fbpx
WOLF SPORTS ALERT Initial 2022 fantasy projections are complete; we are working on displaying them in a new sortable table with standard, half PPR, and PPR toggles.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Date of Birth:  11/01/1990
Age:  31
Height  5'11"
Weight:   219
College:  Florida
Drafted:  2013 | Round 5 | Pick 164
Depth Chart:  3rd string

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB


WOLF SPORTS ANALYTICS

CONSISTENCY ?
WEEKLY CEILING ?
WEEKLY FLOOR ?
SEASON-LONG CEILING ?
SEASON-LONG FLOOR ?
TOUCHDOWN POTENTIAL ?
BIG-PLAY ABILITY ?
DURABILITY ?

Click here to get Fantasy Consigliere for full access to Wolf Sports Analytics.



(click for larger graph)

  • ?
  • ?
  • ?
  • ?
  • ?
  • ?
  • ?
  • ?
CON.
WC
WF
SLC
SLF
TDP
BPA
DUR.

Click here to get Fantasy Consigliere for full access to Wolf Sports Analytics.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee gets two carries in Week 4.

Gillislee gained six yards on his two attempts, with Alvin Kamara handling most of the work in the win against the Giants. Mark Ingram is returning from his four-game suspension this week, so Gillislee's deep-league FLEX appeal is gone.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee rushed three times for ten yards in Sunday's win over the Falcons.

New Orleans mostly went to the air in a 43-37 overtime victory, but Gillislee will get one more week to perhaps make an impact before Mark Ingram (suspension) returns. He isn't a recommended fantasy option against the Giants.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee gets eight carries versus Cleveland.

Gillislee didn't have much room to run in the Week 2 win, gaining 18 yards on his eight attempts. You're probably hoping for a score if you insert Gillislee into fantasy lineups next week against the Falcons.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee gets three carries in Week 1.

Gillislee gained nine yards on his three attempts, but he unfortunately fumbled, which was returned for a touchdown by the Buccaneers. The fumble might have cost Gillislee his backup role while Mark Ingram is suspended, but we'll see what happens. It is a major risk to put Gillislee into Week 2 fantasy lineups.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

The Saints are signing Mike Gillislee, according to multiple reports.

One day after getting cut by New England, Gillislee lands in a perfect spot with the Saints, who have Mark Ingram suspended for the first four games of the season. Gillislee could become the primary compliment for Alvin Kamara to open the season, but he's a slight risk in Week 1 with the backfield workloads uncertain. Gillislee is worth considering drafting or picking up for Ingram owners.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

The Patriots are releasing Mike Gillislee, according to multiple reports.

Former Bengal Jeremy Hill is apparently safe as a potential "big back" for New England. There were high expectations for Gillislee after he was signed as a restricted free agent from the Bills last year, but inconsistency and injuries, along with playing in a deep running back group, led to today's release. Gillislee won't have much trouble finding another team.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Patriots.com's Andy Hart believes Mike Gillislee "could be in a battle for his roster life."

After the Patriots added Jeremy Hill in free agency and Sony Michel in the first round of the draft, Gillislee clearly doesn't have a roster spot locked up—even after the departure of Dion Lewis. However, Hart notes that Gillislee's "first day of the new year in front of the media didn't look great" and that he "drew the ire of veteran coach Ivan Fears." There's still a long way to go until the season, but Gillislee, who was a healthy scratch for most of the end of last season, apparently isn't off to a great start as he battles for a roster spot in New England. The Patriots have Hill, Michel, Rex Burkhead, James White, Brandon Bolden all also in the backfield mix.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee is off the injury report.

After a knee injury forced Gillislee out of New England's Christmas Even win over Buffalo, he missed Week 17, the Divisional Round, and the AFC Championship. It's good to see Gillislee is now healthy, but he's no lock to play in Super Bowl LII, as Dion Lewis, James White, Rex Burkhead, and Brandon Bolden are all set to be active for the game and the Patriots might not want five running backs suited up. Gillislee's game on Christmas Eve was the only game he appeared in since October, as he had been a healthy scratch for most of the end of the season.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee (knee) remains limited in practice.

