The Green Bay Packers have been known to have one of the top receiving corps in the entire NFL. With Aaron Rodgers at the helm, the Packers’ receivers had no problem of gathering a massive stat line. When one receiver would have an off game in the past, the other receivers would step up and make big plays.
In the Packers’ win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, that phenomenal receiving core went from looking unstoppable to a visit to the doctor’s office.
James Jones went down and is currently being evaluated by doctors. A return for Jones to the field may be weeks away. Fellow receiver and multiple offensive threat Randle Cobb fell to the turf clutching his leg. While fans and players kept an optimistic view on Cobb’s return, news broke on Monday that he sustained a fractured fibula and will be out for 6-8 weeks.
Jones and Cobb find themselves on Fantasy Football teams nationwide and their owners will be looking around the waiver wire for fill-ins.
The silver lining on these injuries comes in the form of Jordy Nelson. Nelson now is undoubtedly the No. 1 receiver for Rodgers and the Packers. The Fantasy Football value of Nelson is now through the roof and for at least the next few weeks he will be an elite Fantasy receiver.
So far this season, Nelson has helped his Fantasy owners by scoring at least eight points in every game this season including an 18-point performance in Week 1 and a 17-point performance against the Ravens.
Nelson drew in 10 targets on Sunday against the Ravens and that could be the lowest total of look the receiver draws in the upcoming weeks. Last season, Nelson saw 73 total targets and in the 2013 season, he’s already at 40. There’s no doubt Nelson will see more targets this season than last and he could even see upwards of 100+ targets.
The Packers are a pass first team and Rodgers’ 589 attempts already this season proves that. Rodgers has 1,646 passing yards and 10 touchdowns through five games throwing four of those touchdowns to Jones and Cobb. The two injured receivers have also combined for 49 of Rodgers’ 184 completions, which comes out to about 26 percent of his total completions.
When you take away the two players who have accounted for 26 percent of Rodgers’ completions, Nelson is a lock to draw in many more looks from Rodgers in the upcoming weeks. Although the injuries do hurt the Packers’ organization and their Fantasy owners, it only helps Nelson’s owners. He’s a must start from now until the two other receivers return.