Lewis carried five times for 27 yards and caught four of five pass targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 26-10 win over the Rams.
While LeGarrette Blount remains entrenched as the Patriots' top power back, Lewis and James White (three carries for 17 yards and four catches for 18 yards) continue to split the team's pass-catching/change-of-pace duties, giving both players modest fantasy upside in PPR formats as Week 14's Monday night showdown against the Ravens approaches.
Lewis was on the field for 23 of 73 snaps on offense in the Patriots' 22-17 win over the Jets on Sunday, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. In the process, Lewis carried six times for 24 yards and caught four passes (on seven targets) for 34 yards.
As the Patriots continue to work Lewis back in the mix, power back LeGarrette Blount saw 27 snaps ( and 11 carries for 67 yards), whiles James White caught four passes (on nine targets) on 26 snaps. Looking ahead, Lewis and White figure to share the team's pass-catching/change-of-pace duties, giving both players modest utility in PPR formats, though of the two, it looks like Lewis' ceiling is higher, given that the Patriots seem more inclined to hand him carries than White.
Lewis made his season debut Sunday at San Francisco, rushing five times for 23 yards, while catching three of four targets for 26 yards.
Lewis was in the backfield on the Patriots first offensive snap of the game, and caught a nine-yard pass just two players later. Like last year, he looked shifty and quick with the ball in his hands. Meanwhile, James White had six receptions on six targets for 62 yards, including a nine-yard touchdown grab. It remains to be seen how much work Lewis will get in the upcoming weeks, as White has established himself as a solid option out of the backfield for the Patriots. It's a great dilemma for New England, but might not be for fantasy owners. In any event, Lewis will square off against the Jets on the road next week.
Lewis is listed as active for Sunday's game against the 49ers.
In his first game action of the season, expect Lewis to be eased into the Patriots' backfield mix, a scenario that shouldn't greatly hamper the Week 11 fantasy upside of power back LeGarrette Blount. In the coming weeks, however, Lewis could pose a threat to James White's grip on the team's change-of-pace duties.
Coach Bill Belichick indicated
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