Shane Vereen Fantasy News

Ravens can slow Rob Gronkowski, but it will come at a cost

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 6:44pm

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The Ravens have only allowed five touchdowns to tight ends in the regular season, and they held Jimmy Graham to 47 yards receiving. Do the Ravens have a chance of slowing down Rob Gronkowski, or do you throw out those numbers because he is on a different level?

Patriots beat writer Mike Reiss: They can definitely slow Gronkowski, but it will come at a cost. One of the most impressive things about Gronkowski’s season to me is how his 82 catches for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns hardly tell the whole story. It’s plays like touchdown catches by Julian Edelman and Shane Vereen against the Broncos on Nov. 2 that highlight his true value because there were three to four defenders swarming around Gronkowski in the end zone, creating those one-on-one opportunities for Julian Edelman and Shane Vereen. That was pretty commonplace this season with Gronkowski, who is a pure combination tight end in the sense that he can also dominate as a blocker when he wants; it's not just catching the ball. So I’d be surprised if the Ravens can slow Gronkowski consistently with just one player like safety Will Hill. But if they want to devote extra resources to it, they can probably dictate the ball going elsewhere, and the Patriots have shown the ability to capitalize when that happens.

Fantasy Impact:

The Ravens are #19 in TE aFPA in the last 10 games, so we're not too concerned about their chances to shutting down Gronkowski. The Patriots have enough weapons in the passing game to make Baltimore pay if they consistently double- or triple-team Gronkowski.

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Patriots TE Tim Wright could be 'a bigger part of the plan' vs. Ravens

Monday, January 5, 2015, 6:16pm

Mike Reiss, ESPN - [Full Article]

The Ravens are one of the tougher run defenses in the NFL, ranking fourth this season in holding opponents to an average of 88.3 yards per game and not allowing a 100-yard rusher in the past 27 games. They are a sturdy front seven and with this in mind, it's hard to imagine the Patriots go with a heavy diet of bigger personnel and a power-running approach. Instead, a more likely scenario is that the Patriots attempt to manipulate matchups in hopes of lightening the box and getting the Ravens into sub packages to test their overall quality and depth in the defensive backfield, which is their primary area of vulnerability. For the Patriots to do this, adding a second tight end with more of a pass-catching profile, third receiver, or second running back makes sense. This is where Wright, a "move" tight end, could be a bigger factor. When blocking-based tight end Michael Hoomanawanui is paired with Rob Gronkowski, it usually results in opponents playing base defense. But when Wright is paired with Gronkowski, it has sometimes been sub because he's more of a pass-catching threat. The Patriots have had success going up-tempo with that grouping as well, so we could envision Wright being a bigger part of the plan Saturday, with receiver Danny Amendola and running back Brandon Bolden (in a two-back set with Shane Vereen) as other options.

Fantasy Impact:

Wright's production has been spotty, but when the Patriots have called his number, he has usually delivered.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Patriots RB Shane Vereen (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 17. Vereen should continue to play through the questionable tag, but the workload status of all the Patriot starters is very much up in the air in what amounts to a meaningless game.

Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) downgraded to OUT

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 8:06pm

Jeff Howe, Twitter - [Full Article]

LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) was also downgraded to out. Jonas Gray time.

Fantasy Impact:

Jonas Gray and Shane Vereen both get a bump, but Gray figures to benefit more since he and Blount were splitting between-the-tackles carries for the Patriots.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Patriots RB Shane Vereen (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 16. Vereen should continue to play through the injury. If New England struggles to run between the tackles, they may turn to Vereen in the short passing game to move the chains.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Patriots RB Shane Vereen (ankle) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Vereen should be fine to face the Jets. If New England struggles to run between the tackles, they may turn to Vereen in the short passing game to move the chains.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Patriots RB Shane Vereen (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Vereen should be fine to face the Jets. If New England struggles to run between the tackles, they may turn to Vereen in the short passing game to move the chains.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Patriots RB Shane Vereen (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 15. Vereen has been pretty quiet of late, so he’s nothing more than a RB3/flex, even in PPR formats. We do expect him to play.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Patriots RB Shane Vereen (ankle) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Vereen has been pretty quiet of late, so he’s nothing more than a RB3/flex, even in PPR formats.

Dolphins Beat: Team is 'at a loss' with respect to struggles in rush defense

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 12:54pm

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Dolphins beat writer James Walker on the team's recent struggles against the run:

This has been one of the biggest mysteries of the season. Three weeks ago Miami had the No. 2 defense in the NFL and was No. 8 against the run. Then, out of nowhere, the Dolphins have allowed 661 rushing yards in the past three games. They are now No. 22 against the run. Players and coaches are at a loss. They say it is poor fundamentals, tackling and run fits.

The Dolphins have been pushed around too often in the past three weeks. They played a little better defensively against the Ravens, but not enough to think the issue will be resolved on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

This bodes well for LeGarrette Blount, who has dominated the carries in the last three weeks. He has toted the ball 42 times in that span; the next highest carry total is 12 by Shane Vereen. We're expecting Blount will carry the ball 15-plus times in a game that the Patriots should be able to control with their ground game.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Patriots RB Shane Vereen (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Vereen has been pretty quiet of late, so he’s nothing more than a RB3/flex, even in PPR formats.

Vereen, LaFell, Edelman active for SNF

Sunday, December 7, 2014, 7:17pm

Patriots Inactives
Alfonzo Dennard CB
Jordan Devey G
Cameron Fleming G
Dont'a Hightower OLB
Chandler Jones DE
Chris White LB
James White RB

Fantasy Impact:

Shane Vereen, Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell are all active as expected.

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm

Patriots RB Shane Vereen (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps again Thursday and is questionable for Week 14. Vereen should be fine for his passing down role against the Chargers.

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm

Patriots RB Shane Vereen (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Vereen should be fine for his passing down role against the Chargers.

Shane Vereen, Brandon Lafell officially active for Patriots

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 3:04pm

Patriots Inactives
Danny Aiken LS
Malcolm Butler DB
Jordan Devey G
Cameron Fleming G
Chandler Jones DE
Chris White LB
James White RB

Fantasy Impact:

Shane Vereen and Brandon LaFell are both active as expected. LeGarrette Blount and Jonas Gray are likely to split carries. Aaron Dobson is active as the 5th WR.