This fantasy football season there are a lot of great wide receivers available. But in the last week two of the most promising fantasy receivers suffered season ending injuries. Those players were Kelvin Benjamin and Jordy Nelson. The latter of which will drastically change the fantasy outlook for his entire team. I’m going to breakdown exactly what Nelson’s injury means for his fellow star wide receiver Randall Cobb.
First of all, Cobb while playing with Nelson was considered to be about the 10th ranked wide receiver in the league with Nelson being ranked as the 5th wide receiver. I believe that with the injury to Nelson, Cobb jumps all the way and becomes the new 4th best wide receiver in fantasy drafts. Considering that Cobb finished 6th amongst all fantasy wide receivers last season I believe finishing 4th is extremely conceivable, assuming Cobb and quarterback Aaron Rodgers stay healthy all year.
The only wide receivers I see finishing ahead of Cobb this year are Antonio Brown, Dez Bryant, and Demaryius Thomas. If you play in a PPR league I’d rank Cobb 2nd only behind Brown. Now, of course there is the argument that not having Nelson on the team will make Cobb easier to defend, but for Cobb’s specific situation I don’t subscribe to that logic. Teams will still have to worry about Eddie Lacy running the ball and sophomore Davante Adams stretching the field. If teams want to double cover Cobb they will get burned in the run game, if they stack the box they will get burned in the pass game, so Green Bay will once again be forcing their opponents into a pick your poison type of situation.
I see Cobb running a variety of routes from both inside receiving positions and outside. I also expect the Packers to try to get the ball to Cobb in a variety of situations, and just try to give the playmaker space to play with. Imagine a player with the downfield prowess of Steve Smith in his prime, mixed with the pure potential of a player like Percy Harvin, and that is the performance Randall Cobb is going to give you this season. While Cobb has been very dominant in the past, this season will be Cobb’s year to really establish himself with the Antonio Browns of the league, and I suspect he will do just that.
Cobb should be drafted 12th-16th overall in standard leagues, and 6th or 7th in PPR leagues. This might seem high, but trust me. You do not want to leave Cobb on the board.
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