On Sunday night, the scintillating special teams play continued with Brandon Bolden, last seen invading the running back rotation with a nifty touchdown run in Green Bay, blocking a Mike Scifres punt at the Chargers' 28 yard line to set up the Pats' first touchdown. The Pats were out of sorts at that point following a fumble by Brandon LaFell that was returned for a TD and having to settle for field goals on two red zone trips. But Bolden's play ignited the Pats, whose defensive awakening coincided almost directly with that play. (Source: Boston.com)
Fantasy Impact: Last week against the Packers, Brandon Bolden had some early carries at running back and did well with his opportunities with a TD run. This week against San Diego, Bolden played just one snap on offense. Bolden has really become a huge contributor on special teams and has carved out a role on them. But he is an afterthought in the running game at this time and should not be owned.
Brandon Bolden rushed three times for 17 yards and a touchdown in New England's Week 13 loss to the Packers.
Fantasy Impact: It was a surprise to see Brandon Bolden on the field for the first snap of the game. He saw some action in the first half and looked good on his runs, especially the TD run. Bolden is not worth picking up but if injuries occur, he could have some value.
For the second week in the row, Brandon Bolden does not get any touches on offense. He did make an impact on special teams doing an exceptional job on kickoff coverage.
Fantasy Impact: With James White inactive it looked like Brandon Bolden had a chance to get the ball against the Broncos. That was not the case as it looks like Bolden's main role going forward will be on special teams.
Brandon Bolden was active in Week 8 versus the Bears but did not play.
Fantasy Impact: When Stevan Ridley went down with an injury there were many people who added Brandon Bolden speculating he would get an opportunity. At this point he is at the bottom of the depth chart. It is safe to drop him.
Brandon Bolden was held without a rushing attempt in New England's Week 7 win over the Jets, catching his lone target in the passing game for four yards.
Fantasy Impact: Brandon Bolden was a big waiver wire pickup coming into Week 7. It looked like he could pick up Stevan Ridley's early down carries. Shane Vereen ended up with the bulk of the work against the Jets with Bolden not being seen. Things could change in the coming weeks and look for Bolden to get more opportunities.
Brandon Bolden had six carries for 10 yards in Week 6 against the Bills.
Fantasy Impact: After Stevan Ridley left with a knee injury in Week 6, Brandon Bolden stepped in and took the early down carries. With Ridley possibly done for the year and Shane Vereen staying in his third down role this could mean a big increase in carries for Bolden.
Brandon Bolden rushed for eight yards on two carries in the Patriots' opening loss to the Dolphins.
Fantasy Impact: Bolden was active for the season opener over rookie James White. It appears Bolden will be the primary backup to Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen. They will be seeing most of the snaps during games. Bolden should not be considered fantasy relevant at this time.