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Dion Lewis | Running Back | #33

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/27/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 195
College: Pittsburgh
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 5 (149) / PHI
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Dion Lewis rushed 13 times for 41 yards and a touchdown, caught 2-of-7 targets for 23 yards and a touchdown, and returned a kickoff 98 yards for a third score as the Patriots downed the Texans 34-16 in Saturday's Divisional Round game.
The focal point of New England’s game plan, Lewis logged feature back usage while LeGarrette Blount was mostly limited to clock-killing work. Lewis capped the Patriots’ second drive with a 13-yard touchdown catch, easily beating Texans ILB Bernardrick McKinney in coverage. Lewis house called a 98-yard kick return on New England’s very next possession, and scored on a fourth-quarter goal-line carry, staying in over Blount because the Pats were in a hurry-up look. Lewis did fumble twice, once on a kick return that resulted in a Texans touchdown and again in the fourth quarter, though it was luckily recovered by the Pats. Still, this was the kind of dynamic performance we’ve long awaited from all-purpose playmaker Lewis. Expect Lewis to remain New England’s feature back in the AFC Championship Game. Jan 14 - 11:27 PM

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Ben Volin of the Boston Globe "would count on" Dion Lewis leading the Patriots' backfield Saturday against the Texans.

The tweet was in response to another by MassLive's Kevin Duffy, who noted Lewis has just one fewer touch than LeGarrette Blount in the last three games. With the Patriots entering as big favorites, Saturday's game sets up for Blount to see a ton of touches in the second half, but it would not be surprising in the least if Lewis plays a key role in establishing a big lead early. Lewis is a great DFS value this week, especially at full-PPR sites.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: There’s been plenty of speculation that New England’s plan has been to save Lewis for the playoffs. They’ve increased his touch count from 7.8 per game in his first four to 16.7 over the final three. He’s already cut into Blount’s carries and may finally take over receiving work from James White. He’s had nine red zone touches in the past two games and has a legitimate shot to score today.
Jan 14 - 1:02 PM

Dion Lewis rushed 11 times for 48 yards and caught 2-of-2 targets for four yards in the Patriots' Week 17 win over the Dolphins.

His touch count (13) dwarfed James White's (6), but White drew four targets to Lewis' two and has consistently been more involved in the Patriots' passing game than Lewis has. Lewis is essentially a change-of-pace runner behind LeGarrette Blount's lead back. Lewis will still be worth punt consideration in NFL playoff DFS when the Patriots get started in the Divisional Round.
Jan 1 - 5:48 PM

Dion Lewis totaled 52 yards on 16 carries while adding one catch for five yards Saturday in the Patriots' Week 16 win over the Jets.

Lewis got the game’s first carry but ended up seeing fewer touches than LeGarrette Blount. He also lost goal-line work to Blount, who contributed a pair of second-half touchdowns. Lewis has averaged 17 carries over his last two outings and is moving toward a 50/50 split with Blount. He’ll have some flex appeal in next week’s regular season finale at Miami. Of course, that’s assuming the Patriots’ starters play the normal amount, which is no sure thing.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 04:46:00 PM

Dion Lewis rushed 18 times for 95 yards in the Patriots' Week 15 win over the Broncos, adding two receptions for nine additional yards.

It was hard to see this coming. Facing the best defensive line in the league, Patriots coach Bill Belichick opted for Lewis and James White's shiftiness over LeGarrette Blount's power. Blount still rushed 17 times, but Lewis out-gained him 104-31. In a brutal moment for Lewis' fantasy owners, he scored a touchdown in the second quarter, but was ruled down short of the goal line. Instead of challenging, Belichick had Blount run it in on the next play. Lewis' heavy usage was an indication the Patriots believe Lewis is all the way back from his knee injury, but not something that should carry over to Week 16. He remains a risk-reward RB3.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 07:49:00 PM

Dion Lewis rushed three times for 14 yards in the Patriots' Week 14 win over the Ravens.

He caught his lone target for a five-yard gain. Lewis was out-played and out-snapped (29-17) by James White, who totaled 84 yards on five touches. The two continue to split the pass-game work behind early-down bruiser LeGarrette Blount, who touched the ball 19 times and scored a touchdown in this one. Lewis will be a low-end flex option in PPR leagues next week at Denver.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 12:23:00 AM

Dion Lewis rushed five times for 27 yards and caught 4-of-5 targets for 11 yards in the Patriots' Week 13 win over the Rams.

LeGarrette Blount (18) led New England's backfield in touches, while Lewis (9) and James White (7) continued to share passing-back duties. The Patriots used a lot of Lewis early in game, then put him on bubble wrap the rest of the way in an easy win. We'd project Lewis for 9-11 touches in Week 14 against Baltimore. Lewis will be a low-end flex option in that Monday night game.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 04:28:00 PM

Dion Lewis rushed six times for 24 yards while catching four-of-seven targets for 37 yards Sunday in the Patriots' Week 12 win over the Jets.

