RB - NE
Week 2 Outlook
Rex Burkhead rushed seven times for 32 yards as the Patriots beat the Dolphins 21-11 in Week 1.
New England predictably rotated through multiple running backs today. As a team they ran the ball 42 times as the Patriots were in complete control all afternoon. Burkhead doesn't have any standalone fantasy value right now.
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead has agreed to rework the final year of his contract that drops his base salary from $2.5M to $1.05M in a cap saving move by New England.
Burkhead will earn $550K as a signing bonus instead with $400K available in roster bonuses. The reworking of his contract creates almost an additional $1M in cap space for a team that was tight against the cap to begin with. Burkhead will compete for touches amongst a crowded group of RBs in New England that includes Sony Michel, James White, Damien Harris, and Brandon Bolden. He won’t have much fantasy value heading into the final year of his contract unless other guys get hurt.
Rex Burkhead rushed three times for four yards and caught all three of his targets for 32 yards in the Patriots' Wild Card loss to the Titans.
Burkhead doesn't touch the ball much, but when he does, often creates for himself, and this game was no exception. His usage was not big for fantasy purposes, but he helped the Patriots offense a good bit with his playmaking. Burkhead could be a strong fantasy option with more touches, but given that all three main running backs are signed through at least 2020, Burkhead's role figures to be largely unchanged next season, meaning he won't be a strong fantasy option for 2020 leagues.
Rex Burkhead rushed six times for 48 yards and caught his only target for six yards in the Patriots' Week 17 loss to the Dolphins.
Burkhead has looked the most explosive of the Patriots backs for several weeks running now, but is plagued by limited usage in a crowded running backs room. Burkhead is likely to remain the third option in the backfield, capping his upside in terms of output during the playoffs.
Rex Burkhead rushed five times for 20 yards and a touchdown and caught all four of his targets for 77 yards in the Patriots' Week 16 win over the Bills. Burkhead lost a fumble on the Patriots' first drive of the game after a long catch and run.
Burkhead was used with enough regularity to make him a viable play as it turns out, though he's hard to use with much confidence over either Sony Michel or James White. Burkhead's versatility is a nice asset, but his fantasy output is volatile give his unreliable usage.
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