Greg Jennings: Fantasy Owners Should Keep Packers WR on Bench in Week 13

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistNovember 28, 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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Greg Jennings is back! Greg Jennings is back! After missing most of the season with a groin injury, Greg Jennings is finally going to play for the Green Bay Packers this week!

However, fantasy owners should keep him on their bench.

Sorry to be a buzzkill, folks.

The primary issue for Jennings is that he'll likely see a limited number of snaps on Sunday. From Jason Wilde of ESPN:

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said during a Tuesday evening press conference that the question with Jennings, who has missed the team’s last seven games and eight of their last 10, is how many snaps he’ll be able to handle against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday at Lambeau Field.

Jennings underwent core muscle injury surgery on Nov. 1 to repair a lower abdominal muscle tear that has bothered him since he first injured it near the end of the Sept. 9 regular-season opener against San Francisco. McCarthy said Tuesday that he expects Jennings to be a full participant in practice Wednesday.

For that reason alone, I think it's really risky to start Jennings this week unless you are in a major bind at the wide receiver position.

However, that isn't the only reason.

There is also the fact that Aaron Rodgers still has plenty of weapons to choose from. Who knows where Jennings will fit into the game plan in his first week back with Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, James Jones and Jermichael Finley all available to Aaron Rodgers as well.

Furthermore, when Jennings was in action this year—albeit not at 100 percent health—he wasn't terribly productive. In standard-scoring leagues, he scored 3.4, 3.5 and 6.9 fantasy points in the three games he played.  

Call this a request for caution. In fantasy, I generally take a "wait and see" approach when players return from injuries and aren't guaranteed to immediately start collecting fantasy points in droves, like an Arian Foster or Drew Brees would.

I'm probably going to sit Jennings in the two leagues I have him in. I have other options I feel comfortable with in his stead, and I don't think he's worth the risk just yet. If all goes well, he'll be in my starting lineup next week.

Sorry to be a buzzkill. 


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