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Rex Burkhead | Running Back | #34

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/2/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 210
College: Nebraska
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 6 (190) / CIN
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Rex Burkhead rushed five times for 16 yards and hauled in 4-of-6 targets for 21 yards in the Patriots' Week 11 win over the Raiders.
Coming off a breakout performance last week, Burkhead committed one of the Patriots’ cardinal sins when he lost the ball on the opening drive. New England recovered, but the damage was done. Burkhead had three touches in the 12 plays before the fumble, and he touched the ball just six times the rest of the way with three of those coming on the final drive. The good news is Burkhead continued to play ahead of James White even after the miscue, and he will likely remain the 1B to Dion Lewis’ 1A moving forward. That will keep him in the FLEX conversation next week against the Dolphins. Nov 19 - 7:47 PM

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Rex Burkhead rushed 10 times for 36 yards while contributing three catches for 27 yards and a touchdown on three targets Sunday in the Patriots’ Week 10 win over the Broncos.

He out-snapped Dion Lewis 36-21, though Lewis held the edge in touches by a slim 14-13 margin. Burkhead started his night by beating Darian Stewart on a slant route for a 14-yard touchdown reception, then made a huge play on special teams by blocking Riley Dixon’s punt in the second quarter. An adept ball-carrier, pass-catcher and special teamer, Burkhead really is the whole package. Now that Mike Gillislee has fallen out of the Patriots’ backfield rotation, Burkhead should have a chance to be a big contributor down the stretch. He’ll be a popular waiver add ahead of next week’s game against Oakland.
Nov 13 - 12:35 AM

Rex Burkhead caught all seven of his targets for 68 yards while adding 15 yards on four carries in Sunday's Week 8 win over the Chargers.

Burkhead played a season-high 26 snaps, besting his high of 13 a week ago. Burkhead played in the backfield nearly exclusively in the 2nd Quarter as it was clear that the Patriots were going to attack the Chargers' linebackers in space all afternoon. Burkhead's versatility fits the New England offense, but will continue to share time with Dion Lewis and James White, who are both also playing well. The timeshare leaves Burkhead as only a stash and fringe flex option in leagues in the event that Lewis loses a grip on touches.
Oct 29 - 5:14 PM

Rex Burkhead rushed six times for 31 yards in Week 7 against the Falcons.

Burkhead led the Patriots in first-half carries, but wasn't involved after that. He saw just 13 snaps in his first game back. Burkhead should be avoided in Week 8 against the Chargers.
Oct 22 - 11:54 PM

Rex Burkhead (ribs) is active for Week 7 against the Falcons.

Burkhead was removed from the injury report after missing the last four weeks. He'll be part of a four-man backfield with Mike Gillislee, Dion Lewis, and James White. The Patriots inactives are CB Stephon Gilmore, LB Elandon Roberts, OL Cameron Fleming, OL Cole Croston, DE Geneo Grissom, CB Eric Rowe, and LB Harvey Langi.
Source: ESPN
Oct 22 - 7:11 PM

Rex Burkhead (ribs) wasn't listed on the Patriots' final injury report for Week 7 against the Falcons.

Burkhead is set to make his return after missing the last four games with a rib injury. With Burkhead healthy, it will be interesting to see what the Patriots decide to do with Mike Gillislee, who has been losing work to Dion Lewis and committed a costly fumble in last week's win over the Jets. Burkhead is not a fantasy option at this point.
Oct 20 - 4:26 PM

Rex Burkhead (ribs) remained limited at Wednesday's practice.

Burkhead looked close to returning in Week 6, but was a late-week downgrade. He's still yet to get in a full practice since going down. He doesn't seem particularly likely to return this week.
Oct 18 - 5:11 PM

Patriots declared RB Rex Burkhead, OL Cole Croston, OL Cameron Fleming, CB Stephon Gilmore, LB David Harris, LB Harvey Langi and CB Eric Rowe inactive for Week 6 against the Jets.

