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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%: 89/16 | Average Draft Position: 23.75
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Stevan Ridley strikes twice in playoff win over Colts


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley took a backseat to LeGarrette Blount but still managed to post his first career multi-touchdown performance in the postseason Saturday night against the Colts.

Ridley punched it in from 3 yards out and ran for the 2-point conversion in the third quarter to give New England a two-touchdown advantage. He then scored again on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter. He finished with 14 carries for 52 yards (3.7 yards per carry) and two touchdowns in a 43-22 victory. He was not targeted in the passing game.

Stevan Ridley aids in Sunday blasting of Bills on ground


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) LeGarrette Blount wasn't the only Patriots running back to take advantage of a porous Bills run defense on Sunday. Stevan Ridley did the same in his limited opportunities.

Ridley bolted for a season-long 29 yards on the middle in the first quarter and continued to run effectively. He finished the first half with 48 yards on six attempts and ended the game with 74 yards on 12 tries.

He rushed for 773 yards this season, which led the team, but only by one measly yard over Blount, who has emerged as the featured back heading into the playoffs.


Ridley determined to bounce back from tough year


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2013) Former Patriots featured back Stevan Ridley expressed understanding, but disappointment Thursday about his benching this season and vowed to return better than ever next season.

"I don't let anything break me, man," he told ESPN. "I knew what I did to get there. It wasn't like coach Bill [Belichick) just up and decided to bench me for the game. There was a reason for him doing what he did.

"...Did I agree with it? No, but that wasn't my call. I'm the player, and I play. ... It hurt, you know what I mean? But at the same time, that's somewhere I don't ever want to be again. If that's what's going to fuel me, if that's what I needed, I have to bounce back strong."

Ridley received 15 carries in Week 16, his highest total in six weeks. He peaked with a 115-yard, two-score performance against Pittsburgh on Nov. 3, but was benched for fumbling in three consecutive games.


Stevan Ridley gets most carries since Week 9


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley ran 15 times for 54 yards in the Week 16 win over Baltimore, the most carries he's received since he rushed 26 times vs. Pittsburgh on Nov. 3. Ridley came off the bench behind LeGarrette Blount and failed to score for the fifth straight week.

Ridley was targeted once in the passing game, without making a catch. Up to 699 rushing yards this season, Ridley plays the Bills in the regular-season finale.


Stevan Ridley, LeGarrette Blount still viewed as low-end options


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2013) Patriots running backs Stevan Ridley and LeGarrette Blount both could be in for productive performances, depending on the amount of touches they'll receive Sunday against the Ravens in Week 16.

Ridley's production remained the same, as he rushed for 35 yards on eight carries for the second consecutive game. Blount rushed for 40-plus yards for the third straight games. He tallied 47 yards on 11 carries, averaging 4.3 yards per rush against Miami in Week 15.

The Ravens have allowed a rushing touchdown in three straight games. Baltimore has yielded 102.4 yards per game on the ground, which is seventh fewest allowed this season. Opposing running backs have scored 13.14 Fantasy points per game this season against Ravens.

At this point, it may be awfully difficult to start Ridley or Blount, given their recent role on offense. Despite a somewhat favorable matchup, consider them both low-end options for Week 16.

Stevan Ridley does little yet again in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley's role remained consistent Sunday, in a 24-20 loss to the Dolphins in Week 15.

One week after rushing for 35 yards on eight carries, Ridley put up a nearly identical line against Miami. He rushed the ball eight times and finished with 34 yards on the ground. He was not targeted in the passing game.  

Ridley has been struggling to regain his spot in the lineup after being benched three weeks ago due to fumble issue. He will try to improve in Week 16, when the Patriots travel to Baltimore. 


Shane Vereen, LeGarrette Blount's roles remain clowdy


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2013) Figuring out which Patriots running back is going to see the largest role in any given week has become something only soothsayers and fortune tellers should be attempting right now. Heading into Week 15 against the Dolphins, any one of Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen and LeGarrette Blount could receive 10-plus touches on any given Sunday.

While Vereen's role remains relatively constant given him rare pass-catching abilities, Ridley and Blount are left to fight it out on the ground. Assuming Fantasy owners could know exactly how each player's workload might work out, this looks like a very attractive matchup, against a Dolphins defense that ranks 25th in the league in points per game to opposing running backs.

