New England Patriots

Position
RB
 
Jersey
22
Name  Stevan Ridley
Born  1/27/1989
Height  5-11
Weight  220
College  LSU
12/8/2013 11:58:00 AM
Description: New England halfback Stevan Ridley is officially active for Sunday's game versus Cleveland.
Insight: Ridley has lost a fumble in each of his last three games and will probably head to the showers early if he loses one again in Week 14. Ridley has always been a risky fantasy play but this week against a strong Browns' run D, the risks outweigh the rewards by a pretty significant margin.
 
12/8/2013 10:57:00 AM
Description: After being benched last week against Houston, it appears New England running back Stevan Ridley will play at least some role in Sunday's game versus Cleveland. SOURCE: Albert Breer, NFL Network
Insight: Ridley probably won't start but he could see a handful of carries against Cleveland's fifth-ranked run defense. Obviously, Shane Vereen will be playing on all passing downs. Ridley had a stretch of five games in a row with a touchdown earlier this year but we wouldn't recommend starting him during the fantasy playoffs.
 
Cold12/1/2013 12:06:00 PM
Description: Patriots running back Stevan Ridley is officially inactive for Sunday's game against Houston.
Insight: Ridley lost a fumble in three straight games and was benched after his latest gaffe in the first quarter Sunday night against Denver. Brandon Bolden and LeGarrette Blount will split early-down carries while Shane Vereen will handle passing downs. Vereen is the best flex option Sunday, followed by Bolden and then Blount.
 
Cold12/1/2013 10:48:00 AM
Description: If RB Stevan Ridley is active at all for New England Sunday against Houston, he's not expected to receive many carries, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Insight: Ridley lost a fumble in three straight games and was benched after his latest gaffe in the first quarter Sunday night against Denver. Brandon Bolden and LeGarrette Blount will split early-down carries while Shane Vereen will handle passing downs. Vereen is the best flex option Sunday, followed by Bolden and then Blount.
 
Cold11/26/2013 5:22:00 PM
Description: Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston expects to see a rotation of Stevan Ridley, LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden in New England's "big-back" role going forward.
Insight: The Patriots went in that direction earlier this season when Ridley struggled with fumbling and ineffectiveness, and they likely will again because he has lost a fumble in three straight games. Ridley didn't play again after Denver returned his fumble for a touchdown with 9:54 remaining in the first quarter Monday night. Shane Vereen has the most stable role of any Patriots running back.
 
Cold11/25/2013 9:48:00 AM
Description: New England running back Stevan Ridley lost another fumble last night against Denver. It was his third consecutive game putting the ball on the turf.
Insight: He didn't play again after the error and given the depth New England has in the backfield, he might not get a chance to redeem himself when the team take's the field next weekend. We could be looking at a Brandon Bolden/Shane Vereen timeshare against the Texans in Week 13.
 
11/18/2013 10:43:00 PM
Description: New England running back Stevan Ridley has returned after a brief benching.
Insight: So far he has 11 carries for 43 yards. The third-year halfback has scored a touchdown in each of his last four games. He'll need to score in the fourth quarter to extend the streak to five.
 
11/18/2013 10:14:00 PM
Description: Patriots halfback Stevan Ridley fumbled in the first half Monday against Carolina and hasn't been on the field since.
Insight: This exact scenario unfolded in the season opener when Ridley fumbled and sat out the entire second half. LeGarrette Blount will take over as the lead back while Ridley waits it out in Coach Belichick's doghouse.
 
Hot11/3/2013 7:59:00 PM
Description: New England running back Stevan Ridley ran over the Steelers for 115 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries in Week 9. He's rushed for six scores over the last four games.
Insight: New England finally turned Ridley loose after having him split carries with Brandon Bolden and LeGarrette Blount for most of the season. Sunday represented Ridley's highest carry total of the season and just his second game with more than 20 rushing attempts. However, with Shane Vereen (wrist) expected back in Week 11 after New England's bye in Week 10, fantasy owners should try to get RB1 value back for Ridley now.
 
