| Rex Burkhead expected to play|
Gillislee expecte to be inactive
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Jan 21, 7:00 am
|Despite being listed as questionable for Sunday’s AFC Championship game vs. Jaguars, Patriots’ RB Rex Burkhead will play, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Burkhead (knee) missed last week's game and was limited in practice this week but should play in the AFC Championship game against the Jaguars. His presence on the field knocks the shine of Dion Lewis' fantasy value but Lewis should still see the majority of running back touches for New England. Mike Gillislee (knee) is expected to be inactive.
| Burkhead, Gillislee limited on Wednesday|
Both limited last week before being inactive
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Jan 17, 7:10 pm
|Pats -- Limited: Tom Brady (right hand), Rex Burkhead, Branch and Mike Gillislee. (Ryan O'Halloran on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Both running backs were limited last week and both were inactive. It's likely that Burkhead will be active this week although he was seen favoring his injured knee during practice last week. From a fantasy perspective, this is still Dion Lewis' backfield despite being repeatedly vulture at the goaline last week.
| Burkhead, Gillislee not expected to play|
Both were limited in practice this week
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Jan 13, 9:30 am
|Patriots’ RBs Rex Burkhead (knee) and Mike Gillislee (knee), both listed as questionable for tonight’s Divisional Playoff game against the Titans, are not expected to play, per league sources. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Burkhead and Gillislee got in limited practices this week and both are listed as questionable. In their absence, expect Dion Lewis and James White (ankle) to handle the majority of work at the running back position with Lewis being the featured back as he has been the last few weeks.
| Burkhead limited on Wednesday|
Said to be favoring his left knee
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Jan 10, 3:10 pm
|Running back Rex Burkhead, who returned to practice last week on a limited basis, is still heavily favoring his injured left knee.
Burkhead missed the final two games of the regular season after suffering the injury against the Steelers.
If he is available Saturday against the Titans, it appears he’ll be limited, barring a rapid turnaround in the coming days.
FFToday's Take: In addition to Burkhead, Mike Gillislee is also battling a knee injury. He missed practice on Wednesday. It appears Dion Lewis is on track to getting the start in the Patriots backfield. James White (ankle) was also limited in practice Wednesday but he is expected to play.
| Hogan, White expected to sit for Patriots|
Patriots playing to win, but will rest injured players
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Dec 31, 8:10 am
|The #Patriots are playing to win today, but they'll rest players who are borderline with injuries. That includes WR Chris Hogan (shoulder), source said. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Adam Schefter is also reporting that James White is expected to sit meaning we should see a lot of Dion Lewis out of the backfield. Top receiving options for Brady include Brandin Cooks, Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola.
| Hogan, White expected to sit for Patriots|
New England down two key offensive players
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Dec 24, 7:00 am
|The New England Patriots are expected to be without running back James White and receiver Chris Hogan for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
White will sit out with an ankle injury, while Hogan is dealing with a hurt shoulder. Both players practiced all week and were listed as questionable. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: With White out of the running back mix, it will allow Mike Gillislee to be active for the first time since Week 8. Expect Dion Lewis and Gillislee to handle the majority of touches out of the backfield. Danny Amendola and Brandin Cooks should see an uptick in targets with Hogan out.
| Rex Burkhead expected back for playoffs|
Patriots looking to roll with Dion Lewis & James White in Week 16
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Mon Dec 18, 12:20 pm
|Ian Rapoport on Twitter: "#Patriots RB Rex Burkhead was diagnosed with just a knee sprain after his MRI, source said. The team is optimistic their versatile weapon will be back for the playoffs. Good news, especially considering what it originally looked like." (Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Dion Lewis should remain in place as the lead back, but we'll likely see more of James White -- and perhaps even some Mike Gillislee, until we reach the playoffs.
| Sprained knee for Burkhead? MRI today|
Should be back for the playoffs
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Dec 18, 9:00 am
|Heading into the MRI, the #Patriots believe RB Rex Burkhead suffered a sprained knee, along with a bruise from a player landing on it. No torn ACL. The early hope is for a return for the playoffs. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Patriots lost one of their cogs in the running back group yesterday. It sounds like Burkhead avoided a season-ending injury but an MRI is coming today. Dion Lewis, James White and Mike Gillislee will handle running back duties during the final two weeks of the regular season.