Sep 13, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones (89) makes a touchdown catch over Chicago Bears defensive back Alan Ball (24) during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
WRs –Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, James Jones
Cobb – 5 catches, 38 receiving yards, 1 TD; 9.80 fantasy points
Adams – 4 catches, 59 receiving yards; 5.90 fantasy points
Jones – 4 catches, 51 receiving yards, 2 TDs; 17.10 fantasy points
Outside of the production created by Aaron Rodgers, this is probably the area that performed best on a fantasy scale for Green Bay.
James Jones is the first guy you have to mention here. In his first game back for Green Bay after a season away, he grabbed 4 passes and produced 2 TDs, nearly with a third (it was called back on a holding penalty).
Sep 13, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) makes a touchdown reception over Chicago Bears cornerback Sherrick McManis (27) during the second half at Soldier Field. Green Bay won 31-23. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Jones isn’t as dynamic as other options — and certainly a step down from Jordy Nelson — but he’s shown already that he can be more than capable.
His honed veteran abilities allow him to work well in the end-zone — a possible problem for the other options on the outside — and he has still-excellent rapport with Rodgers despite leaving the Packers for a season.
I wouldn’t expect a full repeat of this performance, but his ability to beat the coverages presented to him will be necessary if Green Bay wants to finally overtake Seattle.
Randall Cobb had a down game, still mostly hampered by the AC Joint injury he sustained in the preseason. He gutted it out to still add in a handful of catches and a TD against Chicago; if he has recovered more by now, he can hopefully be an effective target across the middle and underneath the heart of the defense.
Adams wasn’t quite as great as the other two, but that factors more into the fact that he didn’t receive any TD catches to boost his fantasy score.
TDs are the most unpredictable aspect in fantasy; they can strike at any time and dry up even faster. The more important thing is how involved he was in the offense; Adams caught as many passes as Jones, but received the most targets on the team (8).
With Cobb healing that will probably change over the coming weeks, but for now he’s a good bet to still garner a decent amount of targets. As long as we don’t see a return of the gameplan from Week 1 of last season with Adams playing the Jarrett Boykin role against Richard Sherman, he should find himself the intended recipient (and hopefully catcher) of another handful of passes.
Week 2 Predictions:
Cobb – 4 catches, 65 receiving yards; 6.50 fantasy points
Adams – 7 catches, 80 receiving yards, 1 TD; 14.00 fantasy points
Jones – 3 catches, 45 receiving yards; 4.50 fantasy points
Verdicts: Best Bet In A Tough Matchup (Adams) Decent Option, But Won’t Carry Your Team This Week (Cobb/Jones)