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Alex Green: Updated Fantasy Football Outlook, Projections for Packers RB

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 07:  Alex Green #20 of the Green Bay Packers runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Brandon AlisogluCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2012

Cedric Benson went down against the Indianapolis Colts and Alex Green saw an opportunity.

Consider it seized.

Green ran for 55 yards on only nine carries for a tidy 6.1 yards per attempt. He also added a catch that went for eight yards.

Is he a viable fantasy pickup? Let's take a look.

 

Fantasy Football Outlook

With the half that Green had versus the Colts, he can now be considered the best running back to come out of the University of Hawaii.  

The former Warrior looks to be the man now that Benson could be out for a few weeks. 

However, if Benson's absence will be for any prolonged period of time, I wouldn't be surprised if the Packers looked outside the organization. Good teams are constantly churning the bottom of their rosters, so it's likely that Green Bay already has a few players in mind.

That doesn't meant that Green won't keep the job. Anybody who comes in from the street isn't going to have his knowledge of the offense. 

Still, the numbers don't back up an assertion that the Packers have a lot of trust in the second-year running back. Prior to Week 5, Green had carried the ball five times for 13 yards in one and a quarter seasons.

 

Projections

Green showed some nice burst on a 41-yard carry. But that also means he mustered only 14 yards on the remaining eight carries. Additionally, most defenses will not be as poor against the run as the Colts (25th in the league).

Green will not be the starter when Benson returns. The Packers were growing more comfortable handing Benson the ball, and Green won't be taking away carries either as the starter or the backup.

Assuming he gets to start the next two games, Green won't rush for more than 140 yards on the season and won't score any touchdowns.

Leave him on the waiver wire. 

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