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22 Stevan Ridley RB
Height/Weight: 5-11/220 | Birthdate: 1/27/1989 | Birthplace: Natchez, MS, USA | Team: New England | College: Louisiana State | NFL Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 19/4 | Average Draft Position: 89.99
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Shane Vereen a better choice than Jonas Gray


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/29/2014) By giving the previously unknown Jonas Gray 17 carries for 86 yards Week 8 against Chicago, the Patriots revealed that they'll stick with a two-man backfield even with preferred rusher Stevan Ridley out for the year with a torn ACL and MCL.

But Week 9 against Denver might be a better matchup for preferred receiver Shane Vereen, who also thrived in Week 7 against the Jets. The Broncos, like the Jets, have done a good job stopping the run this season. They rank No. 1, in fact, allowing 72.4 yards per game.

Plus, the Patriots will most likely have to throw more than usual just to keep up with the league's highest-scoring team. These days, a team's only real choice against Peyton Manning is to beat him at his own game.

So most likely, Gray will spend much of Week 9 on the sidelines while Vereen spends much of it in the backfield. Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank Vereen among their top 20 running backs for this week.


Patriots address decision to add RB Jonas Gray to active roster


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) Patriots coach Bill Belichick addressed the decision to promote running back Jonas Gray from the practice squad and the opportunity that he'll get moving forward with Stevan Ridley out for the remainder of the season, per ESPN.

Gray was added to the live rosters hours before Week 7 against the Jets and emerged as the team's second option behind Shane Vereen on Thursday night. He rushed for 12 yards on three carries.

"I think Jonas has been solid for us all the way through preseason," Belichick said. "He's done a good job in practice and got an opportunity last night -- not a lot of opportunities -- but he had some blitz pickup opportunities and a few carries. He works hard and he's a tough kid, a bigger back obviously -- more in the Ridley size range."

Belichick would not indicate whether Gray would be used as the team's second option in the ground game moving forward.


Patriots place Stevan Ridley on IR


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) The Patriots have placed running back Stevan Ridley on IR, according to ESPN. 

Ridley will miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL and MCL. The team has already promoted running back Jonas Gray from the practice squad in order to replace Ridley. Ridley is set to become a free agent following the season.


Report: Stevan Ridley tore ACL, MCL


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2014) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee Sunday at Buffalo, a source told ESPN. The team has not confirmed that diagnosis but called the injury significant and quickly ruled Ridley out of Thursday's game against Jets. 

Ridley is in the final year of his contract.


Patriots' Jerod Mayo, Stevan Ridley ruled out for Thursday night


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2014) As expected, the Patriots have ruled linebacker Jerod Mayo and running back Stevan Ridley out for Thursday's game at home against the Jets in Week 7, according to the Boston Globe.

Mayo was carted off with a knee injury, while Ridley departed with an ACL injury in Week 6 at Buffalo. According early reports, both injuries are considered significant, which could leave them out for an extended period of time.

The Patriots will host the Bears in Week 8.


Pats' Belichick doesn't think Mayo, Ridley injuries are minor


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2014) Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn't sound too optimistic during an interview with WEEI Monday about the statuses of linebacker Jerod Mayo and running back Stevan Ridley, who both left Sunday's game at Buffalo due to knee injuries.

"Unfortunately, I don't think it looks too good. I don't think it's minor," Belichick said.


Stevan Ridley injury opens door for Brandon Bolden


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/12/2014) 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.


Report: Patriots RB Stevan Ridley might have ACL injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley will undergo an MRI Monday after leaving Sunday's game against the Bills due to a knee injury. The fear is that he suffered a torn ACL, according to NFL Network.

A source told the Boston Herald a similar report. Ridley could possibly have an ACL injury, but the team will know more about the severity of the injury after he undergoes an MRI.


Patriots RB Stevan Ridley leaves stadium with brace on right knee


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley left the stadium Sunday on crutches and with a large brace on his right knee, according to WEEI.com. Ridley was hurt late in the third quarter Week 6 at Buffalo.

The Patriots have a quick turnaround Week 7, hosting the Jets on Thursday.


Patriots RB Stevan Ridley suffers knee injury Week 6


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley was knocked out of Sunday's game at Buffalo in the third quarter due to a knee injury. He was ruled out for the remainder of the game shortly after suffering the injury.

Ridley totaled 23 rushing yards on 10 carries and one catch for 6 yards before leaving the game. The Patriots are back in action Thursday (Week 7) against the Jets.


Repeat may be tough for Patriots RBs


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/9/2014) Both Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen had big games Week 5 against the Bengals, who rank 27th against the run. They may not be so lucky Week 6 at Buffalo. The Bills rank second against the run, allowing 71.0 yards per game and 3.0 yards per carry, and have yet to surrender a touchdown to a running back this season.

