Jermichael Finley is 2013 Fantasy Football Sleeper

By Ryan Heckman
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The Green Bay Packers offense will look more different this year than it has in several seasons. Losing wide receiver Greg Jennings to the Minnesota Vikings via free agency, quarterback Aaron Rodgers is now without his top target for 2013.

Packers legend wideout Donald Driver also announced his retirement this offseason, thus leaving the depth chart looking a bit muddy beyond the top three guys. Both Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb should figure to receive most of the action along with James Jones as the third wideout in the lineup.

But, what Packer fans have been waiting for now for a while, just might come to fruition in 2013. Tight end Jermichael Finley has given fans nightmares over the years as he has proved to be one of the most inconsistent players at the position throughout the NFL. At times, he has shown the ability to be a dominant force in the passing game. Other times, he fails to hold onto the ball quite often.

This season, Finley knows that he’s going to be depended on more than ever. He’s heard it all. He has the potential, but just can’t put it all together. Well, throughout the preseason already, Finley has looked like a different player. He’s catching the ball and making moves after the fact.

Rodgers will look his way a lot more in 2013 now that he’s become a more relevant option in the passing game and hopefully has learned from his inconsistent years. Fans and coaches have high hopes for Finley this year and, I hate to say it, but I do as well.

In most fantasy leagues, Finley is flying under the radar and won’t be taken until later rounds. I could see him wind up as a top-5 tight end in fantasy football this year easily, if he can prove to everyone he is past his woes.

If Finley is available in a later round after a few tight ends have left the board, don’t hesitate to snatch him. I believe he’ll pay some big dividends for any owner this year.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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