Greg Jennings Injury: Fantasy Owners Must Start Packers WR

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistSeptember 19, 2012

August 3, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings (85) celebrates a touchdown catch by doing the
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Fantasy owners, you may now feel free to return Greg Jennings to your starting lineups.

It's looking very likely that Jennings will return to action this week. Paul Imig from FOX Sports Wisconsin has your injury update:

Tuesday morning, coach Mike McCarthy said he expected Jennings to practice in a limited fashion later in the day. And, as late afternoon rolled around, Jennings was in full pads taking part in Green Bay's practice.

Because the Packers (1-1) do not play until next Monday night, when they travel to Seattle to face the Seahawks (1-1), the team will not officially release an injury report until Thursday.

Jennings will have a full two weeks off after missing last Thursday's game against the Chicago Bears with a groin injury, so I can't imagine he won't play in this one.

More importantly, the Green Bay Packers will have had four extra days to prepare for the Seattle Seahawks and make tweaks to a passing attack that hasn't been nearly as efficient and extraordinary as it was a year ago.

That's bad news for the Seattle defense, even if they are playing at home, where they are very tough to beat. Seattle has a very good defense, and they'll make Green Bay earn every yard, but giving this Packers offense a few extra days to prepare and gel would be tough on any defense.

This means owners of Jennings, Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, Jermichael Finley (if he actually shows up) and even those among you in deeper leagues with James Jones or Randall Cobb should all end up very happy this week.

Jennings is clearly Rodgers' most trusted receiver, so I expect he'll see the most targets and put up the biggest fantasy numbers of the Green Bay wideouts. That's never a guarantee—especially with the huge season Nelson had in 2011—but I trust Jennings will play well against Seattle.

Get him back in your lineups, and get ready for a huge night. The WR1 is going to blow up Monday Night Football in a big way.

 

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