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Brandon Bolden | Running Back | #38

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/26/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 220
College: Mississippi
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Brandon Bolden rushed five times for 12 yards in the Patriots' AFC Championship Game loss to the Broncos, adding two receptions for 29 additional yards.
The Pats were throwing darts at a board with their rushing game today, and for that matter, for the entire second half of the season. Bolden is a linchpin special teamer, but the definition of a replacement-level player on offense. He can be safely left on the waiver wire in Dynasty leagues. Jan 24 - 7:33 PM

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Brandon Bolden touched the ball once in the Patriots' Divisional Round win over the Chiefs.

He lost three yards on a reception. The Pats scarcely bothered with their running game this week, but when they did, Steven Jackson was running into brick walls. Bolden should bounce back for 6-8 touches in the AFC Championship Game.
Jan 16 - 8:51 PM

Brandon Bolden rushed nine times for 31 yards and caught both of his targets for five yards Week 17 against the Dolphins.

Bolden rotated with Steven Jackson as the Patriots attempted to ride the running game in the first half. Bolden was slightly more effective than the veteran, but he could not find much room against a defense which had been struggling against the run. Bolden looks like he has lost the early-down job to Jackson, but he should retain an offensive role throughout the playoffs.
Jan 3 - 4:49 PM

Brandon Bolden rushed nine times for 30 yards in the Patriots' Week 16 loss to the Jets, adding five receptions for 30 additional yards.

Bolden got the start, and was the Pats' clear lead runner on early downs despite ceding seven carries to Steven Jackson. Joey Iosefa was not a factor one week after getting the ball 14 times. Bolden was critically important for the Pats this afternoon, leading in touches and helping to pick up the blitz behind a banged up offensive line, but it didn't translate to fantasy value. He'll continue to split time with James White, Jackson and Iosefa in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 04:27:00 PM

Brandon Bolden started the Patriots' Week 15 win over the Titans, rushing 10 times for 36 yards.

He added two catches for 18 additional yards. Although Bolden got the start and was operating as the Patriots' clear lead back early on, he ended up getting out-touched and out-carried by practice squad signee Joey Iosefa. It was the nightmare scenario envisioned by Bill Belichick truthers all week. We won't pretend to know how Belichick might split up work in Week 16 against the Jets, rendering Bolden a no go as an RB3/FLEX.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 05:48:00 PM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss believes Brandon Bolden is the "most likely candidate" to lead the Patriots in Week 15 carries.

Reiss expects the Patriots to "split running duties" between Bolden, Joey Iosefa, and James White, but he foresees Bolden as the likely lead back. Iosefa is a 250-pound fullback/tailback type who might conjure memories of Jonas Gray. The Patriots have never viewed White as a high-volume runner. Bolden has done it sparingly in the past.
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Brandon Bolden is expected to take over as the Patriots' early-down runner with LeGarrette Blount (hip) reportedly done for the season.

With Blount sidelined for most of Sunday's win over the Texans, Bolden took the rock 16 times for 51 yards. Coach Bill Belichick's plans can never be assumed, but both Belichick and OC Josh McDaniels have offered up Bolden praise this week. James White should receive some carries, as well, but will likely remain the third-down back. Bolden is worth adding as an RB2/3 for the final two weeks of the fantasy playoffs.
Tue, Dec 15, 2015 06:11:00 PM

Patriots OC Josh McDaniels said Brandon Bolden will "definitely" be an option if LeGarrette Blount (hip) misses time.

Blount was spotted on crutches Tuesday, so it is a safe bet he is going to miss time. Bolden dominated backfield touches once Blount went down Sunday night, and he is the favorite to lead the backfield in touches against the Titans. With James White likely to be involved as well, Bolden is still a risky play.
Tue, Dec 15, 2015 11:47:00 AM

Brandon Bolden had 16 carries for 51 yards in the Patriots' Week 14 win over Houston.

