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.
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?
Yahoo! Sports | Aug 1st
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Rotoprofessor | Jul 28th
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) Obviously this is geared towards those in PPR formats more than non-PPR formats, but regardless do you believe in Shane Vereen enough to select him this early? According to Fantasy Pros his current ADP is 61.4, so if you