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Mike Gillislee | Running Back | #35

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/1/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 219
College: Florida
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 5 (164) / MIA
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Mike Gillislee played a season-low 13 snaps in Sunday's win over the Jets.
Dion Lewis got the start and out-snapped Gillislee 29-13. Pass-catcher James White also saw 29 snaps in the victory. Gillislee was benched for a span of 34 snaps after committing a fumble in Jets territory late in the first quarter. He's averaged just 44 yards during his four-game touchdown drought and has yet to catch a pass this season. Gillislee will be a touchdown-or-bust RB3 against Atlanta in Week 7. Oct 16 - 9:33 AM
Source: ESPN.com

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Mike Gillislee delivered 44 yards on 10 carries Sunday in the Patriots’ Week 6 win over the Jets.

As usual, he was not targeted in the passing game. Gillislee committed an ugly fumble in New York territory late in the first quarter and didn’t resurface until the second half. Dion Lewis handled early-down work during his benching and punched in a goal-line touchdown that surely would have belonged to Gillislee had he not been glued to the sideline. Gillislee began his Patriots tenure with four touchdowns in his first two games but hasn’t scored since then. He’ll try to end that drought next week against the Falcons.
Oct 15 - 5:56 PM

Mike Gillislee rushed 12 times for 52 yards in the Patriots' Week 5 win over the Bucs.

For the third game in a row, Gillislee had 12 scoreless carries. Dion Lewis actually out-rushed Gillislee 53-52 on five fewer totes. The closest thing Gillislee got to a goal-line carry came from the Bucs' six in the second quarter. Gillislee scored four combined touchdowns in Weeks 1 and 2 and zero since. That's an anomaly, but underscores how touchdown reliant Gillislee's fantasy value is.
Oct 6 - 12:11 AM

Mike Gillislee rushed 12 times for 49 yards in the Patriots' Week 4 loss to the Panthers.

Gillislee had a carry from the Panthers' one-yard line in the fourth quarter, but couldn't convert. He also surprisingly ceded three carries inside the Panthers' eight-yard line to Dion Lewis, who converted one. Gillislee has one touchdown in three games since Week 1, and has yet to be targeted in the passing game. He's settling in as a boom-or-bust, low-end RB2.
Oct 1 - 5:24 PM

Mike Gillislee rushed 12 times for 31 yards in the Patriots' Week 3 win over the Texans.

While he found the end zone the first two weeks, this is the downside of a touchdown-dependent option like Gillislee, although there likely will not be many games in which the Patriots score 36 and Gillislee does not get a piece of the action. He will be a risk-reward RB2 next week against the Panthers.
Sep 24 - 5:24 PM

Mike Gillislee rushed 18 times for 69 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' Week 2 win over the Saints.

Rex Burkhead and James White were more involved early, but Gillislee has a clear role as the goal-line back and closer. The former got him one touchdown -- a second was called back on a penalty -- while the latter netted him 11 carries in the second half. With the Patriots likely to score a lot of points and be in good game script situations all season, Gillislee should be a relatively safe fantasy option despite his limited role. He will be a solid RB2 next week against the Texans.
Sep 17 - 4:31 PM

Mike Gillislee rushed 15 times for 45 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots' Week 1 loss to the Chiefs.

Rex Burkhead got the start, and Gillislee was the third back into the game after Burkhead and James White. After that scare, he gave fantasy owners what they came for, cashing in two-, two- and one-yard scores. Before his first score, Gillislee had a TD called back by penalty. It wasn't all roses, as Gillislee was twice stopped on 4th-and-shorts in Chiefs territory. He wasn't targeted in the passing game. There should be plenty of drives to finish against the Saints in Week 2, making Gillislee a high-floor RB2, just like 2016 LeGarrette Blount.
Sep 8 - 12:33 AM

Mike Gillislee, Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis are all active for the Patriots' Thursday night opener against the Chiefs.

No shenanigans. There's no way of knowing how coach Bill Belichick might manage such an unwieldy rotation, but we'll still consider Gillislee the favorite for work on early downs. White should see plenty of targets as the Patriots adjust to life without Julian Edelman. Burkhead could do a little bit of everything.
Sep 7 - 7:14 PM

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Mike Gillislee "still has some ground to make up."

