Fantasy football: Shonn Greene could carry heavy load

Out of time: The New York Jets have announced that quarterback Mark Sanchez will be benched this week against the San Diego Chargers. Greg McElroy, not Tim Tebow, will start. For fantasy owners heading into the championship game, you likely weren’t considering any Jets quarterback or wideouts before the announcement. Where it does have impact, is when it comes to running backs Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell. With McElroy making his first career start, expect Rex Ryan to lean heavily on his running back tandem. The Chargers are ranked seventh against the run, allowing just seven rushing scores this season. That said, the unit has cooled of late, allowing 144 total yards to DeAngelo Williams last week. Mike Tolbert also tapped them for 64 total yards and two touchdowns. If you’re forced to start Greene or Powell, the matchup could be better than thought.

Last hurrah:Green Bay Packers wideout Greg Jennings doesn’t think he’ll be returning to the team in 2012. Jennings was asked if he believed he’d be back in Green Bay during a Tuesday appearance on the “Double Coverage” podcast with Steve Wyche and Mark Kriegel. “An educated guess? … I’m gonna lean to the ‘no’ side of it,” Jennings said. “That’s my educated guess, my personal educated guess.” The veteran has struggled since returning from injury, scoring no more than five fantasy points his last three games. With James Jones hauling in three scores last week, it’s become increasingly clear Jennings is now playing a complementary role. Look for other options unless you’re in a serious bind.

Good to go:While Jennings has cooled off, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is heating up after a 24.94 point performance against the Bears last week. For those worried about his status after tweaking his ankle in the contest, the veteran stated there’s “no doubt I’ll play Sunday” against the Titans. With Rodgers heating up and a matchup against a shaky secondary this week, things are working out just perfectly for owners in championship games. The Titans have allowed 26 passing scores this season, tying them for third-most in the NFL.

-Adrian Mojica
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