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Monday, December 21, 2015, 12:40pm
Help is coming for the Patriots' beleaguered running back corps.
The team is expected to sign veteran free agent Steven Jackson, ESPN and NFL Network reported.
Jackson, 32, is a veteran of nine seasons with the Rams and two with the Falcons. His 11,388 career rushing yards are second among active players and 17th all time.
Jackson worked out for the Patriots last week as they look to make up for the season-ending injuries to Dion Lewis and LeGarrette Blount.
Jackson could jump right in and have an impact, but would obviously be a risky fantasy play for Week 16 if this is your finals. Considering newly promoted Joey Iosefa led the Patriots in rushing with 51 yards in Sunday's win, Jackson could do just fine in this offense. Jackson likely will assume the role of Blount, as the inside runner, while James White remains the third down option. The team just doesn't seem to trust Brandon Bolden enough for a bigger role week-to-week.
Posted by Matt Rittle
Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 11:35pm
Week 9 vs Washington
Going into Week 8 with some question marks around his health, Lewis looked great en route to a combined 112 yards and TD, good for RB4 in standard leagues. His 6-93-1 line in the passing game aided in PPR leagues, where he finished as RB2. Lewis has established himself as a weekly fantasy starter, regardless of matchup.
This weekend, he faces a Washington defense ranked amongst the stingiest aFPA matchups to RBs, but we have no real matchup or gameflow concerns about Lewis or the Patriots. Owners nervous about limited usage in the case of a blowout would do well to recall Week 3. In a blowout versus Jacksonville, Lewis still managed to play 43 percent of the team's snaps and finish as a high-end RB2 on the weekend. This weekend, we have Lewis as a fringe RB1 to top RB2 in standard leagues, depending on your league size. He is a solid RB1 in PPR leagues.
2015 Strength of Schedule - NE
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2015 Game Stats