LeGarrette Blount

LeGarrette Blount

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By John Aubin, Patriots Correspondent, Wed, Apr 8th 8:09am EDT

Running back LeGarrette Blount will sit out the Patriots' season-opener. The NFL announced Tuesday that Blount has been suspended one game without pay for violating the league's policy for substances of abuse. (Source: Boston.com)

Fantasy Impact: This suspension was a result of an issue when LeGarrette Blount was with the Steelers last August. The suspension presumably shouldn't hurt Blount's standing with the Pats, as they knew of his likely punishment when they signed him in November. Blount should see plenty of work in the upcoming season and could be a fantasy sleeper.

 

By John Aubin, Patriots Correspondent, Mon, Feb 2nd 8:19am EST

LeGarrette Blount ran for 40 yards on 14 carries in the Patriots' Super Bowl 49 win over the Seahawks. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots went to LeGarrette Blount often early in the game. Blount has some minor success and ran hard. As the game went on Blount stopped being effective and the Patriots went away from him and had Vereen in the game exclusively at running back by the fourth quarter. Blount is signed for next year and should have a big role in the Patriots offense.

 

By John Aubin, Patriots Correspondent, Fri, Jan 30th 5:59pm EST

LeGarrette Blount’s eyes get wide and he smiles at the thought of delivering another punishing hit. For the 250-pound battering ram of a running back, bringing the pain is fun. But is it still fun, even after 30 punishing carries against the Colts in the AFC Championship game and a heavier workload since rejoining the Patriots at midseason? “Oh yeah,” he said proudly. “My body feels really good. I don’t know what pain is. When Blount gets rolling he’s hard to stop, especially in the playoffs. Just ask the Colts. Blount rumbled for 148 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots’ 45-7 victory . Last season, Blount gashed the Colts for 166 yards and four touchdowns in a 43-22 win in the divisional round. (Source: Boston.com)

Fantasy Impact: If Legarrette Blount can continue to have the success he has had late in the season on Sunday it will be huge for the Patriots offense. It will not be easy though as he is facing the vaunted Seattle defense. It does opens things up when he is banging his way for yards up the middle for Tom Brady to use play action and also means that it is harder to cover Rob Gronkowski. One key is having center Bryan Stork back to man the middle of the offensive line. His presence was a big reason for the turn around of the line and the how offense early in the year. Expect Blount to get plenty of work if he can find the holes and will be the goal line back.

 

By John Aubin, Patriots Correspondent, Tue, Jan 27th 6:07pm EST

Center Bryan Stork (right knee injury) says he is working with athletic trainers in hopes of playing. (Source: Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If the Patriots decide to rely on LeGarrette Blount and the power run game against the Seattle defense they will need Bryan Stork manning the middle of the line. If Stork cannot go look for Ryan Wendell to replace him. Wendell did an effective job in the AFC Championship but Stork has been great in the second half of the season.

 

By John Aubin, Patriots Correspondent, Mon, Jan 19th 9:10am EST

LeGarrette Blount rushed 30 times for 148 yards with three touchdowns in Sunday's 45-7 AFC Championship Game win over the Colts.

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots did a great job of mixing the pass with the run on Sunday night against the Colts. And when they ran they handed it to LeGarrette Blount. Blount had one of his best games. He ran hard and turned some short runs into longer gains with his determination. The Patriots will need Blount's best against the Seahawks and their tough run defense in the Super Bowl.

 

By John Aubin, Patriots Correspondent, Sat, Jan 10th 10:27pm EST

LeGarrette Blount rushed three times for one yard in New England's Divisional Round win over the Ravens.

Fantasy Impact: It was expected that the Patriots would use a spread offense against the Ravens and avoid rushing into their dominant defensive line. But they totally abandoned the run today which meant Blount was not a factor. This does not mean he is out of favor. Blount could get a full workload next week depending on the game plan.

 

By John Aubin, Patriots Correspondent, Sun, Dec 28th 6:02pm EST

LeGarrette Blount rushed 10 times for 62 yards Week 17 against the Bills.

Fantasy Impact: It was good to see LeGarrette Blount back on the field after missing the game against the Jets due to a shoulder injury. He played deep into the game Sunday against the Bills and ran hard highlighted by a 34 yard run.

