While I could just copy and paste “Bill Belichick is no longer his coach” say, about 323 times and feel pretty confident about relaying substantial and relevent thoughts on why Shane Vereen is going into the season underrated, I wanted to be better than that. OR I just didn’t want the Razzball front page filled with a plethora of Bill Belichick. Mmm, plethora. That being said, while it’s easy to chaulk up Vereen’s ineffectiveness solely on the fact that the most jolly (and quite the partier) coach in the NFL trolls the running back position like no other, there are also some other factors playing into why Vereen might be a sneaky good pick up. Some might say he’s a sleeper, but I’m pretty sure everyone knows who he is, nor is he sleepy (I think? One can never be sure of another person’s sleep patterns). But underrated? Most definitely…

Rushing

SEASON GP ATT YDS AVG LNG TD
2013 8 44 208 4.7 21 1
2014 16 96 391 4.1 19 2

Receiving

SEASON GP REC TGTS YDS AVG LNG TD
2013 8 47 69 427 9.1 50 3
2014 16 52 77 447 8.6 49 3

Obviously, both seasons are very similar, save for major fact that he played in eight less games in 2013. That in of itself essentially shows the curiously odd way he was used this past year. While he wasn’t the only running back on the Patriots that gave us fantasy fits (ahem, Jonas Gray), moving to the Giants could represent a boon to his current value. Again, the Belichick point made earlier is certainly the main crux, and requires little analyzation, but going specifically to the Giants is also a big win here and shouldn’t swept under the rug. While it’s true that his exact role with Vereen’s new team is ambiguous, I think we can take the leap and call him a versatile pass-catching back that is a check-down threat. Yes, I do have my Captain Obvious hat on.

Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams are the heavy lifters on the depth chart and it’s no secret that Tom Coughlin prefers multiple backs getting the bulk of work, but it should be noted that Williams averaged just under half a catch per season in the ACC, and ended last year with 18 receptions for 130 yards. They aren’t afraid of throwing, and that’s where Vereen’s value can shine. Jennings is an above pass-catcher, for sure, but he has his own health issues. And say what you want about Eli Manning (I’ve said everything), but he certainly runs a pass-first offense for Ben McAdoo, and signing one of the NFL’s best receiving threats in the backfield is telling.

And speaking of McAdoo, this will be Manning’s second season under the system, including a healthy (maybe?) Victor Cruz and a full season of Odell Beckham. In some cases you might worry about where the volume of production will go. Here? This situation can only help Vereen, in that, all these offensive principles will create more space and take attention from the other team’s defenses, and this is where a pass-catching running back, especially one with Vereen’s ability, can shine.

Vereen isn’t just PPR or half-PPR relevant either if he can do something in-between last season and 2013 (if prorated for a full season), which I don’t think is a huge stretch. Vereen can be RB-2 relevant. And while you really should be buying him this season in those points for receptions leagues (in the later rounds, of course), there’s an argument that can be made here that he’s a potential flex play in standard leagues as well. We’ll learn more as the preseason develops, but at this point, there is incredible potential value here. And plus, there’s always the fact that Bill Belichick is no longer his coach. Bill Belichick is no longer his coach. Bill Belichick is no longer his coach. I got three in, happy Boston?

 

 

  1. Fantasy with Dase or Days

    Fantasy with Dase or Days says:
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    If you are looking for Vereens production and want an extreme discount! Then go ahead and draft Danny Woodhead. In his 20 games (only played 1 snap in game 21) he has caught 86 passes (only five games with less then four catches). The Bolts have not only drafted Melvin Gordan (traded up for him). But (a big BUT) one of (if his only knock) was his pass blocking/catching skills. This is were Woodhead shines and should still be a major force. In 2013 he was almost a RB1 in PPR formats.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Fantasy with Dase or Days: As a Chargers fan, I have no choice but to agree, and will probably discuss him in the future.

      • Fantasy with Dase or Days

        Fantasy with Dase or Days says:
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        @Jay: hahaha being a chargers fan you could almost cover all the skill players as underrated for 2015. You have the Danny Woodhead in which already brought up.

        Then one of my favorites every year Malcom Floyd. Just take a look at last year and in games that he saw at least six targets (10 games). He averaged 3.6 catches, 55.7 yards and .5 touchdowns. That gives you 9 fantasy points per game (ESPN) and puts him at WR18 over a full 16 games. He has a inanse injury history and is no spring chicken but his price plus production on field is always worth a draft pick at end of draft.

        The last guy would be Stevie Johnson and I know his production has been yucky last two years (there is reason beyond his control for that). But look at his previous three seasons before that. 4.9 catches, 65.1 yards and .48 touchdowns per game over those 48 games. That’s strong to quality WR2 production in PPR formats.

        That WR2 spot in San Diego will be one to monitor during camp and preseason games as if there is a clear cut winner. They will be very fantasy relevant in both formats.

  2. S.H says:
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    Jay, thanks for the tip I just picked up Vereen for a 5th rounder.

    I am in a 12 keeper league I have no QB’s, the best on the F/A market is Cassel if he starts. I also have the 1st overall pick.

    I have two trades on the table.

