Jordy Nelson was a wildly productive fantasy player to start the season. He rewarded those that had faith in him with six touchdowns in the first four games he played (he missed Week 2) and strong points totals on a weekly basis. And then, disaster.
Aaron Rodgers’ broken collarbone has been a killer for the Packers offense, and perhaps no fantasy players have felt it more harshly than Jordy Nelson owners, especially considering the first round price people paid for him.
After picking up just 48 yards on five catches in the two games that Brett Hundley has started, we have to ask just what you can do if you are a Jordy Nelson owner…
The dynasty trade
The great thing about dynasty or keeper leagues is that when a player gets injured, or their circumstances significantly change for the year, it’s not the end of the road.
If you’re in a league that allows players to roll into next season, the likelihood is that Jordy Nelson is going to be one of those players that you keep. This means that he still has some trade value. If you’re in the midst of a battle for the playoffs, or sitting pretty atop your division and want ammunition for the final weeks, trading Nelson to a struggling team that could use a 2018 roster boost is a good option.
A player like Alshon Jeffery, who while he is producing this season has little keeper value due to his impending free agency, could certainly be someone you would be able to land.
Cross your fingers
Nelson is still able to work himself free. He caught four of his seven targets on Monday night, and while it was for 35 yards, he was at least targeted deep on two occasions by Hundley. While he was well covered by Darius Slay both times, the willingness to go to him down the field is a good sign. If the Packers can take those shots in less obvious situations then Nelson might just be able to make the big plays he needs to stay relevant.
The waiver wire add
You’re not going to find a #1 receiver on an elite passing offense on the waiver wire in Week 10, but still, there are some leagues where players like Robby Anderson (45.7% owned), Corey Davis (32.5%), and Robert Woods (26.3%) are available. These guys aren’t sure things, but they are big play guys with some level of consistency, especially Anderson.
The streaming strategy
It’s risky, but you can bench Nelson and sift through the waiver wire weekly to find an ideal matchup. The likes of Travis Benjamin, Terrance Williams, or Bennie Fowler may sometimes hit, but I’d rather take my chances with Nelson.
It’s not the end
A scenario like Rodgers’ injury can be deeply frustrating to fantasy players who were leaning on Nelson’s production, but it’s not the end of the world. You’ll have to put a little more time into managing your lineup because you no longer have a no-brainer in your WR1 spot, but you can find a way though it. Never give up!
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