Figuring out which
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.
Blount raced 32 yards with a short reception that proved to be the key play in a drive that resulted in a field goal that finally put New England on the board. He will try to build on that success next Sunday at Miami.
With Stevan Ridley a healthy scratch Sunday at Houston,
Blount's third rushing touchdown this season came on a 7-yard run in the fourth quarter. It was an impressive individual effort, as Blount lowered his head and shoulders and broke two tackles on his way to the end zone.
Blount has finished with at least 40 rushing yards in four of his last five games. He has two rushing touchdowns in his last four games. The Patriots are back in action Week 14 vs. Cleveland.
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|16||12/22/13||@ BAL||4:25 pm|
|2010||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||7||201||1007||5.0||53||6||10||38|
|2011||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||14||184||781||4.2||54||5||4||32|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||0||41||151||3.7||35||2||1||7|
|2013||New England Patriots||13||4||102||460||4.5||47||3||3||19|
|2010||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||7||5||14||2.8||7||0||0||0||0|
|2011||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||14||15||148||9.9||35||0||2||0||6|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||0||1||2||2.0||2||0||0||0||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||13||4||1||32||32.0||32||0||1||0||1|
|2010||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2011||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||13||15||349||23.3||30||0||0|
|2010||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2011||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||13||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2010||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||4||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2011||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||5||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||13||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|