By John Aubin, Patriots Correspondent, Mon, Sep 22nd 5:26pm EDT
Stevan Ridley carried the ball 19 times for 54 yards in the game, adding a catch for 7 more yards in Week 3 versus the Oakland Raiders.
Fantasy Impact: There were high expectations on Ridley going into Week 3 with an anticipated increased workload against Oakland. He did have 19 rushing attempts but averaged less than 3 yards per carry and was nonexistent in the passing game. At this point Ridley is not a safe start but has enough upside to hold on to.
By John Aubin, Patriots Correspondent, Sun, Sep 14th 4:35pm EDT
Stevan Ridley rushed 25 times for 101 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings in Week 2.
Fantasy Impact: If there was any doubt that Ridley would be the lead back in early downs, that was laid to rest on Sunday. The Patriots went to Ridley early and often as he rushed 25 times and got the goal-line opportunities which resulted in a touchdown. In games like this when the Patriots build a lead, expect Ridley to see more touches than Vereen.
By John Aubin, Patriots Correspondent, Sun, Sep 7th 6:48pm EDT
Stevan Ridley carried eight times for 21 yards and caught two passes for seven yards in Sunday's 33-20 loss to the Dolphins.
Fantasy Impact: After all the preseason talk about getting cut, Ridley came out and got the team's first carry of the season. While his final numbers do not look good, it is a good sign that Ridley got most of the first- and second-down carries. With the Patriots often being in long-yardage situations Sunday, Ridley did not get the touches he may normally get this season.
By Jeff Moore, Patriots Correspondent, Fri, Aug 29th 2:33pm EDT
ESPN Boston, who projected earlier in the week that Ridley would be left off New England's final 53-man roster, now projects the RB to make the team. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: ESPN now has undrafted rookie Jonas Gray being cut. Ridley didn't play in New England's preseason finale against the Giants, which is good news for the RB, as Bill Belichick sat all of his starters in the game. It looks like RB Shane Vereen will be "the man" in New England, but Ridley has carved out a role for himself with early-down and goal-line work - a role which can expand or diminish depending on his performance. He's a risky pick, even at his #86/RB31 ADP.
By Jeff Moore, Patriots Correspondent, Fri, Aug 29th 12:41am EDT
Patriot's RB Stevan Ridley was held out of the team's preseason finale against the Giants on Thursday night.
Fantasy Impact: Bill Belichick sat all his starters in the game, so this is good news for Ridley. The RB only saw 11 snaps in last week's "dress rehearsal" game against the Panthers, and fumbled in the Patriot's second preseason outing, leading to speculation earlier this week that Ridley might not make the final 53-man roster. He'll need to get his ball-control issues resolved to hold onto his early-down job.
By Jeff Moore, Patriots Correspondent, Tue, Aug 26th 1:42pm EDT
The projection has the Patrtiot's holding onto RBs Shane Vereen, James White, Brandon Bolden, and Jonas Gray. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Ridley saw only 11 snaps in Friday's "dress rehearsal" game against the Panthers, and fumbled in the Patriot's second preseason outing. He has some serious ball-control issues, but he's the Pat's best inside rusher, and it would be a surprise if he was cut. Still, with Bill Belichick at the helm, anything is possible.
By Jeff Moore, Patriots Correspondent, Sat, Aug 23rd 2:20am EDT
Patriot's RB Stevan Ridley rushed 8 times for 28 yards in the Patriot's 30-7 win over the Panthers on Friday night.
Fantasy Impact: While fellow RB Shane Vereen started the game and scored twice in the outing, it's encouraging that Ridley didn't fumble. Ridley will likely hold onto his early-down-back role for now, but with rookie James White breathing down his neck, he needs to keep his ball-control issues in check.
