Patriots' RBBC likely to continue

ESPN Boston - [Full Article]

When asked how the Patriots intend to divvy up touches among RBs Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Danny Woodhead and Joseph Addai, ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss said this: "If everyone's healthy, I think we'll see Ridley and Shane Vereen get the bulk of the work. I see Addai as a nice 'insurance' type of addition if Ridley and Vereen don't emerge, as well as a backup option for Danny Woodhead in the 'passing back' type of role. While I'd lean toward Ridley/Vereen getting more work, it's also safe to say we can expect the Patriots to mix it up from week to week, depending on the game-plan."

Fantasy Impact: 

Reiss mentions Woodhead as the 'passing' back, so what we're looking at is a three-headed monster of Ridley and Vereen as rushers and Woodhead as the third-down back. That's still a RBBC, and it won't be pretty. Ridley figures to have the most value of the three (assuming he can hold onto the ball) due to his probable role as the team's goal-line back. BenJarvus Green-Ellis was fantasy relevant for the same reason. At this point, Reiss believes that Addai will only see the field for any significant time if one of the aforementioned RBs goes down.

Filed Under: 2012, Preseason

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