Jordy Nelson: Fantasy Owners Shouldn't Rely on Packers WR Until After Bye Week

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIINovember 1, 2012

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 21:  Wide receiver Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers makes a nine yard pass reception as cornerback Cortland Finnegan #31 of the St. Louis Rams is penalized for unnecessary roughness on the tackle 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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Don't make a hasty decision to dump Jordy Nelson from your fantasy team just yet. Reports out of Green Bay indicate the Packers wide receiver could miss his second consecutive game with a hamstring injury, per Kevin Seifert of ESPN.

With the bye week for the Packers next week, that could then equate to three weeks of inactivity for Nelson. I understand how that could create the temptation to cut him loose, especially if you're feeling desperate because of a slow start or a highly competitive league.

That said, it should also allow him ample time to get back to 100 percent—or at least as close to it as possible. In this very possible scenario, Nelson would return to action in Week 11 against the Detroit Lions.

Depending on the league, that should give fantasy owners three or four regular-season weeks to benefit from a fresh and healthy Nelson. We all know that can mean a hefty number of fantasy points from the wide receiver position.

He has already accumulated 40 receptions for 532 yards and five touchdowns.

In the meantime, his teammate and Packers veteran Donald Driver may be worth a look for Sunday. He has slipped significantly on the team's depth chart this season. He has only six catches, but with Nelson possibly resting against the Arizona Cardinals and Greg Jennings out, per ESPN, the 37-year-old could play a bigger role.

Per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Driver had limited participation in Wednesday's practice because of a neck and thumb injury. However, because he participated at all and because of the team's injury predicament, there is still a chance he plays.

I'd monitor this situation closely. If you have an expendable spot on your roster, I'd grab Driver quickly. If Nelson is ruled inactive and Driver plays on Sunday, he would be a decent play at a flex position.

You could always dump him after Nelson returns and add depth to another needed position.

Nelson still has great potential to pay huge dividends down the stretch and into your fantasy league playoffs. The Packers organization may actually be doing you a favor by preserving his health.


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