 

By John Aubin, Patriots Correspondent, Sun, Dec 21st 6:57pm EST

LeGarrette Blount was ruled out for Week 16 against the Jets with a shoulder injury.

Fantasy Impact: It looked like LeGarrette Blount would play this Sunday after only being limited in practice during the week. It looks like the Patriots decided to be cautious with Blount. Do not be surprised if he gets held out in the regular season finale against the Bills.

 

By Charlie Finn, Patriots Correspondent, Sun, Dec 14th 9:41pm EST

LaGarrette Blount carried the ball for just 8 times for 17 yards for 1 TD, and caught 2 passes for 7 yards in Sunday's 41-13 win over the Dolphins. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Blount saw his lowest carry total, along with his lowest yardage production since he was traded from the Steelers to the Patriots. Luckily for owners Blount was able to plod his way into the endzone for a TD. In a crowded backfield that saw Jonas Gray take the lead with carries it is tough to lean on any RB in the Patriot backfield.

 

By John Aubin, Patriots Correspondent, Mon, Dec 8th 5:28pm EST

LeGarrette Blount had 20 carries for 66 yards in Sunday night's Week 14 win over the Chargers.

Fantasy Impact: LeGarrette Blount started Sunday night's game strong against the Chargers. He had a great first quarter but disappeared after that and only finished with 3.2 rushing average for the night. Despite the mediocre performance, Blount should continue to see the bulk of the work and will have an easier time next week against a slumping Miami defense.

 

By John Aubin, Patriots Correspondent, Mon, Dec 1st 12:27pm EST

LeGarrette Blount rushed 10 times for 58 yards in New England's Week 13 loss to the Packers.

Fantasy Impact: LeGarrette Blount only rushed 10 times yesterday but he ran hard and averaged 5.8 yards per carry. Fantasy owners may want to hold onto him. Last year the Patriots leaned on him at the end of the season and the playoffs and he played exceptional. There is a good possibility of that happening again this year.

 

By Jeff Moore, Patriots Correspondent, Sun, Nov 30th 11:10am EST

ESPN's Mike Reiss reports that the "feeling" around New England is that LaGarrette Blount and Jonas Gray will "likely split carries, unless one gets hot" in a power-run scheme, as the Patriots face the Packers on Sunday. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: When Gray saw no carries last week as punishment for showing up late to practice, Blount took advantage with a breakout performance. As always, it's hard to read what exactly Bill Belichick's plan will be, but signs are pointing towards a rotation between the two backs.

 

By John Aubin, Patriots Correspondent, Sun, Nov 23rd 10:18pm EST

The newest of the in-season grabs - LeGarrette Blount - only rolled into Foxborough three days ago, then played somewhere around 15-20 snaps, ripped off a 33-yard run and scored two touchdowns. (Source: Boston.com)

Fantasy Impact: LeGarrette Blount made the most of his opportunities on Sunday in his return to the Patriots. But being the Patriots, Blount could return to a bench role. More likely he will continue to be the early down back and will split time with Jonas Gray. If he continues to play well and Gray struggles, you can expect Belichick will ride Blount the rest of the season.

 

By John Aubin, Patriots Correspondent, Thu, Nov 20th 8:23am EST

LeGarrette Blount, who was released earlier this week by the Steelers, is set to sign a two-year deal to return to the Patriots, according to ESPN. Blount, who starred down the stretch for New England last season before signing a free-agent contract in Pittsburgh, was cut loose earlier this week by the Steelers. He played in each of Pittsburgh’€™€™s 11 games in 2014, rushing for 266 yards on 65 carries with two touchdowns and added six catches for 36 yards. In 2013, Blount played a sizable role in the Patriots success down the stretch, rushing for 772 yards for New England and helping power the Patriots to the AFC title game. (Source: WEEI)

Fantasy Impact: Jonas Gray must be wondering if scoring 4 TDs last week was enough. The Patriots tandem of Gray and Shane Vereen seems to be a solid mix of hard running by Gray and Vereen is excellent in the passing game. LeGarrette Blount is great insurance and will help strengthen the running attack. But on the surface it looks like he would have a similar role as he did in Pittsburgh. Which he was not happy with. Hopefully he can be receptive to whatever role he is given. For now fantasy owners should hold onto Gray and see how things play out.

