Green Bay players are hard to come by on the fantasy waiver wire, and for good reason. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is a fantasy beast who makes his living on airing the ball out and spreading the love to a multitude of players, which makes any potential pass catcher an appealing option. Friday’s injury report included five of the team’s main defensive players – headlined by defensive tackle Mike Daniels – so even against a Cincinnati Bengals offense that has not yet scored a touchdown this year, it would be hard to plug in an incomplete defensive unit into a fantasy lineup. There may be some guys still widely available that could end up having a larger role in Sunday’s game, but it will all depend on how their injured players feel come game time.
The only issue on the offensive side of the ball that fantasy owners will have to be concerned with this week is waiting to hear about injury news from a couple of their top receivers. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are both listed on the team’s injury report that was released on Friday. Nelson (questionable) appears to be in line to play this week, but Cobb (doubtful) is less likely to suit up. Davante Adams is injury-free for the time being so at least one of the main receivers will be on the field for sure. But if one or both of the other two top targets are unable to play against the Bengals then there will be more looks to go around to some guys lower on the depth chart.
One of those guys is second year wideout Geronimo Allison, who had a pseudo-breakout in the last two regular season games of 2016. He was on the field for 61 snaps against the Falcons last week – because of those injuries to Nelson and Cobb – and reeled in 3 receptions for 24 yards. He was only targeted 5 times during the game, but if the Bengals’ defense keys in on locking down the other top receivers then he could be in line for an extended amount of targets and be worthy of a flex spot if one or both of those other receivers are out.
The next guys in line for more looks are the backup tight ends, Richard Rodgers and Lance Kendricks. Kendricks – a former touchdown vulture for the Rams – served as the “second string” tight end in the opener as he outplayed Rodgers 21 snaps to 5, but it was Rodgers who made a bigger impact with a pair of catches in last week’s game. In the case of one or both of Nelson and Cobb being unable to play, both of the reserve tight ends would likely see an uptick in their usage. If I had to choose between the two I would give the edge to Kendricks, who has been on the field for 21.5 percent of the team’s offensive snaps so far this year compared to Rodgers’ 9.5 percent.
Another flex player to keep an eye on is Trevor Davis, who is another second year receiver. He did not factor much into the game last week with just one target – which he hauled in for a 9-yard gain – but since he serves as the team’s main punt returner there is also the potential for extra points if your league counts punt return stats. He would be more of a speculative add in the deepest of leagues, only garnering a little more interest if both Nelson and Cobb end up not playing.
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