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Basic StatsRex Burkhead's Basic Stats

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Bye: 6
Experience: 9 Yr(s)
Age: 32.6
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 215
40 Time: 4.73
SPARQx (Rank): 120.50 (78%)
Burst Score (Rank): 128.80 (91%)
Agility Score (Rank): 10.94 (95%)
Three Cone Drill (Rank): 6.85

Rex Burkhead's Weekly Outlook

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Rex Burkhead's 2022 Projections & Outlook


#76 Running Back

35.9 Projected Points

ADP Rush Atts Rush Yds Rush TDs 100 Fum Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs
Not Available 40.8 134.3 0.4 0.3 0.4 22.2 166.7 0.7

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Basic StatsRex Burkhead's Preseason Player Analysis

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What You Need to Know:

  • Burkhead signed a 1-year deal with Houston last offseason.
  • Injuries around him helped Burkhead post a team-best 122-427-3 rushing line.
  • His season was highlighted by a 22-149-2 line vs. a Chargers squad that invited the run.
  • Overall, he finished as an RB2 3 times.
  • Burkhead notched only 3.5 YPC.
  • Among 44 RBs with 120+ carries, Burkhead ranked last in PFF rushing grade; 32nd in yards after contact per attempt.
  • The Texans re-signed Burkhead to a 1-year, $2.35 million deal that’s slightly more than what Marlon Mack earned as a free agent.
  • Mack missed nearly all of the 2020 season with an Achilles tear. He was a healthy inactive for most of 2021 behind Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines.
  • Houston added Florida RB Dameon Pierce in Round 4 this year. With a well-rounded game and little tread off his tires, Pierce projects for an immediate role.
  • Houston returns 2nd-year QB Davis Mills as the starter. While he showed some flashes, Mills remains a major wild card.
  • Pep Hamilton takes over as the OC. In 3 stints as an OC, his units ranked 23rd, 17th and 21st in rush attempts.
  • The ’21 Texans ranked bottom-3 in scoring and total yardage, so major improvement is needed to support a 2 or 3-headed backfield.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Burkhead’s 122 carries from 2021 actually marked a season-high. So he doesn’t have a lot of wear and tear on his body.

Still, we’re talking about a 30-year-old RB (31 in November). And the track record for those guys simply isn’t encouraging.

Considering Houston’s suspect offense and RB competition in Marlon Mack and Dameon Pierce, it’s tough to see an upside path for Burkhead.

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Royce Freeman, RB HOU

6:34pm EST 12/18/22

Freeman leads post-Dameon Pierce backfield

RB Royce Freeman led the Texans with 11 carries and 51 yards in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs, the 1st game since RB Dameon Pierce landed on IR with a high-ankle sprain. RB Dare Ogunbowale got the position's only other carries, taking 8 rushes for 14 yards. RB Rex Burkhead led the backfield in targets (4), receptions (2) and receiving yards (17). Freeman added a 5-yard catch on his only target. This is a backfield to avoid the rest of the way.

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The Texans placed RB Dameon Pierce on IR with his ankle injury, ending his 2022 season. Pierce had an impressive rookie season, running for 939 yards on 4.3 yards per carry in a bad Houston offense. He currently ranks 8th in Pro Football Focus rushing grade and 3rd in Elusive Rating among 39 RBs with 100+ carries. It's enough to make Pierce the favorite to lead this backfield in 2023, but we'll see what the Texans do at the position this offseason. The Texans promoted RB Royce Freeman from the practice squad on Saturday. He joins Rex Burkhead and Dare Ogunbowale in the backfield for Sunday's game vs. the Chiefs.

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Texans RB Dameon Pierce (ankle) is out for Sunday’s game vs. the Chiefs. RBs Dare Ogunbowale and Rex Burkhead are on the active roster, with RBs Royce Freeman and Gerrid Doaks on the practice squad. We’ll see if Houston makes an elevation on Saturday, but you should try to avoid this backfield in fantasy lineups.

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Texans RB Dameon Pierce is expected to miss "at least" 1 game with a "relatively mild high-ankle sprain," a source tells insider Aaron Wilson. It sounds like Pierce could end up missing a couple of games but is expected back this season. Houston released RB Eno Benjamin on Tuesday, leaving Dare Ogunbowale and Rex Burkhead as the healthy RBs on the active roster. RB Royce Freeman is on the practice squad. Hopefully you don't need to mess with this situation in Week 15 fantasy lineups.

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Texans RB Rex Burkhead (concussion) is inactive for today’s game vs. the Browns. RB Eno Benjamin is active for the 1st time as a Texan and could play a passing-down role behind RB Dameon Pierce.

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