Randall Cobb's Versatile Role with Packers Makes Him a Must-Start in Fantasy

Brandon Galvin@bgny3Featured ColumnistOctober 25, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 21: Wide receiver Randall Cobb #18 of the Green Bay Packers points to the crowd after scoring a touchdown during the game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on October 21, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by David Welker/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers' version of Percy Harvin, Randall Cobb, is a phenomenal fantasy play this week when Green Bay hosts the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Cobb has been one of the league's most dynamic playmakers this season. It is his versatility as a player that has cemented his role on Green Bay, just like the team envisioned for the former Kentucky star.

An all-around football player, there is nothing he can't do on the field. He's the type of player that can line up as a receiver in the slot or on the outside, behind the quarterback as a tailback or even behind center as a QB. Equally as important, he's phenomenal on special teams and is a legitimate threat to score any time he touches the rock.

Unlike last year, when he made a mark in Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints with a kick-return touchdown and then went rather silent, Cobb started hot this year, had two poor games and has been on fire ever since.

The second-year pro currently has 37 receptions for 435 yards and three scores but is coming off a monster performance as he double-dipped for two touchdowns. He is in his stride with 26 receptions and three touchdowns in the past four contests. 

Now, the Packers have the luxury of playing a deflated Jaguars team that is headed for the No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft. The offense is in shambles with Maurice Jones-Drew hurt, and they're coming off a heartbreaking road loss against the Oakland Raiders.

The Jags lack fight right now, which will allow the Packers to reap the benefits. Most importantly, it allows Cobb more opportunities to do damage.

The Raiders were able to pass on the Jags in Week 7. Brandon Meyers recorded seven receptions, while Darrius Heyward-Bey, Marcel Reece, Denarius Moore and Darren McFadden each had four catches. This is telling for a player like Cobb, because there is no telling where he will line up.

He could be utilized out of the backfield, which saw the Raiders offense morph into eight receptions from their most-used backs. Known deep threats Heyward-Bey and Moore combined for 11 receptions, and Heyward-Bey had a long of 59 yards. Last week, Cobb recorded eight receptions with a long of 39 yards.

Upgrade Carson Palmer to Aaron Rodgers, and this is simply a recipe for disaster for the Jags and success for the Packers offense. The Jags are currently giving up more than 260 yards through the air, while Rodgers averages nearly the same amount. 

Anybody doubting that Cobb will explode statistically must rethink his or her stance. The man is as hot as anybody and will receive plenty of opportunities to shine. Make sure he's in your lineup for Week 8 and beyond.