Once the heir apparent to the scoring-stacked New England backfield, Rex Burkhead now appears a distant No.2 on the depth chart. This drop in Usage sends his Fantasy Stock Score tumbling.
You won’t find a bigger truther on Burkhead than The Wolf, but even he’s pumping the brakes following Sony Michel‘s electric addition to this backfield. The Patriots invested the 31st overall pick in Michel, despite glaring defensive needs, suggesting they view the rookie as a genuine difference maker and critical offensive weapon. Moreover and unlike Dion Lewis, Michel’s build and downhill running style make him a highly qualified for goalline work. Thus, now contending with Michel, Jeremy Hill, and Mike Gillislee, Burkhead’s chances at remaining the short yardage guy grow even slimmer, despite his nose for the endzone.
Despite averaging the fourth most fantasy points per touch in 2017, Burkhead now seems destined for a clear second fiddle and special teams role. Michel comes with some injury red flags, and Burkhead has the goalline chops to still threaten 8-10 scores beyond his obvious handcuff appeal. Still, Sexy Rexy’s fantasy appeal drops significantly from a clearcut RB2 to a high-end bench stash.