Shane Vereen Fantasy News
Rob Gronkowski tears ACL, also has MCL damage
Monday, December 9, 2013, 10:25am
Per a league source, an MRI confirmed the damage. Gronkowski will miss the rest of the season. Surgery and rehab will affect his preparation for 2014.
The MRI also shows damage to the MCL. It’s not currently believed that surgical repair will be needed of the MCL.
That provides a bit of a silver lining. In 2008, Tom Brady tore an ACL and an MCL, and surgical tinkering with the MCL reportedly resulted in an infection.
For Gronkowski, who battled an infection following forearm surgery earlier this year, the prospect of future complications looms over the ACL repair.
PFT is also reporting Gronk suffered a slight concussion on the same play. He was placed on IR Monday. Obviously bad news for owners, but a terrible break for Gronk, who is coming off arm and back issues. As for next year in terms of fantasy, we could be looking at a similar situation as this season where he is a question mark heading into fantasy drafts, and also the start of the regular season. His ADP would likely drop leaving him a risky, early pick with more value the later you can select him. However, we're a long way from that point... As for this season, it looks like the Pats will go back to more three WR sets featuring Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman with Shane Vereen part of that package. Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins could also creep back on the fantasy radar.
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Reports say Rob Gronkowski has torn ACL
Sunday, December 8, 2013, 6:38pm
knee, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Gronkowski, who suffered the injury in Sunday's wild 27-26 win over the Cleveland Browns, will undergo an MRI on Monday, according to the source.
FoxSports earlier reported that the Patriots believed it was a torn ACL.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick revealed after the game that Gronkowski was taken to a hospital for evaluation, but said he didn't know any more. We should know more on Monday but it looks like fantasy owners won't have Gronk for the rest of this season. Look for Julian Edelman and Shane Vereen to pick up more targets.
Monday, December 2, 2013, 5:49pm
Patriots running back Stevan Ridley was benched after fumbling in the first quarter last week against the Broncos and was inactive on Sunday in Houston, but Bill Belichick says he’s not trying to send Ridley a message.
Instead, Belichick says, demoting Ridley to the bottom of the depth chart is simply a matter of putting the best players on the field for the Patriots.
“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 when asked if he’s sending a message. “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. You sit down and talk to somebody man-to-man and talk about the situation so that we’re all on the same page as to whatever it happens to be and what the direction is going forward. That’s easy. There’s not sending a message. You just have a conversation with somebody. This isn’t cryptic. We’re just trying to win a football game, that’s all.”
The Patriots had a four-man running back rotation of LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Bolden, Shane Vereen and James Develin on Sunday. None of them ran the ball well, but Vereen is clearly the most valuable of the four in terms of fantasy. Even if Ridley is active Week 14 against the Browns, it's going to be hard to trust him until we see what kind of role he has - and of course he doesn't fumble. Since it's fantasy playoffs, time is running out for Ridley owners in terms of trusting him in your lineup.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 6:29pm
Here were some of the notable themes on RB Stevan Ridley from today’s conference calls with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels:
1. Coaching mindset on Ridley’s fumbling: McDaniels was asked if we’ve reached a point where the coaching staff’s comfort level in putting running back Stevan Ridley into games is jeopardized because of his recent streak of fumbles (3 in 3 games), and he addressed it head on.
“When things happen like this, in back-to-back games – or in this case a few games in a row – I think you certainly have to address what you can address in terms of trying to fix the problem. I have great confidence in Stevan as a runner. He’s been very productive in our offense. He’s done a lot of things. At the same time, obviously, ball security is the most important factor for our offense and for our team when we have the ball. We have to be part of the solution. We have to work with him,” McDaniels said.
“He certainly wasn’t the only one that put the ball [on the ground] or got the ball knocked off of him the other night. We had way too many balls out, or balls on the ground, and turned the ball over a significant number of times. We were fortunate to overcome that, which is very rare. I think our entire offense, we need to do a better job of taking care of the football, protecting when we have it, and making smart decisions and not giving the defense the opportunity to either strip it off of us, knock it off of us, whatever it may be. That’s a team thing. Our confidence, as an offense, you want to be able to protect the football no matter who you give it to. That’s our goal and that’s our focus, and we’ll work with everybody to try to fix the issues that certainly came up the other night.”
We posted a news item earlier today that suggested a committee backfield, which seems pretty likely at this point. Ridley can't be trusted, at least for this week. That makes only Shane Vereen as a safe play at RB.
Beat: Pats will rotate their 'big back'
Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 1:33pm
I think there are a few layers to consider when it comes to Stevan Ridley.
First, I'd be shocked if they released him. He is a good runner working through a ball-security issue, which is similar to what Kevin Faulk faced early in his Patriots career. We saw him overcome it, so I don't think we're at an end-of-the-road type situation with Ridley.
I'd expect to see more of a rotation with Ridley, LeGarrette Blount (also a ball-security risk) and Brandon Bolden in that big-back role. The Patriots are deep at the position with those three, plus Shane Vereen, so I don't see any personnel additions.
Beat writer Mike Reiss said the days of Ridley seeing half the snaps are likely over, at least for the short term. It's unfortunately because Ridley has run well before fumbling and getting benched. For at least this week, Ridley can't be trusted in your lineup in what is likely an important game with playoff implications. In fact, of all the NE backs, Vereen is probably the only safe play here - at least until we see how this week vs. Houston plays out.
Monday, November 25, 2013, 10:45am
Running back Stevan Ridley lost a fumble for the third consecutive game tonight, and this one ended his shift.
Ridley, who has lost four fumbles this season, was beside himself after the game, but he made sure to also praise his teammates for overcoming the mistakes that led to a 24-0 deficit.
“First of all, this night is about the team and how we pulled it out,” Ridley said. “We fought back, being down 24. For me, it’s almost disgusting -- consecutive weeks, and personally as a player, my team deserves better. I come in. I work and bust my ass every day to come in here and not make the same mistakes. To have the same mistakes happen, there’s something I’ve got to do different, I’ve got to do better.
“As a competitor, all I can do is come in here and keep working. I’m not settling for anything less, and I’ve got to be there for my team when they call me. For me, I’m not going to focus on what I did or didn’t do. I’m just happy that we were able to come through and get this win tonight. That said a lot about this team and how hard we fought.”
LeGarrette Blount took over but also fumbled which turned the workload over to Brandon Bolden, who was inactive last week, but looked pretty good and scored a TD. Outside of pass-catching Shane Vereen, the Pats RB situation is pretty muddy right now. At this point, you almost have to let this sort itself out and not play Ridley in Week 13 against the Texans.
Brady: Shane Vereen's role 'hugely important'
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 11:18am
“Since the middle of last year, he has really emerged and developed into that role,” Tom Brady said. “I think the best part is he really understands the importance and magnitude of that role and takes a lot of pride in it. It’s a hugely important part of our offense.”
Vereen had 21 touches back in Week 1, and he registered nine touches (including eight catches) in Week 11, playing 47% of the snaps. He projects to be a low-end RB2 the rest of the way, but has more value in PPR formats.