Jordy Nelson was forced from Sunday’s game in the 1st quarter with a hamstring injury and finished with just 1 catch – not exactly what fantasy owners needed in the all important week 13. Nelson owners might be forced to the waiver wire since the Packer #1 WR’s status appears to be in major jeopardy for week 14′s matchup with a Detroit defense that was just torched by Andrew Luck.
Nelson had a breakout 2011 campaign (15 TDs) but injuries and Randall Cobb’s emergence have resulted in a regression in 2012. The 5th year WR from Kansas State is averaging 60 YPG with 6 TDs through 12 games.
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Nelson missed weeks 8/9 with a hamstring injury and his status for the fantasy playoffs is in danger. The Packers are fighting for the NFC North title (now tied with Chicago) so will be motivated to get their top WR back as soon as possible.
Aaron Rodgers struggled with Nelson sidelined (had just 1 TD in week 13) but did toss 6 TDs during week 8/9 matchups with Arizona and Jacksonville. He should be just fine especially considering the return of Greg Jennings in week 13.
Randall Cobb figures to draw added defensive attention as long as Nelson is out but should remain a solid WR2 option. On the season the 2nd year WR from Kentucky is averaging 5 catches for 56 yards with 7 TDs. Veteran Greg Jennings should vault back into the WR2/WR3 discussion (provided his groin holds up) as he’s likely to fill Nelson’s Z-WR slot. Fear of James Jones demise was short-lived as he hauled in his team leading 9th TD in the week 13 win and will retain relevance as long as Nelson is in street clothes.
Green Bay benefits from favorable matchups during the fantasy playoff weeks as they face Detroit (12th ranked pass defense) and Tennessee (27th) in weeks 14 and 16. A week 15 trip to Soldier Field to face the Bears 6th ranked pass defense will provide a stiff test but Chicago’s secondary suffered multiple injuries in the week 13 loss to Seattle (A-Rod had just 219 yards and 1 TD during the week 3 meeting in Lambeau).