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By John Aubin, Patriots Correspondent, Sun, Nov 23rd 10:27pm EST

Shane Vereen rushed eight times for 12 yards and caught eight passes for 48 yards in the Patriots' Week 12 win over Detroit.

Fantasy Impact: Shane Vereen is entrenched as the third down back and has been an important part of the passing game. With LeGarrette Blount and Jonas Gray battling for early down snaps and red zone touches it is hard to see Vereen having any value in standard leagues. His value is in PPR leagues as his 8 catches showed today.

By John Aubin, Patriots Correspondent, Mon, Nov 17th 6:42pm EST

Shane Vereen caught 4-of-4 targets for 59 yards, adding one carry for 18 yards. Vereen was only in for 20 snaps compared to 53 for Jonas Gray.

Fantasy Impact: The breakout of Jonas Gray meant limited work for Shane Vereen. It looks like Vereen will lose any early down work he may have been receiving. And with Gray's excellent goal line work, Vereen may not get many TD opportunities. Vereen should still be involved in third downs and the passing game and owners in PPR leagues need to hold on to him.

By John Aubin, Patriots Correspondent, Mon, Nov 3rd 7:29am EST

The Broncos' defense is a tough one to run against and the Patriots’ running backs didn’t do anything to change that. Jonas Gray averaged 2.8 yards per carry and Shane Vereen only pitched in 2.6 yards per carry. Vereen made his mark in the receiving game with five catches for 38 yards and a touchdown, including a big catch on fourth down. (Source: ESPN Boston)

Fantasy Impact: Shane Vereen struggled against a tough Broncos run defense. He did catch five passes and scored a TD which made his fantasy owners happy. It still looks like his main role going forward will be as the third down and passing down back. His value is in PPR leagues.

By John Aubin, Patriots Correspondent, Sun, Oct 26th 6:04pm EDT

Shane Vereen rushed five times for 22 yards in New England's Week 8 win over the Bears, adding three receptions for 23 yards.

Fantasy Impact: After a full workload in Week 7, Shane Vereen was scaled back in Week 8 with Jonas Gray getting most of the early down work. Look for a similar scenario in Week 9 versus the Broncos with the two RBs.

By John Aubin, Patriots Correspondent, Fri, Oct 17th 8:41am EDT

The Patriots offense didn't have much of a spark in the first half, but what little they were able to accomplish was thanks to running back Shane Vereen's two touchdown catches. Vereen finished with five catches on eight targets for 71 yards, and was also the lead rusher for the Patriots, with 11 carries for 43 yards. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: There was speculation coming into the Week 7 matchup versus the NY Jets that Shane Vereen would get the workload at RB. There were as many questions as to whether Vereen would split carries between the other Patriot RBs. If Thursday night was an indication of how the Patriots intend to use him, expect Vereen to become the featured RB in the Patriots offense in the upcoming weeks.

By John Aubin, Patriots Correspondent, Mon, Oct 13th 1:04pm EDT

Shane Vereen had five carries for four yards in Sunday's Week 6 win over the Bills.

Fantasy Impact: Shane Vereen had a very disappointing game versus the Bills in Week 6 averaging less than one yard per carry. But Vereen owners should see an increase in his workload with Stevan Ridley going down with a knee injury. This is his opportunity to take hold of the role and gain more touches.

By John Aubin, Patriots Correspondent, Mon, Oct 6th 6:51pm EDT

Shane Vereen rushed nine times for 90 yards in Sunday night's Week 5 win over the Bengals, adding 18 yards on three catches.

Fantasy Impact: Stevan Ridley dominated the touches against the Bengals but when Shane Vereen was called upon he made the most of his opportunities. Look for Vereen to continue to fill the third down back role. He is currently more valuable in a PPR league than in a standard.

By John Aubin, Patriots Correspondent, Tue, Sep 30th 7:20pm EDT

Shane Vereen had 41 yards on five receptions and 26 yards on eight carries in Monday's 41-14 loss to the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: With the Patriots being behind last night, Vereen got most of the work at RB. He did not do much on the ground but did catch all five targets thrown his way. Look for Vereen to get the bulk of the work in a tough matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals next week.

By John Aubin, Patriots Correspondent, Mon, Sep 22nd 5:36pm EDT

Shane Vereen had seven carries for 20 yards in Sunday's win over the Raiders. He added four catches for 17 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Vereen did little in the running game today and could not make anything happen with his 4 catches. He is an important part of the offense and expect more targets in the upcoming weeks as the Patriots try to open things up for the offense.

