The Patriots selected Georgia RB Sony Michel with the 31st overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. It’s the first 1st-round RB for New England since Laurence Maroney in 2006. That didn’t work out so well, but Michel has the potential to fare much better. He averaged 6.1 yards per carry across his 4-year college career and flashed pass-catching ability with seasons of 26 and 22 grabs. Michel is electric in the open field with surprising power. The biggest concern is a lengthy injury history that includes a torn ACL and a pair of ankle injuries. This is a exciting landing spot for Michel. New England’s backfield is crowded on paper, but Rex Burkhead, James White, Jeremy Hill and Mike Gillislee are all role players. Consider Michel the odds-on favorite to lead the 2018 backfield in touches.
Patriots RB Mike Gillislee (knee) didn’t practice all week and is out for this weekend’s game against the Jets. RB Rex Burkhead (knee) remains out, while RB James White (ankle) is listed as questionable after a limited week of practice. RB Dion Lewis is in for a huge workload on Sunday.
Patriots RB Mike Gillislee (knee) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. He's seemingly in danger of missing this weekend's game against the Jets. With RB Rex Burkhead (knee) out and RB James White (ankle) iffy, RB Dion Lewis could be in for a massive workload.
Patriots RB Mike Gillislee is a healthy scratch for today's game against the Dolphins. New England will continue to roll with Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead and James White in the backfield.
Patriots RB Mike Gillislee is inactive for today's game against Oakland. Gillislee was inactive last week, too. The Pats will move forward with Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead as primary rushers.
Patriots RB Mike Gillislee is a healthy scratch for tonight's game against the Broncos. New England will roll with RBs Dion Lewis, James White and Rex Burkhead. This could be a gameplan-based decision for the Pats, but Gillislee's role has been dwindling anyway, with fewer than 12 carries in 3 straight.
Patriots RBs Mike Gillislee, Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis are all active for tonight's opener against the Chiefs. We're eager to see the backfield usage here, but it's a situation to avoid in Week 1 fantasy lineups in possible. White is the safest play as the likely passing-down back.
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead practiced on Monday, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. Burkhead missed the 3rd preseason game with an undisclosed injury, which allowed RB Mike Gillislee to regain some momentum. This backfield remains wide open heading into the regular season. Burkhead will be tough to trust in Week 1 fantasy lineups but is still worth a look in the double-digit rounds of drafts.
Patriots HC Bill Belichick said RB Mike Gillislee has "quite a ways to go." The free-agent addition missed most of the spring and training camp with a hamstring injury. "He works hard to stay on top of things and to stay caught up and we've worked hard to catch him up, but he still has some ground to make up," Belichick added. Gillislee looked solid in Friday night's preseason game, carrying 8 times for 38 yards and a score. There's still plenty of upside here for a guy who could emerge as New England's early-down back. But it's going to be tough to rely on Gillislee in Week 1 fantasy lineups.
Patriots RB Mike Gillislee said he returned to a full practice Tuesday, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. That marked the 1st time since early August, when Gillislee hit the sideline because of a hamstring issue that also bothered him in the spring. Rex Burkhead has generated slight buzz in Gillislee's absence, most notably catching a TD pass from Tom Brady in the 2nd preseason game. We'll see whether Gillislee takes the field for the 3rd pretend contest and/or whether we get any other indication of his role. He's been a risky pick for a while at his Round 6 ADP.
Patriots RB Mike Gillislee is dealing with a hamstring injury, according to insider Jeff Howe. He was also reportedly bothered by the hammy in OTAs. Gillislee is the favorite for early-down work in New England but can't afford to miss much time in a crowded backfield. Although there's big TD upside here, he's overpriced at his current 6th-round ADP.
