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|Blount was a revelation for the Bucs as an undrafted rookie free agent picked up on the waiver wire after being released in the preseason by the Titans. He assumed the starting role at midseason for an ineffective Cadillac Williams and finished the season with 1,007 rushing yards and six touchdowns while averaging an impressive 5.0 yards per carry. However, his limitations as a receiver and pass blocker were evident and with the Bucs often playing from behind, Blount struggled mightily, finishing the year with 781 rushing yards and five touchdowns. He was especially ineffective down the stretch, accumulating just 137 yards and one touchdown on 46 carries over the Bucs final five games. His struggles caused the Bucs to draft Boise State product Doug Martin late in the first round of this year’s draft and he has entered training camp ahead of Blount in the pecking order at running back. While there are no guarantees that Martin will excel in his rookie season, he will get the first crack at earning a significant amount of playing time with Blount likely to get the goal line work and subbing in as a change of pace option. Consider Blount a low end RB4 entering the season and a potential flex option in larger leagues.
|Dion Lewis the new face of the Pats' backfield? -- Fri Sep 11 4:10 pm --|
RB rattles off 69 rushing yards and 51 receiving yards in Pats' debut
|Fantasy football owners generally know that New England Patriots running backs can be a shaky investment because of the way coach Bill Belichick often rotates them and alters the game plan on a week-by-week basis. But Thursday night's season-opening 28-21 win against the Steelers at least provided some clarity as to how the coaching staff views part of the depth chart. Dion Lewis, who hadn't played in a regular-season game since 2012, is now the clear-cut top option to fill the void created by Shane Vereen's free-agent departure. Vereen played 52.9 percent of the offensive snaps last season as the team's top "pass-catching" back, which is a high total that reflects how the Patriots regularly spread the field and rely on their backs as pass-catchers and in blitz pickup. That was the plan in Thursday's opener, as Lewis played 46 of 61 snaps. Brandon Bolden was sprinkled in at times (14), while James White played one snap, the kneel-down right before the half. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: LeGarrette Blount owners best make sure, if they haven't previously, to secure Dion Lewis after last night's impressive performance. The Patriots' RB situation is always a nightmare for fantasy owners but these two appear to be the two top dogs... for now.
|Patriots release RB Jonas Gray -- Sat Sep 5 3:06 pm --|
Brandon Bolden leads the Pats in touches Week 1?
|Patriots officially released RB Jonas Gray. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: This is somewhat a surprising move considering LeGarrette Blount is suspended for Week 1. The Patriots will likely lean on Brandon Bolden, Dion Lewis and James White against the Steelers Thursday night.
| LeGarrette Blount sidelined with sprained MCL -- Fri Aug 7 8:00 pm --|
Should be ready for start of the regular season
|Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount, injured during Friday’s training camp session, suffered a sprained MCL in his right knee, according to a league source. The source said Blount will be ready for the start of the regular season. (Boston Globe)|
FF Today's Take: This is typically a 2-3 week injury for most players and with Blount already suspended for Week 1, he should have plenty of time to heal and get back in the swing of things before Week 2. His fantasy value may take a slight hit but it shouldn't and could pose an even better value opportunity for savvy owners. Jonas Gray and Brandon Bolden will get more reps in camp with Blount on the sideline.