    I deal Witten and Meyo for Bradford and a 2nd rounder

    I deal Spiller for Foles.

    Do I do those two deals and draft either Winston or Mariota , or draft a RB like Gordon ,Gurley or Yeldon.

    Thanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @S.H: Hmm, I’m okay with the Bradford trade, he could work out and the second rounder could provide a lot of sneaky value. I’d rather keep Spiller there, and I’d draft Gordon. Really high on him.

      • S>H says:
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        @Jay:

        Thanks Jay,

        One more trade offer My K.Danby for Ebron, Peppers and Manziel, not to sure on Mr.Football.. What do you think.

        My QB situation would be just Bradford in a two QB league .

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @S>H: I’m actually okay with it because of Ebron. Manziel is a huge risk/reward guy, but I like what I’m hearing in terms of attitude right now.

  3. Gio says:
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    Hey Jay, this is a little long-winded but I hope you can help me out.

    New to a long standing 14 team keeper league, full PPR, fairly standard roster however in lieu of flex there are 3 WR. You can keep any player drafted in the 4th round or later at that respective round (lose that pick). I need advice on 2 things.

    1- I have the option to choose where I would like to draft. I can choose pick 2-13. Any preference where you draft in a larger league like this? I’m leaning 2-4 as brown, forte and Julio would be available with any of those picks.

    2- I can keep up to three players (not required to keep any) at the following rounds. Which if any, would you keep? Without doing much research I was thinking johnson/randle/Blount.

    -Rueban Randle 5th
    -Blount 7th
    -Cutler 11th
    -Stevie Johnson 13th
    -Phi D 16th

    Again, sorry for the lengthy message but I really like following your fantasy football views.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Gio: 1) Yeah, I like going as close to the middle as possible. I’d probably lean 4 there. 2) I’m fine with your three there. I think Randle is the guy in Dallas.

      Length away friend!

      • Gio says:
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        @Jay:

        Reuben Randle WR from the Giants, not Joseph Randle. I’m assuming that would change your perspective?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Gio: Yeah, a little bit. I’m okay keeping that spot open depending on the draft depth. And I totally misread that.

      • Gio says:
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        @Jay:

        In addition to Forte, Julio and A. Brown, AP, Dez, Gronk and D. Thomas will also be available. I like your idea of 4th.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Gio: Yeah, if that’s the case, totally.

    • Fantasy with Dase or Days

      Fantasy with Dase or Days says:
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      @Gio: You have excellent value being represented by L. Blount in the 7th round of a 14 team draft (even PPR). He has been very productive from a fantasy perspective while in a Patriots uniform when touching the football at least 10 times.

      2014 (eight games) he got at least 10 carries in six of eight games. He had a stat line of 58.8 rushing yards, eight rushing touchdowns and you add the four catches for 18 yards. He gave you 12.5 fantasy points per game in PPR.

      2013: (final seven games) he saw at least 11 touches in five of these games. His stat line was 81.4 rushing yards, nine rushing touchdowns and two catches for 38 yards. Those numbers give you 16.3 fantasy points per game in PPR format.

      He is a for sure keeper and the rest you have listed should all be thrown back.

      • Gio says:
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        @Fantasy with Dase or Days:

        Thanks for the feedback….any preference on draft choice? I am leaning 3-5 slots. Best available players are charles (will go #1), a. brown, forte, AP, dez, demaryius, julio, gronk, mccoy, murray, lynch.

        • Fantasy with Dase or Days

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          @Gio: Being that it’s a PPR format, I am all about the WR (much more reliable then RB) or Gronk (such a massive advantage over all other TEs). Outside of AP and L. Bell, I am not looking at RB in first round. I would even feel completely comfortable not even drafting AP or Bell as the RB position at the top is just not appealing at all. It also helps that you only have to start two (RBs). With all that being said, If you are leaning towards picks three through five, I would suggest pick five. You should have no issues at all (like 110%) with DT or Dez being available. You are also going to have a fairly good (even greater) at snagging A. Brown (the best WR for PPR and it’s not close). Or if you want that huge (matchup) advantage every week. You can defiently go with Gronk at pick five and you should feel awesome about that as well. If you are all about the WR selection or Gronk in first round like I:) then I would say pick a draft even lower in first round. You will still have excellent shot at those WR (not Brown) but also allow you to pick soon in round two.

  4. Gray's sports almanac says:
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    Hey Jay, I’m just curious is Jennifer Warner and her spectacular breasts going to be writing again this fall for razz football?

  5. SMLV1 says:
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    Hey Jay, I’m torn on Jarvis Landry or Allen Robinson.

    Which would you have on your standard fantasy Y! Team?

    Miami has a bunch on mouths to feed and Im also worried about Robinsons foot….but who else does Jacksonvile really have as a redzone threat?

    Who would you choose?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @SMLV1: I like Landry there. I actually have a Hurns post on the backburner, if that illuminates anything.

  6. SMLV1 says:
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    Also, Kyle Rudolph or Jordan Reed this year?

    Thanks Jay!!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @SMLV1: Probably a facepalm… hmm. Rudolph is the safer pick here.

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