2013 Fantasy Football Profile: Not Quite Johnathan Franklin’s Time
Name: Johnathan Franklin
Team: Green Bay Packers
Position: Running Back
Years Pro: Rookie
Draft stock: (Dropping) Shocking most NFL fans, the Packers decided to draft Franklin in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Eddie Lacy is also a rookie this year and will be the team’s starting running back, so not too many fantasy football owners are buying into Franklin.
2012 fantasy impact: Franklin was an absolute menace on the college gridiron. For instance, the former UCLA Bruins running back ran for 1,734 yards and reached the endzone 13 touchdowns as a senior — it’s no wonder why the Packers have such high hopes for this kid. Perhaps the workload in college is going to haunt Franklin’s NFL career, however.
Best-case scenario: Lacy, DuJuan Harris and Alex Green all find there way to the sidelines due to injuries. In addition, Franklin wins over the Packers’ front office in training camp and his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield sets Franklin apart from the rest.
Worst-case scenario: Franklin becomes just another body for Green Bay. With so much competition, Franklin is never utilized and Lacy becomes the go-to running back in the Cheese State.
Where you should draft him: If you’re banking on injuries to the other Packers running backs, then best of luck to you. However, the 14th round is a decent spot for a mystery running back like Franklin to go.