Ridley carved up the Dolphins for 79 yards and a touchdown in a Week 8 matchup, but he has also seen his role decrease significantly since then due to issues hanging on to the ball. That has opened up a larger role for Blount, who rushed for 46 yards on 11 carries against Miami.

Given the questions about each player's role, it is awfully difficult to start either with confidence. Among our trio of Fantasy experts' rankings for Week 15, Ridley lands inside the top-30 once, and Blount not at all. Both players should be considered risky options even with a solid matchup. 


Patriots receive input from several offensive players


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley returned from a one-game forced absence for fumbling and held onto the ball Sunday against the Browns. He rushed for 35 yards on eight attempts and added one catch for 2 yards.

Also snagging one each for New England were running back James Develin (31 yards), wide receiver Austin Collie (5 yards) and tight end Matthew Mulligan (15 yards).


Coach says Stevan Ridley's benching was game-plan decision


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2013) Patriots coach Bill Belichick said making running back Stevan Ridley a healthy scratch Week 13 at Houston wasn't about sending Ridley a message because of his fumbling problems.

"If I have a message to send to somebody I’ll just sit down and talk to them and tell them what it is," Belichick said, per the Boston Herald. "I can have a conversation and do have a conversation with anybody on the team that I need to have a conversation with. That’s not a problem. There’s no sending a message. This isn’t cryptic. We’re just trying to win a football game, that’s all."

Belichick reiterated Ridley being listed on the inactive list had to do with a game-plan decision.

"The inactive players every week are based on, in part, injuries and ultimately what we feel like, for that particular game, is the best decision for the football team in that game to try and win," Belichick said. "Along with every other decision on the team that I make, is made with what gives the team, in our opinion, the best opportunity to win on Sunday’s. That’s what all decisions are made on."


Stevan Ridley a healthy scratch Week 13


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2013) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley did not make it into the lineup Week 13 at Houston, as he was ruled inactive. ESPN first reported Sunday morning Ridley might be a healthy scratch Sunday.

Report: Stevan Ridley could be a healthy scratch Week 13


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2013) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley could be a healthy scratch Week 13 at Houston, according to ESPN analyst Adam Schefter. Even if Ridley, who has lost a fumble in three straight games, is active for Sunday's game, he isn't expected to see many, if any carries, according to Schefter.

Stevan Ridley looking at slightly favorable matchup


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/29/2013) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley is looking at a slightly favorable matchup Week 13 against the Texans.

Houston has been below-average against opposing running backs, allowing them to score 16.82 Fantasy points per game. On average, running backs have run for 103 yards per game against the Texans. Through 11 games, the team has given up eight rushing touchdowns, including two in their past two games.

That might not mean much for Ridley, as he's been splitting reps with the stable of backs in New England. While he's mostly led the team in carries in most recent weeks, a fumble against Denver left him with just four carries. Fumbles have been a big problem for Ridley. Not only has he fumbled four times, but he's lost all four fumbles. While he can't control where the ball goes after he loses it, the change of possession is likely what leads Bill Belichick to turn to other options so quickly. Prior to the Denver game, Ridley had scored all seven of his touchdowns in the team's previous five games, so he had been playing well. There's a good chance he gets the start, but Fantasy owners will have to hope to can hold onto the ball in order to have a big game.


Stevan Ridley: 'I can't keep doing this'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2013) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley stayed glued to the bench Sunday against the Broncos after losing a fumble on New England's opening drive, which was returned for a defensive touchdown. It was the third straight game Ridley lost a fumble.

"For me, it’s almost disgusting, man," Ridley said, per ESPN. "Consecutive weeks. Personally, as a player, my team deserves better. To come in and have the same mistakes happen, there’s something I gotta do different, I gotta do better. As a competitor all I can do is come in here and keep working. ... I just gotta be there for the team when they call me."

Ridley, who leads New England with seven rushing touchdowns, understood why coach Bill Belichick didn't call his number the rest of the game.

"When I put the ball on the ground, they have no option but they take me out. It’s sickening, man," Ridley said. "I’m frustrated, but it’s part of the game. I think that as a player, you’re going to have your ups and your downs, but the main thing is you have to stay focused and keep your eye on the prize at the end of the day. I’m not going to get too far down. I’m going to put more pressure on myself to go out there and practice and change up some things. I can't keep doing this."


Stevan Ridley benched after costly fumble


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2013) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley continued to have ball-security issues during Sunday’s overtime win over the Broncos in Week 12.

