The return of Burkhead could affect both Sony Michel and James White, as Burkhead can handle carries and catch passes out of the backfield. The Pats also like him on special teams but it's yet another weapon in the Patriots arsenal. It may be best to at least wait a week to see how they utilize him before plugging him in lineups.
NE RB Rex Burkhead - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 3 vs New York Jets
Rex Burkhead is healthy, Rex Burkhead is efficient, and Rex Burkhead has forced his way into a Patriots running back corps that's become a three-headed monster. Snap distribution has varied through two games, but overall, Burkhead has seen 35% of Patriots offensive snaps, Michel 41%, and White 39%.
Burkhead's versatility is his most valuable asset, as he's nearly as efficient a rusher as he is a receiver, and his 1.12 fantasy points per touch are tied for 20th among all running backs. With a projected game script that should result in both a heavy reliance on the run as well as lower aDOT passes, Burkhead could see an increased role. He's a decent bet as an RB3 or FLEX play on Sunday.