Dayne Owners Now Green With Envy?

by Tim Piotrowski on December 7, 2007 @ 04:01:44 PDT


ESPNews reports Houston Texans running back Ahman Green (knee) is out for the season with a knee injury.

The Texans signed Green during the offseason to a four-year contract hoping he would help the team's offense on the ground. But Green, who has a history of injuries, suffered a knee injury early in the season, and it affected him the rest of the season. He missed six games this season because of the injury and, in virtually every game he did play in, he was not able to finish. He finishes the season 260 rushing yards and two touchdowns as well as 14 receptions for 123 yards and zero touchdowns.

Running back Ron Dayne (ankle) now definitively becomes the main man in Houston, and he has produced this season. Dayne currently has an ankle injury but is expected to play Week 14. He has rushed for 601 yards and three touchdowns so far this season. Last week, he rushed for 86 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries.

He may be more valuable in the short term because Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (shoulder) has a separated shoulder and will not play this week. The team may rely more on the running game to help backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels, although Rosenfels has proven effective at times in place of Schaub. In one start and parts of four other games, Rosenfels has completed 63.4 percent of his passes for 914 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. As for Dayne, if for some reason he is still available in your league, you should grab him, but chances are that he's gone.

Running back Adimchinobi Echemandu likely becomes more valuable now because he is the primary backup to Dayne and may be used to spell Dayne or take his place if he gets injured. Echemandu was a hot commodity earlier in the year when the running back situation in Houston was in flux, and he rushed for 62 yards on 10 carries Week 8. Since then, he has only rushed the ball eight times for 16 yards in four games. Owners of Dayne could consider adding Echemandu as a handcuff in case Dayne goes down with an injury.

Running back Darius Walker may also be forced into action. He has spent most of the season on the team's practice squad and has yet to touch the ball in a game this year. He's not a viable fantasy pickup, though. Naturally, Green owners can go ahead and drop him.

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