NFL fantasy football: Shonn Greene in for big year?

Greene monster: New York Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn told the New York Daily News he’s asking for a “monster season” from Shonn Greene in 2012. His expectation stems from Lynn’s belief Greene is “one of the best power backs in the game.” The Iowa product did finish with career highs in attempts, yards and touchdowns last year, but fantasy football owners might want to temper expectations regardless of the talk. With Tim Tebow expected to see his fair share of touches, especially in the red zone, it’s not likely Greene will be able to improve on his stats. Even with his production level in 2011, the back still finished 18th among fantasy backs with 162.50 points. His current ADP of 66.29makes him safest taken as a No. 3 back in drafts, with limited upside.

Will Tim Tebow limit Shonn Greeneā€™s value? (Bill Kostroun/Associated Press)

Still waiting: Detroit Lions GM Martin Mayhew expressed his frustration that running back Jahvid Best has yet to be cleared for practice. “I’m a little bit surprised, a little bit disappointed…Everything was trending toward him being ready.” Fantasy football owners can share in his disappointment since the Lions backfield is one filled with unknowns. Mikel Leshoure will miss the first two games of the season due to suspension, which leaves Kevin Smith as the projected Week 1 starter. How things will shake out when Best and Leshoure return has yet to be stated, but even when they do, what happens if Smith performs at a high-level during their absence? With his explosiveness and speed, Best is still the back to target in fantasy drafts, but no more than a No. 4 RB for depth purposes.

Locking it up?: NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi stated he’s learned Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker “is the favorite” to win the starting job over incumbent Matt Hasselbeck. The Washington product performed well in 2011, tossing four touchdowns with no interceptions in just five games. If Locker does indeed win the job, fantasy football owners should consider him in the later-rounds as a No. 2 quarterback. Both he and Hasselbeck carry the 18th ranked fantasy strength of schedule heading into the season, so there is some upside when compared to bigger names with tougher roads ahead of them.

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