One of the cushiest jobs in fantasy football is being a wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers. The prestigious franchise currently has All-Pro QB Aaron Rodgers calling the plays and the 2011 MVP knows how to get the most out of his wideouts.
Among all the wideouts on the roster, Jarrett Boykin was the biggest surprise from the 2013 season. The youngster stepped up when some of the team’s wideouts went down with injuries and he didn’t look back.
Rodgers is one of the few elite signal callers in the league that can throw 4,500 yards and 50 touchdowns, and as a result, any wideout in Green Bay’s offense will be a worthy fantasy option.
This was proven when wideouts Randall Cobb and James Jones went down with injuries in the same game last season and Boykin stepped up in a big way in their absence. The wideout averaged 78.3 receiving yards and caught two touchdowns during the six game-stretch and he ended up becoming a decent WR3.
The team let Jones go this off-season, which immediately opens up a spot in the starting lineup. Boykin proved that he can be a reliable downfield target and his past success in the offense will make him the frontrunner for the third wideout spot in Green Bay from day one.
After Cobb and Jones returned from their injuries, Boykin somewhat disappeared. He finished with only eight receiving yards in the regular season finale and the speedster followed it up by a zero-catch performance in the team’s lone playoff contest. He ended up having a miserable finish to the fantasy season.
Even worse, the team brought in four rookie wideouts this off-season, including Davante Adams (2nd round) and Jared Abbrederis (5th round). Both wideouts are very similar to the Virginia Tech product and they will instantly threaten Boykin for playing time in Green Bay’s high-powered aerial attack. If Boykin struggles in camp or in the preseason, he will quickly find himself back on the bench.
Since both Nelson and Cobb will be healthy to start the 2014 season, Boykin will likely start the year as the team’s number three wideout. However, Boykin suddenly has a lot of competition for that role. Boykin will still be worth grabbing as a WR4 or WR5 in deeper formats, but anything more than that will be a risky bet at this point in the off-season.
Bye Week: 9
Projected Round: 12
Auction Value: $4