He played on 23-of-73 offensive snaps, which was about the same as last week. Lewis out-touched James White 10-4, though White drew nine targets in the passing game compared to only seven for Lewis. This is probably the usage Lewis owners can expect going forward. Fantasy owners trying to clinch a playoff spot should probably look elsewhere for backfield help in Week 13.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 09:17:00 PM

James White hauled in four-of-nine targets for 22 yards Sunday in the Patriots' Week 12 win over the Jets.

White finished second on the team in targets behind Julian Edelman. He made a critical catch on fourth down to extend New England’s game-winning drive. White appeared to score on a two-point conversion attempt after Malcolm Mitchell’s go-ahead touchdown, but the play was reviewed and eventually overturned when officials ruled that he stepped out before crossing the goal line. With White now sharing passing-down work with Dion Lewis, he won’t be worth starting next week against the Rams.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 09:11:00 PM

Dion Lewis tallied 23 yards on five carries while securing three-of-five targets for 26 yards Sunday in the Patriots' Week 11 win over the 49ers.

Our friends over at Pro Football Focus tell us that Lewis played on 21-of-77 offensive snaps. He made the most of his limited workload, turning eight touches into 49 yards from scrimmage. James White played three more snaps than Lewis and also out-gained him despite seeing fewer touches. Until a frontrunner emerges, it’s going to be hard to trust either player for fantasy purposes. Lewis and the Pats will head to East Rutherford next week to take on the Jets.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 08:31:00 PM

Dion Lewis (knee) is active for Week 11 against the 49ers.

Lewis is finally back following a lengthy recovery from ACL surgery. It's unclear if he'll be on a snap count in his season debut. CB Justin Coleman, RB D.J. Foster, TE Rob Gronkowski, DL Woodrow Hamilton, WR Chris Hogan, LB Jabaal Sheard and OT LaAdrian Waddle round out the Patriots' Week 11 inactives. Martellus Bennett (ankle) and Julian Edelman (foot) are both active despite being listed as questionable.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 03:05:00 PM

Dion Lewis (knee) traveled with the team to San Francisco.

It is not that big of a surprise considering he was not even on the injury report this week, but traveling at least suggests he will be active. Even so, he cannot be trusted in fantasy lineups in what should be a limited role coming back from a long layoff. Lewis being active would put a dent in James White's fantasy value, however.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 09:58:00 AM

Coach Bill Belichick admitted there will be a "certain buildup process" with Dion Lewis.

"I think any time a player is coming back from missing a significant amount of time, there’s a certain buildup process," Belichick said. "Sometimes that accelerates, sometimes it doesn’t, sometimes it just stays on a straight-line course. It’s hard to predict how that’s going to go. There’s a big difference between training and playing football." It doesn't sound like Lewis will be stepping into any voluminous role any time in the very near future. He could be active for Week 11 against the 49ers, but Lewis is still far behind James White as the preferred pass-game back.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 12:26:00 PM

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Dion Lewis would not have been on the injury report even if he had been on the active roster last week.

Lewis was not activated off the PUP until Saturday, which means the Patriots did not have to declare his status on the injury report. Belichick's comments both suggest Lewis is fully recovered from his knee injury and he was held out of Sunday's game for non-injury reasons. Those reasons likely include conditioning and familiarity with the offense, which both will improve with each practice. Still, he is nothing more than deep-league bench stash at this point.
Source: Mass Live
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 01:10:00 PM

Dion Lewis is inactive for Sunday night's game against the Seahawks.

Lewis was activated from PUP this week but isn't ready to return. The Patriots plan to take it slow with him to avoid setbacks. With Lewis inactive, James White is locked into the primary pass-down role. The rest of New England's inactives are CB Eric Rowe, RB D.J. Foster, DT Woodrow Hamilton, TE Matt Lengel, OT LaAdrian Waddle, and LB Kyle Van Noy.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 07:05:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Jimmy Garoppolo
RB1LeGarrette Blount
2James White
3Dion Lewis
4Brandon Bolden
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2James White
3RB1James White
2Dion Lewis
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Matthew Slater
WR21Chris Hogan
2Michael Floyd
3Malcolm Mitchell
WR31Malcolm Mitchell
TE1Martellus Bennett
2Matt Lengel
LT1Nate Solder
2LaAdrian Waddle
LG1Joe Thuney
2Ted Karras
C1David Andrews
RG1Shaq Mason
2Tre' Jackson
RT1Marcus Cannon
2Cameron Fleming
K1Stephen Gostkowski