Ryan Grant, RB, Green Bay Packers

by Ryan R. Bonini on July 2, 2010 @ 09:00:00 PDT


Ryan Grant | Green Bay Packers | 6-foot-1, 222 pounds | 4th year

2010 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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Pros: Grant plays on one of the league's most prolific offenses, and he is coming off back-to-back 1,200-yard seasons. He is coming off a career-best 11 touchdown season and improved on his yards-per-carry average (4.4) after a ho-hum 2008 season. He has little competition in the running game for touches and typically only loses playing time on third downs. That, however, could change as he is pushing to become more involved in the passing game. He has averaged fewer than 319 touches each of the past two seasons; his legs are still fresh, and we shouldn't have to be concerned with him being overworked.

Ryan Grant, RB, Green Bay Packers

Cons: Grant, while solid, isn't spectacular in any category. He doesn't contribute a tremendous amount of yardage or score a ton of touchdowns. He only had three 100-yard games last year. Furthermore, Grant has only averaged 24 receptions per year over the last three seasons, and has yet to post a season with more than 197 receiving yards. While playing on a pass-happy team, he doesn't provide extra value in receiving categories. While the primary back in scoring situations, he will also lose a few touchdowns on designed running plays for quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Will rookie James Starks also cut into Grant's goal line touches?

Fantasy tip: Grant is typically being selected during the second round this year, so he isn't the tremendous value you found a year ago. In a high-octane offense, he is going to see his chances and is a very strong No. 2 option - borderline No. 1 back quality - for fantasy football rosters this season.

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About Ryan R. Bonini

Founding KFFL in 1996, Bonini now serves as VP of Fantasy Sports Solutions for USA TODAY SPORTS, KFFL's parent company. Bonini was named 2009 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year by the FSWA, received honors with the Best Fantasy Football Series in '10 and was named into their Hall of Fame in '13.

His work has been found in USA TODAY Sports, Yahoo! Sports, FOX Sports, CBS Sports, NFL.com, and many others. He has also been featured on numerous radio programs around the country. Bonini is a member of the PFWA, FSWA and FSTA.

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