WR Jordy Nelson - Oakland Raiders
|6-2, 217||Born: 5-31-1985||College: Kansas State||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2008|
He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
General News (Fri Dec 7): practiced fully on Friday but is questionable to play this week.
General News (Thu Dec 6): practiced fully on Thursday.
General News (Wed Dec 5): practiced fully on Wednesday.
Week 14: vs Pittsburgh Steelers
FBG says: Tough matchup. Derek Carr has suffered through a rough season, sitting just 19th league-wide in adjusted yards per attempt and 24th in touchdown rate. With the Raiders seemingly tanking and most of his receivers vanishing, Carr has topped 245 yards just once over the last 6 weeks. Amari Cooper and Martavis Bryant are gone, leaving only what's left of Jordy Nelson and a handful of practice-squad types at wideout, and there's no downfield dynamism here. Of course, Carr deserves plenty of the blame himself. Skiddish in the pocket and lacking as a deep passer, his only real success this year has come in a well-blocked, sanitized scheme that relies on quick throws and checkdowns. He's completing 69% of his throws, but they're simply not having much impact. The only usable parts of this passing game for fantasy purposes are tight end Jared Cook (7 for 100 last week and a touchdown in 3 straight) and running back Jalen Richard (40 yards a game). This vanilla offense plays into their strengths and typically offers decent opportunity for both, if only in volume. The Pittsburgh pass defense is an inconsistent unit, one that looks dominant against weak passing games but is often beaten soundly by good ones. They enjoyed a very favorable run of schedule recently, allowing just 187 yards per game from Weeks 6-12. But last week, Philip Rivers brought back frightening memories from early in the year, throwing for 299 and 2 touchdowns in a crushing rally. He became the fifth passer to top 285 in this matchup, as these Steelers are often susceptible to sharp passing over the middle. The starting safeties are far more effective in run support than coverage, and they struggle to help with the inconsistent cornerbacks' limitations. Even when the dynamic pass rush is hounding quarterbacks, there are often enough coverage lapses to allow for splash plays and big numbers, but on the season still has been above average and should give the weak Oakland passing offense all that it can handle this week.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Jordy Nelson's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 13 vs KC (11 / 10 / 97 / 0 rec)
Nelson grabbed a back-shoulder fade for a 24-yard gain. Nelson did a great job twisting through a tackle and extending the ball to barely pick up a first down on a 3rd-and-3. Nelson had a short catch on a pick play called back to due to offensive pass interference. Nelson did most of his damage on quick passes and underneath routes. He was the go-to guy on shorter passes. He did get some looks downfield as well, with a 20-yard catch along the sideline on a fade route.
2018 Week 12 vs BAL (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
Nelson looked slow on an end around that lost yardage. He also gained no separation at all on a deep ball that wasn't close to being completed .
2018 Week 10 vs LAC (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Nelson missed some time with a quad injury that he tried to play through. Even when on the field, he is a complete afterthought in the offense right now. Nelson couldn't get any separation and had a quick slant route broken up.
2018 Week 9 vs SF (3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Nelson played 75% of the snaps but failed to make any impact. He did a great job keeping his feet in bounds along the sidelines for a 10-yard gain on a broken play with Carr scrambling. Other than that, it was an extremely quiet game for Nelson.
2018 Week 8 vs IND (4 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Nelson slipped on an out route on the opening drive of the game, causing an incompletion on third and short. He went low to grab a 14-yard completion over the middle to move the chains on a later third-and-2.
2018 Week 6 vs SEA (3 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Nelson had a 5-yard gain on a screen pass but was barely part of the game plan, seeing just three targets on the day. Nelson has done most of his damage this season deep down the seam and the Seahawks defense was dropping the safeties deep into coverage and the pass rush was getting home quickly.
