DS Sleepers

2017 Fantasy Football Sleepers

By Jared Smola 8:08am EDT 8/23/17

Rex Burkhead, RB, Patriots

We know this Patriots backfield is gonna produce fantasy points. They’ve finished among the top 12 in rushing TDs in 13 straight seasons. They’ve ranked 13th or better in rushing yards in 9 of the last 13 years.

And this 2017 Pats offense has a chance to be 1 of the best in the Brady/Belichick era.

Fantasy owners seem to have decided that it’ll be Mike Gillislee leading the backfield. His ADP is sitting in the 6th round as the 26th RB off the board.

Don’t be so sure it’ll be Gillislee, though. He’s missed a chuck of spring practices, training camp and the first 2 preseason games with hamstring trouble. A bum hammy also landed him on IR back in 2014 and cost him a game last year. It’s a concern. So is the fact that he’s missing valuable practice reps in a new offense.

Burkhead, meanwhile, has impressed all offseason. He’s been getting 1st-team reps in camp — including at the goal line — and hauled in a 22-yard TD from Brady in the 2nd preseason game. He might just be the team's best runner/receiving combination.

In the always-unpredictable New England backfield, it makes much more sense to take a shot on Burkhead in the double-digit rounds than Gillislee in the 6th.

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