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2013 Fantasy Outlook: Shane Vereen

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Shane Vereen | New England Patriots | RB

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Fantasy Football Outlook: Now is the time for Vereen to take on an active role in the Patriots offense with Danny Woodhead gone to San Diego. Vereen showed us what he’s capable of in the playoffs when Woodhead was injured with a three touchdown performance the third one being an impressive catch as he lined up at receiver and bet his man down the field.

Without an established outside receiver on the team and Tom Brady’s top pass catchers all having health problems over their careers, I wouldn’t be surprised if Vereen catches over 60 receptions this year.

We shouldn’t draft him expect he will do that, but I think that’s the upside he can give us, while working with Stevan Ridley in the running game. If we do see Vereen earn an expanded role within the passing game, I think he has flex play upside in PPR leagues, even if Ridley starts.

What’s surprising is Vereen is already going as an 8th round selection in 12-team leagues, so I’m not sure we can say he’s a sleeper at this point. I have no problem taking him as one of the top 40 running backs in PPR leagues, but I would pass on him until the later rounds in standard leagues.

Don’t expect Vereen to work as a feature back if something should happen to Ridley as the Patriots will having another running back like LeGarrette Blount to run with him.

July Update – With Aaron Hernandez gone from the team, Vereen’s ADP has jumped to the 6th round. I still think that’s fair value because the Patriots are going to use him more. Before Hernandez was released I liked Vereen to total 50 receptions, now I wouldn’t be surprised if he lands somewhere between 65 to 80 this year.

Rushing Stats Receiving Stats
Attempts Yards TD Rec Yards TD
2013 Projected Stats 152 667 5 70 618 4
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Rushing Receiving
Year Age Tm G GS Att Yds TD Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds TD Fmb
2011 22 NWE 5 0 15 57 1 3.8 11.4 3.0 0
2012 23 NWE 13 1 62 251 3 4.0 19.3 4.8 8 149 1 1
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Welcome to Shane Vereen fantasy football outlook archive. At this section of Vereen’s player page you will notice our past thoughts and advice for fantasy football.

Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections

A lingering hamstring problem held Shane Vereen back from much activity in the offense. With BenJarvius Green-Ellis gone, Vereen should have a chance to win the starting job, but that role will likely go to last years backup Stevan Ridley.

It’s not that Vereen isn’t talented enough to win the job — was drafted ahead of Ridley last year — but more because Ridley was a solid player in all phases, except for holding onto the football. This one issue, has killed many a running backs chances to shine on Sundays, but I expect Ridley to make the correction this offseason.

Look for Vereen to play second fiddle (maybe third because of Danny Woodhead) in the Patriots running back committee, but if Ridley should continue to fumble or fall to injury, Vereen may be an instant flex play start.

Rushing Stats Receiving Stats
Attempts Yards TD Rec Yards TD
2012 Projected Stats 138 603 2 12 87 0

Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections

It looks like Shane Vereen will have a slow start to his rookie season as a hamstring injury is likely to land him on injured reserve this season. While I still think Vereen will make the 53 man roster, it could be a possibility that Vereen will not play much early on, as fellow rookie Stevan Ridley is making his presence felt in camp. Don’t look to Vereen as anything but a speculative selection in dynasty leagues.

Rushing Stats Receiving Stats
Attempts Yards TD Rec Yards TD
2011 Projected Stats 48 202 0 4 35 0

June 2011

Just when you thought the Patriots have a couple running backs with defined rolls, they go and draft to more talented runners in the draft. While we can get a read on the strengths of each running back in the Patriots four headed monster, it is Shane Vereen that some feel has the best overall skills.

Don’t expect big things from Vereen (or any Patriots running back) for the 2011 season, as this group will be a committee that will need injuries before we start to see, start worthy value for fantasy football. BenJarvus Green-Ellis would be the one running back at this time I would consider for a flex play option but even his value may lesson if Vereen, Danny Woodhead and Stevan Ridley remain active, week to week.

Vereen probably makes the most sense to select in dynasty leagues of the two rookies because of his overall skill set, but you will probably need to wait for him until the 2012 season, before he’s an accountable option.

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