Brandon Bolden's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 12 Performance

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IINovember 24, 2013

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 24:  Running back Brandon Bolden #38 of the New England Patriots celebrates a touchdown in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos during a game at Gillette Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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The Denver Broncos and New England Patriots played in what was an incredibly ugly game, but Brandon Bolden was able to have a nice fantasy outing during Monday Night Football.

With LeGarrette Blount and Stevan Ridley fumbling the ball early in the first quarter, the Patriots had to rely on Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden in the backfield.  He had a very solid outing, running for 58 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, putting up 12 fantasy points in ESPN's standard scoring leagues.

Before Sunday, Bolden hadn't been a very involved player in the offense.  He had just 205 yards and two touchdowns on 38 carries.  However, before this game, Bolden had never had a double-digit performance, but he did have six games with three points or fewer.

The real question will be whether or not Bolden gets an extended role in the offense.  Fumbles by Blount and Vereen could have them in Bill Belichick's doghouse, which means that the offense could turn to Bolden.  However, that is something we just don't know right now.

Even though it's uncertain if he'll play, it might be worth picking up Bolden just in case he does get more touches.  The Patriots will be playing some pretty bad teams coming up, and if they can get an early lead in all of those, that will mean more running plays.