His first season with the Tennessee Titans has been sidetracked by a knee injury in the season opener that required surgery, but running back Shonn Greene returned to action in Week 7 and appears to be fully healthy coming out of the team’s Week 8 bye. So healthy that head coach Mike Munchak said earlier this week he expects Greene to be in line for around 15 carries per game going forward. That is an aggressive assertion as long as Chris Johnson is healthy, but is Greene worth adding in fantasy leagues now?
Johnson has had a disappointing season to this point, with less than 40 yards on the ground in four straight games and fewer rushing touchdowns (zero) than Jackie Battle (one). He does have two receiving touchdowns thus far, but his overall role in the passing game has been limited (15 receptions for 167 yards).
Greene showed a bit of a nose for the end zone during his time with the New York Jets, with 14 rushing touchdowns in the 2011 and 2012 seasons combined, so he could immediately be the Titans’ primary goal line back now that he is healthy.
Starting with Week 9 against the St. Louis Rams, who enter the week allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs (18.3 per game, ESPN scoring), five of Tennessee’s final nine games come against teams that are currently in the the bottom half of the league against the position. So Johnson and Greene could both be productive down the stretch, but if an equal carry split comes to fruition it will be hard to rely on either guy as a weekly fantasy starter.
Greene is worth adding in 12 and 14-team leagues right away, particularly as a handcuff for Johnson in deeper leagues where running backs are hard to come by at this point in the season. I’m skeptical he will see the workload Munchak is prescribing, but if Johnson were to go down to an injury Greene would immediately become a suitable RB2 or RB3 in all league formats.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.