Here we go again. Another day, another Patriots running back causing a fantasy frenzy. Over the past few years, many little-known running backs have been thrust into the spotlight for the Patriots like guys such as Kevin Faulk, Brandon Bolden, and even Sammy Morris.
Now, Dion Lewis is the latest out-of-nowhere running back to succeed in the Patriots backfield.
Lewis started for the Patriots Thursday night against the Steelers and led all running backs in touches and yards. Lewis ended the night with 19 touches, 120 total yards, and no touchdowns. He was a factor in the running and passing game. Lewis out-touched Brandon Bolden 19 to six, and Bolden also got a majority of the goal line snaps.
The only unfortunate downside to Lewis’ performance was that he fumbled the ball inside the five-yard line and dropped a pass with plenty of open room. Despite the mishaps, it didn’t seem like Lewis is in Bill Belichick’s doghouse just yet considering he was featured prominently on the offense’s next drive.
So, after this big performance should you be rushing to your waiver wire to add Lewis. Yes. Actually, you should already own him or have already put a bid in for him.
As for the rest of the season, it seems that Lewis has at least a grasp on the Patriots receiving back job. James White was nowhere to be seen and Brandon Bolden only had one catch.
However, LeGarrette Blount will be returning in week two and will definitely decrease Lewis’ impact in the run game. Lewis had 15 rushes on the night and with Blount in the mix, Lewis is more likely to get somewhere around 5 to 10 rushes per game while being prominently featured in the passing game.
Although, no one really knows what Belichick will do but for now Lewis needs to be owned and worst-case scenario Lewis turns into the new Shane Vereen.