Burkhead rushed seven times for 43 yards and brought in both of his targets for 15 yards in the Patriots' 13-3 win over the Rams in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday. Burkhead out-touched James White by five carries, serving as Sony Michel's primary backup and making a pivotal 26-yard run on the game-clinching drive. The versatile veteran struggled during the 2018 regular season, averaging just 3.3 yards per carry while dealing with a neck injury and sharing time with both Michel and White. However, Burkhead is on the books for a modest $3 million in 2019, so he has a good chance to hang on to a roster spot next season.
Burkhead carried five times for 14 yards and added an 18-yard TD reception in Sunday's 38-3 win over the Jets. Burkhead, who was on the field for 17 plays on offense in the contest, was once again out-snapped in Week 17 by both James White (27) and Sony Michel (25). The 28-year-old -- who missed a good chunk of time this season with a neck injury -- finishes up the 2018 campaign with 57 carries for 186 yards and 14 catches (on 20 targets) for 131 yards and a TD in eight games. Burkhead -- who is under contract with the Patriots through the 2020 campaign -- adds depth and versatility to New England's backfield, but as the playoffs approach, he isn't a reliable fantasy option as long as both Michel and White remain healthy.
Burkhead rushed 13 times for 39 yards and added four catches for 40 yards on five targets while also losing a fumble in Sunday's 24-12 win over the Bills. Burkhead was outplayed by Sony Michel and James White on the ground, with both of those alternatives gaining more rushing yards and scoring a touchdown apiece. While Burkhead was New England's receiving option of choice out of the backfield this time, it wouldn't be surprising to see him cede more opportunities to White against the Jets in Week 17, as both guys possess similar skill sets while Michel is the most talented pure rusher of the group.
Burkhead was on the field for 16 of the Patriots' 62 snaps on offense in Sunday's 17-10 loss to the Steelers, en route to carrying four times for 25 yards and hauling in all three of his targets for 18 yards. Burkhead was once again out-snapped Week 15 by both James White (25) and Sony Michel (23). In that timeshare context, Burkhead adds depth and versatility to New England's backfield, but he isn't a reliable fantasy option.
Burkhead logged 17 of a possible 82 snaps on offense in Sunday's 34-33 loss to the Dolphins, en route to carrying four times for two yards and catching one pass for two yards. Burkhead was out-snapped by both Sony Michel (34) and James White (33), a trend that figures to continue as long as his backfield counterparts remain healthy. In his current complementary role, Burkhead isn't a reliable fantasy option, but his return to the mix adds valuable versatility and stretch run depth to New England's ground game.
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|3||09/22||New York Jets||18||17.75|
|6||10/11||New York Giants||23||19.88|
|7||10/22||@New York Jets||18||17.75|
|14||12/08||Kansas City Chiefs||31||23.78|
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|3 Year Avg||65||265||2||20||177||1||59|