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RB Shane Vereen - New England Patriots

5-8, 203Born: 3-2-1989College: CaliforniaDrafted: Round 2

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He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): Vereen scored against the Dolphins, and in the championship week he faces the Jets defense that surrendered his only big game all year. He might be worth a flex play in PPR leagues with all the marbles on the line.

General News (Fri Dec 19): partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this week.

General News (Thu Dec 18): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Dec 17): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 16: at New York Jets

Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. This is an AFC East grudge match, so season records aren't really relevant - the Jets and the Patriots play each other tough every time they clash. Their last meeting was in Week Seven, when the Patriots prevailed 27-25 by blocking a last-second field-goal attempt by the Jets. Shane Vereen starred in the first match between these teams, leading the Patriots in rushing (11/43/0 rushing and 5/72/2 receiving) and receiving. The Patriots moved away from LeGarrette Blount (8/17/1 rushing with 2/7/0 receiving) vs. Miami last week, getting Jonas Gray out of the doghouse with 11/62/0 rushing and 1/7/0 receiving. As is usual, the Patriots' rushing attack is a committee of backs - Shane Vereen handled 6/5/1 rushing and 1/12/0 receiving at the Chargers' last week. The Jets' rush D is ranked fourth in the NFL averaging 87.5 yards allowed per game, with .5 TDs given up per contest (seven over the last 14 games). Tennessee managed 28/89/0 rushing last week, right on the usual pace for the Jets, while Minnesota had 28/114/0 rushing vs. New York two weeks ago. This looks like a bad matchup for the Patriots' committee.

Recent Stats and Projections

12 vs DET 8 12 0 9 8 48 0 0
13 at GB 3 6 0 2 1 26 0 0
14 at SD 1 1 0 4 3 30 0 0
15 vs MIA 6 5 1 3 1 12 0 0
16 at NYJ PROJ-Dodds 5 * * 3 * * *
16 at NYJ PROJ-Tremblay 6 * * 3 * * *
16 at NYJ PROJ-Bloom 8 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs GB (3 / 6 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 26 / 0 rec)

Par for the course at this point for Shane Vereen: limited success and usage in the running game while playing most of his snaps in passing type situations. Vereen's lone reception was a result of busted coverage, and he did have a drop that would have gone for a first down. Tom Brady also made an odd check at the line that saw Vereen run inside the tackles for a gain of two yards, something that probably isn't his strong point.

2014 Week 14 vs SD (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)

At this point, it's clear Shane Vereen is exclusively a pass catcher with LeGarrette Blount operating as a primary and better ball carrier. Vereen didn't have any notable plays, as he had just 3 catches and took a backseat to Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell.

2014 Week 15 vs MIA (6 / 5 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Once again, Shane Vereen was a minimal part of the gameplan, though he did score a touchdown from the shotgun formation on a 3rd down. The touchdown was a solid run that saw Vereen dive into the endzone, but beyond that, there wasn't much to speak about on his day.


Latest News

Patriots | LeGarrette Blount, Shane Vereen questionable (Fri Dec 19, 05:08 PM) - New England Patriots RBs LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) and Shane Vereen (ankle) both were limited in practice Friday, Dec. 19, and are questionable for Week 16 against the New York Jets.

Our View: Vereen was the lead back against the Jets stout front in the first matchup between these teams, scoring two touchdowns. He's the best play in the Patriots backfield in Week 16.
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Patriots | LeGarrette Blount, Shane Vereen limited (Thu Dec 18, 04:54 PM) - New England Patriots RBs LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) and Shane Vereen (ankle) were both limited for the second straight day in practice Thursday, Dec. 18.

Our View: Vereen is the guy who will get you the likelier payout this week and we have him as an RB3 with upside, while Blount is much more hit or miss, and is no better than a RB3.
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Patriots | LeGarrette Blount, Shane Vereen limited (Wed Dec 17, 04:20 PM) - New England Patriots RBs LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) and Shane Vereen (ankle) were both limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17.

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Patriots | Shane Vereen active (Sun Dec 14, 12:11 PM) - New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen (ankle) is active for the team's Week 15 game.

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Patriots | Shane Vereen's status in question (Fri Dec 12, 05:40 PM) - New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen (ankle) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 12, and is listed as questionable for Week 15.

Our View: Vereen hasn't been a good fantasy option all season, with the exception of a breakdown in the Jets coverage that allowed him a two touchdown game, and a decent game when he scored in a win over Denver. He's nothing but a desperation option.
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