If the Super Bowl was this weekend, Gillislee would be listed as questionable for the game. But he has another few days to work his way up to a full practice, so we'll see if that happens next week.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee (knee) was limited in today's practice.

Had New England practiced yesterday, he would have been limited then, too. Gillislee probably has time to get up to a full practice ahead of the Super Bowl, but he probably won't be active as a fifth running back anyway.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee (knee) is officially inactive today against the Jaguars.

Gillislee was limited in practice all week and perhaps would be able to play if needed, but he might have been a healthy scratch anyway with Rex Burkhead (knee) active for the AFC Championship. Now Gillislee will need to just hope his team can advance to the Super Bowl so he can potentially get some action in the Big Game.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee (knee) is officially questionable for Sunday.

He was a limited participant in practice all week. Teammate Rex Burkhead (knee) was also limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable; and if Gillislee is ready to go, it might come down to whether Burkhead is ready, as Gillislee hasn't suited up as a fifth running back for the last several weeks (remember, running back Brandon Bolden plays on special teams). We'll update you on Gillislee's official game status for the AFC Championship on Sunday.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee (knee) gets in limited practice on Thursday.

Gillislee missed last week's game with the knee injury, and he could be inactive again whether or not he's healthy by Sunday, especially if Rex Burkhead also gets cleared to play. If active against Jacksonville, Gillislee would probably only handle some short-yardage carries behind Dion Lewis.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee (knee) remains limited in practice.

It's only the first practice of the week, but ideally Gillislee would have been a full participant. However, the Patriots are likely to take it slow with Gillislee considering he has not been active when Dion Lewis, James White, and Rex Burkhead have all been active anyway. We'll see if Gillislee is able to get up to a full participant tomorrow.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee (knee) is officially inactive for tonight's playoff game versus the Titans.

Gillislee was able to work his way up to a limited participant in practice at the end of the week, but he isn't ready to go for the Divisional Round. Rex Burkhead (knee) is also out, so it'll be a lot of Dion Lewis and some of James White for New England. Consider Gillislee 50/50 for a potential AFC Championship next weekend.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee (knee) is questionable for Saturday's playoff game.

Gillislee was able to get in a limited practice today after not being able to get on the practice field in either of the previous two days. Gillislee's status might ultimately come down to the statuses of Rex Burkhead (knee) and James White (ankle), who were both able to practice all week on a limited basis and are also listed as questionable. Right now, we expect Gillislee will be inactive for the Divisional Round.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee (knee) remains out of practice.

It does not look like Gillislee will be out there for Saturday's playoff matchup with the Titans. He would do well to get in a limited practice tomorrow with an eye toward potentially playing in the AFC Championship if New England wins this weekend.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee (knee) did not practice today.

Gillislee isn't off to a great start to the week ahead of Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Titans. Teammate Rex Burkhead (knee) was able to get in a limited practice session, so it's looking like Gillislee is behind and in danger of being inactive on Saturday. We'll update you with his practice status when it is released tomorrow.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee (knee) has been ruled out for Week 17.

Unfortunately, Gillislee didn't practice all week and won't play in the regular season finale, and it comes just as he was getting an opening to carve out a role in New England's backfield again. It's unclear what the extent of the knee injury Gillislee is dealing with is, but he'll have another two weeks-plus to get ready for the Divisional Round of the playoffs. His regular season ends with 104 carries for 383 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns along with a 15-yard reception in nine games.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee (knee) misses practice for second day in a row.

After missing practice yesterday and today, there's now major concern for Gillislee's Week 17 status against the Jets. It'd be a surprise if the Patriots played Gillislee without him getting in at least a limited practice tomorrow, but we'll see how he's listed on the injury report when it's released.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee scores in win over the Bills.

Gillislee rushed six times for 28 yards and a score, which came from one yard away in the third quarter. Sunday was the first time Gillislee played against his former team, as he was a healthy inactive two weeks ago, and the touchdown was his first since September. Fantasy owners shouldn't rely on him in Week 17.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee is active for the Patriots.

After being inactive for the last six games, injuries to Rex Burkhead (knee) and James White (ankle) open up a potentially big role for Gillislee today in the Week 16 matchup against his former team. It's possible Dion Lewis just handles most of the backfield work, including goal line carries, but Gillislee does offer high scoring upside in the FLEX slot if you want to take a risk.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee is inactive for second straight week.

