Greg Jennings: Packers' Top WR Will Be Fantasy Stud Monday Night Despite Injury

Mike Shiekman@TheRealShiekFeatured ColumnistSeptember 22, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 06:  Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers fights fights for yards on  Antoine Cason #20 and Dante Hughes #33 of the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on November 6, 2011 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Greg Jennings expects to play Monday night despite a nagging groin injury he suffered in Week 1. The Green Bay Packers’ top wideout suddenly transforms into a full-fledged fantasy WR1 option.

Jennings missed last week’s game against the Bears, along with Wednesday's and Thursday’s practice. On Friday, though, he was able to participate in team drills and do some indoor running.

The Green Bay offense has lacked its luster in the first two weeks of the NFL season. Jennings’ absence certainly has been felt.

Aaron Rodgers will feel more comfortable in front of a hostile Seattle crowd with Jennings and his trusted pair of hands.

Here’s what Jennings had to say about his injured groin and how it affects his season (via CBS Sports):

"If I can get close to 100%, that's all I'm looking for," he said. "I'm not looking to be 100% because that will never happen, ever, probably in my career. Ever."

Strong statement from the Green Bay wideout. That should set fantasy owners at ease about Jennings’ future injury statuses this season.

As for Week 3, Jennings is a must-start in the Monday night matchup. He only registered five catches in the season opener, but he had a team-leading nine targets against the 49ers.

While the Seahawks have a solid defensive backfield lead by safety Earl Thomas, the ‘Hawks have yet to be exposed to a no-huddle spread offense like Green Bay’s. Jennings will be the prime benefactor of this inexperience, as he and Rodgers seem to always be in sync under the lights.

If Seattle attempts to keep every pass underneath, that will just result in more targets for Jennings. Of all the Packers' receivers, he has the best skill set to take advantage in the open field with his move-set and precise route-running.

If you’re have a middling wide receiver in your fantasy lineup because of Jenning’s absence, have no fear. The Packers’ receiver looks ready to make a difference in fantasy circles.