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If you like anxiety attacks, the New England Patriots have a running back for you.
He's undrafted rookie Brandon Bolden, and after ripping the porous Buffalo Bills defense for 137 yards and a late score—including 91 yards on his first nine carries—he'll be the target of many a waiver wire aficionado.
As Stevan Ridley owners learned in Week 3, there's no guarantee your New England runner will be part of the week-to-week game plan. Danny Woodhead, after all, was the feature back against the Baltimore Ravens, after Ridley had starred in the first two weeks.
Bolden looked powerful and decisive, reading his blocks, remaining patient behind his blockers and bulldozing defenders near the goal line. He lacks Ridley's shiftiness and lateral agility, but his straight-line running clearly has a place in New England's offense. You can't bank on Bolden's becoming the Patriots' feature running back, but he's still worth your consideration.
Bolden played only eight fewer snaps than Ridley, who also poured on the fantasy goodness.
Bolden appears to have usurped Shane Vereen as Ridley's backfield complement, as Vereen played only eight snaps in his season debut against Buffalo. This, of course, could all change against the Broncos on Sunday. Guessing the Patriots' game plan is a fool's errand.
You could do a whole lot worse than Bolden if your fantasy team has a running back hole to plug in Week 5.