The Green Bay Packers will hand the ball off to a familiar face in the Week 16 matchup against the Tennessee Titans, with Ryan Grant being declared as the team’s starting running back with Alex Green failing to receive medical clearance to return to action.
It was expected that Green would be relegated to the sidelines as a spectator after his concussion suffered from last week. He was listed as questionable throughout the week, although very few people inside the Packers’ locker room actually expected him to play on Sunday. That will make Grant the starting running back for Green bay for the first time in quite a few years.
Of course, it is not as if Grant will be the only running back to see some carries on Sunday in a game that can help the Packers improve their playoff standings in the NFC with just one regular season game remaining after this weekend. DuJuan Harris and John Kuhn also figure to see some touches out of the backfield against a porous Titans run defense.
But make no mistake that Grant has the most confidence of the coaching staff and the offensive players, despite his fumble last week. He will be the primary ball carrier for Green Bay in a home game at Lambeau Field in frigid conditions, with Harris serving in some passing situations and Kuhn coming in for short yardage and goal line work.
In terms of fantasy production, you would be rolling the dice starting any of the three Packers’ running backs this week, which is either a semi-final or championship matchup. Grant would be the safest play, but Harris has the potential to score the most points. Ultimately, it is a situation worth avoiding, if at all possible.