Greg Jennings Injury: Projecting Packers WR's Fantasy Impact Moving Forward

Jessica MarieCorrespondent IIOctober 2, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30: Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates a touchdown catch against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Greg Jennings isn't the type of receiver you just abandon once he's on your fantasy team, even if his health for the remainder of the season has been—and continues to be—in serious doubt.

Once you've used your top overall selection on him, it's worth sticking it out. He's Greg Jennings. If and when he does return, he's the kind of guy you want in your starting lineup on game day.

After sustaining a groin injury in Green Bay's season opener against San Francisco, Jennings finally returned for the Packers' epic Week 3 loss to Seattle—and then, just a few snaps into their Week 4 contest against New Orleans, Jennings went down again.

Same injury, different week.

Needless to say, those who used up their first pick on Jennings haven't exactly gotten what they've expected out of him. And though there's limited information about when Jennings will be back in action again, it's worth using a roster spot on him until he returns—especially if he only misses a couple of weeks, like he did the first time this injury cropped up.

Back when he first injured the groin, Jennings focused on staying positive and getting back on the field, and he'll just have to do that again for the next few weeks. In mid-September, Jennings told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Tom Silverstein:

I'll get through it. I'm a positive guy. I'm not completely worried about it lingering too bad. It is what it is. It's going to be something I'm going to have to push through right now. If I can get close to 100 percent, that's all I'm looking for. I'm not looking to be 100 percent because that will never happen, ever, probably in my career. Ever.

At least he has the right attitude. Nobody who steps foot on the field during the long, brutal NFL season is ever 100 percent healthy.

And even if he's not at 100 percent, Jennings still has the goods to make a serious impact for your fantasy team.

It's still early in the season. Let's say Jennings has to miss two weeks. (It's more likely that the Packers bring him back for a big matchup against Houston on Oct. 14, especially if the injury isn't severe—but let's be conservative.) If he misses two, that brings him back for an Oct. 21 matchup at St. Louis. It's a perfect opportunity for him to get his feet wet again—the Rams' pass defense allows almost 214 passing yards per game.

And even if he gets less than his normal amount of targets, Jennings is capable of making his impact, as he proved this Sunday against New Orleans. He was only on the field long enough to get three targets and one reception, but that one reception was a nine-yard touchdown pass to give the Packers the lead in the second quarter.

The key for the Packers is making sure that Jennings is officially good to go when he comes back onto the field. They don't want to keep him out for a game or two and then have him miss time in November, when this team really needs to go on a run.

And when he does return, Jennings will still be Aaron Rodgers' most trustworthy, efficient target. In 13 games last year, there were only four in which he didn't record a touchdown. He's always a threat.

It may come down to waiting a bit longer than expected for Jennings to get going this year, but when he does, it will be worth it. And hopefully, given what we know about the extent of this injury, it won't be too long.