2009 Fantasy Football rookie scouting report on Shonn Greene – RB – New York Jets. Includes player profile, fantasy football outlook, keeper league incentives, draft rankings, and 2009 expectations and stat projections.
Player Profile – Shonn Greene:
Born: August 21, 1985
Draft: 2009 – 3rd Round (1st pick) New York Jets
Position: Running Back
Fantasy Football Outlook:
Even after winning the Doak Walker Award as college football’s best running back for the 2008 season with the Iowa Hawkeyes, Shonn Greene lasted until the 3rd round of the 2009 NFL draft. However the main reason for Shonn Greene falling in the draft, was his lack of consistency and proven track record in college. After rushing for just 378 combined rushing yards on 69 attempts during his first two seasons at Iowa, and then missing the 2007 season completely because of eligibility requirements, Shonn Greene really only has one solid college season under his belt. Yet on the positive side for Shonn Greene, his 2008 season stats were truly remarkable, as he posted 1,850 rushing yard and 20 rushing touchdowns.
Heading into the 2009 NFL season, Shonn Greene will have an opportunity to get significant playing time in the Jets offense. With Thomas Jones getting up there in age and looking for more money, the Jets may opt to go with the much cheaper Shonn Greene as their starting running back in 2009. If Shonn Greene gets the majority of the carries for the Jets in 2009, he could post close to 800 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns. During his prime, Shonn Greene could be a pro-bowl type running back with the potential for a 1,400 rushing yard and 12 touchdown season. The main downfall for Shonn Greene as a fantasy football running back is that his pass catching ability hasn’t developed yet, so expecting under 100 receiving yards in a season is very likely.
Keeper League Incentive:
In fantasy football keeper leagues, Shonn Greene is an excellent mid-round running back choice, who could easily out produce other running backs drafted ahead of him in the 2009 NFL draft. One of the best assets Shonn Greene has going for him entering the NFL, is that he has not had to endure the pounding that most college running backs have gone through. At 5-11 and 235 pounds, Shonn Greene is built to be a lead running back and goal line touchdown threat during his career. Even though Shonn Greene was drafted after Knowshon Moreno, Donald Brown, Chris Wells and LeSean McCoy, he could easily out produce all of them over the course of his career based on the fact that he was such a late riser in college.
With Thomas Jones holding out and wanting a new contract, the potential for Shonn Greene to take over at starting running back for the 2009 season is gaining momentum. Greene’s size and ability to wear down defenses could compliment the speedy Leon Washington perfectly, as both Shonn Greene and Washington may eventually knock Thomas Jones out of the Jets running back picture in 2009. If Shonn Greene makes his way to the Jets starting lineup he could post 800 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns during the 2009 season. Otherwise if Thomas Jones does return to the Jets in 2009, Shonn Greene could be limited to just 400 rushing yards and maybe 3 touchdowns.
2009 Stat Projections:
Low End: 400-500 rushing yards, 2-4 touchdowns
High End: 800-1,000 rushing yards, 5-8 touchdowns
2009 Fantasy Football Draft Ranking:
Entering the 2009 season, Shonn Greene is worthy of being ranked as a top 35 overall fantasy football running back in traditional one year re-draft leagues.
In fantasy football keeper leagues, Shonn Greene can be ranked as high as a top 25 overall fantasy football running back.