Player Spotlight: Benjarvus Green Ellis

Benjarvus Green Ellis came into Week 10 of the NFL season with few people really knowing his name or his potential. After Sunday, everyone knows both. Ben Green Ellis, whom I will refer to as BGE (pronounce it Biggie), had the best game of his short career with 26 carries for 106 yards and a TeeDer this past weekend against a middle of the road Buffalo Bills run defense. This was the first game in which BGE had been given the majority of the work and he showed what he has the ability to do.

After being a standout back at Mississippi with back to back 1000 yard seasons, including being named to the All SEC team, BGE was a virtual unknown. Leave it to Bill Bellichick to find a diamond in the rough in BGE. With the season ending injury to Laurence Maroney followed by injuries to Sammy Morris and Lamont Jordan, BGE was left to share the load with Kevin Faulk. BGE has scored a TeeDer in 4 consecutive weeks and consistently posts a strong YPC which has shown that BGE has the ability to be a strong fantasy back over the next few weeks.

It seems to some that Maroney’s time in New England is limited. Since taking over the starting job he has been invisible in their offense and hurt somewhat frequently. For dynasty owners, BGE is worth targeting right now. With dispensable RB’s such as Morris, Jordan and Faulk as the only competition you can expect the Pats to look to lock him up as the future back in New England. If they don’t, you can surely expect that other teams around the league won’t allow him to go without a job long.

For those who were quick on the draw to grab BGE look to play him this week against the Jets if you need a filler. The Jets run defense ranks fifth in the league but their pass defense is not so good. And with the gun slinging Mississippi lad at the helm any game can become a shootout. Expect for the Pats pass game to open up the run game enough for BGE to have a decent week.

If he continues at his current pace there is a good chance BGE will continue to see looks with Morris and Jordan less than 100%.

"Buyer Beware"
- BGE has potential to be a nice dynasty back but this week's matchup is not ideal unless you have some holes at RB!

As always, enjoy the highlight reels if you are unsure of BGE’s ability:

Author: JD Dowell

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