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.