Stevan Ridley Injury: Fantasy Owners Should Start Patriots RB in Week 6
The New England Patriots get a huge boost at running back Sunday with Stevan Ridley returning to action, and his value should convince fantasy owners to start him in a RB2 role against the Saints.
Seen as a trendy pick heading into the season, Ridley shot his fantasy GMs in the foot with early fumbling problems that were only compounded by a thigh injury that kept him out Week 5 against the Bengals.
In his absence, rusher LeGarrette Blount looked promising as a possible replacement for the rest of the season, but had an untimely lost fumble against Cincy in a losing effort. It was the 10th fumble of Blount's short career.
Bill Belichick thought he had found a diamond in the rough with Blount, and still may have. But after resurfacing the problem that hampered the early stages of his career, there's no doubt that the 26-year-old will be in the doghouse a bit against the Saints.
The Patriots are 14th in the league in rushing, but haven't really gotten one of their backs going at the extent that they've wanted. With Ridley as the obvious option heading into the season, it's likely that they'll try to get him going.
Ridley is starting in 68 percent of ESPN leagues for a reason. He had a breakout year in 2012, and all signs pointed toward him being the feature back in this offense.
The Pats will get back to that mentality in Week 6 against a Saints rush defense that ranks 18th in the league.
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