Stevan Ridley disappoints fantasy owners as Shane Vereen ignites

Rick Stewart

Ridley rushed for 46 yards, but a costly fumble gave Shane Vereen the opportunity to take over backfield duties on Sunday. We take a look at the fantasy implications.

Stevan Ridley owners had to be disappointed on Sunday. Ridley, who was drafted in the first three rounds of many fantasy drafts, fumbled against the Bills. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, head coach Bill Belichick decided he'd seen enough of Ridley for the afternoon.

What's even more disappointing for Ridley owners is the fact that Shane Vereen punished Buffalo's defense with seven receptions for 58 yards and 101 yards on the ground.

Fantasy implications: There's no telling what Belichick will decide to do with Ridley moving forward. The odds of Ridley starting against the Jets in Week 2 aren't great. It's doubtful that Ridley's recent fumble will be without consequence from Belichick considering his penchant for losing the football. He led the Patriots with four fumbles in 2012 despite also leading the team in rushing yards and touchdowns.

Until further notice, Ridley should be benched in all formats. It's unlikely that Belichick will keep Ridley off the field for an extended period of time, but fantasy owners that invested in Ridley as a starting running back will potentially be disappointed for at least one or two weeks. Shane Vereen is already owned in 82 percent of Yahoo! leagues and should be picked up in all formats.

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