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Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Jets after a limited week of practice. He’s expected to play but can’t be trusted in fantasy lineups. We’ll be keeping a close eye on his role, though.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) is out for Thursday night's game against the Bucs. That's a downgrade from last week, when he was listed as doubtful before being declared inactive. We'll see if Burkhead can get ready for Week 6 against the Jets.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) is inactive for today’s game against the Panthers. He returned to a limited practice on Friday and has a shot to play this coming Thursday vs. Tampa. Mike Gillislee and James White will continue to handle the majority of New England’s backfield work today.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) returned to a limited practice on Friday but is listed as doubtful for this weekend’s game against the Panthers. He won’t play in that one but has a shot to return for Week 5.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Texans. His absence should open up a few extra targets for RBs James White and Dion Lewis.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) did not practice on Wednesday. We still haven't gotten any details on his injury, but he's obviously in danger of missing this weekend's game against the Texans. Burkhead's absence could mean extra work for RBs James White and Dion Lewis.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead injured his ribs in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Saints and hasn't played in the 2nd. New England is calling him questionable to return, but don't expect to see him back out there. We'll look for an update after the game.

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 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.

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 Patriots signed RB Rex Burkhead. He joins Dion Lewis and James White in the backfield. (RB LeGarrette Blount remains a free agent.) Burkhead was mostly a special-teamer in Cincinnati but flashed when given a bigger opportunity this past year, averaging 4.6 yards per carry and 8.5 yards per catch. That included a 144-total-yard, 2-TD outing against the Ravens in Week 17. At 5'10, 210 pounds, Burkhead is the biggest of New England's top 3 backs (5 pounds heavier than White). He could be a sneaky option for early-down work, although stealing significant passing-down action from White and Lewis will be tough. As usual, we'll need to keep a close eye on the Patriots' backfield this summer.

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Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (knee) is inactive for today’s game against the Ravens. Rex Burkhead figures to operate as the feature back, making him a solid fantasy play.

The Bengals listed RB Jeremy Hill (knee) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens. Cincinnati has mailed it in for the season and could sit the banged-up Hill in the meaningless finale. We're not expecting him to play much even if he's active. RB Rex Burkhead should lead the Bengals backfield in touches.

Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website expects RB Rex Burkhead to replace Gio Bernard as the "jack-of-all-trades-third-down back that must catch run, catch, and block." Cincinnati lost a combined 151 targets -- 15.1 per game -- when Bernard and WR A.J. Green went down last week. Bernard accounted for 51 of those (5.1 per game). Burkhead has flashed some pass-catching chops in limited chances, hauling in 19 of 27 career targets (70.4%) for 167 yards (8.8 YPC). He's unlikely to be play a big enough role to turn into a fantasy option, but we'll keep an eye on him in Sunday's game against the Ravens.

Bengals RB Giovani Bernard left Saturday night's game against the Steelers with a concussion and will not return. He'd obviously need to pass through the league protocol to be available in the Divisional Round should Cincinnati come back to beat Pittsburgh. RB Rex Burkhead will see more playing time as long as Bernard is out.

Bengals OC Jay Gruden told the team website that RB Giovani Bernard will compete with 6th-round pick Rex Burkhead for the 3rd-down role.  Gruden said Bernard brings 3-down size and skills but doesn't plan to use the 2nd-rounder as a workhorse. "He can be a 10-15 carry guy, catch eight balls, whatever it is, to help us out and make us more diverse," Gruden said.  Burkhead is a nice-looking player, but we don't actually expect him to push Bernard aside.  The former Tar Heel can provide the offense a dynamic presence it has long lacked outside of WR A.J. Green.  Bernard doesn't appear likely to lead the team in carries as a rookie, however.  Of course, that shouldn't keep you from drafting him in the middle rounds.

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