Signed this offseason, Gillislee missed some time during the offseason program and was sidelined for two weeks during camp with a hamstring injury. "I think he still has quite a ways to go," Belichick said. "We gained some ground last week...We'll continue to keep pushing through it." Gillislee went for 38 yards, a touchdown, and a two-point conversion Friday night, but he played behind Dion Lewis and James White -- Rex Burkhead sat out. His upside is impossible to deny, but Gillislee is a risky bet in the fifth round.
Aug 26 - 6:58 PM

Mike Gillislee rushed eight times for 38 yards and one touchdown in the Patriots' third preseason game against the Lions.

Dion Lewis got the start, playing all seven snaps on the opening touchdown drive, but Gillislee got into the mix a couple series later, entering on a first-and-goal at the one-yard line. He walked into the end zone untouched on the play and scored a two-point conversion to cap it off. Gillislee's long run was a 27-yarder. It was Gillislee's first action of the preseason after missing a couple weeks with a hamstring strain. This backfield remains a mess, especially after Rex Burkhead impressed last week before sitting out with an undisclosed injury Friday night. But we did get a glimpse of Gillislee's massive upside if he can take hold of the LeGarrette Blount role.
Aug 25 - 8:57 PM

Mike Gillislee (hamstring) returned as a full participant at Tuesday's practice.

A hamstring injury has kept Gillislee out for the past two weeks but he's ready to roll and eager to get his reps in with just 16 days until the regular season. There are no assigned roles in New England's crowded backfield, making it a difficult situation to assess for fantasy purposes. With that said, a healthy Gillislee would probably be the favorite for goal-line work in Foxboro, which gives him considerable upside.
Aug 22 - 4:54 PM

ESPN's Mike Reiss does not think the Patriots have a real running back depth chart.

"Any running back could be featured at any given time," Reiss writes, "as it's a deep, talented group." Mike Gillislee was the early fantasy favorite because of his expected role at the goal line, but he has been sidelined the last two weeks with a hamstring injury. Rex Burkhead has been impressive while James White and Dion Lewis will get touches as well.
Source: ESPN
Aug 22 - 11:35 AM

Mike Gillislee (hamstring) has been ruled out of Saturday's preseason game.

Gillislee wasn't expected to play after not practicing the last two weeks. The missed time continues to be a concern for his early-season role. ESPN's Mike Reiss expects Rex Burkhead to pick up Gillislee's snaps.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 19 - 4:36 PM

Mike Gillislee has been sidelined for the past week with a hamstring injury.

It's hard to diligently acquire practice reports at this time of year since teams aren't required to release any during camp, but as far as we can tell, Gillislee has been out since August 2. He has been limited to side-field work and is listed as a third-team running back on the Patriots' latest depth chart, behind all four of Dion Lewis, James White, Rex Burkhead, and Brandon Bolden. Gillislee's ADP has gotten a bit out of hand recently. He remains a big risk-reward asset.
Aug 9 - 1:48 PM

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said the team was looking for more versatility in the backfield this offseason.

Because LeGarrette Blount was not a threat in the passing game and James White was not a threat as a runner, Belichick thought the offense was a little too predictable last year. "I think (Rex) Burkhead has ability on all four downs. I think (Mike) Gillislee maybe has a little more overall versatility," the coach said. "So hopefully with our backs this year we'll have a little more balance and be a little less predictable from that spot." Gillislee is the favorite to take over the "Blount role," but it sounds like the Patriots want him to be more involved in the passing game than Blount, who recorded 19 receptions in 49 games with New England. If he is able to win the goal-line work, Gillislee will have high-end fantasy upside.
Source: ESPN
Aug 1 - 8:34 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Jimmy Garoppolo
RB1Mike Gillislee
2James White
3Dion Lewis
4Rex Burkhead
5Brandon Bolden
GLB1Mike Gillislee
2Rex Burkhead
3RB1James White
2Dion Lewis
FB1James Develin
WR11Brandin Cooks
2Danny Amendola
3Matthew Slater
WR21Chris Hogan
2Phillip Dorsett
3Malcolm Mitchell
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Dwayne Allen
3Jacob Hollister
LT1Nate Solder
2LaAdrian Waddle
LG1Joe Thuney
2Cole Croston
C1David Andrews
RG1Shaq Mason
2Ted Karras
RT1Marcus Cannon
2Cameron Fleming
K1Stephen Gostkowski