RB Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots

HT: 5-11, WT: 222, Born: 1-26-1990, College: Mississippi, Drafted: ---

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2014 Projections

David Dodds15.015.0634.
Bob Henry15.055.02304.22.02.0157.50.037
Jason Wood16.010.0454.50.03.0206.70.07
Maurile Tremblay16.014.0594.21.02.0115.50.013

Average draft position

Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]

Overall: M James (252), M Reece (253), Brandon Bolden (254), M Sanu (255),
Position: M James (252-RB75), M Reece (253-RB76), Brandon Bolden (254 - RB77), J Randle (257-RB78), D Robinson (259-RB79)
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PPR Average draft position

Current as of August 25th. [Full PPR ADP list]

Overall: M Rivera (250), G Smith (251), Brandon Bolden (252), D Adams (254)
Position: M James (246-RB73), M Reece (249-RB74), Brandon Bolden (252 - RB75), R Turbin (255-RB76), J Randle (257-RB77)
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As long as Shane Vereen is healthy, Brandon Bolden is a fantasy non-factor. He can catch the ball well, and gets the odd goal line carry but Vereen is the guy whose job both of those things are. Bolden is an OK deep bench player, but his value is directly tied to Shane Vereen's health, which looks good right now.

2014 Schedule

1at Miami Dolphins
2at Minnesota Vikings
3 Oakland Raiders
4at Kansas City Chiefs
5 Cincinnati Bengals
6at Buffalo Bills
7 New York Jets
8 Chicago Bears
9 Denver Broncos
Bye week
11at Indianapolis Colts
12 Detroit Lions
13at Green Bay Packers
14at San Diego Chargers
15 Miami Dolphins
16at New York Jets
17 Buffalo Bills
Bye week
19 Baltimore Ravens
20 Indianapolis Colts
21 Seattle Seahawks

2013 Game Summaries

Week 3 - With Shane Vereen out and Bolden healthy, Bolden had the role of pass-catching back and situational carries. He had open running lanes on multiple occasions where he would pop through the line of scrimmage and be in the foot race for additional yardage at the second-level. He was used as a receiver both in the slot and out wide. His burst is apparent even though he did not follow it up with power to close his runs often. His versatility was much needed as LeGarrette Blount and Stevan Ridley do not offer much in the passing game and New England excels in the screen game. In pass protection, Bolden struggled and even gave up a sack on the first drive of the game.

Week 4 - Brandon Bolden had a crummy game considering what he did in Week 3. However, there's an argument to be made that the holes he saw weren't huge as they were for Stevan Ridley. Bolden barely missed a goal line touchdown, and also got injured for about half a quarter. His only reception was met immediately in the backfield by a linebacker. Tom Brady also didn't see Bolden wide open for sure touchdowns on two pass plays in the redzone, so his day could have been much bigger than it was.

Week 5 - Operating as the primary passing down back, Bolden actually saw more receptions than carries. He dropped a screen pass that anyone could have caught that would have likely gone for a huge gain early in the game, and didn’t see a ton of running or receiving room after that. Bolden got what was blocked and not much else, and did show decent hands beyond the aforementioned horrible drop.

Week 6 - Brandon Bolden had a handful of touches on the day. His first run was solid, but other than that, there wasn’t much to write home about. He did have a goal line opportunity from about the 5 on a shotgun run, but was stuffed with little room to run. He also had a completely inexcusable drop late in the game, as he did last week. Bolden is operating as the Patriots passing down back, but some of the drops he’s shown may make the Patriots reconsider that role. At the very least, his role will severely diminish when Shane Vereen comes back in the fold.

Week 7 - As was the case with Stevan Ridley, a big part of his day was due to the fact that the Patriots went pass happy. He operated in the first quarter and a half as the hurry-up back, but became nearly invisible as the game went on. Bolden's one yard touchdown was a simple run and bounce to the right side of the line that any NFL running back could have scored on. Other than that, Bolden was his fairly typical plodding self, with no big plays to speak of, but nothing that really damaged the Patriots in any way.

Week 8 - Used as the passing down back, Brandon Bolden was largely plodding and didn’t contribute much beyond an extremely easy 1 yard touchdown scamper. Bolden got primarily what was blocked and not much else.

Week 12 - Brandon Bolden got a golden opportunity after both Stevan Ridley and LeGarrette Blount fumbled in the first quarter, and proceeded to run fairly well behind solid blocking, sharing carries with Shane Vereen. Bolden scored on an easy one yard touchdown, and had a long run of 33 thanks to some solid blocking. Bolden wasn’t overly elusive, but runs downhill well and has a bit more burst than Blount. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him in the mix more down the stretch, as he’s never fumbled during his short career.

Week 13 - Brandon Bolden was largely ineffective on the day, displaying almost no vision on all three of his carries. What his role is going forward is anyone’s guess, leaving him as an unattractive fantasy option.