In the 2013 Fantasy Football season, many fantasy owners seemed to be ready to lean hard on New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley. The young running back rushed for 1,236 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012, and owners assumed that he was ready to become a major fantasy running back. Instead, Ridley finished the 2013 season with 773 yards and was benched multiple times throughout the season for having ball security issues.
Heading into the 2014 season the Patriots will have Ridley for a relatively cheap amount, and at the age of 25 it seems likely that New England will be ready to give him at least one more chance. He will have to fight for time in the backfield with Shane Vereen and possibly Brandon Bolden or LeGarette Blount.
After the fumbling issues at key moments during games Ridley displayed in the 2013 season, fantasy owners simply cannot trust him. He should not be drafted unless you would be willing to gamble with a late-round pick. There is no doubt that using a draft pick on him at all will be very risky, but sometimes those picks could make a fantasy season successful.
Fantasy owners must remember that even though it took the Patriots offense about half the of the 2013 season to find their groove, they should be able to get rolling much earlier in 2014. If they do Ridley could be able to find space and regain his form that he displayed in 2012.