Jermichael Finley: Why Packers TE Can Still Be a Fantasy Football Asset

Rick Weiner@RickWeinerNYFeatured ColumnistOctober 13, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Jermichael Finley #88 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates a Packer touchdown against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on November 6, 2011 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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He's banged up, he's whining to the press and he's in your fantasy doghouse.

But Jermichael Finley can still help your fantasy squad in 2012.

For a player who claims to have no chemistry with his quarterback—as he asserted to Fox Sports Wisconsin's Paul Imig—his quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, sure has a funny way of showing it.

Through the first five games of the season, Rodgers has thrown to Finley 32 times. Only Jordy Nelson has seen more balls thrown his way.

It's not Rodgers' fault that Finley drops balls like he's allergic to them.

To his credit, he doesn't seem to care what Finley says. If he did, he simply wouldn't throw him the ball.

But Rodgers knows that Finley can help the Packers win football games.

Now, I'm not saying that you should start Finley this week. As a matter of fact, I'd keep him on your bench considering that he might not play against the Texans: (h/t Fox Sports)

Greg Jennings is out and Jermichael Finley and B.J. Raji are questionable for Sunday’s game against the Texans bit.ly/RFQSLj

— FOX SPORTS: NFL (@NFLONFOX) October 13, 2012

Even if he does play, I'm not sure that I love the matchup against a tough Texans defense, though the loss of LB Brian Cushing for the season makes this a bit more enticing than it normally would be.

Regardless of whether he sees the field this week or not, you shouldn't be dropping or trading Finley.

His penchant for dropping the ball is maddening, and it leaves you sitting with the feeling of "Damn, he would have been huge for me if he caught this pass or that pass."

But we have seen what Finley can do when he's on. He's not Rob Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham—100-yard games aren't his thing. 

But Finley has the talent and he plays in the right offense to help you win. We've seen him do it before.

He's going to do it again.

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