Jordy Nelson: Fantasy Owners Must Get Packers WR Back into Week 11 Lineups

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistNovember 17, 2012

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 21:  Wide receiver Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers celebrate their three yard touchdown reception against the St. Louis Rams in the first 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 needs to be in your starting lineup this week when the Green Bay Packers (6-3) head south to Ford Field to take on the Detroit Lions (4-5) in what is a pivotal NFC North matchup with far reaching implications for both teams.

Go ahead and make the switch now before you forget.

I'll wait.

Not convinced, I see.

OK, allow me to explain why Nelson needs to be in your starting lineup.

Nelson, who hasn't contributed to fantasy squads since Week 7 against the St. Louis Rams and has missed the past few weeks with a hamstring injury, is probable for the game according to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

The key injuries: Sam Shields is questionable and Jordy Nelson is probable for the #Packers Sunday.

— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) November 16, 2012

While Detroit ranks seventh in NFL against the pass, allowing only 213 passing yards per game, Aaron Rodgers is going to have success throwing the ball against the Lions, especially with Nelson back in the fold.

In two games against the Lions in 2011, Nelson had 14 receptions for 253 yards and four touchdowns.

Over the last two games in which Nelson played in 2012, he had 17 receptions for 243 yards and four touchdowns.

He's as big a part of the Packers offense as he's ever been, and with Greg Jennings still out of action after groin surgery, Nelson is going to be targeted early and often by the reigning NFL MVP.

In standard scoring leagues, Nelson will be good for at least 14 points, 80 yards receiving and a touchdown.

In PPR leagues, Nelson is going to have a monster day, with at least five receptions added to the mix.

Remember, those are low-end projections. Nelson can, and likely will, surpass them against the Lions.

Get him in your lineup now before you forget. You'll be sorry you left him on your bench.