This Week In Hyperbole: Rex Is Latin For King
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DION LEWIS AND JAMES WHITE ARE DEADRex Burkhead signed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots this week, and he’s now David Johnson, but slightly better.
Rex Burkhead just became an absolute must own. Easy RB1 upside in the NE offense despite the presence Dion Lewis.— Jeremy Funk (@DLF_Deuce) March 14, 2017
Rex Burkhead: 2017 RB1— Anthony Amico (@amicsta) March 14, 2017
That napkin math would be 195 fantasy points, which was RB19 last season, but facts are for nerds. 45 catches seems reasonable for a modern Patriots running back, with James White having 60 last season, the second most on the team, and Dion Lewis and LeGarette Blount having another 24 combined. Of course, White had 166 rushing yards, not 800; the season prior in 2015, no RB on the roster had 45 catches nor 800 yards rushing. Before that, in 2014, Shane Vereen had 52 catches but only 391 rushing yards. Jonas Gray‘s 412 rushing yards led the team that season, 201 of which came in one game against the Colts. Blount was RB9 last season and needed 18 rushing touchdowns to get there, the most since Adrian Peterson in 2009. That seems kind of conservative for Burkhead though, who has three rushing TDs combined in his four-year career, so I’m penciling in 20 for him next season. As RB39, RB40, and RB43 in 2015, Blount, White, and Lewis all had between 122.2 and 122.6 fantasy points. In 2014, Vereen was RB20. But that’s okay, Burkhead is basically a mad scientist’s eugenics thesis, combining the athleticism and pass catching of Lewis, White, and Vereen, with the rushing ability, size, and scoring production of Blount. See, Blount is 6 foot 1 inches tall and weighed 241 pounds at the combine in 2010, was listed last season at 250 pounds, and ran a 4.59 40-yard-dash and 6.85 three-cone. Burkhead is 5 foot 10 inches tall, weighed 214 pounds at the combine in 2013, and ran a 4.73 40-yard-dash and similar 6.85 three-cone. See? Basically the same exact person.
Just diving into some math… Rex Burkhead lives up to an estimate of 840 yds rushing, 45c for 300yds and 6 TDs he's a PPR RB1 (1/2)— anthony reimer (@reimeras) March 14, 2017