The New England Patriots operating sport by no means actually received into movement throughout their season opener towards the Pittsburgh Steelers.
With solely 99 yards on the bottom, New England operated extra within the air than on the bottom. However for Rex Burkhead, his night time was extraordinarily profitable with 44 yards on eight carries.
Burkhead was the group’s main rusher and was one of many prime all-around gamers on New England’s offense. Burkhead additionally had 5 catches for 41 yards, one thing that bodes nicely for PPR leagues.
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However can he replicate these numbers towards a Miami group that simply acquired a humbling defeat by the hands of the Baltimore Ravens? Burkhead has not been very profitable previously towards Miami however it’s robust to guage how a participant like him will carry out year-to-year.
Rex Burkhead Fantasy Outlook: Matchup vs Miami
The Patriots operating again has struggled towards the Dolphins, particularly in Miami, since he has been in New England. In two video games at Arduous Rock Stadium, Burkhead has a mixed 9 carries for 10 yards and a landing. He has been extra profitable within the passing sport, with six catches for 48 yards.
His lack of manufacturing towards the Miami protection has been obvious however he’s not the one New England again to undergo that destiny. James White, a again with an analogous skillset, has additionally did not put up huge numbers at Miami.
Final 12 months was a wrestle for Burkhead, coping with a neck harm that stored him out for a lot of the season. However in 2017 with the Patriots, Burkhead was constantly stringing collectively video games the place he reached close to 75 all-purpose yards and had a complete of eight touchdowns.
In video games the place he rushed for over 40 yards, he has adopted that up with a minimum of 50 all-purpose yards the next week all however as soon as (Week 2, 2018 towards Jacksonville).
He has additionally been a greater highway participant throughout his profession. Burkhead averages 4.1 yards per carry and eight.72 yards per catch throughout highway video games and has scored extra landing in these video games as nicely.
Ought to You Begin or Sit Burkhead in Week 2?
Burkhead had his finest season in 2017 for fantasy manufacturing. Taking part in in 10 video games at full well being, he put up a complete of 99 factors whereas adjusting to a brand new offense. In a single sport this season he already has 8.5 fantasy factors (non-PPR) and much more utilizing the Draft Kings and FanDuel format.
In a PPR league, Burkhead would have gotten over 13 factors, not dangerous for an RB2 or Flex participant trying to get stable fill-in manufacturing.
The most important dilemma in the case of beginning Burkhead is how a lot he’ll contribute. Sony Michel didn’t have a very good sport towards Pittsburgh however success towards Miami would render Burkhead’s run manufacturing a bit superfluous. And with so many receiving weapons, he may not get as many touches in that regard both.
Burkhead’s manufacturing is much like what you’d get out of a man like Tevin Coleman. And with Coleman injured, Burkhead often is the excellent substitute and a man who’s broadly out there on waivers.
It’s a danger, however beginning Burkhead might provide you with slightly over 10 factors if he’s utilized in the appropriate means.
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