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2023 Fantasy Football Player Profile: Rhamondre Stevenson's value shouldn't be impeded by Ezekiel Elliott addition

2GDKEAB Thursday, August 12, 2021: New England Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson (38) warms up before the NFL preseason game between the Washington Football Team and the New England Patriots held at Gillette Stadium, in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeat Washington 22-13. Eric Canha/(Photo by Eric Canha/CSM/Sipa USA)

  • Rhamondre Stevenson is a great, well-rounded running back: Stevenson was an asset in the run game, in the passing game and as a pass protector.
  • The New England Patriots added Ezekiel Elliott: Elliott can help the Patriots and provide some relief for Stevenson, but he shouldn’t stop Stevenson from fantasy greatness.
  • Stevenson needs more help from the offensive line: The loss of Shaq Mason made a major impact on the Patriots offensive line last season.
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Rhamondre Stevenson‘s player outlook

Stevenson took advantage of injuries to other New England Patriots running backs to see a huge role in the team's offense.

  • Stevenson graded well last season at 81.3 overall. 
  • His 3.8 rushing yards after contact per attempt ranked second out of 31 running backs with at least 175 rushing attempts over the last season.
  • He also received plenty of volume in the passing game with 5.1 targets per game, ranking third out of running backs.
  • He’s even played well as a pass protector. He’s allowed pressure on 6.2% of his pass blocks over the last two seasons, which is sixth-best among running backs.
  • While pass protecting doesn’t help his receiving totals, it does help him stay on the field on third downs.
  • This added up to 14.6 PPR fantasy points per game, which ranked 10th out of 83 running backs with at least 10 games over the last season.
  • His average is even higher when removing the first four weeks of the season when Damien Harris still had a prominent role in the offense. Stevenson was RB6 from Week 5 on.
  • One area where Stevenson can improve is at the goal line. The Patriots had the ball on the one-yard line and ran with a running back just three times, which was tied for second lowest among teams. Stevenson received all three carries but only scored once.
  • Stevenson ran the ball nine times when the Patriots were within two-to-five yards of scoring and only managed one touchdown on those plays. Backs typically score on over 30% of those runs.
  • If Stevenson sees the same role he had for most of last season, he should see some positive touchdown regression, which could put him among the top-five backs. If he sees a notable improvement in play in his first year as a starter, he could rank even higher.


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