Law Firm adds a partner: Just when Cincinnati Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis seemed on the brink of a featured role, news breaks he will split carries with Bernard Scott. What the ratio will be is a question, but Scott believes “it will be pretty even, but you never know.” Neither back has ever carried a heavy workload in their careers, but between the two, Green-Ellis holds the most fantasy value. He has a better track record than Scott and the Bengals will want to get a return on their $9 million investment. Green-Ellis should be considered a borderline No. 2 or 3 fantasy running back.
Fall from grace: Chad Ochocinco was released by the New England Patriots yesterday, leaving the receiver looking for a new team. Ochocinco performed miserably both on the field and in fantasy land, catching only 15 passes last season. Throwing salt into the wound, Bengals.com pointed out that the receiver had to be told where to line up throughout his career. Ochocinco’s playing days are possibly over, but his fantasy prospects were extinguished a long time ago.
On the rise: Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller could steal touches from Fred Jackson this season. Bills GM Buddy Nix believes Spiller is a “workhorse” back and coach Chan Gailey has seen his confidence level “through the roof.” Getting Spiller more involved makes perfect sense for the organization. It would allow Jackson to stay fresh throughout the season, while ensuring he doesn’t fall victim to injury again. Obviously this is not great news for Fred Jackson’s fantasy value, since he’s been productive due to his heavy workload. Still, his explosiveness and ability to score at any moment gives him excellent value as a No. 2 running back. Spiller is still a No. 3 or 4 fantasy back, but he is a must-have handcuff for Jackson owners with good upside.
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