Ridley coughed up the ball, which resulted in a Von Miller fumble recovery for a Denver touchdown during the opening drive of the game. He was benched for the entirety of the game and finished with four carries for 14 yards (3.5 yards per carry) in a 34-31 victory.

Ridley has 576 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground this season. He'll look to break out of Bill Belichick's doghouse and get back on track in Week 13 in Houston.


Stevan Ridley a solid Fantasy play vs. Denver


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2013) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley will be looking to get past his fumble issues heading into Sunday's matchup at home against the Broncos in Week 12. 

Ridley had a solid game derailed by a second quarter fumble, which placed him on the bench. He finished Week 11 against the Panthers with 13 carries for 48 yards and a touchdown. Had he stayed in the game, he probably would've cracked the century mark to go along with his touchdown. 

Ridley will face a Denver defense that has allowed only 92.7 Fantasy points per game, which is the fourth fewest allowed in the league. Denver has allowed eight running backs to reach double digits in Fantasy points with eight rushing touchdowns.

If Ridley can hang on to the ball and if Belichick rolls out the same gameplan, he'll have a shot at some big numbers. Consider him a solid starting option in all formats for Week 12.

Stevan Ridley keeps fumbling and scoring


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2013) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley bounced back from his third lost fumble this season to pound in a 1-yard touchdown at Carolina, giving him seven rushing scores in the last five games. It was the second straight game in which he lost a fumble and ran for a touchdown.

Ridlley sat out 18 straight plays after his fumble while LeGarrette Blount handled the load. Ridley finished with 13 carries for 48 yards, his lowest rushing total since Week 5.

Fumbling remains a big issue for Ridley, who's coughed it up eight times since the last game of 2011. But he continues to capitalize on goal-line chances. Ridley plays Denver in Week 12.


Stevan Ridley's touchdown binge in danger


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2013) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley heads to Carolina in Week 11 on a tear, albeit one interrupted by the bye. He ran for 340 yards and six touchdowns in four games leading up to the off week, averaging 4.8 yards per carry. His slow start is a distant memory.

Even with Shane Vereen returning from his wrist injury, Ridley should get most of the early-down work.

Gashing the Panthers won't be easy: Carolina gives up the fifth-fewest Fantasy points to opposing backs, 12.6 per game. The Panthers have not allowed a rushing score to a running back since Week 5 when Rashard Mendenhall did it. Fred Jackson in Week 2 was the only other back to run for a touchdown against the Panthers. On the plus side, Frank Gore (5.1 yards per carry), Steven Jackson (4.4) and Adrian Peterson (6.2) enjoyed some success in recent weeks vs. Carolina though they did not find the end zone.

Given the matchup, consider Ridley a low-end RB2 or high-end RB3 for Monday night.


Stevan Ridley extends TD streak with two scores


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2013) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley extended his touchdown streak to four games during Sunday’s contest against the Steelers in Week 9.

Ridley punched it in the end zone from 1-yard out late in the second quarter and scored on a 5-yard dash in the fourth quarter. His ball-security issues crept up again, as he caught a short pass and coughed up the ball in the third quarter. Head coach Bill Belichick did not bench him after the fumble.

Ridley enjoyed a solid performance as he rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries (4.4 yards per carry). He caught three passes for nine yards. He nearly had three touchdowns on the day, as he got stuffed on a fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line in the first quarter.

Ridley cracked the century mark for the first time since Oct. 28, 2012. He has 514 yards on the ground to go along with six touchdowns this season. He'll have a bye next week before returning to action in Week 11 against Carolina.

Stevan Ridley aiming to extend TD streak


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/1/2013) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley will be looking to extend his scoring streak to four games heading into Sunday's matchup against the Steelers in Week 9.

Ridley has four touchdowns over his last three games and has averaged 69.5 yards per game over that span. He gashed Miami's defense with 14 carries for 79 yards (5.6 yards per carry) and a touchdown in Week 8. The Steelers have allowed 121.9 yards per game on the ground, which is sixth most allowed in the league.

Opposing running backs have averaged 17.71 Fantasy points per game against the Steelers and scored at least one touchdown in all but two of the team's seven games this season. The Steelers have also given up multiple scores in three of their last five games. Consider Ridley a viable starting option in the majority of Fantasy formats heading into Week 9.

