Greg Jennings: Week 5 Absence Gives You Another Chance to Buy Low

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IOctober 4, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30:  Wide receiver Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers looks on prior to the start of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Greg Jennings will miss yet another game on Sunday, but that just gives you more time to snatch him from his disgruntled owner. 

The news of Jennings' Week 5 absence comes from ESPN's Adam Schefter:

Packers announced WR Greg Jennings already has been ruled out this week.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 4, 2012

Moreover, The Green Bay Press-Gazette (via Rotoworld) suggest that Jennings, who is suffering from a nagging groin injury, could miss "a couple of weeks or more."

If there is a Jennings owner out there that hasn't already sworn off fantasy football, discount double checks and anything green because of the talented Green Bay wide receiver's frustrating start to the season, I would be surprised. 

But believe it or not, Gregory Jennings Jr. still has value.

And lots of it.

This is a guy who has dealt with more injury problems than normal over the past 12 months, but he's still a model of consistency. Since his second year in the league, he's averaged 74.9 yards per game, with his season output never dropping below 69.0 per game over a full year. He's averaged nine touchdowns per season, with that number dropping below nine just once. He's hit double-digit touchdowns twice. He's hit 1,100 yards in a season three times. 

Most importantly, he has Aaron "Freaking" Rodgers as his quarterback, a guy who tends to make everyone around him better. 

Now, if you're currently sitting at 1-3 or 0-4, I don't suggest targeting Jennings. Groin injuries tend to linger, and it could easily take until the second half of the season for him to really be making an impact.

But if you're sitting pretty at the top of your league or if you're in one of those, "everybody-wins" leagues where 8 out of 10 teams make the playoffs, I suggest planning ahead and acquiring him now while his owner is in panic mode. 

As noted earlier, you know that you're getting elite production out of Jennings, and while it's always a worry that A-Rod will spread the ball out, it's been clear that No. 85 is still the go-to target when he's actually on the field.

Through three games (although it's probably safer to call it two, as he clearly wasn't healthy against New Orleans), Jennings has pulled in 22 targets, which is fourth on the team and most per game. 

There's no question in my mind that for the second half of the season, Jennings will be the most productive receiver on this offense, and taking into account the offense, that's someone who is going to bring you oodles of fantasy championships. 

Considering it will cost somewhere in the range of Brandon Bolden and a Nacho Cheese Dorito to get Jennings, I suggest making the move as soon as possible.