Shonn Greene

Shonn Greene

Week Seventeen Analysis: Last week Shonn Greene used two goal-line plunges and an incredibly rare 42 receiving yards to mask an otherwise pathetic 38-yard rushing performance. He's now topped 77 rushing yards just once in his last nine games, so Greene owners need those cheap touchdowns. With that in mind, Buffalo is the perfect matchup. The 29th-ranked Bills run defense has given up a league-worst 21 touchdowns to the position, including a score and 94 yards to Greene back in the opener. I don't get to say it often, but Greene is a strong play this week.

Week Fifteen Analysis:
While Bilal Powell's role is increasing on a weekly basis, Shonn Greene is still getting a very healthy amount of work. He's averaged over 20 touches in his last eight games, and he's hit a bit of a hot streak… by his standards, anyways. One week after cracking the century mark against Arizona, Greene rushed for 77 yards and a score in Jacksonville, and he'll have an excellent opportunity to maintain that momentum this week in Tennessee. The Titans' 26th-ranked run defense gives up a touchdown per game to opposing backs, and they just allowed Vick Ballard to rush for a career-high 94 yards. Greene's a surprisingly viable second option this week.

Week Fourteen Analysis:
Shonn Greene has averaged just 71 rushing yards in his last six games, and hasn't scored in his last five. That scoreless streak should have ended last week, but Greene pulled the Brian Westbrook clock-killing move at the one-yard line, which vaulted him ahead of Beanie Wells for the title of "Most Despised Fantasy Back On the Planet." Jacksonville's 31st-ranked run defense just gave up 186 rushing yards to Buffalo's tandem, and on the season they've surrendered a touchdown per game to the position. However, if there's a score to be had, it will likely go to Bilal Powell, so pencil Greene in for another uninspiring afternoon.

Week Eleven Analysis:
Shonn Greene has hit the touchdown trifecta twice in his last two seasons, but when you eliminate those two obvious outliers, you're left with a guy who's bounced between mediocre and downright brutal. In Greene's other 23 games, he's scored five times and averaged 72 combo yards. Over the past two weeks, New England and San Francisco backs have totaled 363 combo yards and three scores against St. Louis, so it's an enticing matchup. However, you know better than to chase lightning in a bottle. The safe bet is to set your sights on mediocre production from Greene.

Week Ten Analysis:
Shonn Greene's 161-yard, three-touchdown explosion against Indianapolis a few weeks back was about as unimaginable as a compelling Nickelback song. With that said, he's actually followed it up with a pair of respectable efforts against strong run defenses—New England and Miami—totaling 131 yards and a score on the ground, while adding eight catches for 60 receiving yards. Greene comes out of his bye to face a once-dominant Seattle run defense that's suddenly reeling. Last week Adrian Peterson rolled up 193 combo yards and two touchdowns against the Seahawks, and three weeks ago Frank Gore totaled 182 yards. He's still Shonn Greene, but the diverging trends are encouraging.

Week Eight Analysis:
We knew that Shonn Greene would come crashing back to earth after his epic 161-yard, three-touchdown performance against Indianapolis, but it was a soft landing. Greene ran for 54 yards and a touchdown against a sturdy New England run defense last week, and he also added an uncharacteristic six catches for 34 yards. Expect all those positive vibes to end this week against a Miami run defense that's giving up just 3.2 yards per carry. The Dolphins actually padded their stats against Greene last month, when they held the plodder to 40 scoreless yards on 19 carries. There's just nothing to like here.

Week Seven Analysis:
Shonn Greene has spent the vast majority of his career on the side of a milk carton, so naturally, his monster effort against Indianapolis was wasted on thousands of benches. Greene's 32 carries were easily a career high, and his 161 yards were over 120 yards more than any of his previous four contests. Moreover, considering he'd scored just twice in his previous nine games, Greene's touchdown trifecta last week screams "sell high!" The Patriots have surrendered just one touchdown to opposing backs, and a paltry 3.3 yards per carry, so don't even think about chasing last week's box score.

Week One:
Quite possibly the least talented starting running back in the NFL, the only thing Shonn Greene has going for him is opportunity. Greene finished 12th in carries last season with 253, yet he scored just six times, and he's shown nothing to suggest that he'll improve on that pathetically low 2.4% touchdown rate. Buffalo ranked 27th in rushing yardage and 31st in rushing touchdowns against opposing backs last year, yet Greene managed just 76 and 78 scoreless yards in the two meetings. As usual, he's an uninspiring fantasy option.

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