Name: Shane Vereen
Team: New England Patriots
Position: Running Back
Years Pro: 2
Draft stock: (Rising) It was a pleasure to see a scrappy runner like Vereen get some carries last season, but the Patriots’ tumultuous offseason has the running back playing a huge role in his third year. Danny Woodhead‘s departure has many fantasy football owners taking Vereen earlier than necessary.
2012 fantasy impact: Vereen wasn’t awful in 2012 by any means, but he was simply overshadowed by the many running backs and offensive weapons — no pun intended — in Foxborough. Vereen finished his second NFL season with four touchdowns and 400 yards from scrimmage.
Best-case scenario: New England relies heavily on a dual-back threat and Vereen’s pass-catching ability is put on display each week. Stevan Ridley goes down with injury due to an increased workload and Vereen enjoys a bulk of the carries.
Worst-case scenario: Ridley emerges as an every-down back, who demands most of the carries. Conversely, Vereen’s receiving ability takes a downfall as the Pats once versatile passing attack is all but gone.
Where you should draft him: If the ninth round comes about and Vereen is still on the board then you should definitely snag him. Don’t let Ridley scare you, because the Patriots are famous for their devotion to the back-up running back.