Fantasy Football 2014: Breaking Down Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson Debate

By Devin O'Barr
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The 2013 fantasy football season might be completely over, but it’s never too early to start creating a draft strategy for the 2014 campaign. And since the Green Bay Packers were just knocked out of the postseason, let’s take a look at a hot-button debate in the world of fantasy football involved the Cheese State.

Fantasy gurus far and wide have been split when asked this common question: Is Randall Cobb a better fantasy option than Jordy Nelson moving forward? The Packers’ wide receivers remains as one of the top duos in the NFL, but which one is more valuable? Personally, I would draft Cobb over Nelson is just about any draft next season. Although, this match-up between Packers wideouts isn’t exactly a slam-dunk.

Nelson has been a touchdown machine for Green Bay as he has hauled in 15 touchdowns in the last two years alone. Also, No. 87 rarely hits the shelf — Nelson has only missed six games since being drafted into the league in 2008. Meanwhile, Cobb was sidelined for 10 games in 2013 alone and has missed a grand total of 12 contests in just three years at the NFL level.

However, the risk on Cobb is totally worth the reward. While 2013 may have been cut short, Cobb still managed to score four times in six games and finished the year with 521 yards from scrimmage. Besides, I would much rather place a high draft pick on the 23-year-old Cobb than test my luck with a 28-year-old Nelson, who might be on the downside of his career as Aaron Rodgers‘ right-hand man could be losing a step as he nears his thirties.

Perhaps the best part about the Cobb and Nelson debate is that neither have a contract past 2015. Therefore, both of these wide receivers will be playing toward a major payday in 2014.

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