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ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss still sees upside in Stevan Ridley.

Reiss concedes that Ridley has been an "error repeater," referring to his nine fumbles across the last two seasons (including playoffs). But with LeGarrette Blount gone, Brandon Bolden a replacement-level talent and James White in his rookie year, the Patriots almost have to give Ridley a significant role. He's an ideal inside-running complement to passing back Shane Vereen. Ridley projects as an ADP steal as long as he can hold on to the football.

Stevan Ridley RB NE 7 Months

Stevan Ridley was held to 17 yards on five carries as the Patriots fell to the Broncos in the AFC Championship game.

The Patriots' offense went nowhere on their first two drives. They inserted Ridley on the third and finally generated some ball movement, though primarily via the pass. LeGarrette Blount remained the lead back and Shane Vereen was utilized the most, especially after New England fell behind 10-0 in the second quarter. Ridley is under contract cheaply through 2014 and he turns 25 later this month. Ball-security woes have been a major drain on his fantasy stock, but we expect Ridley to get another shot at 2014 bellcow duties. LeGarrette Blount is a free agent.

Stevan Ridley RB NE 8 Months

Stevan Ridley rushed 14 times for 52 yards and two touchdowns in New England's Divisional Round win over the Colts.

Ridley again came off the bench behind LeGarrette Blount, but was an important part of the Patriots' power attack, earning yards in the same tough-minded fashion as Blount. Ridley used excellent second efforts to find pay dirt on both of his scores. He'll be in for another 12-15 touch day in next Sunday's AFC Championship Game.

Stevan Ridley RB NE 8 Months

Stevan Ridley rushed 12 times for 74 yards in New England's Week 17 win over the Bills.

Stevan Ridley RB NE 9 Months

Stevan Ridley rushed eight times for 34 yards in New England's Week 15 loss to the Dolphins.

He wasn't targeted in the passing game. Ridley once again came off the bench behind LeGarrette Blount, but the Patriots rotated their "big backs" thereafter. Blount finished with 12 touches to Ridley's eight. The closest Ridley got the ball to the end zone was the Dolphins' 15-yard line. Although he's peeked his head out, Ridley is still very much in the doghouse, and should remain in a rotation for Week 16. He can't be trusted in fantasy championships against the Ravens.

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Stevan Ridley played on 17-of-82 snaps in Sunday's win over the Browns.

Stevan Ridley RB NE 9 Months

NFL Network's Albert Breer reports Stevan Ridley is expected to be active for Week 14 against the Browns.

Multiple media outlets have had similar reports, including ESPN's Adam Schefter, ESPN Boston, and MassLive.com. Ridley was a healthy scratch last week but should play a minor role as LeGarrette Blount's backup at the "big back" position on early downs. Ridley is not a fantasy option for Week 14.

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Stevan Ridley is expected to be active for Sunday's game against the Browns.

Ridley was a healthy inactive last week due to his fumbling issues. It's not known what kind of role he'll be given if he manages to play, but he'll likely be behind early down back LeGarrett Blount for carries and can't be trusted in the fantasy playoffs. Shane Vereen remains the only Patriots running back worth starting in Week 14.

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The "gut feeling" of ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss is that Stevan Ridley's days as the Patriots' lead back are "probably over."

Reiss believes Ridley's time with the Patriots has "officially reached a crossroads." It's important to emphasize that this is just Reiss' gut feeling, but he follows the Patriots as close, if not closer, than anyone in the business. Speaking about his production meeting with coach Bill Belichick during Sunday's telecast, CBS' Dan Dierdorf said Belichick's "intolerance has reached the boiling point when it comes to turnovers." At the very least, Ridley is going to be staring at a reserve role if he's active for Week 14. It's quite possible he'll be a healthy scratch for the second consecutive week. Ridley can't be trusted for the fantasy playoffs.

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Coach Bill Belichick says Sunday's benching of Stevan Ridley wasn't about sending a message, but putting the Patriots in the best position to win.

"If I have a message to send to somebody, I'll just sit down and talk to them and tell them what it is," Belichick said in Monday's presser. "This isn't cryptic. ... Along with every other decision on the team that I make, (the inactive players are) made with what gives our team, in our opinion, the best opportunity to win on Sundays." Taking Belichick at his word, it means he thinks fellow fumbler LeGarrette Blount gives the Pats a better chance to win than Ridley, but we digress. With the Pats' backfield now in all-out Lord of the Flies mode, it's going to be awfully hard to trust anyone other than Shane Vereen for fantasy purposes in Week 14.