Because the Bills are more vulnerable to the pass than the run, Jamey Eisenberg actually prefers Vereen to Ridley this week, though for my money, Vereen hasn't been productive enough as a pass-catcher this year for me to make that distinction. Ridley got three times as many carries as Vereen in Week 5 and was on the field for about 15 more plays, so if you're going to start one, Ridley is still the way to go.

I'm just not sure either is so advisable with this matchup. As Chris Towers pointed out earlier in the week, the way the Patriots use their two backs can vary drastically based on the way the game is going. If Ridley isn't a sure thing with a favorable matchup, surely he isn't for this one.

That doesn't mean he's an outright sit for me. Enough high-profile running backs have been lost to injuries the last couple weeks that he may still be your best bet. I just wouldn't go out of my way to start him based on last week's performance.


Who can predict the Patriots running game?


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2014) The Patriots running back situation is easy to figure out after the fact, because the team's usage of their two-headed tandem is fairly predictable based on how the game is going. That doesn't mean this is an easy puzzle to solve, however.

For the third time in five games, Stevan Ridley rushed the ball 19-plus times Sunday against the Bengals, as he finished with 113 yards on 27 carries in Week 5. Predictably, that came during a comfortable 43-17 win, one in which the Patriots were basically in control throughout. That mirrors the situations in Week 2 and 3, the Patriots other two wins.

Ridley played 58 percent of the team's snaps, while Shane Vereen was on the field for 40 percent of the team's plays. Vereen was still productive, finishing with 12 touches for 108 all-purpose yards, but he clearly took a backseat as the Patriots opted to rely heavily on the running game. Predictably, Vereen's most productive games have come with the Patriots playing from behind, with the exception of Week 5.

The problem for Fantasy owners is it has been awfully hard to guess just how any given Patriots game will go. They won comfortably, as expected, against the Vikings, but barely squeaked out a win over the Raiders. They followed up a trouncing at the hands of the Chiefs by beating the Bengals soundly Sunday.

As it stands, both halves of this duo are tough to rely on at this point in the season. Both are certainly worth owning, but you are rolling the dice every time you put them into your starting lineup.


Stevan Ridley delivers seventh career 100-yard game


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Running back Stevan Ridley helped the Patriots control the ball for nearly 39 minutes in Sunday's 43-17 pounding of the Bengals. He ran 27 times for 113 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

Ridley posted his second 100-yard game this season, seventh of his career. Ridley set a season high in carries, rushing 22 times more than he did in last week's loss at Kansas City.  

Ridley visits the Bills in Week 6.


Patriots RB duo too tough to rely on


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) If the question before the season was, "Which Patriots running back do I want to rely on?" the answer through four games has been an emphatic, "Neither." The team's moribund offense has affect everyone involved, and Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley have been hit as hard as anyone.

Last season, the Patriots had one of the best running games in the league, and they augmented it with Vereen's pass-catching skills to create a tandem that was consistently useful for Fantasy owners. So far, however, Vereen and Ridley have just two double-digit Fantasy games between them, one each. And things aren't much better for Vereen in PPR leagues, where he has just one additional 10-plus-point effort.

The Patriots have one of the league's five-least productive offenses, as they are averaged just 298.5 yards per game, while scoring just 20.0 points per game. At this point, Fantasy owners probably cannot rely on either member of the Patriots backfield on a weekly basis, especially as long as they continue splitting time and work. 


Stevan Ridley used sparingly in blowout loss


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley carried five times for 28 yards in the 41-14 defeat at Kansas City. He was targeted once without a catch.

Ridley faces the Bengals in Week 5.


Is this the week for Stevan Ridley?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/25/2014) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley didn't deliver as the CBSSports.com Start of the Week against the Raiders last week, but it wasn't for a lack of opportunity. He had 19 carries, including one from inside the 5-yard line, making him clearly the preferred ball carrier on an offense that has never made clarity much of a priority. It's just that Tom Brady and company didn't often put him in a position to score, putting up just 16 points.

In other words, the failure wasn't Ridley's specifically but the offense's as a whole. He won't be able to take advantage of his opportunity to carry the load without the help of the passing game.

The good news is the Patriots' opponent in Week 4 is vulnerable to the pass. The Chiefs allowed big numbers to both the Titans' Jake Locker in Week 1 and the Broncos' Peyton Manning in Week 2. Not so much the Dolphins' Ryan Tannehill in Week 3, but even 37-year-old Brady is on a different level from him.

In other words, I'm with Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard in calling Ridley a No. 2 running back this week. He may not be Start of the Week, but he's an advisable start at least in non-PPR leagues.


Stevan Ridley can't deliver on chances


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) Coming off a 100-yard, touchdown-scoring performance at Minnesota last time out, running back Stevan Ridley was clearly the Patriots' preferred rusher Week 3 against Oakland, getting more than twice as many carries as the second-leading rusher, Shane Vereen. But with those 19 carries, he could muster only 54 yards against a Raiders defense that allowed 138 to the Texans' Arian Foster in Week 2 and 102 to the Jets' Chris Ivory in Week 1.

