Jermichael Finley: Fantasy Owners Must Bench Packers TE in Week 7 vs. Rams

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IOctober 15, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 15:  Jermichael Finley #88 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after a play against the New York Giants during their NFC Divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 15, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley must be benched on your fantasy football team in Week 7 after he failed to be a big part of quarterback Aaron Rodgers' amazing performance against the Houston Texans on Sunday night.

Rodgers had one of the finest games of his career, throwing for 338 yards and a career-high six touchdown passes. But Finley caught just two passes for 11 yards with no touchdowns against Houston.

Finley did not end last season well, and his production has declined even further this year. He has caught just 24 passes for 210 yards and one touchdown through six games. He also hasn't caught more than four passes or a touchdown in a game since Week 1.

The Packers star cannot be trusted to give you the production required from tight ends in fantasy football.

Not to mention, his Week 7 matchup is not a good one.

The St. Louis Rams will host the Packers on Sunday afternoon. They have the sixth-best passing defense in the NFL.

The Rams have allowed a quarterback to pass for 300 or more yards in just one game this season, and they held quality quarterbacks Jay Cutler and Robert Griffin III to 183 and 206 passing yards, respectively.

St. Louis is tied with two other teams for the fewest touchdown passes allowed this season. The team's defense is also tied for fifth in interceptions and tied for sixth in sacks. This defense is talented and well-coached.

It's unlikely that Finley will have much success against the Rams defense when he didn't play a large part in Rodgers' huge game against the Texans.

Greg Jennings' absence from Sunday night's game because of an injury was an opportunity for Finley to get his season back on track. But he failed to do that.

Instead of looking for Finley more often than usual, Rodgers targeted receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb quite a bit versus the Texans. And the results were very positive: Cobb caught seven passes for 102 yards, while Nelson caught nine passes for 121 yards and three touchdowns.

Finley's lack of receptions makes him unworthy of a starting spot in PPR fantasy leagues, and his lack of touchdowns makes him a liability in all other types of leagues.

Fantasy owners everywhere must bench Finley in Week 7.