| Wide Receiver, Green Bay Packers
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|Draft: 2008 Round 2 (5)
College: Kansas State
Ht: 6’3” Wt: 217 DOB: 1985-05-31 Age: 30
|While it’s not exactly fair to say that Nelson burst onto the scene in 2011 since he had showcased some playmaking ability during his first three years in the league, it is fair to say that he shocked those outside of the Packer Nation with his performance last season. Nelson finished as the 2nd ranked fantasy wide receiver courtesy of his 68 reception, 1,263 yard, 15 touchdown season. What is perhaps even more remarkable is that Nelson put up those numbers despite being targeted just 96 times, easily the lowest amount of any top 10 fantasy receiver. Nelson clearly benefited from consistently facing single coverage, hauling in eight touchdowns on passes of 36 yards or more. While Nelson may get more targets in 2012, expecting another 15-touchdown performance isn’t very realistic. It’s also worth noting that Nelson also benefitted from the absence of Greg Jennings down the stretch, as he racked up 20 receptions for 387 yards and six touchdowns between Weeks 14 and 17. With so many mouths to feed, Nelson isn’t going to get the 140 or more targets that many top wide receivers get but expect another productive season in 2012, one that will likely rank him as a lower tier WR1 or upper tier WR2.
| Randall Cobb to be ready Week 1 -- Tue Sep 1 1:15 pm --|
Packers WR remains a top fantasy option heading into 2015
|An NFL source told FOX Sports on Tuesday that all “indicators” point to Randall Cobb being able to play after he suffered an A/C sprain during Saturday night’s preseason game against Philadelphia. (Fox Sports)|
FF Today's Take: Cobb remains a Top 10 fantasy WR despite the injury, which shouldn't affect his season too much. With Jordy Nelson (torn ACL) out for the season, Cobb is primed to best his career highs in both yardage and receptions.
| Rodgers calls for young WRs to 'make the jump' -- Wed Aug 26 6:46 pm --|
Third wideout an important role within the offense
|Aaron Rodgers wants to see more. More plays, more crispness and more consistency from the young receivers on the roster who are moving up in the pecking order following Jordy Nelson’s season-ending injury. “The third receiver is going to get some opportunities,” Rodgers said. “We have a talented two-headed run game, a great offensive line. We’re going to have great balance this year."
FF Today's Take: The Packers seem to be fine with allowing the talent currently in camp to fill the void created by Jordy Nelson's injury. Aaron Rodgers can make an unknown receiver a weekly fixture in fantasy lineups so it will be worth monitoring the battle for the last two receiver openings over the next two weeks. With Davante Adams moving from third to second on the depth chart, Ty Montgomery is the front runner to secure the third spot.
| ACL tear confirmed for Jordy Nelson -- Mon Aug 24 5:30 pm --|
Out for season
|Green Bay Packers star WR Jordy Nelson will miss the entire 2015 season with a knee injury, the team announced Monday.
The Packers said in a statement that Nelson suffered "a significant right knee injury" in Sunday's preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Nelson, who caught a career-high 98 passes in 2014 while making the Pro Bowl for the first time, fell to the ground when he tried to cut after making an 8-yard reception on Green Bay's opening drive. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: This was the expected result after Nelson suffered the injury Sunday afternoon. Although it is unrealistic to think the Packers will simply conduct business as usual on offense without Nelson, they are more equipped to handle this kind of setback at receiver than most teams. For fantasy purposes, Randall Cobb likely moves into the elite-receiver territory, Davante Adams becomes a high-end WR2 and Jeff Janis or rookie Ty Montgomery offers high upside in the later rounds.
| Jordy Nelson exits with non-contact injury -- Sun Aug 23 1:40 pm --|
Extent of Green Bay WR injury unknown
|During Saturday's preseason game, Jordy Nelson limped off the field after going to the turf. Nelson had hip surgery this offseason, was seen walking around on the sideline as the Packers continued their drive, and eventually made his way to the locker room. (Pro Football Talk)|
FF Today's Take: This isn't good, but at least he wasn't carted off the field. We recommend staying tuned as this story develops.
|HC: "Expect big things" from Davante Adams -- Thu Aug 20 6:55 pm --|
Second-year WR continues to turn heads for Packers
|Packers HC Mike McCarthy on Davante Adams: "I think he's had a heck of a camp. Looking for big things from him." (Rob Demovsky on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Adams has generated headlines all offseason for the improvement he has made from his rookie year. The 6-1, 215-pound Fresno State product has Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb blocking him from a starting gig, but owners shouldn't forget third receiver James Jones led the league in touchdown catches in 2012 in this offense. Adams should be drafted as a low-end WR3, but if Nelson or Cobb was to get hurt, he could easily ascent to low-end WR1 status.
|Jordy Nelson "looks like he hasn't missed a beat" -- Thu Jul 30 6:30 pm --|
Packers WR had offseason hip surgery
|Packers HC Mike McCarthy on Jordy Nelson's recovery from hip surgery: "Jordy's so consistent. Looks like he hasn't missed a beat." (Rob Demovsky on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Good news for Aaron Rodgers' top receiver, who had his fair share of doubters as a 30-year-old coming off "minor" hip surgery. Even with the presence of Randall Cobb and likely emergence of Davante Adams, a healthy Nelson should once again be among the top 10 receivers in fantasy.
|Rodgers gushing over Adams' approach -- Thu Jun 11 5:20 pm --|
Second-year WR had "humongous upside"
|A little over a year after he’d challenged Davante Adams - although not by name - to step up his preparation, Aaron Rodgers couldn’t stop talking Wednesday about the approach Adams is taking to his job now.
“In my mind, he has humongous upside - and he’s starting to reach that upside,” Rodgers said after the team’s open-to-the-public OTA practice. “I think the opportunities are going to come for him. He’s got two great guys to play with. His attention to detail is very impressive and his approach." (ESPN Wisconsin)|
FF Today's Take: Let's not forget that two seasons ago, Rodgers helped then-third receiver James Jones catch an NFL-high 14 touchdown passes. Even though some of that was due to the fact Jordy Nelson missed four games that season, the point to be made is that Rodgers can support three fantasy receivers. Although his production figures to be inconsistent again in 2015 behind Nelson and Cobb, the second-year wideout should expect a fairly sizable increase from his 38-446-3 rookie line.
| Jordy Nelson returns to individual drills -- Wed Jun 10 3:38 pm --|
Expected to be ready for camp on July 30
|All along, the plan for Jordy Nelson was to be full-go by the start of the Green Bay Packers' training camp on July 30. Nelson took another step in that direction this week, when he practiced for the first time since his offseason hip surgery. The Pro Bowl receiver took part in individual drills during Wednesday's organized team activities (OTAs). (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Nelson sat out of team drills but is apparently on schedule with his rehab. Nelson is coming off a career year (98-1519-13) and will have WR1 value in fantasy drafts. His current ADP sits at 2.07 (WR No.7) in 12-team leagues.
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