By Muntradamus


Last season Rookie RB Sony Michel took the Fantasy Football league by storm. His potential was through the roof as basically the lead RB in the Patriots system. Sure, James White was around to take a bulk of the action, however at the end of the day, Sony Michel is the RB the Patriots leaned on to carry the ball.

This season, Rex Burkhead comes back into the picture. While Michel is the better RB, and James White is the better RB going out for short passes. Burkhead is the combination of both these guys and can do a little bit of everything. Coming off of a ACL, Burkhead did not play until very late in the season. In the playoffs, Burk was huge grabbing a couple goal line TDs against the Chiefs, also seeing 12 carries.

While Michel did dominate the volume of carries in both games, Burkhead has had more time to recover from the knee injury. Tom Brady and the Patriots trust Burkhead, he is reliable, he can block, he can catch, he can find the endzone. There is no doubt that Michel has huge upside and is a BEAST caliber player. In a system like this, with two other RBs who are just as useful as the next one. Sony Michel and James White have BUST options written all over them.


I will start out by saying, in Full Point PPR Leagues, James White is fantastic value. Not part of the draft strategy, but he can provide good numbers for you at that spot. Before I keep riding James White to the moon, let us remember this very simple stat. White will not be scoring many TDs this season. When the Patriots get in the Redzone, it is Burkhead/Michel.

White will have his 8 catch performances, he will have his 66+ Total Yards. However hoping for a TD each week, that is not something you can count on. Standard Leagues huge BUST. PPR leagues, the more the points count, good value.


Sony is a great option and will be a fantasy player that will end up on a daily fantasy roster this year no doubt about it. However he is not going to be reliable each week. Depending on the matchup, that is the type of management it will take on Michel. If the Patriots going with a heavy pass game plan, Michel will be phased out. Burkhead/White will take the targets. Michel will also be splitting responbilities in the redzone with Burkhead, Rex just knows how to score TDs. You will be vultured.

Most important reason why Michel has BUST on him. If he fumbles once, his Fantasy owners have to hold their breath that he did not end up in the Belichick Dog House. We have seen house hold names like Lawrence Marony and Stevan Ridley disappear from top Fantasy pick, to thin air.


If you are in a super deep league, I am sure you have read enough to convince yourself to draft Rex. He will play like a RB3/RB4, might get about 8+ Touches a games through the air and on the ground, small chance of a TD every week. He is always going ot be part of the gameplan, but by no means is he a guy you need to draft in Shallow leagues, and will likely never see your lineup unless there is an injury to White or Sony.

However if that happens, Rex automatically jumps to a RB#2 with RB#1 Potential in full point PPR Leagues.



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