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|Blount was a revelation for the Bucs as an undrafted rookie free agent picked up on the waiver wire after being released in the preseason by the Titans. He assumed the starting role at midseason for an ineffective Cadillac Williams and finished the season with 1,007 rushing yards and six touchdowns while averaging an impressive 5.0 yards per carry. However, his limitations as a receiver and pass blocker were evident and with the Bucs often playing from behind, Blount struggled mightily, finishing the year with 781 rushing yards and five touchdowns. He was especially ineffective down the stretch, accumulating just 137 yards and one touchdown on 46 carries over the Bucs final five games. His struggles caused the Bucs to draft Boise State product Doug Martin late in the first round of this year’s draft and he has entered training camp ahead of Blount in the pecking order at running back. While there are no guarantees that Martin will excel in his rookie season, he will get the first crack at earning a significant amount of playing time with Blount likely to get the goal line work and subbing in as a change of pace option. Consider Blount a low end RB4 entering the season and a potential flex option in larger leagues.
| Blount misses practice again with illness -- Thu Jan 12 11:45 am --|
Missed practice on Wednesday also
|Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount is out of practice for the second day in a row.
Blount went to work this morning at Gillette Stadium but left before practice because of an illness, according to reporters on the scene. He missed practice yesterday as well. (ProFootballTalk)|
FF Today's Take: It's assumed Blount will be ready to go for Saturday's playoff game against the Texans but fantasy owners considering using the power back in daily formats need to keep an eye on his status. Should he play, he's a heavy favorite to find the endzone in a game the Patriots are favored by 15 points.
| Dion Lewis primed for Week 10 return? -- Thu Nov 10 5:05 pm --|
Needs to be come off PUP by Nov. 17 in order to play in 2016
|According to NFL Network insider Mike Garafolo, Dion Lewis (knee) is "looking good" and has experienced no setbacks. The sense is Lewis is making the case to play Sunday vs Seattle. If so, expect him to be limited but his return is big. (Mike Garafolo on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Lewis has taken part in five straight practices, which is obviously a promising sign. Teammates are reportedly "giddy" about his return, as LeGarrette Blount went so far as to say, "He's nasty in the open field. It doesn't make any sense." Lewis should have been stashed weeks ago, but add him if he wasn't. As last year proved, he doesn't need a lot of touches to have an impact. A return to pre-injury form could easily make Lewis a second-half fantasy stud.
| RB Dion Lewis may return Week 10 -- Wed Nov 2 6:15 pm --|
Returned to practice last week
|The New England Patriots are holding out hope that running back Dion Lewis will be ready to re-join the backfield rotation for next week's showdown with the Seattle Seahawks, the Boston Herald reported. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: This is great news for anyone who stashed away Dion Lewis. However, it will be tough for fantasy owners to gauge not only how effective Lewis can be after his second knee surgery but also how many touches he will receive in a backfield that already features LeGarrette Blount and James White. Lewis averaged 12.1 fantasy points per game when healthy last season.