Jermichael Finley Injury: Packers Tight End Still Worth Fantasy Spot
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I heard you.
Greg Jennings wasn't in the lineup for the second time this season.
Then, running back Cedric Benson went down with an ankle injury in the second quarter against the Colts and ESPN later announced that he will be out for eight weeks.
To finish things off, if your fully-loaded Packers-only fantasy team needed any more help losing by 50 points, Jermichael Finley left the game in the third quarter with a shoulder injury.
Rotowire reports that Finley will practice on Friday, which is at least a step in the right direction for the 6'5 tight end from the University of Texas.
This begs the question, is he worth the risk this week?
The Pack head to Finley's home state to take on the undefeated Houston Texans on Sunday Night Football.
Two key players—Benson and Texans LB Brian Cushing—will not play in the game and Jennings is likely out again.
Houston does however pose a serious threat on defense even without the college teammate of Packers' star Clay Matthews.
If you had Jermichael Finley on your fantasy team, would you start him this week?
The Texans allow just 85.4 yards per game on the ground and Green Bay does not seem to have the tools to change that average.
John Kuhn is the only other back that has tallied a carry this season, but he has only been given the ball six times through five games. And let's be serious, Kuhn is a fullback.
The other Packers' running backs do not have enough game-experience this season to make an immediate impact.
Alex Green had a 41-yard scamper last week, but his other nine carries resulted in 22 yards. James Starks should return from his toe problems against Houston, but he and Brandon Saine both have yet to touch the ball this season.
Between the offensive line not being able to open holes for the running backs and Benson being out of commission, the Packers will have to air it out on Sunday.
Speaking of that horrific offensive line, quarterback Aaron Rodgers will have to look for quick, short passes as he often does because of a lack of protection. Here is where the Texans will miss Cushing.
Finley, regardless of his bum shoulder, is one of the security options for Rodgers.
In fact, even undergoing this disappointing season, Finley is the second-most targeted player on Green Bay's offense.
Whether he lines up outside and looks for the back-shoulder missiles from the Cal-Berkeley product or next to the offensive tackles and finds a hole in the middle of the field, Finley should get a few extra passes this week.
What's more, the Texans have allowed a touchdown to the opposing team's tight end three weeks in a row.
One more reason to leave Finley in your lineup is the efficiency and prowess of the Texans' offense.
Averaging nearly 30 points per game, Houston puts up points and clearly lots of 'em. It's simple football math; the more points the Texans score, the more Green Bay has to score to win the game.
And based on the amount of times Matt Schaub and Arian Foster lead the Houston offense to the end-zone, Rodgers will be firing the ball to his receivers all night long.
The passes have to go somewhere, and Finley is a big target on a big field with something to prove.
Add a lack of Benson and Jennings with Rodgers' rocket-like arm to a beatable defense by tight ends missing its MVP, and Finley could conceivably come out with a six-catch, 70-yard, and one-touchdown performance on Sunday.
Hopefully Finley owners won't be screaming Sunday night.
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