Fantasy Football: Stevan Ridley Needs To Be Benched By All Owners

By Dom DeCarlo
Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

The saga of Stevan Ridley continued in Week 14. Here is a guy that was drafted by the New England Patriots to be the full-time starting running back for the team. Here was the guy that was supposed to help get some of the offensive pressure off of Tom Brady. Here was a guy that many of you drafted in your fantasy football leagues, probably between the second and fourth rounds, and expected him to have an excellent season for your team.

This has not been the season the Ridley and his owners expected him to have. Ridley started off pretty hot for his owners; hw was not gaining the yards that they wanted, but he was scoring on a regular basis. Even when he was injured for a while, owners still expected Ridley to have a big impact on their teams. Ridley did have an impact, just not the one that all owners were expecting from him.

Since Week 12, Ridley has been a shadow of what his owners thought they would get from him. He has totaled 25 carries for 97 yards and only one touchdown. The New England coaching staff has completely lost all faith in Ridley, and is even starting to play veteran LaGarrett Blount over him. The Patriots are also using the up-and-coming Shane Vereen as their new force out of the backfield. If you still have faith that he can do well, you have much more faith than the Patriots. Ridley was a healthy scratch in Week 13, and only got eight carries for 35 yards in Week 14.

Heading into huge fantasy football playoff weekends in Week 15 and Week 16, Ridley needs to be benched in all leagues. There is no reason for you to start him right now. There are other running backs that you can pick up, and they will get you some points; Blount is for sure one of these guys. Also, consider picking up Joique Bell or Montee Ball. These players have much better upside than Ridley does right now.

Do yourself a favor and forget about what Ridley has done in the past and play for the now, if you still can!

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