Stevan Ridley not punished for TD celebration Week 7


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/28/2013) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley was noticeably absent from the running game in the first quarter Week 8 vs. Miami. Although Ridley was lectured by the team for high-stepping into the end zone on a touchdown run Week 7 against the Jets, a source told MassLive.com, he was not punished for the touchdown celebration, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

Both Ridley and coach Bill Belichick said after Sunday's game Ridley wasn't being punished for his actions last week. As Belichick said, the team just wanted to use Brandon Bolden and LeGarrette Blount in the first quarter.

Ridley, who was told Friday he would not be starting but wasn't given a reason why, eventually entered the mix in the second quarter. He finished with 79 rushing yards and one touchdown on 14 carries in a 27-17 win.


Stevan Ridley recovers from silent start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2013) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley had a curious game in Week 8 against the Dolphins, as he did not see the field much early, but still ended up leading the team in carries in a 27-17 win.

Ridley did not touch the ball in the first quarter of the game, and was hardly seen on the field. It is not known if he was benched for disciplinary reasons, but Ridley was back to being the workhorse once he finally entered the game.

Ridley led the team with 14 carries for 79 yards in the game, including a 3-yard touchdown run, his third game in a row with a score. Ridley did not feature in the passing game, as he was not targeted at any point.

Ridley's playing time suffers from the whims of Bill Belichek, but he remains the team's most productive back. He will look to extend his scoring streak in Week 9, when the Patriots host the Steelers. 


Stevan Ridley could find the end zone again vs. Miami


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2013) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley has been tapped as Jamey Eisenberg's Start of the Week for Week 8, as he gets set to face the Dolphins Sunday. The Dolphins have with running backs all season long, so he should be able to live up to those lofty expectations.

While Miami has held individual backs under 100 yards in each game this season, they are still allowing the fourth-most Fantasy points per game to opposing backs. At least one running back has scored in each of the last five games against Miami, including four scores on the ground in the last three games.

Ridley has not lived up to expectations this season, but he is showing real signs of life recently. Fantasy owners should expect him to extend his scoring streak to three weeks, based on recent history, and can consider him a solid starting option in most Fantasy formats for Week 8. 


Stevan Ridley finds end zone again in Week 7


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/20/2013) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley carried the ball 11 times for 50 yards and a touchdown in the team's 30-27 overtime loss to the Jets. Ridley scored on a 17-yard touchdown in the second quarter; it was his third touchdown in two games. 

While it appears that Ridley is over his early-season woes, there were some elements that weren't so encouraging. Ridley only had four carries at halftime (to Brandon Bolden's six), and he had just two carries after the third quarter. While he hasd 20 carries in Week 6, Ridley was back down to 11 (his total in Weeks 3 and 4) in Week 8. 

The 50 yards and 11 carries were each the third-most on the season for Ridley. 

The Patriots return home to face the Dolphins in Week 8.  


Stevan Ridley remains a riddle


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/17/2013) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley has already gone from a preseason darling to a bench option, all the way back up to a viable starter, all in the matter of six weeks.

Ridley re-emerged from a fog of frustration in Week 6 with a 22-point, two-touchdown, 96-yard game against the Saints. This came a week after being declared inactive with a thigh injury, and followed two straight 11-carry games in Weeks 3 and 4. Just as it looked like Ridley was relegated to Should I flex him? territory for the rest of the season, he broke out with the game everyone had been waiting for. 

Where he goes from here is a mystery. The Jets have allowed the second-fewest rushing yards per game this season. They've allowed just three rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs and only one opposing back has run for more than 70 yards against them. But even without this matchup, the Patriots tend to shift gears without warning, so Ridley probably had as good a chance at 12 carries as he did at 25.

Minor Ridley-centric good news? The Jets don't force a lot of fumbles. But the bad news is they don't allow a lot of yards. Still, the potential of a big game is there, which makes Ridley worth a gamble at RB2. His owners will just have plenty of finger-crossing to do on Sunday.  


Stevan Ridley off injured list


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2013) There was a welcome absence from the injury report released by the Patriots on Wednesday. Featured back Stevan Ridley, who has been listed with a knee injury, has been deemed healthy, according to the Boston Herald.

Ridley managed his finest performance of the season in Week 6 by rushing for a season-high 96 yards and scoring his first two touchdowns in the comeback win over New Orleans. He should be ready to roll for the game Sunday against the New York Jets.