Gillislee has fallen out of the backfield rotation of the Patriots for now, and it's possible he's not active again this season. He's a long way from the three-touchdown performance in the opening game of the season right now.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee is inactive for the Patriots.

Gillislee, who hasn't been getting a ton of work in New England's backfield, appears to be a healthy scratch. Dion Lewis has had some success on the ground versus Denver in the past, so it's possible he gets a heavy workload tonight. James White and Rex Burkhead will help carry the load for the Patriots. Gillislee has upside as a touchdown-score for the Patriots, but you can drop him if you're looking for roster space on your fantasy roster.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee gets 11 carries against the Chargers.

Dion Lewis (15 carries) appears to be working as the lead runner in New England's backfield, but Gillislee is still getting some work—especially later in games. On his 11 carries, Gillislee picked 34 yards in the Patriots' victory. After his three-touchdown performance in Week 1, it looked like Gillislee would be a great RB1, but it hasn't worked out that way since. Through half the season, he's on pace for 196 carries, 710 yards, and eight touchdowns in his first year with New England.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee rushed eight times for 31 yards in Sunday's win over the Falcons.

Gillislee has appeared to lose early-down work to Dion Lewis, and since he isn't involved as a pass-catcher, his fantasy stock has essentially fallen off a cliff. Things could change at any moment with the Patriots though, so Gillislee is still worth rostering. They get a weak run defense next week as the Charges come to town.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee loses a fumble in Week 6.

Gillislee ran well in the game, but he lost a fumble while New England was driving down the field in the first half and didn't appear on the field for quite some time after that. The good news is Gillislee did get back on the field later in the game, and it was a close one with the Jets. Overall, Gillislee had ten carries for 44 yards, and he probably won't be in the dog house for much longer (if he still is) considering this was only the second lost fumble of his career. Gillislee faces Atlanta on Sunday night in Week 7.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee gets 12 carries in Week 5 win.

Dion Lewis received seven carries in the game and led the team in rushing, but Gillislee still looked good on his carries, showing good vision with downhill running while picking up positive yardage on his touches. It wasn't a huge night and there weren't opportunities for goal line carries, but Gillislee has high scoring potential each week and is a good option in Week 6 against the Jets.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee carries 12 times in Week 4 loss.

Gillislee picked up 49 yards on his 12 carries, as the Patriots had to come from behind and were doing damage through the air against Carolina. Also, Dion Lewis scored a touchdown in the red zone, which hurt Gillislee's fantasy day. Gillislee should remain in lineups this Thursday night against the Bucs, as his weekly upside is enormous.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee gets 12 carries in Week 3.

The Patriots attacked the Texans through the air, as they threw for 378 yards and only picked up 59 yards on 20 carries. New England still did give Gillislee some opportunities throughout the afternoon. He had 12 carries for 31 yards overall. Next week against the Panthers is another difficult matchup, but he's still a good option in fantasy options while playing in an elite offense.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee rushed 19 times for 69 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's win over the Saints.

Rex Burkhead started again, but Gillislee was the guy New England went to when they got a big lead. He now has four touchdowns through the first two weeks, and he looks like an every-week RB2 as long as he doesn't make any big mistakes that would jeopardize his role. The Texans present a tough matchup in Week 3, but unless you have a lot of options, you should keep Gillislee in the lineup.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee cashes in at the goal line in Week 1.

It was unclear how the running back situation would work out in New England heading into the opening game against Kansas City, but Gillislee received every goal line opportunity and scored three times in the game. Overall, Gillislee had 15 carries for 45 yards, which led the team in rushing. Rex Burkhead started the game, but he only received three carries and one reception. Things can certainly vary week-by-week, but it looks like Gillislee will get almost all the goal line touches and the most carries for the Patriots in 2017. He should be in your lineup each week until someone gets more playing time and/or goal line carries for New England.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee makes preseason debut for the Patriots.

