On Sunday, Packers receiver Jordy Nelson went down with a torn ACL after trying to make a cut and was not contacted on the play.
Nelson was expected to be a huge contributor, both in real life football and fantasy football. As Aaron Rodgers’ top target, he was being drafted in fantasy football leagues as a number one wideout. Because fantasy football is all we really care about now (Unless you’re a Packers fan. Sorry guys), here is the impact it should have on your squad.
I expect Aaron Rodgers to be just fine without Nelson. Don’t forget he is the best quarterback in the NFL and made guys like Nelson and Randall Cobb the receivers that they are. The Packers run a lot of plays with three receivers and he will have plenty of opportunities to distribute the ball. The Packers are probably the best team in the NFL at developing wide receivers so I would expect someone else to emerge to take Nelson’s place.
Now that Nelson is out Randall Cobb will become the number one target for Rodgers this season. He was already expected to have another huge year so this should not impact him at all. The receiver most likely to benefit from the Nelson injury is Davante Adams. People around the Packers have been raving about the second-year receiver for his improvement in the off-season. Adams will step into Nelson’s spot on the outside and should now pretty much be a lock for a 1,000 yard season if he can stay healthy.
If you had Nelson on your team, you probably won’t be able to pick up Adams as he was a popular late draft pick this year. If that’s the case, the receiver you want to target is second-year man Jeff Janis. Janis reminds me a lot of Nelson with his impressive combination of size and speed. He has also been in the Packers system for a one season and has been performing well enough this preseason that he should earn the number three receiver role for the Packers. A lot of people will talk about rookie receiver Ty Montgomery as the guy you want to target as a the Packers third receiver, but I don’t see it. He is a rookie, after all, and he is more suited to a slot role at this point in his career.