Stevan Ridley has done nothing but disappoint fantasy owners for the first two weeks of the season and there will be more to come during Week 3 against the stone wall Tampa run defense. Fantasy owners will be forced to grin and bear it until the schedule lightens up a little bit.
By default, Ridley was given the majority of the workload Thursday night against the New York Jets. The speedster out of LSU carried the ball 16 times, but was only able to manage 40 yards. Credit the Jets front four who dominated the line of scrimmage for the majority of the night in a 13-10 loss to the Pats.
After being drafted in the 3rd or 4th round of most fantasy leagues, owners thought that Ridley was the real deal. He’s been getting plenty of carries, but he got benched during Week 1 after a crucial fumble.
It’s no secret that the Patriots are having issues at the running back position, but has Belichick ever needed anyone besides Tom Brady? The answer is most likely no.
Ridley owners should not become too discouraged by another slow week. The Patriots ran a league leading 91 plays of offense during week 1. Week 2 called for a change of pace for the Pats hurry up offense because weather conditions slowed things down.
New England converted just 6 of 18 attempts on 3rd downs against the Jets. Look for Ridley and the Patriots to speed things up going forward which means more runs for Ridley.
Shane Vereen looks like he won’t suit up until Week 10, which gives Ridley plenty of chances to prove himself worthy as a starter in the NFL. The former LSU Tiger should be considered a solid flex option until Vereen gets back into the mix.