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Brandon Bolden: Updated Fantasy Football Analysis of New England Patriots RB

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 23:  Tom Brady #12 (R) of the New England Patriots celebrates with Brandon Bolden #38 and Sebastian Vollmer #76 after Bolden scored a 2-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Jamal CollierAnalyst IIINovember 20, 2016

The 2-2 New England Patriots punished the Buffalo Bills offensively in a AFC East divisional clash that made fantasy owners smile the world over.

The Patriots scored 52 points.

Tom Brady was his usual explosive self for the first time this season, finishing the game with 340 yards and three passing touchdowns with no interceptions.

Brady even rushed four yards for another score to edge Cam Newton for the highest fantasy quarterback score in the first wave of Sunday’s games.

Wes Welker got involved to the tune of nine catches on 11 targets for 129 yards. He didn’t score a touchdown, but three other guys did.

Rob Gronkowski was one of them. In his fifth game against the Bills, Gronkowski scored his eighth career touchdown against Buffalo. He added 104 receiving yards on five catches (11 targets).

Brandon Lloyd caught three balls on seven looks for 50 yards and a score of his own.

Danny Woodhead was the lone running back to catch a score, gaining 23 yards on two catches (two targets).

Stevan Ridley saw 22 carries and took them for 106 yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns.

The ball was spread around so much that six different New England players scored a touchdown.

In the most surprising Patriots performance of the afternoon, rookie running back Brandon Bolden had 16 carries and converted them for 137 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a pass for 11 yards.

Bolden led the game in rushing. He had just three carries in the first half but was involved for the Patriots throughout the day.

That further muddies the Patriots’ backfield for fantasy football purposes.

Whether he’ll predictably have weeks like this in the near future is extremely hard to tell. The Patriots play the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks in their next two games, so it is unlikely.

However, Bolden has something that most other fantasy running backs don’t: the threat of an explosive passing offense.  That’s the sort of thing that opens up running lanes.

Bolden is worth a speculative add, but I doubt I would start him in Week 5.

 

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