By Jeff Moore, Patriots Correspondent, Tue, Aug 19th 1:06pm EDT
The Patriots RB said he got a "sick feeling" watching footage of his fumble during the team's game against the Eagles on Friday. He added he's "still trying to figure out" what he can change to fix his ball-control problems,and that he'll "try not to have the issue" going forward. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: While Friday night's fumble was questionable, and Ridley may very well have been ruled down if the Patriot's had challenged, he definitely has some serious ball-control issues. Even though he may be the most skilled runner on the roster, with Bill Belichick in charge, Ridley's playing time will be directly connected to how often he loses the football. With Shane Vereen eating up passing-downs snaps, and rookie James White breathing down his neck, Ridley could be on a very short leash this year.
By Jeff Moore, Patriots Correspondent, Sat, Aug 16th 10:49pm EDT
Ridley started the game, and ran nine times for 45 yards before fumbling in the second-quarter, ending his night. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Bill Belichick commented that Ridley's fumble "was close," and could have potentially been overturned. Either way, Ridley needs to prove he's fixed his ball-control issues before Week 1, or rookie James White could potentially challenge him for playing time.
By John Aubin, Patriots Correspondent, Wed, Aug 13th 10:01pm EDT
Stevan Ridley got most of his repetitions with the second-team offense on Wednesday. James White got a number of carries with Brady and the first-team offense, as did Shane Vereen. White has impressed the Patriots coaching staff and his own teammates this summer, and his move up the depth chart may have implications for Ridley's use. (Source: CSN NE
Fantasy Impact: It will be interesting to see who gets the first team reps in the upcoming game versus Philadelphia. Ridley got the start in the first preseason game but only had 2 carries. Ridley's ADP has been dropping and I do think there will be a battle between the two running backs. Be cautious in early drafts if you are thinking of picking up Ridley as an RB1 or RB2. This could turn out to be an intriguing competition between White and Ridley.
By Jeff Moore, Patriots Correspondent, Fri, Aug 8th 12:13pm EDT
Ridley carried the ball twice for 2 yards against the Redskins defense. He was removed after the first series.
Fantasy Impact: With rookie RB James White getting all the hype in training camp, the start is a good sign for Ridley's value. While his stat line is nothing impressive, as long as he avoids any huge mistakes and holds onto the football, he should begin the season as the Pat's starter and early-down running back.
By Kevin Kim, Patriots Correspondent, Mon, Aug 4th 11:35am EDT
Michael Vega of the Boston Globe reports that Ridley is stepping up as a leader in training camp. (Source: Boston Globe
Fantasy Impact: Ridley is being viewed as a veteran in a young, explosive Patriots RB committee. It looks like Ridley is the frontrunner for the Pats starting job, and once this is confirmed his 66 ECR will go up.
CBS Sports | Sep 18th
Why should owners put their Fantasy faith in Stevan Ridley in Week 3? Our Jamey Eisenberg speaks to that and helps set your lineups for the week ahead in his Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.
DavidGonos.com | Sep 1st
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Andy and Dennis of LevelUpFantasy.com called me up for a podcast this week and we discussed several different topics, including breaking into the Fantasy Football industry. We also recapped the NFL news over the past week, and discussed the current value of about 20 players, including: Tim Wright, TE, New England Stevan Ridley, RB, New...
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?
EDSFootball | Aug 29th
Earlier in the week, ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss made headlines by leaving Patriots running back Stevan Ridley off his 53-man roster projection.
Today, Ridley's back on it.
Reiss wrote, "Played a hunch at this spot last week with Ridley and looks like that was off the mark. Haven't seen enough spark from White to move away from Ridley."
Along with Ridley, Reiss projects Shane Vereen, rookie Jame...
EDSFootball | Aug 25th
In his latest 53-man roster projection for the New England Patriots, Mike Reiss left running back Stevan Ridley off the squad.
Here's what Reiss wrote: "The Patriots are always good for a surprise, and we've had our antenna up at this position since early July. If there's a surprise, we'll play a hunch at this spot with Stevan Ridley, whose low snap total Friday (11 snaps) in a "dress rehearsal...