If he is unable to play on Sunday, the team will likely turn to
With that in mind, I cautiously, carefully and with a preemptive tinge of regret plan to start
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They'll look for more Week 8 against the Bears.
"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.
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.
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/16/14||@ IND||8:30 pm|
|13||11/30/14||@ GB||4:25 pm|
|14||12/7/14||@ SD||8:30 pm|
|16||12/21/14||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|2012||New England Patriots||10||0||56||274||4.9||27||2||4||18|
|2013||New England Patriots||12||2||55||271||4.9||46||3||2||14|
|2014||New England Patriots||7||0||15||25||1.7||8||0||0||1|
|2012||New England Patriots||10||0||2||11||5.5||11||0||0||0||1|
|2013||New England Patriots||12||2||21||152||7.2||18||0||0||0||6|
|2014||New England Patriots||7||0||2||8||4.0||4||0||0||0||0|
|2012||New England Patriots||10||5||5.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||12||1||0.0||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||New England Patriots||7||2||1.0||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2012||New England Patriots||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||12||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||New England Patriots||7||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
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