2013 Fantasy Football Bust: RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis

By Rich Arleo
BenJarvus Green-Ellis
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One thing all fantasy football owners try to avoid each year are unavoidable busts that can crush a squad.

As fantasy fans get ready to draft for the 2013 season, it’s key to identify what well-known players may not live up to expectations this year. Leading up to drafts, we’ll try to identify some players that fit the bill and could become busts in 2013.

Cincinnati Bengals RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis

After a few seasons primarily serving as a goal line back with the New England Patriots, it seems as though the Law Firm would finally break out as the starter with Cincy. Green-Ellis got plenty of touches, but could average just 3.9 yards per carry (YPC) on the season.

He scored just six times all season after recording double-digit touchdowns the previous two years and also fumbled for the first time in his five-year career, losing two on the year.  After the disappointing year, the Bengals showed a lack of confidence in the Law Firm moving forward by using their second round pick to draft Giovani Bernard out of North Carolina as the first running back off the board.

A quick and shifty back with good hands, Bernard is actually a nice compliment to Green-Ellis, which means Green-Ellis will likely hold onto his starting role. The veteran, however, will need to be more effective with his touches in order to hold onto his gig as the starter. Bernard will effectively eliminate the already low PPR value BJGE had, and could be in line for more work should Green-Ellis continue to struggle. If he can regain the effectiveness at the goal line he had with New England he’ll be useful for fantasy teams, but after a bad year with Bernard nipping at his heels, the pressure is on and there is a lot of risk here.

Rich Arleo is a fantasy sports expert with Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Rarleo, ‘Like’ him on Facebook and add him to your networks on Google.

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