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Sleeper Pick Of The Week Part II: New England Patriots Running Back Dion Lewis

By Travis Pulver - 6 years ago in Daily Fantasy, NFL News

Sleeper Pick Of The Week Part II: New England Patriots Running Back Dion Lewis

When Dion Lewis was signed by the New England Patriots on December 31, 2014, he was nearing the end of his rope in football. He barely played in Philadelphia before the Eagles traded him to the Cleveland Browns. A short stay with the Browns in 2013 led to an even shorter stay with the Colts in 2014.

So, when the Patriots signed him to a futures contract, he was close to being out of football for good. Fast forward three years and he’s gone from nobody to fantasy relevant and back to nobody. But he has become fantasy relevant once again and is the one player you didn’t know you need to start.


The Patriots are not exactly known for producing fantasy-relevant running backs. LeGarrette Blount was last season, but this season, they don’t have a go-to guy. Lately, Dion Lewis has been getting more work than most of the others.

But when Rex Burkhead returned it was Burkhead that started getting more of the red zone, touchdown-producing carries.

Not that it mattered for daily fantasy players. Before Burkhead’s return, Lewis was somewhat relevant in deeper traditional leagues. But he wasn’t worth consideration in daily fantasy leagues. However, he will be this week.


Burkhead is out with an injury meaning the team will likely turn back to Lewis again for the bulk of the work at running back. Combine that with a porous Buffalo Bills run defense that gives up more points to running backs than anyone, and you have the ingredients to cook up a good daily fantasy football day.

Of course, with the Patriots, you always have to take in mind Bill Belichick’s propensity to come up with another way to confound and frustrate daily fantasy players. But James White and Brandon Boldin have injury issues. Shouldn’t that mean more work for Lewis?

Not necessarily. It will probably mean Mike Gillislee could actually be activated for the game. If that happens, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Belichick use him like he does Burkhead.

So—start him?

Start him at your own risk. There is great potential for Lewis to have a solid day against a poor run defense. But whenever you think you know what Belichick is going to do, he does something else. Make sure to see Part I of this article at DK Legends.


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