They say you can learn a lot about someone when that person’s back is to the wall — when they have one last glimmer of a chance to succeed.
For me, this is Ryan Grant’s do or die fantasy week. Grant, who was drafted by some in the late first round, and by most in the early-to-mid second round of fantasy drafts, has been a huge disappointment this season. You could make a case that he is one of the biggest busts of the season to date.
Many feel that Grant’s biggest issue was tied to his hamstring troubles. Others blame the offensive line and yet others to the Packers’ game plan of airing it out as much as possible with Aaron Rodgers.
Whatever your excuse may be for Grant, it is time that he show at least somewhat of a return on your investment, and what better time to do it than in week 5. The stage is set. The Packers face one of the league’s softest run defenses in Atlanta. There is serious doubt that Aaron Rodgers will play due to shoulder issues, meaning that rookie QBs Matt Flynn and Brian Brohm will likely be under center, and the Packers will need to run early and often to succeed.
I was really close to benching Grant indefinitely in my money league to upstart LeRon McClain (see previous post by ep and a waiver wire post I’ll put up Friday), but have decided that there are too many variables in play that could lead to a Ryan Grant re-incarnation.
If Grant struggles again, he will find himself on most everyone’s fantasy bench for the forseeable future.