Sneaky fantasy pickups entering Week 14
December, 7, 2012
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
Half the teams in the NFC North are likely to be playoff-bound (Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears), while the other two have certainly supplied fantasy owners with valuable assets (Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions). However, as we hit the fantasy playoffs, there remain several potential options from this division who would fit into the sneaky pickups category, which we're all about in this Friday blog entry. Let's delve a bit, shall we?
Packers: Those in deeper formats have to at least think about running back Ryan Grant, re-signed this week now that James Starks is out with a knee injury. Alex Green isn't special, and Packers running back coach Alex Van Pelt claims the team will use Grant as the "pounding back" in conjunction with Green, who has 124 touches from scrimmage this season and nary a touchdown. Grant could be a goal-line option soon, as no Packers have even two rushing touchdowns. Also, don't discount potential opportunity at wide receiver as well; Jordy Nelson (hamstring) is likely out this week, and Greg Jennings (groin) has been back for all of one week. Donald Driver has a broken thumb. Jarrett Boykin and Jeremy Ross have combined for three receptions, but remember the names if there's another injury or playoff seeding is secured in future weeks.
Jeff Hanisch/US PresswireRyan Grant could see goal-line opportunities down the stretch.