LeGarrette Blount Fantasy News

Looking ahead at the Patriots' 2015 RB corps

Monday, February 9, 2015, 3:34pm

Mass Live - [Full Article]

LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden, who excels on special teams, are going to be on next year's roster. There will be one pass-catching back; whether that player is Shane Vereen or James White or someone else remains to be seen. If Stevan Ridley is re-signed, that's four running backs. There will also be competition from Tyler Gaffney, a 6-foot-1, 227-pound back who spent his rookie season on injured reserve. So Gray will probably have to prove himself in the offseason.

Vereen, who had 11 receptions in the Super Bowl, is a free agent. He probably won't cost the team a ton (for reference, Danny Woodhead got a two year, $3.5 million contract from San Diego in 2013).

The Patriots let Woodhead walk because they also had Vereen, so their decision may be based on their depth at the position. If they feel confident that rising second-year pro James White can fill Vereen's spot, you might not see No. 34 in a Pats uniform come next fall.

Fantasy Impact:

Part of Vereen's appeal is that he plays in a friendly system, but he lacks consistency, even in PPR formats. The team's willingness to re-sign Vereen will likely come down to price.

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Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell gets 15 months of probation for DUI, marijuana charge

Friday, February 6, 2015, 1:38pm

Pittsburgh Tribune - [Full Article]

Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeVeon Bell will spend 15 months on probation in a first-offender's program stemming from his arrest on marijuana possession and DUI charges with former teammate LeGarrette Blount.

Fantasy Impact:

Bell may face a two-game suspension from the league as a first time DUI offender.

Patriots RB Jonas Gray INACTIVE vs. Baltimore

Saturday, January 10, 2015, 3:44pm

Patriots Inactives

RB James White
RB Jonas Gray
OL Jordan Devey
OL Cameron Fleming
WR Josh Boyce
TE Steve Maneri
DE Zach Moore

Fantasy Impact:

Jonas Gray is a surprise inactive. It's an indicator that the Patriots are likely to go pass-heavy and use LeGarrette Blount as their primary between-the-tackles running back. Baltimore is a bad matchup, so Blount is not an especially attractive play in daily formats, though his 12-14 carry workload should be safe.

Friday, January 9, 2015, 6:47pm

Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (illness) was removed from the injury report Friday. Blount has averaged 12.8 touches in the last five games he’s played, but may not see a big workload with New England likely to take a pass-heavy approach against a shaky Baltimore secondary.

Friday, January 9, 2015, 6:47pm

Patriots RB Jonas Gray (ankle, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 19. Gray has taken a backseat to LeGarrette Blount after missing practice on the heels of his huge Week 11 (38 carries for 199 yards and four touchdowns). Expect a handful of carries against a tough Baltimore rush defense.

Steelers expected to sign RB Ben Tate

Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 9:58am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

In desperate need of a feature back with Le'Veon Bell's immediate future uncertain, the Steelers are working out former Texans, Vikings and Browns running back Ben Tate, ESPN reported Tuesday morning.

If the visit goes well, they are expected to sign the 26-year-old, once thought to be the best running back on the open market back in March.

Fantasy Impact:

Some inside the Steelers organization are doubtful that Bell will make an appearance on Saturday in prime time against the Ravens, which would make the need for an all-purpose back like Tate that much greater, the story said. The piece went on to say that in some respects, this is the ideal opportunity Tate has been waiting for. Just like former Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount knows, strong playoff performances can change perception, and after getting cut by two teams in less than a year, Tate is longing for that opportunity. The Ravens do present a tough matchup however, as they are ranked third in allowing fantasy points to RBs.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (shoulder, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 17. With Jonas Gray already ruled out, Blount could see a significant workload, or he could sit out altogether. It’s a meaningless game for the Patriots, so we aren’t expecting much from the team’s starters.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Patriots RB Jonas Gray (ankle, out) missed practice Friday after taking limited reps Thursday and is out for Week 17. If LeGarrette Blount remains out, then Brandon Bolden could be the team’s RB1 against the Bills. It’s a tough matchup, so there isn’t much upside here.

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 LeGarrette Blount (shoulder, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 16. Blount was fairly ineffective in Week 15, which led to Jonas Gray seeing more snaps and touches, though Blount got the rushing touchdown. We’re assuming he’s going to play, but anything can happen in the Patriot backfield.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Blount was fairly ineffective in Week 15, which led to Jonas Gray seeing more snaps and touches, though Blount got the rushing touchdown. Keep in mind that anything can happen in the Patriot backfield.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Blount was fairly ineffective in Week 15, which led to Jonas Gray seeing more snaps and touches, though Blount got the rushing touchdown. As always, anything can happen in the Patriot backfield.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (not injury related) was removed from the injury report Friday. Blount is fully expected to play against Miami, who has struggled against the run in recent weeks.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (not injury related) was removed from the injury report Thursday. Blount is fully expected to play against Miami, who has struggled against the run in recent weeks.

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

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 12:54pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

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.