Ryan Grant Injury: What Does His Status Mean for Your Fantasy Football Team?

Kraig LundbergAnalyst IIIOctober 1, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 25:  Craig Steltz #20 of the Chicago Bears tackles Ryan Grant #25 of the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on September 25, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Packers defeated the Bears 27-17.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Here we go again, Ryan Grant owners.

After the Green Bay Packers' starting running back finally had a breakout game, rushing for 92 yards on 17 carries against the stout Chicago Bears defense, he will officially be out for next week's game against the Denver Broncos with a kidney bruise.

While you will obviously need to bench Grant, who you start in his place still remains in question.

For those of you with a deep running back corps, Grant probably rides the bench anyway, and this won't be too much of a problem for you. But if you rely on Grant as a starter, think about picking up James Starks in his place.

Starks was outstanding during the 2010 playoffs, providing the Packers with a running game that was absent much of the regular season on their way to being crowned Super Bowl champs. Starks should be able to have a great game against a Broncos defense that isn't known for being particularly stout.

Denver's defense is ranked a surprising 14th against the run, allowing 100.0 yards per game, and had a great day against Chris Johnson and the Tennessee Titans. But you have to think Green Bay's superior passing game will open up lanes for Starks and allow him to have a big day.

The biggest thing to remember is that Starks is Green Bay's only reliable tailback outside of Grant, so he should get a ton of work with Grant sitting on the sidelines.

If you are a Ryan Grant owner, it may be good to handcuff him with the underrated Starks.

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