The Week 16 matchup is the fantasy football championship for many league owners, meaning that the entire season all comes down to one single weekend. Many leagues have more than just pride at stake, with a rather large prize payout going to the winner. With that being said, can you feel comfortable going with an old school nostalgic feeling and start Green Bay Packers running back Ryan Grant as one of your backs or flex plays?
If you listen to Packers’ coaching staff, the answer may surprise you.
Alex Green is still getting over a concussion suffered last week against the Chicago Bears, so his availability is in question. Once he left the game last week, Grant came in to see many of the snaps, receiving 8 carries for 32 yards. The four yards per carry average was nice, although Grant did lose a fumble. Still, head coach Mike McCarthy kept feeding Grant the ball as the Packers tried to ice the game and help them lock up the NFC North after a rough start to the 2012 NFL season that had many wondering if they could even compete for a wild card berth.
Now, Green Bay still has a chance to secure a first round bye in the conference playoffs, but they must win out and get a little help from other teams. With that being said, Grant may be the running back for fantasy owners to consider using this weekend, as running backs coach Alex Van Pelt echoed the sentiment that the Packers are more than comfortable going with Grant as the primary ball carrier in the backfield.
“We’ll see how Alex responds to the tests this week and see if he’ll be available on Sunday or not,” Van Pelt said Thursday, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “Those guys are getting ready to play. They’ll do fine. Obviously Ryan has more familiarity with the system, more experience, but those guys are ready to play.”
The bottom line is that Green is unlikely to play, meaning more carries for Grant, as well as Dajuan Harris and even John Kuhn. But if Green Bay gets a lead against the Tennessee Titans, as they are expected to do, expect the to lean on Grant to close out the game.
You may also want to know that the Titans allow the fifth most points to opposing running backs in the 2012 fantasy football season.
I guess what I am saying is that play Grant at your own risk, but in the end, you could do much worse. If you have lost running back after running back – such as I have – Grant may be a decent fill in, even during many leagues’ championship weekend.