Jordy Nelson: Other Packers WRs to Start to Replace Injured Star

Ben Chodos@bchodosCorrespondent IIOctober 27, 2012

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 21:  Wide receiver Randall Cobb #18 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates his 39 yard touchdown reception against the St. Louis Rams with wide receiver Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers in the fourth quarter at Edward Jones Dome on October 21, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. The Packers defeated the Rams 30-20.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Jordy Nelson has been torching defenses in recent weeks, but he may miss the Green Bay Packers’ upcoming game against the Jacksonville Jaguars due to a hamstring injury. This gives the other Packers wideouts massive fantasy value this week. 

The Wisconsin State Journal reported that Nelson hurt his hamstring in practice this past Wednesday and remains questionable for this Sunday’s game. 

This is a serious blow to the Packers offense, as Nelson leads the team in catches and receiving yardage. He has been unstoppable in recent games, recording 243 yards, 17 receptions and four touchdowns in the past two weeks.

Fantasy owners who have Nelson on their teams should continue to monitor his status up until kickoff at 1 p.m. ET. If he plays, he will still be productive.

However, Green Bay has already dealt with a recurring muscle injury to their other star receiver, Greg Jennings. The team will likely remain cautious with Nelson and allow James Jones and Randall Cobb to receive more opportunities. 

Here is why both Cobb and Jones must be started this week.


Randall Cobb

The second-year receiver out of Kentucky has seen his role in the offense steadily increase during his time in Green Bay.

Cobb is a versatile player who can be effective on the outside, in the slot, or even in the backfield. He has 37 receptions for 435 yards and three touchdowns on the season.

His production has been stellar with Jennings out, and he has three touchdown catches in the past three games. Cobb is immensely talented and his production has improved as he has become more comfortable with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense.

Whether Nelson is inactive or forced to take a lesser role due to his hamstring injury, Cobb will be as involved in the offense as he has ever been during his brief career. This will allow him to post excellent fantasy numbers.


James Jones

Jones’ seven touchdown catches this season ties him with A.J. Green and Victor Cruz for the NFL lead. This has shown how much he has stepped up with Jennings on the sideline.

If Nelson joins Jennings this weekend, Jones will play an even bigger role and his production will increase.

If the Packers end up using Jones and Cobb as their starting wide receivers this Sunday, the offense will still post impressive numbers. The matchup is still Rodgers against the Jaguars defense, and the reigning MVP is capable of shredding Jacksonville’s secondary with receivers significantly less talented than Jones and Cobb.

Do not expect the Green Bay passing attack to miss a beat, regardless of Nelson’s involvement in Sunday’s game. This will lead to fine performances from both Cobb and Jones.