This week we learned that Rex Burkhead is listed atop New England’s depth chart at running back, but does that mean you should draft him?
Despite losing Dion Lewis to the Titans, New England’s backfield is once again crowded with the likes of Burkhead, James White, Mike Gillislee and newcomers Jeremy Hill (signed in free agency) and Sony Michel (2018 1st round draft pick). So why even entertain the idea of drafting Burkhead, who currently holds an ADP of 81 in half-point ppr leagues? Why draft ANY of these running backs?
If you remember last year, Gillislee opened the season with a 3 touchdown performance and tallied another touchdown the following week. But Bill Belichick can be unpredictable. Gillislee ended up in the doghouse and totaled 1 touchdown the rest of the season while playing sparingly.
Last year I wrote about a similar situation in Seattle at the running back position. Seattle entered the preseason with 3 viable options at running back which never bodes well for fantasy purposes. Thomas Rawls, Eddie Lacy, CJ Prosise and Chris Carson all had 2017 campaigns to forget about.
If you’re in a keeper league, it may be worth stashing Sony Michel late but outside of that.. committees rarely work. So don’t count on this one in New England.