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WR J.J. Nelson - Arizona Cardinals

5-10, 156Born: 4-24-1992College: UABDrafted: Round 5

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Nelson wasn't fully incorporated into the Cardinals offense until mid-season, but he still produced three 15+ point games. That is enough to make him worth his very late round price tag in best ball leagues. If John Brown can't regain his past form, Nelson will be one of the best late picks in best ball leagues.
Nelson's speed, toughness at the catch point, late-season rapport and production with Carson Palmer, and opportunity to earn a significant role in the offense makes him viable upside option with an ADP well after the 15th round.

Summary

The diminutive speedster was no better than the No. 4 fantasy receiver for the entirety of 2016, but that's just part of the story. During the final five weeks of the season, Nelson was the No. 2 receiver in fantasy football, scoring four touchdowns during that span. Nelson had 4 games with at least 75 yards last year while spending much of the year as a part-time contributor who only played 10 snaps during the first 5 weeks of the season. Most expect John Brown and Larry Fitzgerald to lead the receiving corps, but Nelson's 2016 stretch run makes him worth a late-round pick, especially with Michael Floyd gone, Jaron Brown coming off a knee injury, and rookie Chad Williams transitioning to the pro game. (May 25)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 70, 52, 59, 61, 63, 63, 67, 68, 68, 69, 70, 70, 73, 73, 77, 80
WR Redraft PPR - 71, 59, 61, 63, 63, 66, 69, 70, 70, 71, 71, 72, 73, 77, 79, 80
WR Dynasty - 71, 62, 67, 67, 71, 72, 89

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2015 ARI 11 1 0 0 27 11 299 2 1
2016 ARI 15 4 83 1 74 34 568 6 1
2017 PROJ-Dodds 16 1 * * 35 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 3 * * 43 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 0 * * 40 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 0 * * 35 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 227
WR: 73
Overall-PPR: 215
WR-PPR: 72

Arizona Cardinals Team Links

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2017 Schedule

1@ Detroit Lions
2@ Indianapolis Colts
3vs Dallas Cowboys
4vs San Francisco 49ers
5@ Philadelphia Eagles
6vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7@ Los Angeles Rams
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9@ San Francisco 49ers
10vs Seattle Seahawks
11@ Houston Texans
12vs Jacksonville Jaguars
13vs Los Angeles Rams
14vs Tennessee Titans
15@ Washington Redskins
16vs New York Giants
17@ Seattle Seahawks