By John Aubin, Patriots Correspondent, Sun, Sep 14th 4:47pm EDT

Shane Vereen finished the game in Week 2 with only 6 rush attempts for 40 yards against the Vikings in Week 2. He was also limited in the passing game with only 2 catches.

Fantasy Impact: With the Patriots involved in a blowout most of the day, Vereen was not utilized as he was in Week 1. The offensive line did a better job protecting Tom Brady, and Vereen was not needed with screens and dumpoffs. Expect more targets in the upcoming weeks.

By John Aubin, Patriots Correspondent, Sun, Sep 7th 6:13pm EDT

Assessing Bill Belichick's running back usage is typically not the best idea. The New England Patriots' head coach has become famous for juggling his runners between possessions — at times benching players who were 20-carry guys a week prior. But in the ever-feeble attempt at figuring out the hierarchy, it seems Shane Vereen has established himself as the slightly better option than Stevan Ridley. Vereen scored New England's first touchdown of 2014 on a two-yard gain in the first quarter of Sunday's 33-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins. He finished the game with seven carries for 36 yards while adding 35 yards through the air on five receptions.

Fantasy Impact: Vereen had a better statistical game than Stevan Ridley in Week 1. But Vereen's best runs were in third-and-long situations. In looking at usage today, Vereen is the third down and long-yardage back. In most cases the Patriots will not be in as many long-yardage situations, which will even out the distribution between the two backs.

By Jeff Moore, Patriots Correspondent, Sat, Aug 23rd 2:21am EDT

Patriot's RB Shane Vereen started the Patriot's third preseason game, rushing six times for 18 yards, and catching five passes for 57 yards and two touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact: Vereen looked great and saw heavy usage throughout the first half of the game. He's locked in as the Patriot's passing-downs back if he can stay healthy. It's always hard to read the Patriot's RB situation, but if Friday night's game is any indication, Vereen could be in for a heavy workload this year.

By John Aubin, Patriots Correspondent, Sat, Aug 16th 9:47am EDT

Patriots running back Shane Vereen was limited to only two catches during Friday's preseason game against the Eagles. Vereen caught a short pass for a gain of 12 yards and on the next play, he caught a screen pass for a gain of 9 yards. He was targeted twice and finished with 21 receiving yards. He did not receive a carry. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: After the first two preseason games, Vereen has not be involved in the running game. With Stevan Ridley, James White and Brandon Bolden getting most of the early down snaps, it is looking like Vereen may be exclusively used in the passing game. Currently being drafted in the fifth round I would only target Vereen in PPR leagues and avoid him at his current ADP in standard leagues.

By Tony Perugini, Patriots Correspondent, Sun, Aug 10th 4:22pm EDT

Vereen carried the ball once for 7 yards against the Redskins and had no targets in the passing game.

Fantasy Impact: While this performance was very limited and small, it's good to see Vereen out and involved. I expect him to be heavily involved in the passing game this year as he is by far the best pass-catching RB New England has to offer. 5-10 carries and 3-5 targets a game isn't out of the question for 2014. Target Vereen as a low end RB2 with the hopes of getting him as your RB3.

FFLockerRoom | Nov 27th
I had a feeling that Shane Vereen would get a lot of work last week and he did but he didn’t quite get the love I was hoping for. LeGarrett Blount ended up stealing the show and finished with both rushing touchdowns, leaving Vereen off the hit list for me this week. While that was […]
Fantasy Football Maniax | Nov 27th
Vereen should have the most value among Patriots running backs, the Packers rank 17th against fantasy backs.
Breaking Football | Oct 26th
I was listening to the MNF Recap of ESPN’s Fantasy Focus Football podcast yesterday on a flight back home. As I was listening to Stephania Bell and Matthew Berry personify “information” being a creep, hitting on girls in sleazy nightclubs, I thought of you, dear readers. I thought of this column and how I needed to get it out to you so you could now have information. It’s u...
CBS Sports | Oct 23rd
Shane Vereen sure looked great in his first game of 2014 without Stevan Ridley. Jamey Eisenberg likes his chanes of keeping it going in Week 8 and explains in his Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.
Breaking Football | Oct 14th
Stevan Ridley‘s 2014 season is over. His New England Patriots career may be, as well. Fantasy football owners care not about the 26-year old’s future, though. They care about the here and now and what Ridley’s misfortune means for the fortunes of the likes of Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden and possibly even rookie James White. Vereen is going to tentatively be the Patriots running ...