Greg Jennings: Fantasy Owners Should Keep WR on Bench Regardless of Status

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 30: Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers runs after a catch against the Kansas City Chiefs during a preseason game at Lambeau Field on August 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Chiefs 24-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Greg Jennings has spent most of the season on the bench for the Green Bay Packers. That is where he should stay on your fantasy team.

After totaling at least 900 receiving yards in each of the last five years with 46 touchdowns in that span, Jennings came into the year with high expectations. 

Unfortunately, a groin injury has kept the receiver off of the field. He has only played in three of the team's 10 games and has caught only 12 passes in that time.

This has to be a source of frustration for both the player and fantasy owners around the country who likely used a high draft pick on him.

To make things worse for this group, the Packers have barely missed him.

Randall Cobb and James Jones have filled in nicely as secondary options to Jordy Nelson. So far this season, they have combined for 1,069 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. Jennings will get some of that production when he returns, but not all of it.

The Western Michigan product has not played since September, but his return could be soon.

He was listed as questionable all week leading up to the Sunday night game against the New York Giants, as opposed to the doubtful that has been stuck by his name throughout most of the year.

However, Adam Schefter of ESPN believes that he will have to wait at least one more week:


Despite being listed as questionable, Packers WR Greg Jennings unlikely to play tonight vs. Giants.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 25, 2012


While this is not ideal, it is better to wait a week instead of re-injuring a muscle. 

It is also important to use caution as a fantasy owner. It is unknown how the targets will be divided among the plethora of Packers receivers and tight ends, so it is a better idea to wait.

If Jennings comes back and gets close to double-digit targets, you should keep him in your lineup for the rest of the year.

Otherwise, the talented player should remain on your bench until he proves that he is a valuable fantasy option.

With games against the Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans still remaining on the schedule, he should be worth the wait.