The former Buffalo Bill missed most of the preseason with a hamstring injury, but he played in this "dress rehearsal" Week 3 preseason game versus the Lions. He carried eight times for 38 yards and a touchdown, while adding a two-point conversion. The touchdown came at the goal line, which is the role many are hoping Gillislee plays for the Patriots this season. Rex Burkhead, who had a great preseason game last week, didn't play in this exhibition for unknown reasons so it's difficult to tell what is going on with New England's backfield. There's a chance one of these guys in the backfield becomes a great fantasy contributor, but there's also a chance this becomes a frustrating backfield to own in 2017.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Patriots running back Mike Gillislee practiced fully today.

After missing not practicing fully for the last two weeks, Gillislee said he feels 100%. After Rex Burkhead had an excellent showing with the starters in last Saturday's preseason game against the Texans, Gillislee healed up quickly and got back out on the field. It's been thought that Gillislee is the top option at the goal line for New England, but everything is up in the air at this point. We would say you can look for some clarity in the Week 3 "dress rehearsal" preseason game this Friday, but this backfield situation could turn out to be frustrating all season regardless.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee is not playing in the Patriots' second preseason game.

Gillislee hasn't practiced fully in at least a couple weeks while dealing with a hamstring injury. He might be in danger of falling almost completely out of the mix in New England's backfield. Rex Burkhead will look to take advantage in his preseason debut with the Patriots. Hopefully Gillislee can get to 100% soon.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

The Patriots hope to be more balanced on offense this year.

Bill Belichick was on SiriusXM NFL Radio and said this year's running back group will be a little more versatile this season and hopes to have more run/pass balance. The Patriots actually had the sixth-lowest pass percentage in the league, but some of it came early in the season when Tom Brady was unjustly suspended for four games and LeGarrette Blount rushed 22 times per game. Running the ball more would be great for Mike Gillislee and company, but it wouldn't hurt the passing stats much at all for Tom Brady and the receivers. In the 2007 season, The Patriots only threw the ball about 56% of the time—about the same as last season. They could still put up huge passing numbers even running the ball more this year. The bottom line is the Patriots offense is going to be an elite one, as usual.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

ESPN's Mike Reiss says Mike Gillislee is "off to a decisive start at Patriots' top option" as power back.

Today was the first day the Patriots were in pads, and Gillislee received the first two goal line carries for the team, converting them both. Reiss writes that Gillisslee "made it look easy" scoring in the two goal line rep he received—one was a run up the middle and the other was an outside run. Fellow free agent acquisition Rex Burkhead received the next two goal line carries. Obviously this is only one practice, but this further confirms Gillislee is expected to be the primary replacement for LeGarrette Blount (who scored 18 touchdowns in 2016) this season. New England's offense could change where Gillislee doesn't get as many goal line opportunities as Blount did last year, though. Blount, who is now with the Eagles, averaged 3.9 yards per carry on 299 carries last year.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Patriots running backs coach Ivan Fears indicates the big back situation is up for grabs.

According to Mike Reiss of ESPN, Fears is looking for someone to seize the role of a power back for the Pats. Fears said, "somebody has to play big for us. We have enough guys we know can play finesse football. Somebody has to play power football for us. We have to find out who is going to do that." Fears said James White can also carry the ball, as can Dion Lewis, but it sounds like he's looking for Mike Gillislee, Rex Burkhead, or Brandon Bolden to step up as the power back. The RB coach notably said it's a "very exciting moment for us" to see Mike Gillislee in pads to see what he can do. It's no secret the best players play for New England, so this is very much up in the air. Gillislee, who averaged a league-best 5.7 yards per carry last season, is probably the favorite, but the others can't be counted out.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Reiss of ESPN believes Mike Gillislee has a "big opportunity" to replace LeGarrette Blount.

The Patriots brought in Gillislee as a restricted free agent after he led running backs in yards per carry last season with Buffalo. While the team also brought in Rex Burkhead as an unrestricted free agent, Reiss is leaning towards Gillislee making a bigger impact for New England. Reiss notes that offseason training wasn't the "best showcase" for Gillislee, but looks forward to seeing him with the pads on. There's a chance none of the New England running backs deliver solid fantasy value in standard leagues this season, but Gillislee appears to be the most likely of the group to put up big numbers on the ground in 2017.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee "would appear to have the inside track" on the Patriots' starting running back job, according to the Boston Globe.

