Greg Jennings: What Fantasy Owners Can Expect from Packers WR vs. Vikings

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 26, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30:  Wide receiver Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers looks on prior to the start of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Although it's much easier said than done with just five weeks left in the season, fantasy owners looking to utilize Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings this weekend must exercise patience.

Jennings is expected to return to the lineup in Week 13 against the Minnesota Vikings, according to head coach Mike McCarthy via's Kevin Seifert

But before fantasy owners go plugging Jennings into their lineups with high hopes, it's important to remember that Jennings has missed the last seven games for the Packers and eight total games this year because of his abdominal injury. And he wasn't exactly lighting it up before taking time off at the start of October to recover.

In three games this season, Jennings has just 12 receptions for 78 yards and one touchdown, averaging just 6.5 yards per catch.

Clearly Jennings is way off his usual production pace, but once he gets comfortable in the Packers' offense he'll no doubt be back to his excelling ways. Starting Jennings would be wise this weekend, just don't expect the Old Spice spokesman to single-handedly win you your matchup.


Vikings' Secondary

Minnesota hasn't been terrible against the pass this season, but it hasn't been good either, ranking 14th in fewest pass yards allowed. The Vikings have shown dents in the armor, surrendering 18 touchdowns through the air in 11 games, which ranks 11th-worst in the NFL.

With Jennings set to get plenty of looks because of his sure hands and crisp route-running, the Vikings will likely roll extra coverage in his direction.

Still, there are fantasy points to be had for Jennings against Minnesota in Week 13. The Vikings have dropped three of four games overall and are becoming shaky on both sides of the ball, especially on defense.

Minnesota is giving up close to 30 points per game over its last four, which means plenty of scoring opportunities for Jennings and Green Bay.


Week 13 Outlook

With Greg Jennings making his return at home, I expect him to settle in quickly, although he will have to adjust to the speed of the game as well as the physical contact from the Vikings' corners and safeties.

Look for Jennings to be targeted by quarterback Aaron Rodgers around 10 times on Sunday. He won't catch them all but he should reel in a handful of balls for solid chunks of yardage. I also like Jennings to get a few looks in the red zone when the Packers drive deep into Minnesota territory. 

If Jennings scores a touchdown this weekend it will likely come from a red-zone isolation play rather than a deep bomb or big play.

Projection: 5 receptions, 65 yards, 1 touchdown


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