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RB Dion Lewis - New England Patriots

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

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Lewis seemed to fall out of favor after playoff fumbles, but he is still around and looking more like his old self. He is likely to be below James White in the pecking order for touches, but his explosive game and quality surrounding offense make him a good 15th round or later pick if you need to add in a high ceiling weekly option compared to his late-round peers.
Lewis looked a lot like his old self at the end of last year and his proven production, ADP, and versatility make him a great upside choice for a team that has a depth chart filled with less proven talents. While Mike Gillislee is earning pub, Mike Reiss reports that Bill Belichick thinks Lewis is well ahead of where he was last year and is anxious to see him perform in August.

Summary

While he made it back for the tail end of the season and the playoffs, Dion Lewis missed an awful lot of 2016. That could put him a bit under the radar in a crowded and cloudy backfield. While durability is a worry, Lewis has shown he can run the ball well off the edge and is a deadly weapon when receiving a pass. The biggest question - and one which wasn't answered fully when he returned from his knee injury - is whether or not he has the speed and quickness which made him such a dynamic playmaker for part of 2015. If he still has it, and he can stay off the trainer's table, Lewis can be a big part of the offense. Do keep in mind, though, this is a committee and no one back is likely to carry a full load. (May 22)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 50, 23, 35, 45, 47, 47, 48, 48, 49, 50, 53, 56, 59
RB Redraft PPR - 51, 23, 34, 39, 42, 45, 48, 49, 50, 50, 53, 53, 54, 57, 59
RB Dynasty - 58, 35, 50, 56, 61, 64
Overall Dynasty - 91, 54

Stats and Projections

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2015 NE 7 49 234 2 50 36 388 2 1
2016 NE 11 64 283 0 24 17 94 0
2017 PROJ-Dodds 14 75 * * 19 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 12 60 * * 25 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 13 50 * * 3 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 103 * * 18 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall-PPR: 176
RB-PPR: 57

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Latest News

Patriots | Dion Lewis could see limited snaps (Wed Jul 12, 05:59 PM) - The New England Patriots could consider limiting RB Dion Lewis' regular season snaps in order to keep him healthy for all 16 games, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss.

Our View: Lewis is going to work as a change-of-pace back behind Mike Gillislee. He'll likely be behind James White too. Lewis will only have fantasy value if guys above him on the depth chart get hurt.
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