AFC East Report : Patriots RB Stevan Ridley expected to play in Week 6


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The New England Patriots expect RB Stevan Ridley to play in Week 6 against the New Orleans Saints.

Initial reports indicated Ridley’s injury was not a long-term worry, and his return after just one missed game would pretty much confirm that. Ridley will be an interesting flex play against a  Saints defense that’s far more vulnerable to the run than pass, and could see more carries than usual after LeGarrette Blount‘s Week 5 lost fumble.

The Saints have allowed a running back to score at least 8 standard Fantasy points in every game this season. But only Arizona Cardinals RB Alfonso Smith in Week 3 and Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller in Week 4 have scored touchdowns, and it took Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson in Week 1 and Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte in Week 5 recording at least 40+ receiving yards to boost their production. The Saints are allowing 108.5 yards per game on the ground to running backs, 3 running backs have surpassed 60-plus yards rushing with Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin being the only back to reach and surpass 100-plus yards.

We’d consider Ridley a flex option at best in standard leagues, and his value is limited in PPR formats. If he does score his first touchdown of the year that would make him a great Fantasy option this week and boost his and his owners confidence.

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Jonathan Nardone

Originally from sunny South Florida, I have been involved in Fantasy Football since I was just a wee-lad, going on 13 years this season. I created Fantasy Football101 on Facebook back in August of 2010 and since then have been providing the most affordable, accurate, reliable and detailed Fantasy Football Consulting via the World Wide Web! In February of 2013, I was accepted to the Fantasy Sports Writers Association for providing detailed insight and accurate projections. I am extremely excited to be covering Wide Receivers, bringing you detailed Wide Receiver profiles, ADP and production value for your drafts as well as weekly insight on who to add, who to drop, who’s hot and who’s not!

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