After coming off a season ending ACL tear in his right knee, a major disappointment to Green Bay Packers fans and fantasy owners alike last year, star wide receiver Jordy Nelson claims to be ready to go for the upcoming season.
The Packers reportedly are planning to take it easy with him, however, limiting his workout load and easing him into training camp. With only a couple of weeks left until August and preseason football, it seems the Packers will remain cautious with their star-studded WR until it matters.
— NFL Injury News (@NFLInjuryNws) July 14, 2016
This recent news should not be cause for concern for fantasy football owners interested in Nelson. While taking a season off can be detrimental to some players, Nelson has worked hard and looks sharp. Besides, the chemistry that Nelson and star quarterback Aaron Rodgers have demonstrated together is undeniable. Nelson returning to the line-up should open up the passing game for Rodgers, which seemed to struggle at key moments, with Rodgers relying several times on his tight ends to pick up the slack left by his receivers.
Nelson adds an indescribable dynamic to the team that was greatly missed last season. With plenty of time since OTAs to refresh the rhythm that Rodgers and Nelson have perfected over the last couple seasons, Nelson can be expected to put up fantasy numbers that will rival his 2014-2015 season.
When it comes to 2016 fantasy football leagues, Nelson should once again outperform a vast majority of receivers.
If he resembles any likeness to his 2014-2015 form, where he picked up over 1,500 yards on just under 100 receptions for 13 touchdowns, you can be sure he will be a reliable pick up in fantasy drafts. Rodgers should be looking to Nelson early and often, and with this deadly duo back together, they should have plenty of field days against the overall poor defenses in the NFC.
Currently being drafted early in round two of standard 12-team leagues, Nelson could be a serious value at or just a little after his current ADP.