Week 8 vs Cleveland Browns
Rex Burkhead was a limited participant in practice all week leading up to New England's Week 7 matchup with the Jets, and was designated as a game-time decision before he was ultimately inactive. He continued practicing on a limited basis this week and barring re-aggravation of his foot injury, Week 8 looks like a likely spot for his return. Before his injury in Week 4, Burkhead had flashed as a useful fantasy asset, finishing as the RB20, RB34, and RB9 respectively in Weeks 1-3.
Burkhead couldn't ask for a softer landing if he does return in Week 8, against a Bengals defense with 29.4 aFPA to running backs, 30th-most among 32 teams. When healthy, Burkhead commanded a much higher snap share than Brandon Bolden has during his three-game absence, along with 1.11 PPR points per touch, second only to James White's 1.67 among Patriots running backs. If he plays, he's a worthy start as an RB3.