NFL players to watch: Running back

Shonn Greene - Buffalo Bills v New York Jets

As the 2012 season approaches optimism is in the air no matter what team you are pulling for, heck even the Dolphins said they should win the AFC this year!  So as we look forward to this season, I am going to share a short list of players that will be better in 2012.

This week we cover the Running Backs!

Shonn Greene, New York Jets – Generally speaking, Greene has been a bit of a disappointment in the fantasy football world the past two seasons.  With that being said, last season was a significant improvement for the stocky back.  The Jets are expected to return to a heavy ground and pound offense under direction of new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano.  Add into the equation that Tim Tebow will see snaps in every game, even if it is only in the wildcat (which I highly doubt).  Despite Tebow stealing carries from Greene, this should cause defenses fits and should help Greene out significantly.  Greene has also showed that he is improved in the passing game, so he is not going to come off the field much.  This offense could help Greene put up close to 1,500 all purpose yards.

Roy Helu, Washington Redskins – The Shanahans were extremely frustrating to fantasy owners last year with their handling of the running backs in Washington.  However Helu’s ability is hard to ignore.  The second year back out of Nebraska showed flashes of being a franchise back, compiling 640 rushing yards and 379 receiving yards in sporadic playing time.  This season, if Helu can remain on the field, he should have a highly productive season.  Robert Griffin III and the Shanahan boot game will prevent defenses from over committing, making the stretch game deadly.  A healthy Helu could easily topple the 1,500 all purpose yards mark, and in PPR formats he will be a beast. Read more here…