|Week 8 (CHI) - Average||1.0||4.0||0||1.0||6.0||0||0|
|Week 8 (CHI) - Dave Richard||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Week 8 (CHI) - Jamey Eisenberg||2||8||0||2||12||0||1|
|2014 Season - Average||62.0||284.0||1.0||7.5||58.5||0||28|
|2014 Season - Dave Richard||37||156||0||0||0||0||7|
|2014 Season - Jamey Eisenberg||87||412||2||15||117||0||50|
|Current Player Ranking: 91|
|Red Zone Stats|
|10/25/2014||Mohamed Sanu, WR CIN|
Brandon Bolden, RB NE
|Ryan Tannehill, QB MIA|
Brian Quick, WR STL
Charles Sims, RB TB
|10/25/2014||Vincent Jackson, WR TB|
Mike Glennon, QB TB
Brandon Bolden, RB NE
|Jonathan Stewart, RB CAR|
Steven Jackson, RB ATL
Roddy White, WR ATL
Derek Carr, QB OAK
|10/25/2014||Torrey Smith, WR BAL||Brandon Bolden, RB NE|
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Patriots RB Shane Vereen listed questionable due to illness
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(10/24/14) Patriots running back Shane Vereen was a late adition to the injury report due to an illness. He was officially ruled as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears, the Boston Globe reports. Vereen was unable to practice Friday because of the ailment. He's coming off a two-touchdown performance in Week 7 against the Jets.
If he is unable to play on Sunday, the team will likely turn to Brandon Bolden, Jonas Gray and James White to shoulder the load.
Patriots' running back situation mostly clear
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
|(10/21/14) Forget about Brandon Bolden. The Patriots' use of him against the Jets in Week 7 -- he played only one snap -- pretty much tells the story there. Granted, they've had their share of about-faces at the running back spot over the last few years, so I wouldn't dare claim to know what they're thinking, but if they've decided their next-best choice at the position is Jonas Gray, who at least saw the field for 11 plays Thursday, it's pretty clear what direction they intend to go, right?
With that in mind, I cautiously, carefully and with a preemptive tinge of regret plan to start Shane Vereen Week 8 against Chicago and hopefully every week thereafter. Yes, he played 80 percent of the snaps in Week 7, and yes, he scored two touchdowns. But you'll notice both of them came through the air. True, he also got more than two-thirds of the Patriots' carries, but I can't help but wonder if in a different matchup, one that encouraged them to pound the ball instead of rushing just 15 times as a team, they would have been more creative. That would work to Vereen's detriment, obviously.
For more of my biggest takeaways from Week 7, be sure to check out my latest post to the Fantasy Football Today blog.
Patriots' backup pass-catchers contribute Thursday
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(10/17/14) The Patriots received contributions from a number of players Week 7 against the Jets.
Brandon LaFell led the way, hauling in four passes for 55 yards. He finished third on the team in yardage, and was targeted five times. Danny Amendola caught one pass, but made it count. In the fourth quarter, Amendola scored on a 19 yard reception from Tom Brady. Amendola should have had a better game, but had a couple catches taken away due to penalties. Brandon Bolden also caught one ball for 4 yards.
They'll look for more Week 8 against the Bears.
Take a wait-and-see approach with Patriots' backs
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
|(10/16/14) The Patriots are going to have a tough time replacing Stevan Ridley in the running game, and we will get our first glimpse of how the team plans to do that in Week 7 against the Jets Thursday. The primary options to replace Ridley are Brandon Bolden and James White, though Bolden would not tell the Boston Herald Wednesday how he expects to be used in Thursday's matchup.
"I'm going into this game just doing whatever they ask me to do, whether it's special teams or offense," he said.
Neither Bolden nor White has much of a track record, though Bolden does at least have one 100-yard game under his belt back in 2012. He should get the first crack at an increased role, as he received six carries in Week 6, but Patriots head coach Bill Bellichek is notoriously fickle with running backs, so he could have a short leash Thursday.
We should have a much better idea of how the Patriots' backfield share will shake out after Thursday, but Fantasy owners will want to steer clear for Week 7. The Jets have allowed just 3.6 yards per carry and 13.0 Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, so Bolden only makes sense as a desperation player this Week. White is just a long-term flier for now.
Stevan Ridley injury opens door for Brandon Bolden
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
|(10/12/14) After Stevan Ridley departed in the third quarter with what's feared to be a torn ACL, the Patriots turned to Brandon Bolden as their primary ball carrier Week 6 at Buffalo. He picked up just 10 yards on six carries, but Ridley himself wasn't much better against a Bills defense that entered the day ranked second against the run, picking up just 23 yards on 10 carries.
Obviously, the Patriots also have Shane Vereen to share the workload, but he's always been more of a receiver out of the backfield. If Ridley does miss significant time, the Patriots will need somebody to pick up the tough yards, and that somebody figures to be Bolden.
So does that make him a player to add in Fantasy? He's gotten double-digit carries only three times in his career, but he averaged 5.8 yards per carry in those three games. He had 137 yards on a career-high 16 carries back in 2012.
Of course, he's no Ridley, and Ridley himself had become a frustration to Fantasy owners with the Patriots not always so committed to the run game. So if Ridley's injury ends up being not as serious, maybe you add Bolden only if you have a real need at running back. But otherwise, he's a must-add.
|Brandon Bolden is expected to compete with rookie James White for the No. 3 running back job in New England behind Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen. It could be a prominent role depending on how Patriots coach Bill Belichick treats Ridley -- and how often Ridley fumbles. The Patriots lost LeGarrette Blount as a free agent to the Steelers, and Blount last year had 153 carries for 772 yards and seven touchdowns, replacing Ridley down the stretch in 2013 when Ridley had fumble issues. Bolden was a minor contributor with 55 carries for 271 yards and three touchdowns and 21 catches for 152 yards, but he could see a boost in playing time if Ridley is ineffective and he holds off White. We expect Ridley to bounce back, but Bolden is someone to monitor during the season if he stays ahead of White on the depth chart. Don't draft him in the majority of leagues, but if Ridley starts to struggle then add Bolden off waivers and hope he is this year's version of Blount.
(Updated 5/8/14) |