By Jim Weidner. The last time Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson played a full season, he registered 98 receptions for 1,519 yards and had 13 receiving touchdowns. Those numbers made Nelson a top target in fantasy football drafts for the 2015 season. Unfortunately, for owners with Nelson on their team, Nelson never made it to the regular season. Nelson went down with a season ending knee injury during a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. With that, the Packers lost their top receiver and fantasy owners lost a wide receiver who would have been a major point producer for their team. The Jordy Nelson fantasy outlook is guarded at this time.
With any skilled offensive player coming off a season ending injury, there are a lot of questions on their value for the following fantasy football season. When evaluating Nelson, you need to check the medical reports on how Nelson is coming with his recovery.
Late this spring, all reports indicated that Nelson was ahead of schedule with his recovery. But even with the positive reports, the Packers and their medical staff are taking it slow with Nelson. Even though Nelson is frustrated with the white glove approach that the Packers have put into motion for Nelson participating in their mini and training camps, they are taking no chance with their top wide receiver. The Packers passing game struggled without Nelson last season and they don’t want to chance having to go without him this season.
If the Packers weren’t already on high alert with Nelson’s injury from last season, they are now, after Nelson was placed on the PUP list with soreness is his other knee. Although Nelson described it as a “hiccup,” it still makes the Packers and their fans nervous. The latest report has Nelson suffering from knee tendinitis so his Week 1 availability is in question.
With the surgically repaired knee and the soreness in his other knee, Nelson’s fantasy value might slide.
When healthy, Nelson is one of the best deep threats in the NFL. But with the knee concerns, Nelson might not be looked at as one of the best receivers available in this year’s fantasy draft season. In 2014, Nelson was one of the top wide receiver targets in fantasy drafts, but now, there might be too many questions to spend a high draft pick on Nelson.
Fantasy football team owners must keep an eye on Nelson’s recovery this preseason to see how he is coming along. If he shows he is making steps towards being the player he was in 2014, Nelson should be on fantasy football team owner radars.
There isn’t a doubt that some owners might be reluctant to pull the trigger on selecting Nelson, even in the second or third rounds if he slides to that. If he even remotely plays like he did in 2014, Nelson could be quite a ‘get’ if he falls down the draft board and you can select him as your WR2. Monitor Nelson’s health heading into fantasy drafts and draft him accordingly.