Fantasy drafters are confident that Mike Gillislee will operate as the Patriots' early-down back this season. He's going in the early 6th round of recent MFL10 drafts. Rex Burkhead, meanwhile, is lasting into the 17th. While we're still betting on Gillislee producing more fantasy points, the situation isn't as clear as those price tags would suggest. In fact, Burkhead has been receiving goal-line reps in training camp -- as well as impressing as a pass-catcher. He might just be the most well-rounded back on New England's roster. Insider Phil Perry went as far as predicting that Burkhead will lead the team's RBs in snaps this season. He's well worth a look late in drafts.
The Bills declined to match the Patriots' 2-year, $6.4 million contract offer to restricted free agent RB Mike Gillislee. So he's off to New England, while Buffalo receives a 5th-round pick as compensation. Gillislee joins an extremely crowded backfield that includes Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis. Gillislee and Burkhead figure to be battling mostly for early-down, ball-carrying duties. And, most importantly, the goal-line role. Patriots RBs have averaged 16.4 rushing scores over the past 5 seasons, with 18+ in 3 of those. In Buffalo, meanwhile, talented 2nd-year RB Jonathan Williams now has a big opportunity to step in as LeSean McCoy's backup.
The Patriots signed restricted free agent RB Mike Gillislee to a 2-year offer sheet worth $6.4 million. The deal includes $4 million in year 1. Buffalo has 5 days to match the offer, although a shortage of cap space might lead them to pass. In New England, Gillislee would join a loaded backfield that includes Dion Lewis, James White and Rex Burkhead. If you're drafting in MFL10s or FFPC Draft Experts leagues right now, we'd recommend avoiding LeGarrette Blount while the Gillislee situation plays out.
Bills RB LeSean McCoy (thumb) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. He was limited in practice all week and was still sporting a "huge wrap" on that injured thumb on Friday, per insider Joe Buscaglia. McCoy is expected to play vs. Jacksonville, but the thumb issue certainly adds some risk. For what it’s worth, HC Rex Ryan said Friday that McCoy should be “ready to get the majority of the reps.” RB Mike Gillislee (hamstring) is out for Week 12, leaving Reggie Bush and Jonathan Williams as McCoy's backups.
Bills RB LeSean McCoy (thumb) practiced for the 2nd straight day on Thursday. RB Mike Gillislee, meanwhile, sat out after tweaking his hamstring on Wednesday. At this point, it looks like McCoy has the better chance of playing against the Jaguars this weekend. We'll have another update on both guys tomorrow.
Bills RB LeSean McCoy dislocated his thumb in Sunday's win over the Bengals, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "Bills sources don't seem concerned," Rapoport adds. It sounds like McCoy has a good shot to be ready for next weekend's game against the Jaguars. If not, Mike Gillislee would operate as Buffalo's lead back.
Update: Pro Football Talk reports that the team expects McCoy to be ready for Week 12.
Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is questionable for Monday night's game in Seattle. He put in limited practices all week, even after HC Rex Ryan spoke optimistically Friday. Fantasy owners will need to decide their comfort level with waiting for McCoy before the Sunday games begin. Mike Gillislee and C.J. Prosise stand as Monday-night insurance options.
Bills HC Rex Ryan said Friday that RB LeSean McCoy looked "full go" in practice Friday and said he believes McCoy is "close" to being ready for Monday night's game in Seattle. This seems to be trending toward McCoy being active for the game. He'll be risky until we see a full game back from his hamstring injury. Obviously, the current RB situation for many owners -- including this week's 6-team bye -- means you might have to go ahead and start McCoy without that assurance. We'll watch for his game status later today and keep an eye out for any further updates throughout the weekend. If you're waiting on McCoy and don't have Mike Gillislee as insurance, then Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise could be an available fill-in.
The Bills will use a RB rotation vs. New England today and ride the "hot hand," according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Mike Gillislee still figures to get the 1st crack and remains the preferred fantasy play. But he could lose touches to Reggie Bush and/or Jonathan Williams. The Patriots rank 8th in fantasy points allowed to RBs and are giving up just 3.6 yards per carry.
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