Fantasy Football: Does RB Ryan Grant Have Fantasy Value?
The latest addition to the Packers’ lackluster backfield is far off the fantasy football radar with the ineffective Alex Green prepared to resume lead back duties. Expect the offense to continue to run through Aaron Rodgers and the passing game.
The Packers have suffered their fair share of injuries to the running game this season They lost newly signed Cedric Benson to the dreaded Lisfranc injury back in Week 5 and now the oft-injured James Starks to a bruised knee in Week 13. In seven starts, Green has been uninspiring to say the least, averaging a scanty 2.8 yards per carry during that span, while failing to top 65 yards or score a single touchdown.
Grant finished his five-year career with the Packers after racking up 559 yards with two touchdowns through 15 games in 2011. However, despite his solid 4.9 yards per carry average throughout his career, I still wouldn’t expect much in Grant’s second time around in Green Bay. The 29-year-old back is gimping towards the end of his career and will be nothing more than added depth to a deprived running game.
GM Ted Thompson would do wonders for head coach Mike McCarthy by exploring the free agent market, as well as the NFL Draft, for a young, healthy back for next season. But for now, the Packers will continue to roll with what they have, which isn’t much.
Rodgers and the passing game will get a boost in fantasy value for the remainder of the season, as this running game will continue to be unimpressive down the stretch.