Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb's Instant Fantasy Reaction After James Jones' Injury
James Jones injured his leg in the first quarter of the Green Bay Packers' Week 6 game against the Baltimore Ravens. From a fantasy perspective, this could lead to more production for both Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.
The extent of Jones' injury is currently unknown, but he will not return against the Ravens, according to the team's official Twitter account:
Joining Jones on the training table, however, is Cobb, who subsequently took a hit late in the first half and was carted to the locker room.
WR Cobb takes low hit and is down after catch in red zone. #GBvsBAL— Green Bay Packers (@packers) October 13, 2013
Nelson and Cobb have been solid this season, each totaling over 300 receiving yards in the first four games of the season. Nelson has scored three touchdowns while Cobb is right behind him with two.
However, Jones has made it a habit to steal big plays away from the two starters. Since getting shut out in the first game against the San Francisco 49ers, he had been the team's leading receiver with 339 yards and two touchdowns entering Week 6.
In Week 5, the veteran totaled 127 yards thanks mostly to an 83-yard touchdown catch.
While both Nelson and Cobb have terrific upside, Cobb's latest injury muddles the situation further.
With both receivers out of the lineup, Nelson would be able to take away these targets and put up even bigger numbers than usual. Nelson is just as capable of targets as Jones and Cobb, and he can capitalize on his opportunities in their absence.
If Cobb can return and not miss significant time, he will once again factor back into the offense. Nelson possesses great hands and knows how to get himself open, while Cobb might be a little better after the catch if he's healthy. But while he's out, it's all about Nelson.
On a team averaging 36.8 passing attempts per game with Aaron Rodgers throwing the football, Nelson immediately becomes incredibly valuable in fantasy. He's a weekly must-start option and would be an excellent trade target if possible. Consider him a strong WR2 at this time.
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