The Green Bay Packers already lost #1 wide receiver Jordy Nelson earlier this year to a torn ACL. About a week after seeing him go down, new #1 option Randall Cobb went down with a shoulder injury. The Packers faithful naturally feared the worst, but it was quickly determined that Cobb had not suffered a serious injury. Of course, that doesn’t mean he’s 100%.
Going into the first game of the 2015 NFL season, Cobb is admittedly not at full strength and could be a shaky play in fantasy football leagues. His role is obviously fantastic as Aaron Rodgers’ top target. The matchup with the Chicago Bears, one of the worst defenses against fantasy wide receivers, is clearly sublime.
Cobb’s health is a big red flag, however, as he’s still not 100% and his status has yet to officially change. A recent tweet by Green Bay beat writer Rob Demovsky tells fantasy owners what they don’t want to hear: that Cobb is still limited in practice.
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) September 10, 2015
It’s entirely possible Cobb’s issue is of the pain threshold variety or that he feels way better come Sunday. It’s also just as likely that his range of motion isn’t very good, that he’s used more as a decoy, or even further injures himself.
For now, it looks like Cobb will face the Bears. Due to his talent and upside, there’s no reason why managers in season long fantasy football leagues should shy away from him. He was drafted to be a vital piece of your starting lineup, so as long as he’s out there, you should give him the chance to start returning on the investment of an early round draft pick.
DFS fantasy football leagues are a different matter. You have to pay up big bucks to land Randall Cobb on most DFS sites, and the risk factor may be too great to account for it. With loads of cheap value picks at wide receiver (John Brown and Cobb’s teammate Davante Adams to name two), you don’t need to spend on Cobb to find week one success.