by Ray Kuhn
Shonn Greene is not an exciting fantasy option. In fact he is pretty boring. Greene doesn’t even fall into the category of being a good player in real life, just not that valuable for fantasy. He’s simply not that good…
So then why does he get an article this week? In the last week of the regular season why should you even care about a running back who might not crack the Top 40 RB rankings? Is there any fantasy value coming out of the Tennessee backfield?
Actually that is why. Greene is not a player anyone will be thinking about, but he should be. I’m not saying everyone needs to run, or even walk, to their waiver wires to pick him up, but Greene is worth a spot on your watch list.
In fact, the entire Titans backfield really isn’t that exciting. Bishop Sankey, the first running back off the board in last year’s draft, hasn’t impressed yet this season gaining only 432 yards on 112 carries and scoring two touchdowns. Sankey also has not been much of a factor in the passing game catching just 14 passes for 104 yards. Over the past two weeks, he has carried the ball 11 times for 36 yards and then 10 carries for 37 yards. Not exactly what fantasy championships are made of.
However, we must note that with rookie Zach Mettenberger under center, the Titans did find themselves trailing quickly last Sunday so the running game was not much of a factor. Even in close games, such as the week prior against the Steelers, there was not a heavy emphasis on the running game.
Sankey exited last week’s game with a “stinger” but did subsequently return later in the game. Also, Tennessee’s version of a third down back, Dexter McCluster and his 26 receptions, suffered a concussion and at this point I would not bank on him for Week 13. However, he shouldn’t be on any radars, except in the deepest of leagues.
To be honest, the same thought process should apply to Greene.
We are talking about a running back averaging 24.6 yards per game and 3.8 yards per carry who has scored just two touchdowns and has not caught one pass all season. But, he does appear to be the Titans goal line back. And that should count for something as they face the Texans this week.
When running backs are targeted, Greene is not a name that will come to mind. But after those first few names are claimed, there likely will not be much left. With any of the available options, upside will be at a minimum regardless of who you chose. Additionally with two extra games on Thursday, granted the bye weeks are gone, some potential options will also be off the table.
Leon Washington should not pose much of a threat, and if anything he would take over McCluster’s role, but Sankey does not appear to be someone to worry about. Now between the two, I’m still starting Sankey, but as more of a last resort. And if I’m really desperate, then I will look Greene’s way because being the goal line back has to count for something. But hopefully, this is not a problem you have to deal with unless you are looking for an ultra cheap DFS play.