Fantasy Football Trader’s NFL Roundtable: An Injury Away

May 3, 2011

This week’s topic
Who is the most talented player currently buried on the depth chart that you are convinced will be fantasy relevant when he gets a shot.

My response:
I want to say Jason Snelling, but he could find a new home when the lockout gets sorted out and free agency gets underway. If Atlanta is able to retain him, he’s an obvious choice because he’s thrived last year and two years ago when Michael Turner went down. Snelling has the size (5’11″, 223) to withstand the beating that a lead back takes.
Assuming he finds a new home, I have to look elsewhere to answer the question. That brings me to Joe McKnight. McKnight is part of a three running back set, but it would only take an injury to Shonn Greene for McKnight to be truly relevant. It’s hard to say if he could make it through an entire year, but the 5’11″, 205 back was plenty busy in last year’s season finale.
McKnight ran the ball 32 times for 158 yards. He also caught two passes for 15 yards. Granted, it was against Buffalo’s weak sauce run defense, but that is a still a ton of touches.
The Jets are one of the league’s elite teams. They are known for their stout defense, but they have been one of the better running teams the past couple of years. Not to take anything away from Shonne Greene, LT, Thomas Jones, or McKnight, but most NFL running backs would excel in their system.  If given the opportunity, McKnight could put up some pretty big numbers.


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