Greg Jennings: Assessing the Green Bay Packers' WR's Fantasy Trade Value

Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistOctober 12, 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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Sure, Greg Jennings trade rumors have been all the rage these past few months, but no move seems imminent this season.

In fantasyland, though, Jennings could be traded away in just a few clicks of a mouse.

The Packers' star wideout has been hobbled by a groin injury dating back to the season-opener. He tried to come back in Week 3 against Seattle, but he reaggravated it by coming back to soon.

He won’t make that mistake again. He’s currently questionable for Week 6 against Houston with a real possibility he’ll miss the Sunday Night Football clash

The Greg Jennings name and the mystique of the Packers' offense alone should provide some viable trade offers from competitors.

Is it time for fantasy owners to part with Old Spice’s commercial darling? The way his football year has gone, patience seems to be wearing thin.

All signs point to Jennings’ comeback being a work in progress. Even if he plays Sunday night, he will not have practiced with the team in three weeks, rendering himself not a true part of the Packers' gameplan.

It will take him a few weeks in general to get his body back to game speed, meanwhile the Packers' offense hasn’t looked at game-speed all season. CBS Sports' Fantasy Trade Value column ranks Jennings among the likes of other injured stalwarts Aaron Hernandez and Darren Sproles.

Besides the obvious top-scoring studs, wide receivers can be a dime a dozen in fantasy football. Owners can pick up a Brian Hartline or Andre Roberts as a plug-and-play for a week and strike fantasy gold.

Therefore, if owners are in dire need at another position, trade Jennings for a comparable player or package may be a wise decision.

Say, if Alfred Morris sits on another owner’s bench that could use a wide receiver upgrade, I would capitalize on Jennings' stock while he waits to get back on the field.

Ditto for a tight end like Jimmy Graham, who will be playing from behind in one too many games this season.

On the other hand, if Jennings is the final piece to complete your team, there’s no reason to trade him away for pennies on the dollar. He figures to be a potent duo with Aaron Rodgers if you can hold off for another week.

Jennings has fallen from the top tier, but his ceiling in each and every game is not far behind. He’s a player even against the 49ers, Ravens, or heck, Houston Texans, is a must-start and a threat to hit paydirt.

The Green Bay Packers have a trade conundrum with Greg Jennings. Fantasy owners are beginning to know what that feels like.


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