Alex Green: Fantasy Owners Needing Depth Must Add Packers' RB

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistOctober 10, 2012

Aug 30, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Alex Green (20) during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lambeau Field.  The Packers defeated the Chiefs 24-3.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

For those of you scouring the waiver wire for some help at running back or scrambling to replace Cedric Benson after learning he would be sidelined for at least eight weeks with a Lisfranc foot injury, it's time to familiarize yourself with Alex Green.

The Green Bay Packers running back has 14 carries for 68 yards in his two-year career, so you can be excused if you have no idea who he is. Heck, I had to look him up when I saw him getting carries this weekend against the Indianapolis Colts.

Now, there is the possibility that James Starks will reemerge as the team's starter. He was the starter a year ago, he's a more experienced blocker in the Packers' pass-happy system and if nothing else, he'll get some carries.

But I was extremely impressed with what I saw from Green on Sunday, especially in his 44-yard scamper. I prefer his combination of power and quickness to what Starks brings to the table, and I could see Green being more of a factor out of the backfield as a receiving threat. 

If we're being honest, Starks is the safer pickup between the two. And given how little and poorly the Packers run, there are no great choices here. 

But if you really need a fill-in at the flex and aren't afraid to roll the dice or shoot for long-term value, Green is the more tempting offer. 

Besides, what else is on the waiver wire this week? Are you really going to take a chance on LaRod Stephens-Howling or William Powell (here's why you should avoid Powell) of the Arizona Cardinals?

The Cards have averaged 63.4 rushing yards per game with Ryan Williams and Beanie Well—do you think that is going to suddenly and mysteriously change? Is Kevin Kolb going to suddenly strike fear in the hearts of defensive coordinators in the passing game, opening up the box for the running game?

No, of course not. At least in Green (or Starks, if you decide to play it safer) you're getting a player on a good offense.

One last thing—with the Packers playing the Houston Texans this weekend, you're not starting either Green or Starks if you pick them up. If you do, you'll be pretty disappointed. These are either stash adds or players you slot into your lineup a week from now.

Unfortunately, you probably won't be able to wait until next week to pick either up. Let the guessing game begin. For what it's worth, I'm putting my money down on Green emerging as the back that fantasy owners will want.


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