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|Taken in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft, Vereen was expected to earn a role in the Patriots backfield committee last season but nagging injuries caused him to miss time in training camp and throughout the season. At season’s end, he had accumulated just 15 rushes for 57 yards and a score in five games. Fellow rookie Stevan Ridley surpassed him on the depth chart and Vereen enters 2012 competing with Danny Woodhead and Joseph Addai for the role as Ridley’s backup and as a pass receiving threat out of the backfield. Since we can all assume that New England will use each player in a situational role, Vereen will need to clearly beat out Woodhead and Addai to earn 8-10 touches a game and that seems unlikely. Woodhead has been productive in limited opportunities during his two years with the team and will likely approach the six touches per game he had last season. While Vereen is clearly the player to own rather than Woodhead or Addai given his upside, he also clearly ranks behind Ridley. He is a late round pick in redraft formats and has more value as a prospect in dynasty leagues.
|Giants star wideout won’t play against Vikings -- Wed Dec 23 5:32 pm --|
|Odell Beckham’s one-game suspension was upheld, making the Giants wideout ineligible to play against the Vikings Sunday night.
"I dropped the ball on sportsmanship on Sunday," Beckham said in a statement via Twitter.
(NY Daily News)|
FF Today's Take: The game might not mean much to the Giants, but losing Odell Beckham, Jr. this week puts fantasy owners in a bind heading into semifinal matchups and championships this weekend. Eli Manning and the Giants will need Rueben Randle, Dwayne Harris and Shane Vereen to step up in the passing game. Meanwhile, Eli Manning's fantasy stock plunges downward in a bad matchup without his best receiving threat available.