Player Outlook
Fantasy managers shouldn't entirely discount Burkhead as a low-end Fantasy sleeper. Burkhead's final three games of 2021 likely catapulted him into position to contribute to the Texans' run game in 2022. He tallied 50 PPR points with at least 9.0 per game in that little stretch. It remains to be seen just how involved Burkhead will be, but the Texans didn't do much to improve their run game this offseason beyond adding veteran Marlon Mack and drafting rookie Dameon Pierce. If Burkhead finds himself ahead of those two in the preseason pecking order, he would warrant a pick within the final three rounds.

Fantasy Stats

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Year yds
Rushing Yards
Average Yards per Rush
Rushing Touchdowns
Fumbles Lost
Receiving Yards
Receiving Touchdowns
Fantasy Points
Fantasy Points per Game
2021 427 3.50 3 25 186 784.9
2020 274 4.09 3 25 192 3 828.2
3y Avg. 334 3.93 3 0 26 219 1 786
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  • Texans' Rex Burkhead: Unlikely to play Saturday

    Burkhead isn't slated to play in Saturday's preseason contest against the Saints, Aaron Wilson of reports. Burkhead doesn't have much to prove to the Texans' coaching staff after racking up 613 yards from scrimmage and three rushing touchdowns in 16 games last year. It's unclear if any of his backfield mates will join him on the sideline Saturday, but if not Marlon Mack, rookie fourth-rounder Dameon Pierce, Dare Ogunbowale, Royce Freeman and BJ Emmons are the other healthy options for Houston.
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  • Texans' Rex Burkhead: Shares top spot with Mack

    Burkhead and Marlon Mack are listed as the top running backs on the unofficial depth chart entering Saturday's preseason opener against the Saints, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports. Mack's name is listed first. When the Texans added the former Colt during the offseason, it was widely presumed Burkhead, who finished last season as Houston's lead back, would be replaced. That still may be the case, but perhaps the decision-makers want to see how Mack performs following an Achilles injury that wiped out his 2020 season given that he had only a minor role with Indianapolis in 2021.
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  • Texans' Rex Burkhead: Could be complementary piece

    Houston general manager Nick Caserio said Burkhead's increased role at the end of 2021 was borne "more out of need than anything else," Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports. That comment suggests the team views Burkhead as a complementary piece in 2022, and not the lead back. The Texans are expected to explore the free-agent market for team-friendly, affordable options, but they could also add a back after the first round of the draft. Houston holds the third overall pick and is thought to be looking at help along the offensive line or on defense, per John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
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  • Texans' Rex Burkhead: Produces as pass catcher

    Burkhead recorded 12 carries for 24 yards in Sunday's 28-25 loss to the Titans. He added three receptions on four targets for 42 yards. Burkhead accounted for 12 of the Texans' 17 carries, but he was largely bottled up on the ground. On the other hand, he delivered an impressive performance as a pass catcher, highlighted by receptions of 20 and 14 yards. Burkhead emerged as a surprisingly reliable producer down the stretch of the campaign, totaling at least 65 yards in four of his last five contests. The Texans will likely address their backfield in some fashion this offseason, but Burkhead recently signed an extension to be back in the mix for the 2022 season.
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  • Texans' Rex Burkhead: Signs extension through 2022

    The Texans and Burkhead came to terms on a contract extension through the 2022 season Friday, Sarah Barshop of reports. Since signing with Houston back in June, Burkhead has held a variety of roles out of the backfield, but due to injuries and circumstance he's had a bigger one during the stretch run. Since Week 11, he's earned double-digit carries in six of seven games, helping him settle on 110 rushes for 403 yards and three touchdowns to go with 22 catches (on 28 targets) for 144 yards in 15 appearances heading into the season finale. Following Friday's extension, Burkhead joins Scottie Phillips (ankle) as the only running backs under contract with the Texans next season.
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  • Texans' Rex Burkhead: Falls back down to earth

