Ryan Grant: Packers RB Warrants No Fantasy Consideration in Week 14

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IDecember 6, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 25:  Ryan Grant #25 of the Green Bay Packers is pursued by  Brian Urlacher #54 and  Major Wright #27 of the Chicago Bears on December 25, 2011 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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Don't expect Ryan Grant to be a spark for your fantasy playoff game in Week 14. 

Sure, the Green Bay Packers are desperate for Grant—heck, anyone—to step up and give them a spark in the running game, but this team hasn't been able to establish a competent rushing attack all season long. 

Grant isn't going to step on to the field this week against the Detroit Lions and suddenly be a superstar for the Pack. 

In fact, he may not even get many opportunities to produce this week, according to running backs coach Alex Van Pelt, via Tyler Dunn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal:

You have to play football to be in football shape, obviously. You can be in good shape cardiovascularly but to put the pads on is different. So we're obviously not going to throw (Grant) out there this week and expect him to carry the load or anything like that. It'll be some spot duty this week and as he gets stronger and into football shape, he'll have more of a role.

Now that we're in fantasy football playoff season, you can't afford to put your hopes in a guy who may not touch the ball more than a handful of times. 

Even when Grant gets himself into football shape, it's important to realize that the Packers aren't going to ever be a run-first team. If anything, the run is in play just to set up Aaron Rodgers and the team's passing attack. 

Grant may end up being just what this team needs in late-December and into January when the weather becomes a factor, but by that time, fantasy football season will be over and done with. 

Fantasy football owners should turn their eyes elsewhere for running back help in Week 14. 


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