Rex Burkhead

Rex Burkhead to be Patriots' 'top ball-carrier' Week 1

New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead will be the team's "top ball-carrier" against the Houston Texans in Week 1, expects NESN's Doug Kyed.

What It Means:

This contradicts the beliefs of ESPN's Mike Reiss, who said Thursday he expects Burkhead to be "eased into the mix." Burkhead is not on the Week 1 injury report after dealing with a knee injury during the summer. It doesn't sound like Sony Michel (knee) will play, so it'll likely be Burkhead and the occasional Jeremy Hill touch on early downs versus the Texans, with James White contributing in the passing game.

numberFire's models expect Burkhead to score 12.4 FanDuel points at a cost of $6,300 in the opener. He's the RB14 in our weekly PPR fantasy rankings.d