2012 Auction Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet
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One of the interesting position battles of the summer will be in New England as Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley figure to carry most of the load. Outside of fumbling issues Ridley was terrific in his spot duties last year, working behind BenJarvus Green-Ellis, but in OTAs it’s been Vereen that’s seen the bulk of the first-team reps.
It’s hard to get inside Bill Belichick’s mind (or Josh McDaniels for that matter), but I have to wonder if the Patriots are really trying to push Ridley to win the job. While Ridley played well it certainly wasn’t enough to give him the starting job without competition, and with Vereen injured for most of the year, he probably needs the work so the coaches can give him a fair evaluation.
Both have the talent to start in this league, but fantasy owners should expect this to be a RBBC situation, in the early going. Of the two, I like Ridley’s odds of being the option around the goal line, a role that was profitable in recent years for Green-Ellis.
What likely limits both of these tailbacks is the lack of work on third downs as Danny Woodhead and possible Joseph Addai (assuming he makes the team) will get those snaps.
With these expected limitations in mind, both Ridley and Vereen should be targeted no higher than seven bucks in leagues up to twelve teams at a cap around 200 dollars. If one of these tailbacks should suffer a significant injury in preseason, the others value could spring up to twelve dollars instantly.
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Last Updated: August 28th
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