2018 Week 5 vs LAC (4 / 4 / 43 / 1 rec)
Nelson caught a short pass over the middle and broke a tackle to get loose for a big gain of 29 yards. Nelson caught a 1-yard touchdown pass on one of the weirder plays of the season. After Jalen Richard picked up a first down but was ruled down just shy of the end zone, Carr hurried to the line when he saw nobody was out wide to cover Nelson. He quick-snapped it and tossed it out to Nelson who was able to walk into the end zone. The Raiders had multiple receivers on the other side of the field still trying to get lined up, so the play should have been blown dead.
2018 Week 4 vs CLE (8 / 5 / 48 / 1 rec)
After hitting a couple big plays right out of the gate last week, Nelson almost did the same this week. He ran a rub route with Jared Cook that confused Browns defenders and left Nelson all alone behind the defense for what should have been a 72-yard touchdown but Carr badly underthrew it. Nelson was quiet for most of the game but made a pair of key plays in the 4th quarter. He caught a 19-yard touchdown on a post route to put the Raiders ahead late. Then won a jump ball on a two-point conversion attempt in the final seconds to send the game to overtime
2018 Week 3 vs MIA (8 / 6 / 173 / 1 rec)
Nelson did almost all of his considerable damage on the day in the first six minutes, with three catches for 139 yards and a touchdown by the 9-minute mark of the first quarter. The second play of the game, he caught a slant over the middle and broke free for a 61-yard catch and run, showing nice speed down the sideline. Two plays later, he caught a 12-yard touchdown pass on a broken coverage that left him uncovered in the middle of the end zone. A few minutes later, he ran a seam route from the slot and snagged a 66-yard reception, getting dragged down inside the Miami 10-yard line. Nelson was then a non-factor for three quarters before getting hot again in the final six minutes. He drew a pass interference on a key 3rd down. A few plays later, he caught a 16-yard pass over the middle in heavy traffic.
2018 Week 2 vs DEN (4 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)
It was a second-straight quiet game for Nelson. He is playing plenty of snaps and remains entrenched as the #2 wide receiver but hasn't been a big part of the game plans yet. Nelson went low near the sideline to grab a 23-yard reception on the Raiders first pass of the game. He made a leaping catch on a poorly thrown screen pass from Carr that went for a short gain. Nelson was targeted in the end zone but the play was well covered and Carr played it safe by throwing it high and out of everyone's reach.
2018 Week 1 vs LAR (4 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
While Amari Cooper's quiet game will get most of the attention, Nelson was also a non-factor with just four targets. All of them came on short passes. While Nelson looked fairly spry, it was clear that the Raiders were mostly content to ignore the wide receivers and avoid the coverage of Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib.
Latest NewsRaiders | Six grabs for Jordy Nelson (Sun Dec 9, 11:46 PM) - Oakland Raiders WR Jordy Nelson caught passes for 48 yards in a 24-21 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 14. link to story Raiders | Jordy Nelson on track to play (Fri Dec 7, 08:11 PM) - Oakland Raiders WR Jordy Nelson (foot) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 7, and is not on the injury report for Week 14. link to story Raiders | Oakland's Week 14 injury report (Fri Dec 7, 04:32 PM) - Oakland Raiders DT Maurice Hurst (ankle) and OL Kelechi Osemele (toe) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 7, and are listed as questionable for Week 14 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. LB Kyle Wilber (hamstring) and CB Daryl Worley (shoulder) were limited in practice Friday and are also listed as questionable. RB Doug Martin (knee) and WR Seth Roberts (concussion) were full participants in practice Friday but still listed as questionable. C Rodney Hudson (ankle, knee), OG Gabe Jackson (knee, ankle), and DE Arden Key (knee) remained limited in practice Friday but have been removed from the injury report. WR Jordy Nelson (foot) and DE Frostee Rucker (neck) fully participated in practice Friday and also no longer appear on injury report. link to story Raiders | Jordy Nelson fully practices Thursday (Thu Dec 6, 07:52 PM) - Oakland Raiders WR Jordy Nelson (foot) was a full participant in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Dec. 6. link to story Raiders | Full practice for Jordy Nelson (Wed Dec 5, 07:49 PM) - Oakland Raiders WR Jordy Nelson (foot) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Dec. 5. link to story More News
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