The New England Patriots have rarely had a running back you’d want to start routinely on your fantasy football team, and after this past Sunday, it doesn’t look like its going to clear-up anytime soon there.
After failing to take hold of the job through the first two weeks, Steven Ridley didn’t get the majority of carries on Sunday vs the Buccaneers, as second-year man Brandon Bolden was the one who stole the show. Bolden finished Sunday’s game with exactly 100 yards from scrimmage (51 rushing, 49 receiving) and was the featured-back in what was arguably the most efficient game the Pats’ enigmatic offense has had thus far.
Even LeGarrette Blount got in on the action, and it now appears Ridley is no longer a RB-1 option. While that’s bad news for a lot of people who drafted him to be such, it does give hope to anyone seeking a good RB-3 or flex option on the waiver wire in the form of Bolden.
You’d be smart to nab him in dynasty leagues in particular, as he’s shown he’ll eventually be, at worst, a solid backup RB for some team, and could eventually become a starter.