Lewis was on the field for 14 of the Patriots' 76 snaps on offense in Sunday's 36-20 win over the Saints, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. In doing so, the running back carried four times for 14 yards and caught his only target for 11 yards. Lewis is a nice depth option for the Patriots at this stage, but his fantasy value is modest for now. Through the Patriots' first two games, James White (30 snaps) has been the better producer in PPR formats, while Mike Gillislee (30 snaps) has made his mark in TD-heavy leagues.
Lewis was on the field for six of the Patriots' 81 snaps on offense in Thursday's 42-27 loss to the Chiefs, per ESPN's Mike Reiss. In the process, he carried two times for nine yards and ran back three kickoffs for 49 yards. Meanwhile, James White recorded 43 snaps and 10 carries for 38 yards, while Mike Gillislee was on the field for 24 snaps -- logging a team-high 15 carries for 45 yards and and three TDs -- with Rex Burkhead drawing 10 snaps and three carries. For now, it looks like Lewis is slotting in as a complementary cog in the New England attack, as White appears to be the team's preferred option in the passing game, while Gillislee profiles as the Patriots' top power back. Given the way the team's approach hinges on game plan and game flow, there could be weeks when Lewis sees more touches, but until we actually see that happen, he'll be a roll of the dice in fantasy.
Lewis logged 15 snaps en route to rushing four times for 11 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Lions. Now further removed from the torn ACL he suffered back in November of 2015, Lewis' explosiveness remains an asset in the Patriots' deep and versatile backfield. While Lewis and James White profile as pass-catching aces, Mike Gillislee appears in line to carve out a majority of the team's short-yardage duties, which were dominated last year by LeGarrette Blount. Meanwhile, newcomer Rex Burkhead can do a little bit of everything. The Patriots' game-plan-specific carry distribution figures to lead to volatile fantasy production from any component of the backfield, however. When healthy, Lewis brings electric play-making skills to the table, but given his injury history and the emergence of White, a high-volume role for Lewis may not be in the cards. Injuries or surprising roster moves next week could, of course, alter that context.
Lewis rushed seven times for 34 yards and brought in one of two targets for nine yards in Saturday's 27-23 preseason loss to the Texans. Lewis looked sharp on the ground for a second straight week after having compiled 32 yards on seven rushes in the opener. The versatile back saw a lot less attention than last week in the passing game but certainly appears to be at full health and ready to resume his multi-faceted role in the team's offense this season. Given the presence of James White, plus the offseason acquisitions of Mike Gillislee (hamstring) and Rex Burkhead, it remains to be seen to what extent his touches will be affected. Lewis will look to potentially put in his final prep for the regular season in next Friday's contest against the Lions.
Lewis (hamstring) rushed seven times for 32 yards and hauled in 4-of-5 targets for 23 more in Thursday's preseason opener against the Jaguars. Lewis looks to be over the hamstring injury he suffered in the Super Bowl, as coach Bill Belichick had no reason to trot the running back out for this exhibition if he was anything less than 100 percent healthy. The pass-catching specialist averaged a respectable 4.6 yards per carry in this one while serving as a check-down option out of the backfield for quarterback jimmy Garoppolo.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/06||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||7.00|
|6||10/15||@New York Jets||31||28.00|
|8||10/29||Los Angeles Chargers||8||12.00|
|17||12/31||New York Jets||31||28.00|
|3 Year Avg||38||172||1||18||161||1||45|