It wasn't always pretty, but Jordy Nelson had a solid fantasy performance against the Seattle Seahawks Thursday night. However, fantasy owners are expecting more than solid.
Nelson had a pass deflect off of his hands result in an interception, and the Packers offense looked very rusty at times, but the 29-year-old still managed to pull in nine catches for 83 yards in the 36-16 loss.
More importantly, he saw 14 targets on Aaron Rodgers' 33 attempts.
Playing on the opposite side of the field of Richard Sherman, who saw zero throws his way, will tend to create that kind of usage, but it's clear Nelson is Rodgers' No. 1 option. That's going to be an extremely valuable role in an offense that will be far more efficient against lesser defenses.
If you're underwhelmed by Nelson's night—perhaps because he averaged just 9.2 yards per catch and didn't score a touchdown—don't panic. He's a candidate to lead the league in receptions, and he was about a foot away from scoring a touchdown early in the game. If he's owned by someone else who's feeling uneasy, buy low.
Nelson was drafted as a low-end WR1. An average performance against an elite pass defense does nothing to suggest that won't happen.