Dion Lewis, RB, Patriots: Fantasy Football Outlook

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Dion Lewis, RB, Patriots

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
RB - #56 NE Active 5 years 26 5'8 195 @DionLewis28

2016 Outlook: Gamble (high risk)

Last updated on Aug-21-2016 by Shawn Childs


Update (8/17): The Patriots are playing it very slow with Dion Lewis and his return from injury. Some believe he may begin the season the PUP list. Considering his value in PPR formats, this is a very risky situation considering the lack of concrete news to suggest when he might be ready.

After kicking around the NFL for four seasons with no real opportunity to earn meaningful playing time, Lewis was a shining star in the Patriots' offense over the first seven games of the season where he flashed impact quickness in the passing game (36 catches for 388 yards and two TDs on 50 targets). New England gave him a full workload in carries (15) in Week 1 with Blount out on a smoke break. Over the next six games, Dion averaged 5.7 rushes per game. On the passing side, Lewis averaged over five catches per game for 55.4 yards. On the year, the Patriots completed 102 passes to the RB position on 142 targets which led to 1043 yards and nine TDs. In early November, Lewis suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. With a ten month recovery period, Dion has a chance to be ready in early September. His path to full-time snaps on passing downs won't be as clear with James White showing growth in the passing game late in the 2015 season. Lewis has limited mileage, and his quickness fits this offense. I don't want to overpay for a split role, but I'll gladly snatch him up if he is undervalued on draft day. Possible 70+ catches and 125+ combined touches for 1000+ yards and a handful of scores.

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2016 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
2016 FFToolbox Mock Draft #1
June 12th, 2016
4.09 Doug Moore - Lewis will return to his role of being a big playmaker in the Patriots offense in both the run and passing game. He could have a top end RB2 season in 2016 and his value is boosted in PPR leagues.
2016 FFToolbox Mock Draft #2
June 27th, 2016
4.09 Two QBs - Salvatore Stefanile - Averaged 5.14 catches/game in his seven contests last year. That was an 82 catch pace, which would have led the running back position in 2015 (Danny Woodhead's 81 led the league in RB receptions).
2016 FFToolbox Mock Draft #3
August 10th, 2016
5.07 Scout Fantasy - Armando Marsal - He averaged the most targets per game of all backs last season. Assuming he can stay healthy this season, he has top 10 RB upside in PPR formats.
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