    Burkhead rushed 16 times for 47 yards and caught all six of his targets for 32 more yards in Sunday's 23-7 loss to the 49ers. Burkhead was unable to replicate his monster rushing performance (22-149-2) from a week ago, reverting to his inefficient ways (2.9 yards per carry) as the Texans' starting back. On the positive side of things, the veteran continued to see heavy usage with a team-high 22 touches. Burkhead is averaging 21 combined touches over his last three games, giving him a solid floor as a fantasy asset heading into next Sunday's matchup against the Titans.
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  • Texans' Rex Burkhead: Could lead backfield sans Johnson

    Burkhead is the leading candidate to serve as the Texans' top back Sunday against the Chargers with David Johnson (quadriceps) inactive for the contest, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports. Royce Freeman and Jaylen Samuels are also on hand as backfield options, but it was Burkhead who saw the bulk of the action in Week 15 against the Jaguars when the quad issue resulted in Johnson playing just 12 snaps in the 30-16 victory. Burkhead, meanwhile, carried 16 times for 41 yards to go with one reception for six yards. He should be more involved in the passing game with Johnson out of the mix, though Burkhead may struggle to replicate the carry total he saw last week if the Texans are playing from behind against Los Angeles.
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  • Texans' Rex Burkhead: Likely to lead backfield again

    Burkhead's teammate David Johnson (quadriceps) appears unlikely to play Sunday against the Chargers, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports. Burkhead has eight or more carries in five straight games and multiple targets in each of his last four, but with minimal big-play ability and limited scoring opportunities, it hasn't led to much production. Johnson's absence does improve the odds of a solid stat line for Burkhead, who now has only Royce Freeman as serious competition in the backfield. Burkhead took 64 percent of offensive snaps in last weeks win over Jacksonville, with 16 carries for 41 yards and one catch for six yards on three targets.
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  • Texans' Rex Burkhead: Handles 17 touches in win

    Burkhead (hip/quadriceps) rushed 16 times for 41 yards and brought in one of three targets for six yards in the Texans' 30-16 win over the Jaguars on Sunday. Burkhead managed to play through his multiple injuries and once again was the clear leader of the ground attack, though, as usual, the solid volume didn't lead to much production. The veteran back has logged double-digit carries in four of the last five contests, yet he hasn't topped the 41 rushing yards he posted Sunday all season. Burkhead will head into a Week 16 home date against the Chargers with a very modest fantasy floor.
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  • Texans' Rex Burkhead: Suits up Sunday

    Burkhead (hip/quadriceps) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports. Earlier in the week, it appeared as though Burkhead was trending toward missing the contest, but after he was able to work in a limited fashion both Thursday and Friday, he's in uniform Sunday. However, it remains to be seen how much action he'll see, with David Johnson having come off the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday. In that context, Burkhead is a hit-or-miss fantasy option, and if he's limited at all versus Jacksonville, Royce Freeman is a candidate to see added snaps.
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  • Texans' Rex Burkhead: Listed as questionable for Week 15

    Burkhead (hip/quadriceps) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. Per Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle, coach David Culley, who previously suggested that Burkhead wouldn't be available this weekend, later indicated that the running back could "possibly play." To that end, Burkhead was able to work in a limited fashion both Thursday and Friday, which gives him a chance to suit up for Sunday's 1:00 ET contest. If he is made active, Burkhead would be in line to share backfield work with David Johnson, with Royce Freeman a candidate to mix in.
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  • Texans' Rex Burkhead: Not ruled out for Week 15

    Coach David Culley said Friday that Burkhead (hip/quadriceps) still has a chance to play Sunday against the Jaguars, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports. Culley said earlier in the week that Burkhead wouldn't be able to play Sunday in Jacksonville, but the veteran tailback's outlook has apparently improved over the past couple days. The 31-year-old's outlook should receive more clarity later Friday when Houston releases its official injury report for Week 15.
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  • Texans' Rex Burkhead: Logs limited practice

    Burkhead (hip/quad) was listed as a limited practice participant Thursday. Per Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle and Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston, coach David Culley previously relayed that Burkhead would not be ready to play against the Jaguars on Sunday, so unless there's been an unexpected improvement here, look for the running back to be inactive this weekend.
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  • Texans' Rex Burkhead: Sidelined by hip injury

