The Green Bay Packers are one of a number of National Football League teams that have seen injuries wreak havoc in their offensive backfield. But if last week's win over the Houston Texans was any indication, the team may have found an in-house solution that could be of significant interest to fantasy football owners with a hole at running back.
With Cedric Benson on the shelf for at least eight weeks (and quite possibly the rest of the season), the Packers turned to second-year pro Alex Green as their primary ball-carrier Sunday night against the Texans.
The 24-year-old Green fared well, running with authority. While his 22 carries for 65 yards isn't an overly impressive stat line, it's worth bearing in mind that Houston ranks seventh in the NFL in run defense.
Green may not have posted huge statistics in the victory over the Texans, but apparently his showing was good enough to earn head coach Mike McCarthy's confidence moving forward according to Tyler Dunne of The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
I was very pleased with Alex Green. Alex Green will be our lead running back. I see the game as we move forward reflecting the game we just played. That will be our approach.
That vote of confidence is music to the ears of fantasy owners, many of whom are scrambling to find a starter at running back given the injuries that struck the likes of DeMarco Murray of the Dallas Cowboys last week and the fact that six teams are on a bye in Week 7.
Granted, the Packers are hardly a "run first" team, and Green would all but certainly cede goal-line carries to fullback Alex Kuhn, but fantasy squads searching for a Week 7 fill-in and/or depth at running back moving forward should go green with Green in Green Bay.