Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 11: Shane Vereen is boom-or-bust option this week

Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The Patriots will get a boost to their offense this Sunday with the return of running back Shane Vereen. We break down the fantasy implications.

Fantasy owners, specifically ones that drafted Stevan Ridley, have already had it with Bill Belichick's handling of the Patriots backfield.

Now, another variable is being thrown into the equation, and that's in the form of Shane Vereen. Vereen is slated to get his first action of the season since being sidelined in Week 1 with a wrist injury that landed him on injured reserve with the designation to return.

During that game, Vereen led all of the New England Patriots' backs with 21 touches, seven of which were receptions. But more attractive, was that Vereen totaled 159 yards with those opportunities, racking up plenty of big plays as well as the chances to make them.

Fantasy Spin: There's a concern among Vereen's owners that he may be eased into action after coming off of an injury, and there's also the concern of Belichick's fickleness with his running backs. While the latter has been apparent this year, it's possible that Vereen picks up right where he left off in the season opener. His wrist injury is nothing to scoff at, but it isn't a lower body injury and shouldn't affect his ever-important burst.

Ideally, owners have the running-back depth necessary to play "wait-and-see" and observe Vereen's usage, but owners could do much worse than place him into their flex slots. He is just as much a weapon in the passing game as the running game, and versus the Carolina Panthers'  second-ranked run defense, the Patriots may have to get creative and find ways to get the ball to Vereen in space. Vereen is a boom-or-bust flex play this week, but it would not be a shock to see the needle tilt towards "boom" if he's active.

More fantasy football news from SB Nation:

Get live advice daily in the Fantasy War Room

Today's fantasy football player updates

Week 11 fantasy football position rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | D/ST

Week 11 fantasy football waiver advice: QB | RB | WR | TE | D/ST

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.