The Patriots signed Gillislee away from Buffalo as a restricted free agent. Gillislee actually led the NFL in yards per carry (5.7) on 101 carries with the Bills last season, and he also had eight touchdowns. There's been talk of Gillislee filling the role left by LeGarrette Blount, but Rex Burkhead (and maybe to a lesser extent some of the other guys like Dion Lewis and James White) will also have a role with the team. It's still too early to tell which of the Patriots running backs will have the most fantasy value this season, but they'll all be contributors to a great offense.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

The Bills declined to match the Patriots offer to running back Mike Gillislee.

The Patriots add another weapon to the backfield. Gillislee gets a two-year, $6.4 million deal with New England. Buffalo gets a fifth round pick from the Patriots because Gillislee was a restricted free agent. Gillislee will join a very crowded New England backfield that includes James White, Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead, and Brandon Bolden. It's unlikely any of these running backs have steady fantasy value in 2017 (they will all likely have their own big weeks throughout the season), but they will all contribute to a potentially-historic offense. This almost certainly means the Patriots will not re-sign LeGarrette Blount or sign Adrian Peterson.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

The Patriots offered restricted free agent running back Mike Gillislee a two-year, $6.4 million deal, according to Ian Rapoport.

The Patriots have cap space, so they'll either be forcing the Bills to go above the price they want for Gillislee, or they'll add him to their running back group that already includes Rex Burkhead, Dion Lewis, James White, and Brandon Bolden. The Bills would like to match, but might need to do some cap navigation to do so. If they do not match, the Patriots would have to give the Bills a fifth round pick because of his tender.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

The Patriots recently hosted Bills' RFA Mike Gillislee on a visit, according to Ian Rapoport.

New England already signed Rex Burkhead to go along with already-signed James White and Dion Lewis, so Gillislee would be absolute overkill. It's more likely the Pats re-sign LeGarrette Blount or another similar early-down grinder than sign Gillislee, but you never know. Gillislee scored nine touchdowns in 2016 behind LeSean McCoy.

Mike Gillislee scores in season finale.

Gillislee had 15 carries for 40 yards and a touchdown and one catch for ten yards. With LeSean McCoy injured, Gillislee got a good amount of work. He finishes his season with 101 carries for 577 yards (5.7 YPC) and eight touchdowns, and nine receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown receiving. Gillislee did a great job behind LeSean McCoy this season, and is among the best handcuffs heading into 2017 fantasy drafts.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee makes the most of his opportunity.

Mike Gillislee carried the football 11 times for an impressive 90 yards against Miami. Gillislee is productive despite being McCoy’s backup as Buffalo relies heavily on their ground game. Gillislee is a must-have for McCoy owners should he be given the opportunity to start due to a McCoy injury, in which case he'd be a great RB2.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee scores for the Bills in Week 15.

Gillislee got a goal line carry for his score. He had nine carries for 37 yards and the touchdown against the Browns. Gillislee has gotten some goal line carries recently for the Bills, but he's still not a great FLEX option.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee sees just two touches in loss.

He did make the most of them, turning two carries into 34 yards, which actually led the team. LeSean McCoy (12 carries for 27 yards) was not good on Sunday, but he's still one of the better backs in the league, making Gillislee a volatile play as long as McCoy is healthy. He does get the Browns next week.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee takes over goal line duties for Bills.

Gillislee rushed eight times for 49 yards and two touchdowns, with both scores at the goal line. In a run first offense with a sizable role behind LeSean McCoy, Gillislee has some standalone value now that he's getting goal line carries. He is a FLEX option for Week 14 versus the Steelers.

Mike Gillislee | Saints RB

Mike Gillislee filled in for LeSean McCoy (thumb) and rushed 14 times for 72 yards in the Bills’ win.

He did not catch a pass. McCoy should be able to go this week against Jacksonville, but Gillislee is definitely worth a pick up if he’s available as a potential plug-and-play RB2 if McCoy is inactive. Either way, Gillislee will most likely see more work with McCoy nursing the injured thumb, but probably lacks standalone value with McCoy in the lineup.