Fantasy Football Player Spotlight: Shonn Greene
At this point, I feel like I have written one of these on Shonn Greene every year of my life, but alas, that can't be true. The good news is, no matter how you personally feel about Greene, his services almost always come at a bargain price due to the fact that he has personally attacked (I mean disappointed) just about every player, in every fantasy football league in our solar system. Yes we ALL pretty much hate this man!
The sad thing is, the most appealing thing about Shonn Greene is that the Jets steadfastly refuse to admit their mistake of pegging him as their running back of the future and never add any talent to their backfield.He is now entering his fourth season and his third as the Jets starter heading into the preseason.
For the continued disappointment he gave fantasy owners last season, Greene did manage to post career highs in carries (253), yards (1,054), YPC (4.2), TDs (6) and catches (30). Those numbers are not horrendous, but not what many owners expected when drafting him in the 3rd-5th round for the second year in a row.
Most scouts feel Greene is too slow and has too little shake to be an elite back in this league and at this point it is almost impossible not to agree. The problem arises when you see that he is slated for likely 250+ carries once again and must decide where he is draftable and if you want him there.
The biggest problem is that while Greene sees as many or more opportunity's than the backs drafted around him, he just leaves too many yards on the field. He runs into piles instead of around them and tries to run through defenders in the open field instead of attempting to make them miss. If he could start turning some of the well-blocked 15 yard gains he gets into 37-yard touchdown runs, we have a totally different running back on our hands. The one thing I value most when I am drafting a running back after workload is his ability to make defenders miss one-on-one and he is among the worst in the league at doing that.
Improvement in the Jets passing game would also do wonders for Greene as most teams see the Jets as a run-first team and will load up the box to stop an even mediocre running game unless Mark Sanchez and Co. prove they can beat the weakened secondaries.
This season, Greene makes for an ideal RB3 or flex play as he will provide a consistent workload for his owners week-to-week and maybe even a big game here or there. You do not want to have to count on him every week as a RB2 because he will be gobbled up by the leagues better run defenses and rarely catches passes, rarely posting more than one reception per game.
as a RB2 in Rounds 4-5
look to grab him in Rounds 6-8 as a consistent RB3 with limited top end upside, but potential for volume touches.