Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis has justifiably been dropped in numerous leagues I am in. He is only averaging 2.7 yards per carry on 52 carries and he has a banged up knee. I am holding on to him – at least one more week. He could have his best game of the season Sunday and I am actually inserting him in my lineup. Here is my thinking:
1. He is facing his former team in the Patriots. He has never faced the Patriots. If the Bengals get the ball inside the 5-yard line, I expect Green-Ellis to carry the load instead of rookie Giovani Bernard. Coaches tend to let players excel against their former teams.
2. The Patriots lost their best run stopper in Vince Wilfork. As he says, his two biggest strengths are: strength and chahm. I fully expect the Bengals to try and pound the ball against New England and not get into a shootout. The Patriots are allowing 4.1 yards per carry with Wilfork, so I expect that number to go up Sunday.
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