Greene could become a real fantasy sleeper in 2009

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Shonn Greene of the New York Jets is someone to keep an eye on as a possible sleeper for 2009. (Jim McIsaac / Getty Images)

It’s only May, but fantasy owners should still be taking note of the current state of affairs in the Jets backfield.

Thomas Jones has been skipping the Jets’ voluntary workouts and could be heading for a training camp holdout. The veteran wants a new contract after putting up better than 1,300 rushing yards and 15 total touchdowns in 2008.

His teammate, Leon Washington, also wants a new deal.

The New York Daily News reports that Washington’s agent has had “positive” talks with the Jets about a contract extension, but the running back could also hold out until the two sides come to an agreement.

The Jets are probably more likely to budge on a deal with Washington, who’s just 26 and can be featured both in the backfield and as a return man on special teams. Jones, 31, might have less leverage after the team added Shonn Greene in the NFL Draft.

Greene is someone to watch over the summer months and could see an increase in value when it comes time to draft your fantasy roster. While he lacks skills as a pass catcher, the Iowa product is a real bruiser who should be a perfect fit for the Jets and their run-based offense.

If Jones has an extended holdout or asks out of his contract (Drew Rosenhaus is his agent, after all), Greene could open 2009 as the No. 1 runner for the Men in Green.

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