Jul 30, 2012
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, the man known as the law firm, somehow found his way to Cincinnati – a locker room that could have used a good defense lawyer in years past. Considering Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown’s penchant for penny pinching, perhaps he thought he was getting a law firm and a running back all in one.
Realistically though, BenJarvus Green-Ellis (BJGE) was brought in to take over for the departed running back Cedric Benson. Benson was a productive work horse in the Bengals offense the last three season, achieving three straight 1000 yard rushing seasons and amassing 895 rushing attempts.
BJGE carried the ball on average of 205 times per game over the last two seasons in a pass happy New England offense that featured a quarterback with great hair married to supermodel Giselle. In those two seasons, BJGE managed a 1000 yard season in 2010 and scored 24 touchdowns combined in 2010 and 2011. A definite red zone monster in fantasy football leagues.
So what does this mean for BJGE’s potential suitors?
Potential. Value. A great #3 running back on your squad.
The man on Twitter known as The Law Firm BJGE could be the right offense at the right time. The Bengals are an improved offense after the Carson Palmer saga in which the former All Pro quarterback held out, retired, and then got traded. The Bengals were led in 2011 by surprisingly effective Andy Dalton and rookie wide receiver AJ Green. Green became the first rookie receiver to make the Pro Bowl since Anquan Boldin in 2003 and the first Bengal to make the Pro Bowl at the wide receiver position since Chris Collinsworth in 1981.
The potential for a balanced offensive attack featuring a smart young quarterback in Andy Dalton, a dynamic big play wide receiver in AJ Green, and the red zone efficiency of a proven touchdown maker in BJGE has the Bengals talking about back to back playoff appearances for the first time since the Ken Anderson Bengals era of 1981 and 1982.
BJGE currently has an average draft position around 50 in standard scoring leagues. To me, picking BJGE in the late fourth round, early 5th round in any of my leagues would be a solid value pick. You could do a lot worse than BJGE as your 3rd running back on your roster.
Great nickname, great value. I’m buying the man with four names.