Fantasy Football: Is Jermichael Finley Back Following His Week 11 Performance?

Ryan LesterSenior Writer INovember 18, 2012

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 18: Jermichael Finley #88 of the Green Bay Packers runs for a first down as Ricardo Silva #39 and Chris Houston #23 of the Detroit Lions give chase during the third quarter of the game at Ford Field on November 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The Packers defeated the Lions 24-20.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley caught his first touchdown pass since the season opener in the Packers' Week 11 win over the Detroit Lions. Is he back?

Not only did Finley snap his scoreless streak, he topped 40 yards for the first time since Week 4.

Among his catches were a 20-yard touchdown and a 40-yard grab en route to three catches for 66 yards.

It appears that the bye week came at the right time for Finley. He averaged 16.8 yards in his five prior games. You don't have to be a fantasy expert to realize that wasn't cutting it.

Unfortunately, a lot of the fantasy owners who drafted Finley have dropped him already. Those who did hang on to Finley likely had him on their benches.

Before you consider Finley all the way back, keep in mind that he was playing the Lions. They have allowed six touchdown passes to tight ends this season.

They have also allowed five different tight ends to top 60 yards this year.

Finley has had a history of success against Detroit. He has four touchdowns in seven games.

I'm not trying to say his performance was a fluke, but I'm asking you to temper your expectations.

If Finley is available on your waiver wire, there is good reason to add him. For starters, Aaron Rodgers is easily one of the best quarterbacks in the league.

Finley also has some solid matchups coming up. He faces the New York Giants, the Minnesota Vikings, the Detroit Lions, the Chicago Bears and the Tennessee Titans from Week 12-16.

Perhaps he can salvage his season by finishing on a strong note.


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