Before Week 1, NFL.com had Cedric Benson ranked as the 28th best running back for fantasy football. Sports Illustrated and ESPN.com had him at #25. I wrote that they were wrong. I wrote that they were fools. I wrote that Benson was going to have a monster game against the Browns.
Well, Benson finished with 121 rushing yards, third best in the NFL, and also had a touchdown. Take that, people who disagreed with me! Now, get ready for some déjà vu, because I've got another surprise fantasy football stud for you-- someone "experts" aren't high on who will be a top three RB in Week 2.
In 2010, Shonn Greene was a disappointing, underachieving, under-delivering, fantasy football bust. The 2011 season didn't start out any better for him. Greene finished the Jets Week 1 matchup against the Cowboys with 26 yards on 10 carries and a seven yard reception. Ouch! That's tied for 44th in rushing yards in the NFL with Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman and Panthers backup running back Jonathan Stewart. Ouch again!
But, that's all about to change. Week 2 in the NFL is the perfect TIME TO GO GREENE, and I'm not talking about being environmentally conscious!
In Week 1, the Jets found themselves playing catch-up. As a result, Mark Sanchez threw the ball 44 times. Greene never had much of a chance to get things going with the run. This week will be very, very different as the Jets return to their ground and pound philosophy. And don't worry about LaDainian Tomlinson. While Greene had a measly 10 carries against Dallas, LT only had five-- Greene is definitely still the Jets primary back.
Don't read too much into the Jaguars' defense shutting down the Titans' run game last week (because Chris Johnson clearly wasn't himself after just returning from holding out). Last season, the Jags were 22nd against the run, allowing 121.6 yards a game.
NFL.com has Greene as the 27th ranked RB for the week. ESPN.com has him at 25th and Sports Illustrated, wisely, has him higher at 13th. All have underestimated Shonn Greene-- a top three running back in Week 2.