Shane Vereen expected to be activated Monday night for fantasy owners

Tom Szczerbowski

The New England Patriots' offense will get a much-needed shot in the arm with the impending return of running back Shane Vereen. We break down the fantasy implications.

New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen is expected to be activated from the team's injured reserve with designation to return list in time for Monday night's game versus the Carolina Panthers.

The report by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is an encouraging sign that the Patriots expect to get their dynamic runner back into the mix, and it's a boost their offense could use as it has struggled to find consistency in his absence. Vereen has been sidelined since injuring his wrist in Week 1, but he racked up 101 rushing yards and seven catches for 58 yards in the short time before his injury.

Fantasy Spin: Owners who have Vereen have needed a contingency plan for 10 weeks, so it's not like many don't have a choice at running back in the event Vereen does not play. That backup plan should be the option in place this week, as fantasy owners not only have to wait until Monday night to see if Vereen can play, but also to see the extent to which he'll be utilized. Use Monday night as a way to gauge Vereen's role going forward instead of banking on another 150-plus yard performance as the fantasy season nears its end.

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