10/13/2013 8:00:00 PM
Description: After disappointing fantasy owners during the first five weeks of the season, Patriots running back Stevan Ridley blew up for a huge game Sunday against New Orleans.
Insight: New England finally abandoned the running back by committee in favor of a more Ridley-centric approach and the results were largely successful. Ridley gashed the Saints for 96 yards and two touchdowns, which were both season-highs. After spending several weeks in Bill Belichick's dog house, Ridley has finally returned to must-start status.
 
10/13/2013 3:15:00 PM
Description: New England running back Stevan Ridley (thigh) is active for Sunday's game against New Orleans.
Insight: Ridley practiced all week in a limited capacity. Fantasy owners would be wise to stay away from him as Ridley is stuck in a three-headed timeshare with LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden.
 
10/11/2013 5:50:00 PM
Description: New England halfback Stevan Ridley (thigh) is questionable for Sunday's game against New Orleans, but Albert Breer of NFL.com reports he is expected to play.
Insight: Ridley practiced all week in a limited capacity. Even if he does play, fantasy owners should avoid him as he is stuck in a three-headed timeshare with LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden.
 
10/9/2013 12:15:00 PM
Description: New England halfback Stevan Ridley (thigh) was back at practice on Wednesday.
Insight: Ridley has been a disaster in 2013. Even if he returns for Sunday's game against New Orleans, he's likely to share time with LeGarrette Blount and possibly Brandon Bolden. Right now, Ridley is a flex option at best.
 
10/4/2013 4:36:00 PM
Description: Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (thigh) didn't practice Friday, his third straight day on the sidelines and will miss New England's Week 5 game against Cincinnati.
Insight: Ridley has been a disaster in 2013 and this thigh injury certainly won't help his plummeting fantasy stock. LeGarrette Blount should see a boost in value this week with Ridley out and backup Brandon Bolden also at less than 100 percent.
 
10/4/2013 11:49:00 AM
Description: Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (thigh) didn't practice Friday, his third straight day missed
Insight: Ridley has been a disaster for fantasy owners this season and this injury isn't helping anything. He's likely to miss Sunday's game as coach Bill Belichick usually doesn't play guys who don't practice. The value of LeGarrette Blount should be on the rise.
 
10/3/2013 5:06:00 PM
Description: Patriots halfback Stevan Ridley (thigh) didn't practice Thursday.
Insight: Ridley has been the biggest fantasy bust this side of C.J. Spiller. Even if Ridley plays Sunday against Cincinnati, he is in a full-blown timeshare with LeGarette Blount on early downs and sits in passing situations in favor of Brandon Bolden.
 
10/2/2013 8:47:00 PM
Description: Patriots halfback Stevan Ridley suffered a thigh bruise at practice on Wednesday. SOURCE: Nick Underhill, MassLive.com
Insight: It's not expected to affect his status for Sunday's game versus Cincinnati. A season after finishing sixth in the league in carries, Ridley now finds himself in a timeshare with LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden. He has more upside than those two but we're still hesitant to start Ridley this week against a tough Bengals run defense.
 
Cold9/22/2013 6:24:00 PM
Description: New England running back Stevan Ridley disappointed his fantasy owners with another subpar performance Sunday versus Tampa Bay.
Insight: Ridley (11 carries, 35 yards) finished as the Patriots' third-leading rusher on Sunday. Until he busts out of his season-long slump, expect Ridley to be in a timeshare with LeGarrette Blount.
 
9/11/2013 7:59:00 PM
Description: Patriots coach Bill Belichick followed Tom Brady in giving Stevan Ridley a vote of confidence. "Stevan’s a good player. I thought he ran hard. We have a long way to go. We’re going to need him. I’m sure he’ll contribute a lot for us this year." SOURCE: ESPNBoston.com.
Insight: Ridley was benched after fumbling in the second quarter Sunday against the Bills, but with Shane Vereen out with a wrist fracture the team has to go right back to him. Fantasy owners who drafted him to be a RB1 have no choice but to roll with him too.
 
9/8/2013 2:54:00 PM
Description: New England halfback Stevan Ridley hasn't played since fumbling with eight minutes left in the second quarter.
Insight: It didn't take long for Ridley (nine rushes, 46 yards) to find his way into Belichick's dog house. Shane Vereen and LeGarrette Blount will split carries while Ridley is on the bench.
 

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