Greg Jennings' Injury Makes Randall Cobb, James Jones Top Fantasy Targets
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers have more than enough weapons to make up for Greg Jennings if he can't play in Week 2, but fantasy football owners will want to pay close attention to the Packers' plans.
The Associated Press (via SI.com) reported on Monday that "Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings has a groin injury, and his status for Thursday night's game against the Chicago Bears is unclear."
Look at your league's waiver wire. ESPN.com has fellow Packers receiver James Jones as being owned in 14.7 percent of leagues. Randall Cobb, albeit more weapon than receiver, is at 13.9 percent.
Someone will have to catch Rodgers' tosses in Jennings' stead. Those two targets are the best possible candidates and judging by those percentages, they are probably up for grabs in your fantasy football world.
Both players were exceptional in Week 1 and each scored a touchdown. Jones hauled in four catches for 81 yards while Cobb snagged nine balls for 77 yards. That equals 14 and 13 fantasy points in ESPN's standard scoring leagues.
With Jennings out of the lineup, or even just hobbled, those numbers are sure to go up. Jordy Nelson and Jermichael Finley are very capable targets, but Rodgers is a guarantee to throw the ball 40-plus times.
Who would you pick up first?
Consistent or not, someone besides those Nelson and Finley will receive a heavier workload.
The Bears beat the Indianapolis Colts by 20 points in Week 1 but they still gave up 309 passing yards to rookie Andrew Luck. Rodgers will make fewer mistakes than Luck did in his debut and there's no reason to think he can't match that production.
Jones caught eight passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns against Chicago's defense last season. Cobb only caught three passes for 35 yards, but it's clear that the Packers aim to use him more frequently in his second NFL season.
Knowing your way around the waiver wire can make or break your fantasy football season. Jennings' injury makes Jones and Cobb top additions for Week 2.
Add them to your roster before it's too late.
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