 

By Rob Hebrank, Patriots Correspondent, Tue, Nov 18th 9:44pm EST

Heading to the locker room before the end of the Monday night football game cost LeGarrette his job. The Steelers didn't waste any time by releasing him and wishing him luck in his next endeavor. (Source: NFL.COM)

Fantasy Impact: This shouldn't be a blow to LeGarrette Blount owners because he was only kept as a handcuff to Le'Veon Bell. Blount will actually see his value rise as a lottery ticket to land on a team that has immediate running back needs. Hold him if you are desperate for a possible starter on another team.

 

By Eric McQuillen, Patriots Correspondent, Tue, Oct 21st 9:59pm EDT

Blount ran 7 times for 9 yards in their Week 7 victory over Houston. He caught one pass for just 8 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Blount is just a handcuff in deep leagues only. The preseason fear of a two-headed RB system in Pittsburgh is clearly out of the window. Le'Veon Bell is the only runningback to own in Pittsburgh. Barring any injury to Bell, Blount will continue to remain off the fantasy radar.

 

By Eric McQuillen, Patriots Correspondent, Sun, Oct 12th 9:13pm EDT

Blount rushed 8 times for 27 yards and had zero catches on zero targets.

Fantasy Impact: Stash him away as a super deep league handcuff only. There's no room for him in the offense when you have Le'Veon Bell producing as he has been.

 

By Eric McQuillen, Patriots Correspondent, Mon, Sep 29th 1:13am EDT

LeGarrette Blount toted the ball just four times for 25 yards with no scores and did not record a catch.

Fantasy Impact: Blount is simply just a better real-life player than fantasy player. He is nothing but Le'Veon Bell's handcuff or a gamble bye-week filler in deeper leagues. Keep him stashed away in 14+ team leagues, but otherwise, you can do better with a spare roster spot. The Steelers simply don't have the defense to support a heavy run game at the moment which leaves Blount on the sidelines more than he would like. He is a risky flex option next week at Jacksonville in deep, standard leagues only.

 

By Eric McQuillen, Patriots Correspondent, Mon, Sep 22nd 1:28pm EDT

Blount carried the ball 10 times for 118 yards and scored a touchdown. He also had a run of 50 yards which is quite impressive as he isn't one of the faster RBs in the league.

Fantasy Impact: Albeit a great surprise performance, Blount can not be counted on as a fantasy starter and is strictly playable if and only if Bell were to go down. Handcuff him in deeper leagues (14 teams+) but you could do better with bench players in leagues with less teams. He is a mere RB4, but showed what he can do if he is given the volume.

 

By Eric McQuillen, Patriots Correspondent, Mon, Sep 8th 12:16am EDT

LeGarrette Blount rushed four times for six yards with one touchdown in his Pittsburgh opener against the Browns.

Fantasy Impact: Le'Veon Bell showed he is the man in Pittsburgh and deserve the carries. Blount remains a handcuff only for Bell. He is nothing but a flex option at best as long as Bell is healthy.

 

By Dave Carroll, Patriots Correspondent, Thu, Sep 4th 8:23am EDT

Blount is projected for 7 carries and 29 yards. (Source: FantasyPros)

Fantasy Impact: It is yet to be fully determined how much Blount will be used during the game. Will he solely be a third down/goal line back or will he figure more in the running game between the 20s? Unless you like to gamble on a player "vulturing" goal line TDs, it might be best to leave Blount on the bench.

 

By Dave Carroll, Patriots Correspondent, Mon, Aug 25th 6:31pm EDT

The Steelers could be without one or both of their top running backs when they open the regular season in two weeks against the visiting Cleveland Browns. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin reiterated Monday that Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will be punished after getting arrested on marijuana possession charges Wednesday, shortly before the team flew to Philadelphia for a preseason game the following night. Tomlin said the Steelers have not ruled out suspending Bell, who was also charged with driving under the influence, and Blount. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The Steelers are known for demanding their players not be a distraction to the team and tolerate very little. It would not be surprising to see the Steelers levy some type of discipline prior to any NFL decision. With fantasy drafts taking place now, there seems to be a couple of ways fantasy owners can take this bit of news. First, they can hope the Steelers do not suspend the players for any game time and draft Blount as they normally would. Maybe the best course of action would be to scan your waiver wire and see if Dri Archer is available. If so, you may want to consider picking him up and storing him on your bench. If Blount plays in week 1, then it can be assumed there was some other type of punishment levied to Blount and Archer could then be safely dropped.