Burkhead (ribs), Gilmore (concussion), Langi (back) and Rowe (groin) were all ruled out on Friday. The other inactives are healthy scratches. Tom Brady (shoulder) and Rob Gronkowski (thigh) are both ready to go for New England after missing practice time earlier this week.
Oct 15 - 11:34 AM

Rex Burkhead (ribs) was downgraded to out for Week 6 against the Jets.

Burkhead was expected to return this week, but the Patriots don't need him with Mike Gillislee, James White, and Dion Lewis all healthy. Burkhead should be back in Week 7.
Source: ESPN Boston
Oct 14 - 3:46 PM

Rex Burkhead (ribs) is questionable for Week 6 against the Jets.

Aside from Burkhead, Eric Rowe (groin, out) is the only other player on New England's injury report for Week 6. Burkhead is likely to play after sitting out the last three games with a rib injury, though New England's backfield has always been a tough nut to crack for fantasy purposes.
Oct 13 - 4:22 PM

Rex Burkhead (ribs) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Burkhead is expected to return this week after sitting out the past three games with a rib injury. With Mike Gillislee and James White both occupying important roles in New England's backfield, it's unlikely Burkhead will see enough work to warrant fantasy consideration against the Jets.
Oct 11 - 6:02 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) is expected back for Week 6 against the Jets.

Burkhead hasn't played since Week 2. The Pats could use a boost on the ground, but it's unclear if they have plans to use Burkhead between the tackles.
Oct 5 - 9:07 PM

Rex Burkhead (ribs) is out for Week 5 against the Buccaneers.

Burkhead has been practicing on a limited basis since late last week but with New England playing on Thursday night, the Patriots will play it safe by keeping him out another week. Mike Gillislee and James White will be the featured backs with Dion Lewis filling a change-of-pace role for New England.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: With two of their starting LBs on the shelf, the pass-funnel Bucs have ranked 30th in receiving RB DVOA (per FO), setting up a nice spot for White. The back has accounted for the 2nd-most targets on New England (26) and he's been very efficient, hauling in 22. In a shootout last week with the Panthers, White out-snapped Mike Gillislee by a mile 43 to 18 and could easily do so again in a favorable spot that features the highest total of the week (55.5) and a reasonably close spread for a Patriots game (5.5 in favor of New England). White is an affordable GPP option with plenty of PPR upside.
Oct 4 - 4:20 PM

Rex Burkhead (ribs) remained "limited" in Tuesday's practice.

The back-to-back limited sessions give Burkhead a shot at returning for Thursday Night Football against the Bucs. He would likely slide back in to No. 3 duties behind Mike Gillislee and James White, though perhaps he could steal some work on early downs from Gillislee, who is averaging just 3.40 yards per carry.
Oct 3 - 7:34 PM

Rex Burkhead (ribs) was limited in Monday's practice.

Burkhead resumed practicing on Friday last week, but he was listed as doubtful and then declared inactive against the Panthers. It sounds like he has an outside chance to rejoin the Patriots' lineup Thursday night in Tampa Bay.
Oct 2 - 4:54 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Brian Hoyer
RB1Dion Lewis
2James White
3Mike Gillislee
4Rex Burkhead
5Brandon Bolden
GLB1Dion Lewis
2Mike Gillislee
3RB1James White
2Rex Burkhead
FB1James Develin
WR11Brandin Cooks
2Danny Amendola
3Matthew Slater
WR21Chris Hogan
2Phillip Dorsett
3Malcolm Mitchell
4Bernard Reedy
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Martellus Bennett
3Dwayne Allen
4Jacob Hollister
LT1Nate Solder
2LaAdrian Waddle
LG1Joe Thuney
2Cole Croston
C1David Andrews
RG1Shaq Mason
2Ted Karras
RT1Marcus Cannon
2Cameron Fleming
K1Stephen Gostkowski