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RB Brandon Bolden - New England Patriots

5-11, 222Born: 1-26-1990College: MississippiDrafted: ---

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Week 9: vs Denver Broncos

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. The Patriots opted to ride a new 'hot hand' last week, feeding Jonas Gray the football for 17/86/0 against the Bears. Shane Vereen was still involved with 5/22/0 rushing and 3/23/0 receiving, but didn't have the lead back's share of the touches during Week 8, after posting 11/43/0 rushing and 5/71/2 receiving against the Jets two games ago (Gray had 3/12/0 rushing in that game). Bill Belichick's 'Flavor of the Week' running back approach remains his standard Modus Operandi heading into the second half of the 2014 season (as it was in 2013, 2012 and so on ad nauseum for fantasy owners). Denver's rush D ranks first in the league averaging 72.4 yards allowed per game, with five rushing scores handed out to date. San Diego had 15/61/0 rushing as a team last week; San Francisco managed 18/62/0 two games ago. Teams get behind quickly against the Denver offense, and end up lightly employing their running backs in this phase (San Diego threw 41 passes last week; San Francisco attempted 46 the week prior). This is a tough matchup for the home-team Patriots.

Recent Stats and Projections

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5 vs CIN 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 at BUF 6 10 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 vs NYJ 0 0 0 1 1 4 0 0
8 vs CHI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 vs DEN PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 0 * * *
9 vs DEN PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs BUF (6 / 10 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Though the box score doesn't show it at all, Bolden didn't run terribly. Rather, the Patriots offensive line was beat on nearly every run play by the Bills front seven. Bolden saw run after Stevan Ridley went down with a potentially serious injury, and could be in line for more playing time if Ridley ends up missing time.

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  Jeff Tefertiller - October 15
Money Talks (Free Agent Bidding Advice): Week 7
  Jeff Pasquino - October 14
Reading the Defense: Week 3
  Jene Bramel - September 17
Gut Check No.316: Week 2 - Sifting Through The Wreckage
  Matt Waldman - September 16
The New Reality No.26: Backfields in Motion
  Chad Parsons - September 2

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  Evan Silva - August 19
Roundtable: Bounce-backs
  Patrick Daugherty - August 4
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  Aaron Swinderman - June 4

Schedule

9vs Denver Broncos
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11@ Indianapolis Colts
12vs Detroit Lions
13@ Green Bay Packers
14@ San Diego Chargers
15vs Miami Dolphins
16@ New York Jets
17vs Buffalo Bills