Jordy Nelson is considered a “long shot” to play this weekend against the Bears, leaving fantasy owners looking for other options. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend starting or even rostering Nelson in anything but keeper leagues, as he will not be a full strength until after the regular season.
Aaron Rodgers‘ struggles of late (0 passing touchdowns last week against a less than stellar Lions pass defense) are more correlated to the lack of protection than to the absence of Nelson. Greg Jennings has yet to prove he is 100%, but he has played in back to back games, which is enough for me to endorse him. The Packers are going to be throwing the ball, and with Jennings the most talented pass catcher, I have him ranked as a WR2 the rest of the way.
Dance with the girl who brought you to the dance – don’t get cute and bench Rodgers in ANY circumstance. He is an elite signal caller and is to be considered as such for the rest of this season, regardless of the health of the players around him.
With Nelson likely out, James Jones remains a WR3 in most formats. His value relies on his ability to score, so the absence of a player who scored 15 times last season (and 21 times in his last 27 games) plays nicely into his skill set. Rodgers is accounting for nearly two scores per game against the Bears in his career and you’d be hard pressed to find WR more likely to be on the receiving end of those tosses.