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Saturday, September 16, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL STOCK WATCH: REX BURKHEAD RB NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Well Week 1 certainly didn't go as planned for anyone who was holding stock in New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead.  The hype machine had gotten a bit out of control when it came to Burkhead during the preseason as there were many reports that the Bill Belichick favorite would be heavily involved both in the running and passing game.  And it looked to be a development that was coming true at the start of the Pats' opener versus the Kansas City Chiefs when Burkhead started and caught a pass on the opening series.  That would be pretty much the high point for Burkhead in that one however as he played only TEN snaps for the entire game while James White and Mike Gillislee handled the majority of work in the backfield.  What happened next was a mass exodus of Burkhead from the rosters of most of his owners which would be a more than understandable reaction considering how crowded the Patriots' backfield is.

Well it certainly looks like things could be changing for Burkhead for the better however this week as the absence of Danny Amendola due to injury is expected to open up possible slot appearances by the former.  Already having shown himself to be a very good pass receiver, Burkhead now takes on some upside in PPR formats for Week 2.  Of course this being the Pats, nothing is every guaranteed but at least Burkhead has some semblance of value again.  A stab in deeper formats is warranted, especially for those David Johnson owners who need some PPR help.


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