Packers WR Jordy Nelson has reportedly torn his ACL http://t.co/p10LdGAgDj pic.twitter.com/347hkNQyZq— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 23, 2015
The NFL Preseason continues to be a thorn in the side of fantasy football owners. The Green Bay Packers have lost WR Jordy Nelson to a torn ACL after Nelson went down with a non contact injury.
Nelson has been drafted right around pick 20 in fantasy drafts, and going as a top 10 WR, making him a WR1 in a majority of leagues. Without Nelson, the Packers and Aaron Rodgers will turn to Randall Cobb as their #1 target. Cobb was being drafted right around Nelson, with A.J. Green separating the two. With little room to climb in the WR rankings, I wouldn't reach for Cobb higher than he is already being selected. Instead, the real value comes in Davante Adams, who leading up to today was being selected as the 47th WR overall at pick 132. He is now expected to produce WR2 numbers and can be had in the WR3 range, between picks 60-100.
Cobb is now ranked 9th in our Fantasy Football WR Rankings and Adams has moved up to 31st.
Aaron Rodgers is a machine and the loss of Nelson will hurt him some, but should not truly affect his overall fantasy value. That being said, I wasn't ever going to draft him in the top 12 before and I am most definitely not going to do so after he lost Jordy Nelson.
Eddie Lacy could see a boost in his 246 carries from last season and an increase in targets, up from 55 in 2014. Don't let him slide out of the top 5, should Antonio Brown go ahead of Adrian Peterson, Le'Veon Bell, or Jamaal Charles.