Ridley's best chance to score came late in the second quarter, when he was stopped for just a 1-yard gain at the 2-yard line. It was his only carry from inside the 5. With the Patriots compelled to throw the ball in an unexpectedly tight game, Ridley got only seven of his 19 carries in the second half.

Ridley did catch a 7-yard pass, but Vereen was, as usual, the bigger pass-catcher out of the backfield, hauling in four for 17. Ridley will look to get back in the end zone Week 4 at Kansas City.


Stevan Ridley in line for big game


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/18/2014) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley has the chance for a big game in Week 3 against the Raiders, and he's the CBSSports.com Start of the Week.

We know the risks with Ridley. Patriots coach Bill Belichick could decide this is the week to feature Brandon Bolden or rookie James White. He could make this a Tom Brady showcase game and throw at will, with Shane Vereen dominating playing time. Or Ridley could fumble in the first quarter, which has happened before, and all those potential Fantasy points will be sitting on the bench.

But we have confidence in Ridley this week. He's coming off his best game since Week 9 of last year when he had 25 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown at Minnesota. The Patriots were sitting on a lead, and Ridley was the hammer killing the clock.

The Raiders are making the dreaded cross-country trip for a 1 p.m. ET start, and their run defense has already been shredded in two games by Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory and Arian Foster. All three running backs scored at least 14 Fantasy points in a standard league, with Ivory and Foster gaining over 100 rushing yards and a touchdown.

We hope Ridley – and more importantly Belichick – doesn't let us down. But based on the matchup and how he performed last week, we're willing to take a chance.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.


Flow of game leads to monster numbers for Stevan Ridley


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) The Patriots found themselves with a big lead against the Vikings early and leaned on Stevan Ridley to grind down the clock in a 30-7 blowout win. Ridley helped build the big lead with a 1-yard touchdown plunge in the first quarter following an interception-return by the defense. Ridley had just 29 yards on 11 first-half carries but turned it into 101 yards on 25 carries by the end of the game. 

Ridley should be in line for another big effort in Week 3 vs. the Raiders. 


Shane Vereen plays 61 snaps, Stevan Ridley 21


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) Patriots running back Shane Vereen dominated the backfield timeshare Week 1, playing 61 snaps to Stevan Ridley's 21 in the loss at Miami. Brandon Bolden played nine snaps, while rookie James White was a healthy scratch.

Vereen led the team with 36 yards on seven carries, cashing in a 2-yard touchdown in the first quarter. He caught five passes for 35 yards. Ridley ran eight times for 21 yards and had two receptions for 7 yards.


Stevan Ridley a non-factor in opener


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley struggled to make any kind of impact in a 33-20 loss to the Dolphins in Week 1.

Ridley led the team with eight carries, but couldn't do much with it. He rushed for 21 yards and added just two receptions for 7 yards in the loss, and ceded goal-line work to Shane Vereen -- who also finished with two more touches than Ridley.

Ridley's workload tends to fluctuate, so he will be looking for more success when the Patriots take on the Vikings in Week 2.  


Stevan Ridley looking to put preseason struggles in the past


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) After averaging just 3.9 yards per carry in the preseason and losing time due to fumble issues, Patriots running back Stevan Ridley is looking to get the season started on the right note in Week 1 against the Dolphins.  

Ridley has a solid track record against the Dolphins in his three seasons, rushing for an average of 53.7 yards per game while scoring four times in six games. He has scored at least 13 Fantasy points in three of his last four games against the Dolphins, though had just 34 yards total in a Week 15 matchup a year ago, during the middle of his worst slump of the season.

There was some concern about Ridley's role on the team after his rough preseason, but he is set to open the season as the team's first option in the running game. Both Dave Richard and Jamey Eisenberg have Ridley ranked among the top-24 running backs in Week 1, and he should be considered a solid starting option this Sunday. 


Stevan Ridley held out of preseason finale


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley was held out of Thursday's preseason finale against the Giants, a possible sign that he may make the 53-man roster, NESN Sports suggests. Ridley played just 11 snaps in the team's third preseason game last week against the Panthers.

Stevan Ridley in danger of getting cut?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) ESPN.com released a projection of the Patriots' 53-man roster, and it didn't include running back Stevan Ridley. The website noted the team is "always good for a surprise" and that Ridley played just 11 snaps in the dress rehearsal game Friday against the Panthers.

ESPN.com projected running backs Shane Vereen, James White, Brandon Bolden and Jonas Gray to make the team along with fullback James Develin.


Stevan Ridley gets benched after first-quarter fumble


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley was having a terrific game until he had issues handling the football Friday night against the Eagles in preseason action.

Ridley ran the ball well, but was benched after losing a fumble on a short run early in the second quarter. He ripped runs for 7, 11 and 6 yards on the opening drive. He finished with nine carries for 45 yards, averaging 5.0 yards per attempt.