty - 13, 7, 20
Overall Dynasty - 45, 41, 57

Stats and Projections

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2015 NE 7 49 234 2 50 36 388 2 1
2016 PROJ-Dodds 8 70 * * 25 * * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 9 45 * * 31 * * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 6 51 * * 23 * * *
2016 PROJ-Tremblay 8 62 * * 33 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 136
RB: 44
Overall-PPR: 116
RB-PPR: 41

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Latest News

Patriots | Dion Lewis expected to miss two months (Sun Aug 21, 01:52 PM) - Updating previous reports, New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) is expected to miss two months because of his second knee surgery and likely will start the 2016 season on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Our View: Lewis could play a role down the stretch and we know that on a per touch basis, he is highly productive and efficient. He's worth a later pick in deep leagues where you can stash him, but in short bench leagues, it is difficult to justify carrying Lewis for two months and forgoing multiple waiver wire opportunities.
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Patriots | Dion Lewis may play in 2016 (Sun Aug 21, 01:04 PM) - Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) is expected to have a chance to play in 2016 even though he will need to undergo another surgery.

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Patriots | Dion Lewis needs another surgery (Sun Aug 21, 12:42 PM) - New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) will need to undergo another surgery on his knee, according to a source. There is no timetable for his return. Lewis originally tore his anterior cruciate ligament in November.

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Patriots | Dion Lewis may start on PUP list (Sun Aug 21, 11:08 AM) - New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) could start the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform list if he is not able to participate in practice this week, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss. Lewis is doing well in his recovery but has not practiced since the start of training camp.

Our View: Reiss is the most plugged-in Patriots beat writer, so this is concerning to say the least. Where past reports felt like speculation, this is a sure sign that the PUP is play for Lewis. We still don't know if he had a setback, and the explanation of trying to preserve him for the stretch run is also valid. Lewis will drop at least a round or two on most boards in the wake of this news, and if he doesn't practice next week, it is time for a steeper drop.
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Patriots | LeGarrette Blount battling Tyler Gaffney? (Fri Aug 19, 01:42 PM) - New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount is 'likely' battling RB Tyler Gaffney the club's final running back spot. RBs Dion Lewis and James White 'appear to be locked in' as the receiving running backs, while RB Brandon Bolden 'figures' to have a spot on the roster thanks to his role on special teams. Blount and Gaffney are competing for the 'between-the-tackles kind of role.'

Our View: Blount has to be in the lead with his proven track record and performance in Week 2 of the preseason. He was more successful in short yardage, and the team knows he can hold up over the course of a game and a season. Gaffney could easily catch on elsewhere after a strong summer in his own right.
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