Greg Jennings: Returning WR Is a Must-Start in Fantasy Lineups

Richard LangfordCorrespondent INovember 27, 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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Fantasy owners, it is time to unshackle Greg Jennings from your bench. 

The Packers wide receiver has played in just three games this season, and he has not hit the field in game action since the Packers played the Saints in Week 4. However, it appears the star wideout is ready to return. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter passed along this positive bit of news. 

Packers HC Mike McCarthy said he believes WR Greg Jennings will be ready to play Sunday vs. Minnesota.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 26, 2012

Obviously, you'll want to monitor his status to make sure there are no setbacks, but it is safe to begin planning your lineup with him in it. 

Yes, Jennings has missed considerable time, and he will be rusty, but he will still produce. 

The biggest problem holding Jennings back will be getting up to game speed and condition, and while this may limit the number of snaps he is on the field for, quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be looking his way often. 

These two have been playing together for long enough that the chemistry between the two will be readily accessible, and Jennings knows this offense. He will be in the right place at the right time. There will be no learning curve in this regard.  

The Packers will be facing the Minnesota Vikings this week, and the Vikings have been playing solid pass defense on the season. They have allowed the 11th-fewest points to fantasy receivers, and they are seventh in the league in yards allowed per pass. 

However, that defense has been slipping, and over its last three games, the Vikings defense has allowed 6.9 yards per pass, which would rank it 19th on the season. 

Last week, the Vikings allowed the Bears' Brandon Marshall 12 catches for 92 yards, and the game before that they allowed Calvin Johnson 12 catches for 207 yards and a touchdown. 

Greg Jennings may not have a monster game this Saturday, but he will produce, and he is a must-start in fantasy.