Nelson came into Sunday with 23 catches for 289 yards and a touchdown. Not bad for the first five games of the season, but nothing spectacular.
With Green Bay being so deep at receiver, it's what you would expect. Aaron Rodgers loves to spread the ball around so that the Packers aren't reliant on just one receiver.
But then came Week 6, Sunday Night against the Texans. During the game Jordy Nelson found himself as Green Bay's No. 1 receiver.
Nelson ended his evening with nine catches for 121 yards and three touchdowns. Prior to the game, his season high was an eight-catch, 93-yard, one-touchdown outing against the New Orleans Saints in Week 4.
So should we buy or sell Nelson as being an elite fantasy football wide receiver? To answer it simply: yes. But there is a good reason why that must be elaborated on.
Other than Nelson, the Packers' receivers and tight ends have struggled, save for James Jones, who has 23 receptions for 270 yards and five touchdowns. However due to Jones' numbers, secondaries throughout the league are starting to key on him, which will mean that Nelson will get more receptions.
As for the rest of Green Bay's receiving arsenal, Jermichael Finley has struggled of late, grabbing 24 catches for 210 yards. However Finley has had problems catching the ball, and even has a fumble to his credit. Finley hasn't been the safety net for Rodgers that he was in the last two seasons, and his struggles continued against Houston, when he only caught two passes for 12 yards, as well as a drop.
Greg Jennings has also struggled this season, as he only has 12 catches for 78 yards and a touchdown. To add insult to injury, or injury to insult, Jennings has been sidelined with a groin injury, and according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, it could be weeks before he returns.
This leaves more pressure on Nelson to perform for the Packers. It will also produce a windfall for anyone that has him on their fantasy team. Nelson will be targeted often by Aaron Rodgers, and the Packers play three teams prior to their bye week; two of them have struggled against the pass, while the other team will be a challenge when it comes to defending the pass.
Buy on the idea that Jordy Nelson is an elite fantasy receiver. He will get the reps needed to put up big numbers, and not only will he help the Packers win, he will help you win too if you have him or are able to claim him or trade for him.