 

By Dave Carroll, Patriots Correspondent, Thu, Aug 21st 5:22pm EDT

Steelers will allow NFL to handle any disciplinary measures vs. Bell, Blount. Again, Goodell not likely to act in 2014. (Source: Ed Bouchette on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is good news for potential Blount owners. This means that the Steelers will not take matters into their own hands and will wait for Goodell to act. There is recent precedent with the NFL Commissioner waiting until the following year to mete punishment. D. Bowe (WR-KC) was recently suspended for the first game in 2014 for a 2013 drug issue. Blount is currently being drafted around the middle of the 12th round. Continue drafting Blount as you previously planned.

 

By Dave Carroll, Patriots Correspondent, Wed, Aug 20th 8:38pm EDT

Legarrette Blount to face charges on pot possession. (Source: Will Graves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Dale Lolley reported on Twitter that any punishment from the NFL would not happen soon. This will be Blount's first offense in the NFL which normally carries a one game suspension. However, Blount did have the incident in college of striking the fan in the stands. It is conceivable that Goodell uses that incident in his decision and could extend a suspension out to 2 games. With L Bell also being charged with marijuana possession and DUI the same day, Pittsburgh's RB corps may be taking a huge hit during the season. Blount's ADP was as the 49th RB off the board (146th overall). With this news, expect his draft stock to take a hit and drop from a 12-13th round pick to a flier in the 15-16th round.

 

By Clinton, Patriots Correspondent, Wed, Aug 20th 8:15pm EDT

LeGarrette Blount and teammate Le'Veon Bell were both arrested after their game on Wednesday night for possession of marijuana after being pulled over. They were supposed to catch a team plane to Philadelphia that night. (Source: Will Graves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Blount hasn't been in any trouble since entering the NFL, but he has been suspended before, although it was for punching an opponent in college. Punishment from the league may take a bit of time, but the team will likely hand down its own repercussions. Blount wasn't likely to be drafted and after this news, he will surely be taken off many draft lists.

 

By Dave Carroll, Patriots Correspondent, Sat, Aug 9th 8:37pm EDT

Legarrette Blount had 3 carries for 10 yards in limited action Saturday night. (Source: Sports Illustrated)

Fantasy Impact: It is very hard to take anything away from the first preseason game. Blount had a 3.3 ypc average but only had 3 carries in the game. It should be noted that Blount had nearly a 5 ypc average in 2013. He will need to improve upon his numbers during the remainder of camp in order to cement his RB2 status as Archer demonstrated what he can do in the open field and may push Blount for back up duties.

 

By Dave Carroll, Patriots Correspondent, Fri, Aug 1st 7:38pm EDT

LeGarette Blount in shorts. It doesn't look like he is practicing after a maintenance day on Thursday. (Source: Scott Brown on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Blount may just be getting a day to relax. It is too early to worry about missing one day of practice as the Steelers first preseason game isn't until the 9th. Currently being drafted as the 46th RB (143rd player overall), he will be a late round pick. His draft position may begin to drop as the exhibition season progresses depending on the progress and how the Steelers choose to use Dri Archer out of the back field.

 

By Dave Carroll, Patriots Correspondent, Sun, Jul 27th 8:40pm EDT

It's easy to see that Mike Tomlin loves Blount. During an 11-on-11 period, Blount plowed his way forward for about 4 yards, dragging defenders with him. “Way to punch a hole in it 27. That's the way to punch a hole in it, big back. I'll take that,” Tomlin said. (Source: Pitt Trib Review)

Fantasy Impact: Bell will no doubt be the RB1 on the Steelers. Blount will get all short yardage and goal line looks. Another back who gained notoriety doing this was Jerome "Bus" Bettis. Can Blount be used the same way and have the same success? With an RB ADP of 45 and an overall ADP of 138 per FantasyPros web site, early expectations are hopeful.

 
The Fantasy Fix | Apr 10th
News broke on Thursday morning that Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell will be suspended for the first three games of 2015. The suspension stems from an incident last August. Bell was charged with possession of marijuana and DUI while with then teammate LeGarrette Blount. Many people will panic and drop him down their draft boards. However, […]
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Blount should be back as the lead back in New England in 2015, which gives him flex appeal with RB2 upside.