5 Reasons to Draft Alex Green in Your Fantasy Football League
The Packers' 2011 third-round pick out of Hawaii, who missed the second half of last season with a knee injury.
The bulldozing yet shifty back actually has a great chance to break the mold in Green Bay and become a household name and legitimate commodity within one of the NFL's most dynamic offenses.
He's a Quick but Powerful Back
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This may seem like a meaningless reason to draft Green, but his size will matter in 2012. At 6'0'' and a thickly-built 225, the former Hawaii Warrior certainly has the build of a bruiser.
In theory, the majority of his runs will come out of the shotgun formation and will ask him to run between the tackles—something he's definitely capable of.
Head coach Mike McCarthy said this of Green, via the Green Bay Press Gazette:
When he hits it, he's top speed, when that crease or when he sees the opportunity for it to split. He's a powerful man, and he’s got excellent leg drive and does a good job running behind his pads.
Although the fantasy impact may be minimal, Green's a guy who'll get you those extra yards on nearly every run and will always be falling forward with defenders draped on him.
James Starks Has Durability Issues
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Yes, Green is coming off an ACL tear suffered in Week 7 of last season, but his running back competition, James Starks, has a much more vast injury history.
Starks was lost for the year as a senior in college at Buffalo with a severe shoulder injury.
During Green Bay's training camp in 2010, Starks' rookie year, he was injured.
Last season, he dealt with a nagging ankle injury that drastically limited his production. There's no telling what lies ahead for Starks, but if he hits the injury list again, Green's instantly the Packers' staring runner, and his fantasy viability significantly improves.
He's a Good Receiving Running Back
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Here's what NFL.com wrote about Green upon being selected by the Packers in 2011:
He is a punishing inside runner with the strength and power to grind out tough yards between the tackles. Throw in the fact that he is a terrific pass catcher, and it's easy to forecast a big role for Green in the Packers' offense next season.
Running backs of his size and stature usually aren't capable receivers. But if Green is actually the receiver many are making him out to be, expect Aaron Rodgers to check down to him on occasion and for the 225-pound back to accumulate a respectable amount of YAC.
You Won't Have to Use a High Pick on Him
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Although he's soon to pop up on a variety of "dark-horse fantasy player" lists, you should be able to grab Green is one of the last few rounds of your draft.
Running backs fly off the fantasy shelf in Rounds 1-3, then many owners look for their backups in the middle rounds.
Per Vic Ketchman of the Packers' official site, "it's obvious the Packers are really counting on" running back Alex Green (ACL surgery) "to make an impact this season."
If you can get a running back in the last, or second-to-last, round who's poised to make an impact on one of the best offenses in football, you do it.
Green represents fantastic fantasy value.
The Possibility of Using Him in a Trade
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Even if you load up on running backs leading up to the last few rounds, Green will still be an intriguing option if available.
With the chance that James Starks misses some time due to injuries in 2012, Green could see ample time as the starter in Green Bay.
Late in the season, when the pressure's really on during all of your fantasy matchups, there's bound to be a few desperate owners looking to swing a deal for one of your players. Green could potentially be one of the most desired players on your roster.
Even if he's not, he'd be a nice throw-in option for just about any owner dealing with running back injuries.