Jordy Nelson: WR's Injury Paves Way for Greg Jennings' Return to Fantasy Stardom

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IDecember 4, 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 has been a flop for fantasy owners this season, but good things come to those who wait.

The Green Bay Packers veteran receiver has only posted 124 yards and touchdown through Week 13, in large part due to the fact that he's only played in four games as he has battled injury.

But he was activated for the first time since Week 4 last week against the Minnesota Vikings and was targeted a team-high eight times as Jordy Nelson went down with an injury of his own.

Now it's looking like Nelson won't play in Week 14 against the Detroit Lions, according to ESPN.

This could finally be the breakout game Jennings owners have been waiting for.

Jennings didn't have a terribly productive game against the Vikings last week, catching four balls for 46 yards, but it was also his first game back from injury. Now that Nelson appears to be out of the fold, expect Jennings to make the most of his opportunities against the Lions on Sunday.

The Lions can be beat through the air, as they have shown the past few weeks. They gave up 391 yards and four touchdowns to Andrew Luck last week in the heart-breaking 35-33 loss against the Indianapolis Colts.

The last time the Packers played the Lions (in Week 11), Aaron Rodgers passed for 236 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-20 victory. Nothing spectacular, but nonetheless productive.

Jennings owners have been waiting for the veteran to come alive this season, and the Packers host a reeling Lions team on Sunday that has lost its last four games. This is as good a time as any to take a chance on the talented wideout.

Another item of note: Jennings has posted 702 yards and five touchdowns in 10 career games against the Lions. He had 74 yards and a touchdown against them last season.

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