2013 Fantasy Football: Will New Minnesota Viking Greg Jennings Ever Be Fantasy Relevant Again?
In one of the most recent big signings, Greg Jennings struck a five year, 47 million dollar deal. The contract guarantees him 18 million dollars, which is not too shabby. Jennings is still in his prime and will now team up with the Minnesota Vikings.
The Vikings just shipped away Percy Harvin earlier in the week. This left a huge hole in the receiver position, which the Vikings had to fill if they wanted any chance of making the playoffs again. This move could very well improve their team, as Harvin was usually more of a headache than an asset. The Vikings have the best running back in the game, now they need to establish a top notch passing attack. With Christian Ponder at the helm, will Jennings ever be a top notch fantasy wide out in Minnesota?
The success of the receiver obviously depends on their quarterback’s ability. The only thing that could dampen Greg Jennings’ ability is the lack of Christian Ponder’s skill. Christian Ponder has always been a questionable starting quarterback in the NFL, and he now has a lot more pressure to live up to, as many fans have playoff expectations. He is going to need to pick up his production if Jennings is going to be a top fantasy wide out.
Jennings has the skills. Jennings has the running game to take off some of the pressure off of Ponder and the rest of the passing attack. The biggest question for Jennings is if he can stay on the field. He missed eight games last season, which is a concern if you’re a potential owner. Before 2012, Jennings was as sure as anyone to stay on the field. So what should you trust? I would have to rely on his previous injury record. While the injuries are a concern, they are not too big of one.
The signs point to Greg being a prominent fantasy option again in a fresh environment in Minnesota. It may take a year or two, but I have faith that Jennings will be a top 15 wide receiver by the 2015 season.