Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings has played just three games this season, scoring only 12 fantasy points in the process. It has led to a lot of frustration among his owners, which could turn into a golden trade opportunity.
Jennings will be sidelined for at least three weeks due to an abdominal tear, according to Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. His surgery has been delayed due to Hurricane Sandy, but it doesn't appear the overall timetable will change.
In fantasy terms, that means Jennings is still expected back for the playoffs, if not a few weeks earlier. Owners that have been having to deal with his injury issues might not be willing to wait that long, though. Therefore, making a trade offer is a wise move.
Even though Jennings has struggled to stay on the field this season, his track record speaks for itself. He had five straight seasons with at least 900 receiving yards and caught nine or more touchdowns four times over that span.
When healthy, he's incredibly productive. Adding a player of his caliber to a roster without having to give up a key piece would be a terrific move, especially for teams already on track to make the playoffs, who can survive without him right now.
While there are certainly risks involved—there's always a chance Jennings suffers a setback and doesn't return—they are outweighed by the potential reward. He could be the player that turns a playoff team into a championship team.
Simply put, players like him don't come available on the trade market often. If an owner is willing to invest an early pick on a star, they are usually willing to stick with him until the season ends, even if he's struggling.
Jennings is a unique case, though. Owners haven't had to just deal with lackluster production, but constant absences from the lineup as well. It has probably cost them at least a couple of wins along the way.
His overall value has plummeted. Instead of having to trade an elite running back or high-level quarterback in order to get him, Jennings owners might be desperate enough to let him go for more of a mid-range option.
The return would be zero if he doesn't return as expected, but since the investment wouldn't be as large as normal for a star receiver, that's acceptable. On the flip side, if he returns to form in time for the fantasy playoffs, it's a massive steal.
Not all Jennings owners are going to give up on him, but it's worth checking. Otherwise, another owner will capitalize on the opportunity first.