In the news a couple of days ago was the fact that Alex Green was considered the starting running back for the Green Bay Packers before, during, and after OTA’s were over. While most often what goes on at OTA’s doesn’t necessarily translate to what happens when games start to matter, it is worth pointing out to the many people pegging rookie Eddie Lacy as a decent sleeper option for their fantasy football teams.
For our rankings, we currently have Eddie Lacy the highest of all the Packers backs and we didn’t give Alex Green even a shot at cracking the top 70. After this news, he will likely be toward the bottom but at least on the list after Johnathan Franklin and DuJuan Harris. This could be a situation to avoid in early drafts till things get sorted out. If you have later drafts during the preseason weeks, it will be easier to nail-down the starter.
Alex Green had a lot of potential in 2012 but failed to make a mark in any of his games. In a stretch of three games from weeks 6-8 he carried the ball 20 times or more each week and managed a terrible 154 yard total. That just won’t work in the NFL, especially with a club like the Packers who throw the ball with such efficiency. If you can’t manage a decent YPC in that offense, when will you? I believe Green’s value lies in a change-of-pace role. Even though he’s listed at the top of the depth chart according to the Packers, he’s going to struggle to stay on the final roster. With Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin coming in as rookies and DuJuan Harris showing strongly at the end of 2012, Green will likely battle James Stewart for the last active RB spot. If we had to guess, Starks will be the one let go because of his injury woes. That and Green is the more versatile back catching the ball.