Jordy Nelson has been one of the top wide receivers in the NFL throughout the majority of his career. He had a massive season last year for the Green Bay Packers and got off to a hot start in 2017 as well. Unfortunately, his production has disappeared since Aaron Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone earlier this year.
Throughout the course of the 2017 season thus far, Nelson has caught 43 passes for 410 yards and six touchdowns. All six of those touchdowns came with Rodgers throwing him the football.
To give you an idea of how little Nelson has been used by Hundley, he has caught just 18 passes since the injury. That production has hurt quite a few fantasy football teams and with the playoffs having already started or coming up, there are quite a few wondering if he can turn it around in Week 14 against a weak Cleveland Browns’ team.
Last week against Tampa Bay, Nelson ended up catching five passes. It was his highest total with Hundley at quarterback, but he only recorded 17 yards. That won’t get the job done for a fantasy football starting spot.
Just another reassurance that QB play is everything…
Jordy Nelson's last 3 games:
vs. BAL: 2 rec, 24 yards
at PIT: 3 rec, 11 yards
vs. TB: 5 rec, 17 yards
— Arrick Upton (@ArrickUpton) December 4, 2017
Looking ahead at this week’s matchup, the Packers are going up against the No. 17 ranked pass defense. It certainly opens the door for Hundley to have more opportunities than he has had to target Nelson.
That being said, don’t expect Nelson to drop a 20-point fantasy week. He will be competing with Davante Adams and Randall Cobb for touches, along with rookie running backs Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones finding their stride and becoming an extremely dangerous and productive duo.
If you are in a three wide receiver league, however, Nelson could be an intriguing play. He could also be an interesting FLEX option if you don’t have many better options to choose from.
Adams has become the Packers’ No. 1 target since Hundley took over the starting job. Cobb has disappeared as well for the most part, but Mike McCarthy has a lot of confidence in Hundley. Just a couple short weeks ago, Hundley showed flashes of starting potential with 245 yards and three touchdowns against a tough Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense.
Expect to see Nelson get more involved in the offense in Week 14. McCarthy tried to get the football to him a lot more against Tampa Bay and that should continue in Cleveland. Nelson might just be able to sneak in a 10-point performance or more.