Fantasy managers shouldn't entirely discount Burkhead as a low-end Fantasy sleeper. Burkhead's final three games of 2021 likely catapulted him into position to contribute to the Texans' run game in 2022. He tallied 50 PPR points with at least 9.0 per game in that little stretch. It remains to be seen just how involved Burkhead will be, but the Texans didn't do much to improve their run game this offseason beyond adding veteran Marlon Mack and drafting rookie Dameon Pierce. If Burkhead finds himself ahead of those two in the preseason pecking order, he would warrant a pick within the final three rounds.
Burkhead’s 122 carries from 2021 actually marked a season-high. So he doesn’t have a lot of wear and tear on his body.
Still, we’re talking about a 30-year-old RB (31 in November). And the track record for those guys simply isn’t encouraging.
Considering Houston’s suspect offense and RB competition in Marlon Mack and Dameon Pierce, it’s tough to see an upside path for Burkhead.
Burkhead re-signed with Houston after emerging as the team's feature back in the second half of last season. He soaked up 122 carries, which was nearly double his previous career high of 74. Burkhead was serviceable in the role, but had atrocious help (1.43 yards before contact was fourth worst among RBs) and wasn't a big factor as a receiver (32 targets in 16 games). He ended up with one weekly fantasy finish better than 24th. Burkhead is now 32 years old and likely to play a reduced role with impressive rookie Dameon Pierce added to the fold. There's minimal fantasy appeal here.
Rex Burkhead found himself as the primary running back for the Texans after Week 10 last season finishing as the #20 fantasy back from Week 11 to Week 18. At age 31, Burkhead will be among those battling for carries in the Texans backfield in 2022. He'll join veteran Marlon Mack as well as rookie Dameon Pierce. Pierce will have to earn his playing time as it could be mid-season before he has the opportunity to supplant both veteran backs. Burkhead has routinely been more of a complementary back throughout his career, contributing as a versatile option, especially as a short-yardage receiver out of the backfield. His 122 carries last year was a career high. At best he continues where he left off and keeps the rookie Pierce at bay while winning the snaps battle with Mack for the lion's share of the team's carries. In reality he will likely split duties in the early going before losing carries to the upstart rookie as the season wears on.