As if the Green Bay Packers weren’t already reeling from their loss against the Indianapolis Colts, things got worse on Monday morning when Mike McCarthy announced RB Cedric Benson would not play this week against the Houston Texans.
Early in the 2nd quarter against the Colts, Benson got his ankle rolled up (above) and had to be helped off the field by team trainers. Benson was later carted off into the locker room with a foot injury. Alex Green took his place and actually performed right well, breaking a key 41 yard in the 4th quarter that set up a Green Bay Packers touchdown. It was revealed today that Benson will be out next week and possibly longer with the foot injury, but no precise timetable was given. Not only is losing Benson a blow for the Packers offense, but it is also a big loss for fantasy owners who thought they had found a gem of a No.2 RB, so where do both sides turn.
The answer is 2nd year RB Alex Green, one of my favorites before the season. While Green never has been or will be a back who you can hand the ball off to 20 times a game, and expect him to pick up the tough yardage, he is a perfect fit for the Packers. What Green does well is catch passes out of the backfield, he did it at Hawaii and he can do it for Green Bay as well. While Green may not ever knock a LB over, he can outrun almost anyone on the field. Green also is a shifty runner, who uses quick cuts to make tacklers miss. We saw just what he could do on his 41 yard run to put the Packers inside the Indianapolis 10. While Green Bay will certainly miss Cedric Benson in short yardage situations, Green will give them a more explosive back out of the backfield.
On a team that loves to pass, but is also committed to running the ball more, Green becomes an intriguing option in fantasy. He is a must add in PPR leagues, and is worth putting a “flag” on in standard 10 team leagues. I will definitely be going after Alex Green this week, as his upside could be helpful as more teams head into bye weeks. While I do like Green as a waiver add, I would not recommend starting him next week against a Texans defense that is 10th in the league in rushing. Don’t be afraid to Alex Green if he is available, but wait a week before you put him in your lineup.
UPDATE 10:17 P.M: ESPN’s Adam Scheftler is reporting Cedric Benson liekly will be out 8 weeks with a lis franc injury. There is also concern that if doctors determine it needs surgery, he could be done for the season.
Analysis: This just makes Alex Green an even hotter commodity. He is a must own in PPR leagues and for matchup plays