Jordy Nelson: Backup Week 9 Fantasy Options for Injured Packers WR

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 4, 2012

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 14:  Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers looks on during the third quarter against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Despite a slow start to the 2012 season, the Green Bay Packers and star wide receiver Jordy Nelson have once again returned to fantasy prominence. However, after suffering a hamstring injury two weeks ago that cost him a week on the bench, Nelson's fantasy outlook for Week 9 is once again bleak.

According to FOX’s NFL insider Jay Glazer, Nelson has improved over the last week since missing the team’s Week 8 game but still remains questionable leading into Green Bay’s matchup with the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday:

RT @nickweidman: @jayglazer How's jordy nelson looking for Sunday?>much better shape than he was in this time last wk but still iffy

— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) November 2, 2012

The hope is that Nelson will be back sooner rather than later, but with the injury to Greg Jennings showing the Packers how not to handle a soft-tissue injury, the team is likely to rest their star wide receiver until he is 100 percent healthy.


Short-Term Fix

James Jones or Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

It’s Week 9, and every win counts for your fantasy team. While it’s understandable that the Packers would sit their star WR, you can’t explain that to an irrational fantasy football owner; they just need answers.

If you are in trouble and looking for a short-term replacement, look to the other Packers’ receivers for assistance—namely James Jones and Randall Cobb.

With veteran star Greg Jennings already on the mend and Nelson likely to miss the team’s Week 9 matchup with the Cardinals, someone has to catch the passes Aaron Rodgers is slinging. That’s where Jones and Cobb step up.

It is impossible to figure out which will be the star Rodgers targets the most or which will have the best statistical day, but both will be better options that almost anyone else on the waiver wire.


Long-Term Backup

Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans

While many Jordy Nelson owners will be looking for a one- or two-week fix, the truly elite fantasy players realize how a hamstring issue can affect a player throughout a season. The Packers star could return to the lineup and re-aggravate the injury almost immediately.

As a fantasy professional, you have to think not only short term but long term.

With Jennings’ groin issue and Nelson dealing with his hamstring injury, staying away from Green Bay wide receivers all together is the smart move. Instead, you should be taking a risk on a young player with tons of upside, like Tennessee Titans rookie Kendall Wright.

Wright has begun to fully acclimate himself to the NFL and leads his team with 40 catches through the first eight weeks of the season. While picking the rookie up isn’t the flashiest move, this is the kind of player that can spot-start if Nelson’s injury flares up again down the line.

If you are a fantasy owner looking not just for a temporary fix but for a backup you can trust to fill in anywhere, Kendall Wright is your waiver-wire savior.


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