Jordy Nelson's Injury Woes Proves Fantasy Owners Must Bench WR for Playoffs

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 3, 2012

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 18: Jordy Nelson #87 runs for a first down as Chris Houston #23 of the Detroit Lions attempts to make the stop 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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Jordy Nelson came into the year with high expectations, but he has been largely disappointing as a fantasy football player this season. As a result, it is time to give up on the talented receiver for the remainder of the year.

As the No. 2 receiver on the Green Bay Packers, Nelson had a breakout year last season. He finished with 1,263 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns, which ranked third in the entire NFL.

This year, however, his production has severely decreased. With only four weeks remaining, the receiver has only 658 receiving yards and six touchdowns. 

One of the reasons for this dip has been injuries. Nelson dealt with a hamstring injury earlier in the year and missed two games as a result. Since that point, the receiver has only caught six passes in three games.

Unfortunately, those problems are creeping up again, as he is once again sidelined with a hamstring injury.

John Clayton of ESPN reported that the five-year veteran was forced to leave his team's Week 13 game against the Minnesota Vikings early in the first half.


Packers announced Jordy Nelson has hamstring injury. Return is questionable.

— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) December 2, 2012


He did not return and ended with only one catch for 10 yards.

With a second muscle injury, the Packers are certain to be very cautious about a possible return. This could lead him to being out or limited for a few weeks as the team prepares for the playoffs.

To make matters worse, Green Bay is one of the few teams that can handle this type of loss with ease.

Randall Cobb and James Jones have had outstanding years while Nelson and Greg Jennings have dealt with injuries.

The two have combined for 1,210 receiving yards this year with an impressive 16 touchdowns. Now that Jennings has returned and was healthy enough for 46 receiving yards on Sunday, the Packers are just fine at receiver.

Even if Nelson is able to play, this logjam will prevent him from being a trustworthy option in a fantasy lineup anyway.

Most of Jordy Nelson's production from this season came from three games in the middle of the year. In these contests, he had 25 catches for 336 yards with five touchdowns. For the rest of the year, he has 322 receiving yards on 21 catches with only one touchdown. 

This is not someone who should be started on a fantasy team at any point, especially during your league's playoffs.

It is hard to give up on a high draft pick with potential, but it is time to call this one a lost cause if you want to win your league.