Alex Green: Packers RB Should Only Be Option in Deeper Fantasy Leagues

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 21, 2012

INDIANAOPLIS, IN - OCTOBER 7: Alex Green #20 of the Green Bay Packers runs against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts defeated the Packers 30-27. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Although Alex Green has been a trending player on the fantasy waiver wire, owners should keep the Green Bay Packers running back on the bench.

Green was the No. 5 most-added player in ESPN leagues after getting 22 rushing attempts in the Week 6 win over the Houston Texans. He has solidified himself as the team's top running back and should get plenty of carries going forward.

Unfortunately, this team is not built for rushing. The running back averaged less than three yards per carry in his only start and only saw a little bit of space on every play.

The Packers average a solid 4.1 yards per carry this season. However, that number drops to 3.5 when you take out quarterback Aaron Rodgers and receiver Randall Cobb. Only two teams in the NFL average less than this team's group of running backs.

In addition, fans should start to expect an increase in the passing attack.

After thoroughly dominating one of the best teams in the league, Green Bay realized that throwing the ball is what it does best. Rodgers threw for 338 yards with six touchdown. For the Packers to continue winning, he needs to do more of this and less discount double-checking.

Green Bay won 15 games in the regular season last year by throwing the ball. The coaching staff is certain to go back to this strategy after its best performance of the year.

For Alex Green, this means fewer touches and a decreased chance at a productive game. 

Meanwhile, this week's opponent is not an ideal matchup for the running back. The St. Louis Rams are No. 14 in the NFL in rushing yards allowed, but they have improved throughout the season.

In the last two games, opponents have run for a combined 81 yards for an average of only 2.4 yards per carry. Rookie defensive tackle Michael Brockers is finally getting acclimated to the NFL and has been a huge addition to the defensive line over the past few weeks.

Best-case scenario, Green is able to break out for 50 to 70 rushing yards with a touchdown. However, even that seems unlikely with the possibility of John Kuhn stealing short-yardage attempts. 

With six teams on bye, it is possible you do not have a better option than the young player from Hawaii. If you have any other legitimate starter on your bench, though, put the alternative in your starting lineup immediately.


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