    Texans head coach David Culley said that Burkhead (hip) won't be available for Sunday's game in Jacksonville, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports. The report notes that Burkhead is expected to play again this season, but he's slated to miss at least the Week 15 contest at a minimum. In his absence, David Johnson, who was unavailable for Houston's Week 14 loss to Seattle, has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list and is in line to head the backfield this weekend, with Royce Freeman behind him in a depth role.
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  • Texans' Rex Burkhead: Labeled day-to-day

    Burkhead (hip) is day-to-day, Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official site reports. Burkhead was forced out of Sunday's loss to Seattle, and his status now looks up in the air for Week 15 in Jacksonville. The Texans may get David Johnson (undisclosed) back from the reserve/COVID-19 list in time to face the Jaguars, but for the time being Royce Freeman will begin the week as Houston's only healthy backfield option.
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  • Texans' Rex Burkhead: Candidate for added touches

    Burkhead is expected to serve as Houston's top running back Sunday against the Seahawks after David Johnson was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports. Before he sat out last week's 31-0 loss to the Colts with an illness and a thigh injury, Johnson had been splitting work out of the backfield with Burkhead. In Johnson's absence last week, Burkhead played 46 percent of the offensive snaps and carried eight times for 30 yards and recorded one 15-yard reception on two targets. The Texans scaled back Burkhead's workload in the second half due to the blowout nature of the game, but if Houston can keep Sunday's contest more competitive, expect the 31-year-old to see the bulk of the work out of the backfield. Royce Freeman is the lone depth option behind Burkhead, as Jaylen Samuels -- who was a candidate to called up from the practice squad -- is also unavailable after landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
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  • Texans' Rex Burkhead: Just 45 yards Sunday

    Burkhead rushed eight times for 30 yards and caught one of two targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 31-0 loss to the Colts. Burkhead led the Texans in carries with fellow tailback David Johnson (illness/thigh) sidelined. Facing a tough Colts defense, though, he couldn't get much going on the ground, but he at least contributed Houston's longest catch of the day. His outlook for next Sunday's game against the Seahawks could depend on Johnson's status, making the Texans' backfield situation one to monitor.
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  • Texans' Rex Burkhead: Added work likely Sunday

    Burkhead is on track to see added work out of the Texans' backfield Sunday against the Colts with David Johnson (illness/thigh) inactive. Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston previously suggested given Johnson's status that the Texans would turn to Burkhead as their primary back Sunday, with Royce Freeman also in the mix and Jaylen Samuels on hand in reserve. With that in mind, Burkhead, who shared work with Johnson last weekend, merits lineup consideration from those looking for Week 13 running back help due to injuries and/or byes.
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  • Texans' Rex Burkhead: Larger role could await

    Burkhead is expected to serve as Houston's primary option out of the backfield Sunday against the Colts with David Johnson (illness/thigh) listed as questionable but not expected to play in the contest, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports. In Houston's first game since letting go Phillip Lindsay, Burkhead paced the Texans backfield with a 64-percent snap share, taking the field for 35 plays to Johnson's 20, while third-stringer Royce Freeman was limited exclusively to a special-teams role. The distribution of touches between Burkhead and Johnson was much more even, however, as the former gained 54 yards across 12 carries and three receptions, while the latter picked up 55 yards on 10 totes and two catches. Assuming Johnson is made inactive ahead of the 1 p.m. ET kickoff, Burkhead should take on a greater share of the backfield touches, but he could struggle to produce a meaningful stat line if the 2-9 Texans fall behind early and a forced into a pass-heavy game script. Freeman and practice-squad call-up Jaylen Samuels could also have roles on offense, though neither looks like a good bet to match the 12 touches Johnson saw last week.
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  • Texans' Rex Burkhead: Heavy usage but limited results

    Burkhead rushed 12 times for 27 yards and caught all three of his targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 21-14 loss to the Jets. Burkhead got three more touches than David Johnson but mustered one fewer scrimmage yard. While Burkhead's 33 touches over the past two weeks suggest he'll continue to play a prominent role in Week 13 against the Colts, he has averaged fewer than three yards per touch, so there will likely be more enticing backfield options in a majority of fantasy formats.
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