Pats Beat: Rex Burkhead 'safest bet' to lead backfield in combined rushes, receptions

Rex Burkhead won't dominate the touches, but could he lead the backfield in combined rushing attempts and receptions?

At this point, he's probably the safest bet.

If he does emerge, Burkhead will follow in the footsteps of players like Danny Woodhead and Dion Lewis. Both were deep reserves prior to coming to New England.

Related players: Mike Gillislee, Dion Lewis, James White

Fantasy Impact: 

To this point, many felt Gillislee would be the early down back but Burkhead had an impressive showing in preseason Week 2 (so did Dion Lewis). The author seems to favor Burkhead as a breakout star this season. The Pats backfield is still too crowded to figure out at this point, but perhaps Burkhead is a guy to at least take a flier on later in drafts.

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