Rex Burkhead
Rex Burkhead
28-Year-Old Running BackRB
New England Patriots
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Underappreciated and buried on the depth chart in Cincinnati for the first four seasons of his career, Burkhead appeared to be in line for a bigger role in New England after signing as a free agent last offseason, but a Week 2 rib injury put a damper on his sleeper status. Once he was 100 percent healthy, Burkhead showed what he could do by scoring seven TDs in a six-game stretch out of the Patriots' bye before a knee injury cut short his regular season. Burkhead isn't the biggest or fastest back, doesn't have the softest hands or run the sharpest routes, and he doesn't have electric moves in the open field or uncanny vision, but he's at least competent in all aspects, making him a great fit who can step up in any situation. The selection of Sony Michel in the first round presents a significant threat to Burkhead's workload - the signing of former Bengals teammate Jeremy Hill, less so - but Tom Brady finds ways to get the ball to players he trusts, and Burkhead seemed to earn that trust last year. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $9.75 million contract with the Patriots in March of 2018.
Used sparingly in loss
RBNew England Patriots
September 16, 2018
Burkhead (concussion) rushed six times for 22 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game during Sunday's 31-20 loss to the Jaguars.
ANALYSIS
New England is notoriously inconsistent with its running back usage, but things didn't look good for Burkhead in Sony Michel's (knee) debut. Michel got a team-high 10 carries and was targeted twice while James White caught seven of eight targets and added four carries. If Michel handles most of the rushing duties moving forward and White serves as the receiving back, that doesn't leave much of a role for Burkhead.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    52
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    24
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
238
209
2017
196
102
2018
52
24
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other RBs)

Height:   5' 10"
BELOW AVERAGE
Weight:   215 lbs
AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.73 sec
POOR
Shuttle Time:   4.09 sec
ELITE
Cone Drill:   6.85 sec
GREAT
Arm Length:   30.88 in
AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.75 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   39 in
ELITE
Broad Jump:   125 in
ELITE
Bench Press:   21 reps
GOOD
New England Patriots Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
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2013
Injuries to both Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill forced the Bengals to give Burkhead a much larger role in the offense than they expected last season, and he stepped up down the stretch, gaining more than 200 combined yards with two touchdowns over the final two games. An athletic and elusive runner, Burkhead lacks breakaway speed but has proven to be a nearly ideal backup as he can contribute in just about any situation. Now a Patriot, his prospects for significant value didn't really improve with the move, as he's now the jack-of-all-trades running back on a depth chart that features a goal-line option in Mike Gillislee and two pass catchers in James White and Dion Lewis. Coach Bill Belichick's mix-and-match style could provide Burkhead with a big game or two, but don't expect consistent production.
In his third season, Burkhead found himself buried on a Bengals running back depth chart full of young talent. He was only given four rushing attempts last season but became a contributing factor in the passing game, hauling in 10 receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown. While it seems unlikely the fourth-year back sees major carries this season, he'll continue to develop as a pass-catcher, boosting his fantasy value for deeper leagues.
After missing the first month of the season with a knee injury, Burkhead spent most of his time on special teams coverage for the Bengals, getting just 33 offensive snaps compared to 113 on special teams. He's a capable pass-catching back, grabbing seven receptions on 10 targets for 49 yards, but as long as Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard are around, Burkhead is going to be limited to mop-up and change-of-pace duty.
Burkhead is buried on the Bengals depth chart behind Giovani Bernard, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cedric Peerman and rookie Jeremy Hill.
Burkhead, a rookie out of Nebraska, will mostly be a reserve running back for the Bengals.
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Suits up Sunday
RBNew England Patriots
September 16, 2018
Burkhead (concussion) is listed as active Sunday against the Jaguars.
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Likely to play Sunday
RBNew England Patriots
Concussion
September 16, 2018
Burkhead (concussion) is "likely to play" Sunday against the Jaguars, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Travels with team
RBNew England Patriots
Concussion
September 15, 2018
Burkhead (concussion), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, made the trip with the team to Jacksonville, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
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Listed as questionable for Week 2
RBNew England Patriots
Concussion
September 14, 2018
Burkhead (concussion) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.
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Listed as limited practice participant
RBNew England Patriots
Concussion
September 13, 2018
Burkhead (concussion) was officially a limited practice participant Thursday.
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