Oct 4, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) runs with the ball after making a catch against the San Francisco 49ers in the first quarter at Levi
Cobb – 5 catches, 44 receiving yards; 4.40 fantasy points
Adams – 0 catches, 0 receiving yards; 0.00 fantasy points (Out Due To Injury)
Jones – 5 catches, 96 receiving yards; 9.60 fantasy points
Montgomery – 3 catches, 15 receiving yards; 1.50 fantasy points
I suggested we may have something to worry about with Lacy, but we definitely have something to worry about here.
This wide receiver group didn’t produce much in a low-scoring game versus pretty excellent coverage, but that doesn’t worry me too much. The fact that apparently everyone is injured though does.
Jordy Nelson go down before the season. Davante Adams hasn’t done much since an injury in Week 2, and probably misses this week’s game as well. Cobb had that shoulder injury from the preseason that slowed him, but it now apparently flared up against San Francisco. Now James Jones is appearing on the injury report as questionable (aka the single-most hated term by all fantasy football participants). The floor only goes so low with Aaron Rodgers throwing the ball, but there still has to be someone with two legs and a heartbeat out there to catch it, and Green Bay seems to be running low on those options.
Green Bay should be okay this week though; despite the designation, Cobb and Jones both are reportedly set to start anyway. Behind them, Montgomery can still be seen as an option too.
As I said in previous sections, I expect the run game to be a big part of the game-plan, lessening the chances for statistics to pile up here. That also happens to help the current issues of injuries and depth with the receiver group.
Expect to see the focus mostly go to the top two options in Cobb and Jones. Cobb should be seen as the top option, mostly looked at for quick completions and hot reads against the oncoming pass rush; he’ll likely get the most targets in the passing game. Jones is the likely deep threat; he’ll be looked at on less throws than Cobb, but garner more yardage on each individual catch. Both would be a good bet for a touchdown catch too.
Montgomery just hasn’t proven himself to be involved enough in the passing game that he can be trusted here, but his explosive potential is there and he could break a big play (like the one he juuuuuuust missed early on against the 49ers).
Here’s to hoping this group can get healthier in the coming weeks.
Week 5 Predictions:
Cobb – 8 catches, 80 receiving yards, 1 TD; 14.00 fantasy points
Adams – Likely Sitting Out Again
Jones – 4 catch, 75 receiving yards, 1 TDs; 13.50 fantasy points
Montgomery – 2 catches, 10 receiving yards; 1.00 fantasy points
Verdicts: Highly-Targeted Producer (Cobb); Deep Threat, With Room To Score (Jones); Unlikely To Play (Adams); You Must REALLY Believe In Him (Montgomery)