|Team:||New England Patriots|
|Ht / Wt:||5'10" / 214 lb.|
|Born:||July 2, 1990|
|Drafted:||2013 / Rd. 6 (190)|
Burkhead carried six times for 48 yards and hauled in his only target for six yards in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Dolphins.
Analysis: Burkhead thus finishes the 2019 regular season with 65 carries for 302 yards and three TDs to go along with 27 catches (on 38 targets) for 279 yards in 13 games. Looking ahead to the postseason, the 29-year-old -- who is under contract with the Patriots through the 2020 season -- will continue to work in a complementary role behind lead back Sony Michel and pass-catching ace James White.
Burkhead ran for 20 yards and a touchdown on five carries while losing one fumble, and corralled all four of his targets for 77 receiving yards during Saturday's 24-17 win against Buffalo.
Analysis: Burkhead burst through the Buffalo defense for 18 yards on New England's opening offensive drive, only to fumble the football and see Micah Hyde scoop it up for a 31-yard gain in the opposite direction. With the 29-year-old Burkhead having established himself as a reliable piece to New England's attack over the past three seasons, he wasn't transitioned out of the game plan but rather bestowed with an additional seven offensive touches. His most critical contribution came on the Patriots' penultimate drive, as Burkhead's one-yard TD run with 5:06 to go provided New England with a lead that would prove insurmountable for the upset-minded Bills. Burkhead now has rushing scores in consecutive games, heading into a Week 17 matchup against a Miami defense that has surrendered 14 rushing TDs through 14 regular-season outings heading into a Sunday matchup against Cincinnati.
Burkhead logged 20 of a possible 65 snaps on offense in Sunday's 34-13 win over the Bengals, en route to carrying six times for 53 yards, including a 33-yard TD in the fourth quarter of the contest.
Analysis: Burkhead, who also caught both of his targets for six yards, was out-snapped by both Sony Michel (27) and James White (25) , with his TD run salvaging the day for him fantasy-wise. With sporadic volume the norm, Burkhead's lineup utility is restricted to deeper formats.
Burkhead logged 18 of a possible 67 snaps on offense in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Chiefs, en route to carrying a team-high seven times for 15 yards.
Analysis: Meanwhile, James White carried six times for 33 yards and caught five passes for 27 yards, while Sony Michel recorded five carries for eight yards and one catch for one yard. Looking ahead to next Sunday's game against the Bengals, we'd expect the Patriots to mix things up on offense, so we wouldn't be surprised to see Michel -- the team's leading rusher this season -- see increased opportunities against Cincinnati's vulnerable run defense. In such a scenario, Burkhead figures to continue to work in complementary role that may not generate significant volume.
Burkhead was on the field for four of a possible 87 snaps on offense in Sunday's 28-22 loss to the Texans.
Analysis: In the process, Burkhead carried three times for 15 yards and didn't haul in his only passing target. As long as Sony Michel and change-of-pace/pass-catching ace James White remain healthy, Burkhead's weekly volume figures to remain sporadic, which restricts his fantasy utility to deeper formats.
Burkhead was on the field for 15 of a possible 70 snaps on offense in Sunday's 13-9 win over the Cowboys, en route to carrying twice for three yards and catching two passes (on five targets) for 14 yards.
Analysis: In rainy conditions at Foxborough on Sunday, Sony Michel did the heavy lifting, carrying 20 times for 85 yards, which didn't leave much for room Burkhead and James White to make an impact out of the team's Week 12 backfield. Burkhead's weekly volume will continue to be difficult to project as long as both Michel and White remain healthy, a context that limits his fantasy usefulness to deeper formats.
Burkhead was on the field for 21 of a possible 74 snaps on offense in Sunday's 17-10 win over the Eagles.
Analysis: In the process, Burkhead carried five times for 14 yards and caught two of his three targets for 34 yards. Looking ahead, Burkhead's weekly volume in the Patriots' attack will be difficult to project so long as top back Sony Michel and change-of-pace/pass-catching ace James White remain healthy. As a result, Burkhead's fantasy utility is limited to deeper formats.
Burkhead (foot) remained limited at practice Friday.
Analysis: Given that he's been able to practice in a limited fashion of late, Burkhead -- who has missed two straight games -- could possibly return to action in Week 7 against the Jets, but that's not a lock at this stage, which makes him a risky roll in fantasy lineups, given the Patriots' Monday night kickoff.
Burkhead (foot) was limited at Thursday's practice, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
Analysis: Burkhead has been able to practice in a limited fashion of late, but has been made inactive in each of the Patriots' last two games, so it's not a lock that he'll suit up Monday night against the Jets. If he is able to return to action in Week 7, Burkhead looks like a hit-or-miss fantasy option, however, given that his weekly volume is largely dictated by game flow and match up-specific play-calling.
Burkhead (foot) is inactive for Thursday night's game against the Giants.
