Shane Vereen wrist injury lowers fantasy value, improves Stevan Ridley's value

Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Vereen took control of the Patriots backfield on Sunday but this injury will set him back.

New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen reportedly broke a small bone in his wrist during Sunday's win against the Bills and is scheduled for surgery on Monday.

According to Jay Glazer's report, Vereen will be out for a few weeks while he deals with the injury. Stevan Ridley will presumably shoulder a bigger load in Vereen's absence after being benched during Sunday's game.

Fantasy spin: Vereen was a popular pick in the middle rounds of fantasy football drafts this summer, and it paid early dividends when he rushed for more than 100 yards in Week 1. He also caught seven passes for 58 yards, showing off the versatility fantasy owners fell in love with.

The injury opens the door for Ridley to bounce back from a disappointing start to the season but sets backs Vereen's owners, who thought they had uncovered a gem in the middle rounds. Ridley will have to take advantage of the opportunity in Vereens absence.

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