Greg Jennings: Fantasy Owners Should Not Drop Injured Packers WR

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistOctober 25, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30:  Wide receiver Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers looks on prior to the start of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Unless you play in a league where you have essentially no bench spots, don't drop Greg Jennings, in spite Thursday's announcement that he will undergo surgery to repair his injured groin: (h/t ESPN)

Packers WR Greg Jennings said he will undergo groin surgery, expects to return this season.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 25, 2012

According to Green Bay Press-Gazzette sports editor Mike Vandermause, the surgery is coming sooner, rather than later:

Actually, Greg Jennings said he will have surgery on Tuesday, not Wed. Will take place in Philadelphia.

— Mike Vandermause (@MikeVandermause) October 25, 2012

Here's the thing: Jennings is going to get back onto the field for Green Bay at some point in 2012.

Chances are that Jennings isn't going to get back on the field until the final week of your regular season or after your playoffs have started.

You can't count on him to help you get into the playoffs—but he could be a dynamic addition to your lineup once the playoffs have started.

We've seen the kind of production that Jennings provides when he's healthy, and while he may no longer be an elite fantasy wide receiver, he's still better than 80 percent of the receivers being started on a weekly basis.

So while those of us who have Jennings on our rosters have run out of patience with the veteran, don't allow your impatience to result in someone you might face in the playoffs having the opportunity to end your season by starting Jennings against you once he returns.

Keep Greg Jennings on your bench.

It costs you nothing to do so, and there is no harm in holding onto a receiver who hauls in 100 receptions for 1,000 yards and close to 10 touchdowns on a yearly basis.

Especially when Aaron Rodgers is his quarterback.