Dynasty Update: Alex Green, RB, Packers
It might be time to reacquaint Yourself With Alex Green. A few years ago I wrote an article called “Meet Alex Green.” If you want to hear my thoughts on Green’s ability, go back and check it out. It’s got some solid footage form his days at Hawaii. Sadly, after I wrote that article, Alex Green suffered an ACL injury, ending his rookie season prematurely. 2012 was a big year for Green as there was a wide-open depth chart in Green Bay. Unfortunately for Green, though healthy enough to play, he was not yet playing at his his pre-injury form. This is common with ACL injuries when the injured party is somebody other than Adrian Peterson.
Fast forward to 2013.
Green is now part of a deep backfield with two highly regarded 2013 draft picks, Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin. So far, the bulk of the public debate has centered around whether Lacy will be healthy and whether or not Franklin might steal the job and on and on. Meanwhile, I’ve been wondering about Green and was eager to see if he was going to be given a fair shot at the job or a meaningful part of the job. Then I read this.
Yes, there’s a lot of fluff in there, but this quote was key.
"It's good to get him back healthy now. I think he's feeling better with his knee. You see the quickness and the explosion coming back. He obviously can run it all, whether it be zone schemes or gap schemes. It's good to see him coming back."
That and the fact that Green Bay’s backfield is a competition and that Green, along with James Starks and DuJuan Harris are a part of it. For those of you who play in deeper formats or longer terms formats like dynasty, this is good to know. It underscores that there is competition for the rookies and that nobody is a lock. This is consistent with how Green Bay has operated under HC Mike McCarthy and GM Ted Thompson.
A lot can happen between now and draft time. But Green could end up being the best value in Green Bay’s backfield. We’ll be keeping a close eye on this situation. If any of Green Bay’s top three back gets the lion’s share of the snaps, that player has legit value. The big key here, like with the Rams’ backfield, is to not overpay on a hunch. Play the value game and see who slips.