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2013 Fantasy Football Owners Should Stay Away From Greg Jennings

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Old faces, new places. After spending eight years as a member of the Green Bay Packers, Greg Jennings decided it was a time for change, signing with the rival Minnesota Vikings during the offseason. The veteran made a living torching the Vikings twice a season as a member of the Packers, so Minnesota decided to make sure he won’t be an opponent again. Jennings agreed to a five-year, $47.5 million deal with the Vikings, stealing him from their NFC North rival. Jennings finishes his Green Bay career with 425 catches for 6,537 yards and 53 touchdowns.

Michael Jenkins was Minnesota’s most successful outside receiver last year as he accumulated 449 yards. This means Jennings will have lots of balls thrown his way, but the only problem is the man that’s throwing him the ball. Christian Ponder hasn’t wowed many with his play, especially when it comes to throwing the ball deep, and he will be quite the drop off from Aaron Rodgers. Ponder probably won’t get it to Jennings deep very often, but at least he’s accurate. He produced a 62.1 percent completion rate in ’12 with a motley crew of receivers. Rookie Cordarrelle Patterson might get in the mix as a field-stretching threat, but as a polished route runner, Jennings is the clear No. 1 receiver.

In the end, you can’t trust the Vikings offense, and at best Jennings will be a possession receiver on a running team. He may be a viable flex or third receiver option, but I see him more as a backup, adding depth to your team. If you do start Jennings, you never know how he’ll score. Jennings is the proverbial fantasy whack-a-mole.