Rex Burkhead was running well this season and looked to be in the discussion for the Patriots’ most effective back. However, that all came to an end Sunday when he suffered a season-ending knee injury that may end his time in New England.
Burkhead will be a 30-year-old unrestricted free agent and may not be in the plans for the Patriots moving forward. Harris, White and Michel, who didn't play in Week 11 but was activated, will lead the way at RB. It could continue to be a cloudy situation when it comes to the New England running backs especially if Michel is activated for Week 12.
NE RB Rex Burkhead - Week 10 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 10 vs. Baltimore Ravens
Rex Burkhead had a decent showing last week by notching 12 carries for 56 yards and a touchdown. The Patriots appear to be taking the "hot hand" approach splitting early-down carries between Burkhead and Damien Harris. The crowded nature of the New England backfield makes weekly performance very difficult to project outside of James White's passing-game role. Burkhead will likely have some useful games down the stretch, but it will be very difficult to predict when those are coming. Burkhead is nothing more than a low-end flex play at best in a tough matchup against Baltimore.