Where’s the Fantasy Football Value in the Patriots’ Ever-Evolving Backfield?

Jul 11, 2019 09:25 AM EDT
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  • Ian Hartitz analyzes the New England Patriots' backfield to see which running back offers the most fantasy football value.

We’re in the thick of the NFL offseason and it’s officially time to start fantasy football prep. I’ll be answering the biggest questions heading into the 2019 season; this is part of that series.


Figuring out the Patriots’ game plan has never been an easy task. This is true on both offense and defense, but particularly in their backfield.

Most of the NFL has started to come around to the idea of featuring multiple running backs in their scheme; the Patriots have been doing this for the past two decades. This year’s edition of their running back committee could feature four running backs and a full back.

What follows is a breakdown of how much fantasy football value the New England backfield has historically provided as well as who to target in 2019.

Patriots Regularly Utilizes Multiple Running Backs

Death, taxes and the Patriots having a multi-back committee.

The Patriots haven’t consistently produced all-time talents at running back, but at least one of their featured backs have managed to serve as an above-average fantasy asset over the better part of the past 10 years in PPR points per game.

  • 2009: RB37, RB48
  • 2010: RB23, RB47
  • 2011: RB37, RB66
  • 2012: RB20, RB32
  • 2013: RB8, RB41
  • 2014: RB31, RB36
  • 2015: RB5, RB39
  • 2016: RB15, RB37
  • 2017: RB18, RB19
  • 2018: RB10, RB36

The Patriots’ Nos. 1 and 2 running backs have on average finished as the league’s RB20 and RB40, respectively, in PPR points per game since 2009.

The only problem with the New England backfield has been attempting to figure out who will wind up getting the most touches.

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