Analysis: Burkhead sat out this past Sunday's game against Washington, and the Patriots will give the running back some extra healing time, with the team's next contest not until Oct. 21 against the Jets. With Burkhead still sidelined, Sony Michel is in line to head New England's Week 6 backfield, while James White handles change-of-pace/pass-catching duties and Brandon Bolden works in a complementary role which of late has led to limited touches, but has yielded him a TD in each of his two last outings.
Burkhead (foot), who is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Giants, is expected to sit out the contest, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: After being sidelined for Sunday's win over the Redskins, Burkhead was listed as a limited participant on the practice reports the Patriots issued Monday through Wednesday, though none of those sessions were particularly rigorous because of the short week. Evidently, the Patriots don't feel that Burkhead has overcome the foot injury, so he'll likely be included among the seven inactive players the team reveals 90 minutes prior to the 8:20 p.m. EDT kickoff. Burkhead's absence in Week 5 proved most beneficial to Brandon Bolden, who scored a touchdown while amassing a season-high 42 total yards across 11 offensive plays. The top option on the depth chart, Sony Michel, also played his most snaps of the season (38) and drew three targets, tripling his output in that category from the previous four weeks combined.
Burkhead (foot) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Giants.
Analysis: Burkhead sat out this past Sunday's game against Washington, but he's been listed as a practice participant this week, which gives him a chance to be active Thursday. If he's in uniform, Burkhead profiles as a hit-or-miss fantasy option, however, given that his weekly volume tends to be dictated by game flow and matchup-specific game plans.
Burkhead (foot) was listed as a limited participant Tuesday during the Patriots' walk-through practice.
Analysis: According to Zack Cox of NESN.com, the Patriots treated the practice as a non-contact workout, with no players donning pads or helmets during the session. As such, it's difficult at this point to gauge whether Burkhead is trending toward playing Thursday against the Giants after sitting out the Week 5 win over the Redskins with the injury. The Patriots will provide a final word on Burkhead outlook for Thursday's contest following Wednesday's practice.
Burkhead (foot) was listed as a limited participant on Monday's practice estimation.
Analysis: Burkhead sat out Sunday's game against Washington, so it's no lock that he'll rebound in time to suit up Thursday night against the Giants. If he misses the contest, Sony Michel, James White and Brandon Bolden would once again handle the team's backfield duties in Week 6.
Burkhead (foot) has been ruled out ahead of Sunday's game against the Redskins.
Analysis: The Patriots will be cautious with Burkhead, who practiced at a limited capacity throughout the week. Sony Michel figures to get the bulk of the carries against a porous Redskins defense, although it's possible Brandon Bolden and 2019 third-round pick Damien Harris could get some action if the contest gets out of hand early.
Burkhead (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Washington after logging limited practice sessions all week.
Analysis: We expect him to play this weekend, but now that James White is back in the mix (after being unavailable in Week 3) along with Sony Michel, Burkhead profiles as a hit-or-miss fantasy option. That's because his weekly volume is in the hands of a coaching staff that tends to script backfield touch allotments dictated by game flow and matchup-specific game plans.
Burkhead (foot) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Though Burkhead's reps were restricted for the second straight day, no reports have surfaced suggesting the 29-year-old's availability for Sunday's game in Washington is in any real jeopardy. After fellow running back James White returned from a one-game absence to play in the Week 4 win over Buffalo, Burkhead saw a significantly downsized role. He garnered one touch (a seven-yard reception) and was on the field for just 12 of the Patriots' 65 offensive plays, which equated to a season-low 18 percent snap share.
Burkhead (foot) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: Burkhead practiced in limited fashion all last week, but he nonetheless managed to suit up for Sunday's 16-10 divisional win over the Bills. However, Burkhead only played 18 percent of snaps on offense -- his lowest total across four games -- while Sony Michel and James White played 45 percent and 52 percent, respectively. It's difficult to discern whether Burkhead's decline in usage was due to his nagging foot injury or James White's return to the lineup, but he could be in line for more work Week 5 in Washington, if he manages to get to full healthy.
Burkhead caught his only target for seven yards in Sunday's 16-10 win over the Bills.
Analysis: Per Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, Burkhead -- who headed into the contest listed as questionable with a foot injury -- logged 12 of a possible 65 snaps on offense in the contest, while James White recorded 34 snaps and Sony Michel was on the field for 29. White's return from a one-week absence clearly cut in Burkhead's Week 4 workload and it's quite possible that his foot issue was part of the equation that led to him going without a carry Sunday. Though we'd expect Burkhead to be more involved in the team's attack in Week 5 against Washington, his weekly volume is going to be difficult to predict when both Michel and White are also available.
Burkhead (foot) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Bills.
Analysis: Burkhead - who led the team in rushing last weekend -- will give it a go Sunday, but his fantasy upside takes a bit of a hit with return of pass-catching ace James White, who sat out Week 3's win over the Jets. Additionally, it wouldn't surprise us to see Sony Michel log increased touches in the hopes of that he bounces back after recording nine carries for just 11 yards and a TD in his most recent outing. Burkhead maintains utility as a deeper league/flex option, but his weekly volume is in the hands of a coaching staff that tends to map out carry allotments based on game flow and matchup-specific game plans.
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