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: Boston.com
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 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.
Rotoworld | Oct 25th
ESPN Boston says it would be a surprise if Shane Vereen (illness) doesn't play in Sunday's game against the Bears.
ProFootballTalk | Oct 24th
Shane Vereen wasn’t at Patriots practice on Friday, a new development after the running back had been on the field each of the first two days of the week. The good news for the Pats is that Vereen isn’t injured. The bad news is that he’s sick enough that his status is up in the…
Rotoworld | Oct 24th
Shane Vereen is listed as questionable for Week 8 against the Bears after missing Friday's practice with an illness.
ProFootballTalk | Oct 24th
The Patriots’ top tailback looks to be a late-week addition to the club’s injury report. Shane Vereen was not on the practice field for New England on Friday, multiple club beat writers reported, included Doug Kyed of NESN.com. It’s unclear whether Vereen’s absence was because of injury or for another reason. All players who miss…
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 ...
CBS Sports | Aug 29th
The New England backfield has had its ups and downs. Our Jamey Eisenberg says Shane Vereen is poised for a big season. Will Stevan Ridley join him?