Stevan Ridley Among Top Fantasy Rushers For Week 1

Sep 09, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) evades a tackle attempt by Tennessee Titans linebacker Will Witherspoon (92) during the second half at LP Field. The Patriots beat the Titans 34-13. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE

Stevan Ridley rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's game between the Patriots and the Titans. We break down the fantasy implications.

Stevan Ridley rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries during Sunday's game between the New England Patriots and the Tennessee Titans. Ridley added 27 yards on two receptions. Danny Woodhead and Brandon Bolden combined for 11 carries for 31 yards.

Analysis: Ridley carried the rushing load for the Patriots, with Shane Vereen inactive with a foot injury. Vereen appears to be the only other back on the Pats' depth chart capable of challenging Ridley for a feature role. Keep an eye on practice reports this week, but regardless Ridley is still the favorite to take the lion's share of touches. Next week's game against the Arizona Cardinals could be a juicy one for fantasy owners.

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