Bolden played the power back role with LeGarrette Blount (hip) sidelined. He outsnapped and saw more touches than James White, but was vultured on a third down goal-line TD. Bolden will be on the RB2 map if Blount can’t return next week. He’s one of Week 15’s top waiver adds.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 11:54:00 PM

Brandon Bolden had four carries for 11 yards and caught four passes for 84 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' Week 12 loss to the Broncos.

Bolden played a bigger pass-game role than James White on only 15 snaps. He got almost all of his yards on a 63-yard touchdown. The Patriots have been using both White and Bolden in the Dion Lewis role. Despite the big game, Bolden is only a deep-league add.
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 12:55:00 AM

Brandon Bolden rushed one time for minus-three yards in the Patriots' Week 10 win over the Giants.

He didn't catch his lone target. Bolden and James White combined to touch the ball three times in the aftermath of Dion Lewis' Week 9 torn ACL. LeGarrette Blount saw 21-of-24 backfield touches, and Tom Brady worked the short passing game with Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman before Edelman left with a foot injury. Bolden isn't worth owning in 14- and 16-team leagues.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 09:02:00 PM

ESPN Boston believes Brandon Bolden "could factor into the mix" in Dion Lewis' absence.

James White appears to be the first man up, but Bolden will undoubtedly get touches. It's hard to guess how many, as Bolden missed Week 7 with a hamstring injury when Lewis (abdomen) was also sidelined, leaving White to monopolize snaps. White was a healthy scratch for yesterday's win over the Redskins, but it's tricky to read into, as Bolden is a linchpin special teamer. White is the top add in the Patriots' backfield, but Bolden is worth a hail mary for desperate RB seekers.
Source: ESPN Boston
Mon, Nov 9, 2015 03:47:00 PM

Patriots RB Brandon Bolden is inactive for Week 7 against the Jets.

It's surprising with Dion Lewis (abdomen) inactive, but provides clarity to the Patriots' backfield. James White will serve as the passing-down back behind banger LeGarrette Blount. With Blount unlikely to have a ton of success between the tackles, White is an intriguing FLEX play, and punt in DFS formats.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 11:37:00 AM

The Boston Globe's Ben Volin expects Brandon Bolden and James White to "split" Dion Lewis' (abdomen) duties in Sunday's game against the Jets.

Volin believes the Patriots will avoid trying to ram LeGarrette Blount down the Jets' throat, and will instead utilize a passing-back rotation of Bolden and White to replace Lewis. Bolden and White are both low-floor, low-ceiling flex options in a difficult matchup with a murky touch distributon.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 11:23:00 AM

Brandon Bolden rushed five times for one yard in New England's Week 1 win over the Steelers, adding a 12-yard reception.

Bolden mostly watched from the sideline as Dion Lewis monopolized the Patriots' backfield touches. One of Bolden's runs was a failed effort from the Steelers' one-yard line. With LeGarrette Blount coming off suspension in Week 2, Bolden could see zero snaps on offense.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 12:30:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Jimmy Garoppolo
3Jacoby Brissett
RB1Dion Lewis
2LeGarrette Blount
3James White
4Brandon Bolden
5Donald Brown
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2Dion Lewis
3RB1Dion Lewis
2James White
FB1James Develin
2Joey Iosefa
WR11Julian Edelman
2Chris Hogan
3Malcolm Mitchell
4Aaron Dobson
5Devin Lucien
WR21Danny Amendola
2Keshawn Martin
3Nate Washington
4Chris Harper
5DeAndre Carter
WR31Chris Hogan
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Martellus Bennett
3AJ Derby
4Michael Williams
5Clay Harbor
LT1Nate Solder
2Marcus Cannon
3Cameron Fleming
LG1Shaq Mason
2Josh Kline
3Ted Karras
C1Bryan Stork
2David Andrews
3Joe Thuney
RG1Jonathan Cooper
2Tre' Jackson
3Chris Barker
RT1Sebastian Vollmer
2LaAdrian Waddle
3Keavon Milton
K1Stephen Gostkowski