Shonn Greene: Get On The Bandwagon Now

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Shonn Greene: Get On The Bandwagon Now
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If you look around the Internet for fantasy football positional rankings, nobody has anything shocking happening the first round. It's all pretty standard.

Chris Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Maurice Jones-Drew, Ray Rice, Frank Gore, Andre Johnson, Michael Turner, Drew Brees, Steven Jackson, DeAngelo Williams, Cedric Benson, blah blah blah. BORING!

Let me be the first person to really go out on a limb and say, Shonn Greene has the potential to dominate and is worth a first-round pick.

If you've got the last pick in the first round and are in a 10 or 12-team league, this is a perfect place to grab a player like Greene, who will be selected before the pick makes it back to you.

Look, let's keep it simple. The Jets ran for over 2,700 yards last season. They scored 21 TDs on the ground, tied for third in the NFL. In other words, they're built to run the ball and have one of the best offensive lines in the game. Thomas "Freaking" Jones (not his nickname, just making a point) rushed for 1,400 yards for the Jets last season.

Remember all that hype last offseason about Thomas Jones being a bust? Well, he was, it's just the Jets were so good at making holes for him it did not matter. All the stats pointed to him being a bust. The Jets were just so run-happy it didn't matter. He didn't break enough tackles, he didn't get enough yards after first contact, and the list goes on and on.

Greene is younger and can break more tackles. Jones averaged a disappointing 4.2 yards per carry in '09, while Greene averaged 5.0. If Greene maintained this same average and got the same number of carries as Jones got in 2009, Greene would rush for 1,660 yards.

So where do you draft Greene? It's probably best to take him in the second round, but there's no reason to scoff if someone reaches for him in the first round. Greene is the smarter play over an aging, injury prone back like Cedric Benson or Steven Jackson. 

 


Follow Matt on Twitter @mattkdelima and you'll get updates on fantasy sports at websites like OPENsports.com & SportsGrumblings.com. Matt also is the D.C. Sports Headlines Examiner at Examiner.com.

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