The Green Bay Packers can be classified as an underachieving football player heading into Week 6 of the 2012 NFL season. Aaron Rodgers, the defending NFL MVP, is not continuing the type of production he had in 2011 thus far.
Pro Bowl wideout Greg Jennings is out this week and has struggled with injuries. Donald Driver is old and more of a role player than anything; whilst Jermichael Finley has yet to return to his 2010 elite form and is starting to become more of an afterthought in the Green Bay offense.
However, receiver Randall Cobb is a surprising star for the Packers. Sure, every NFL fan knows of his speed and play making ability, but few anticipated his quick rise up the depth chart.
Cobb finished 2011 with 25 receptions for 375 yards and a score. After only five games in 2012, he has 22 receptions for 244 yards and a touchdown. He has also chipped in two carries for 48 yards.
The lack of healthy weapons at this point of the season for the Packers simply gives Cobb a bigger role on offense. He has also been on a recent hot streak. He caught seven balls for 66 yards against New Orleans in Week 4 and last Sunday hauled in four passes for 82 yards and a touchdown versus Indianapolis.
Cobb's increased production should make him appealing for fantasy owners—the diminishing of pass catching threats should give him a bigger role in Green Bay.
With the Credric Benson injury, the Packers find themselves without a great running threat. Sure, Alex Green is a capable player, but Cobb can also be used as a ball carrier.
Cobb has the physical tools to be used in a similar fashion to Percy Harvin in Minnesota. He is nearly impossible to contain in open space and has the speed to take any play to the house. Cobb is averaging 24 yards per carry and might find himself more involved in the running game.
Cobb's increased production in the passing game should quickly increase his fantasy value. He can take any little pass to the end zone and the wideout situation in Green Bay increases his role. He will even chip in bonus points with his rushing abilities and can be used in many different ways.
The yards will come for Randall Cobb. He can make plays from anywhere on the field and is versatile enough to be a dual-threat player on offense. Do whatever you can as a fantasy owner to grab Cobb before his production is too much for him to continue to fly under the radar.