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WR Jordy Nelson - Green Bay Packers

6-2, 217Born: 5-31-1985College: Kansas StateDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 11): Nelson continues to be of little use to us, but if Aaron Rodgers can return this week, he has to be in our lineups against Carolina.

Week 15: at Carolina Panthers

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Packers passing offense will be a hot topic of discussion this week as there is a chance that Aaron Rodgers returns from his collarbone injury--keep a very close eye on this situation. While Brett Hundley has shown some flashes of upside with a couple three-touchdown games in his last two weeks, he has been extremely inconsistent and, for the most part, has left a lot to be desired for the Packers passing offense. Davante Adams has loved having Hundley around as he has led the team in targets in six of Hundley's seven starts with four touchdowns over that span of games. Jordy Nelson, on the other hand, will be heavily anticipating a return by Rogers as has failed to exceed 35 receiving yards with no touchdowns since Hundley took over as the starter. Compare that to averaging 58 yards per game with six touchdowns in the first six games of the season with Rodgers, and Nelson suddenly becomes a viable fantasy option again with Rodgers under center. This Panthers defense is fighting for a division title and coming off a very impressive outing against the Vikings in which they picked off Case Keenum twice while sacking him six times. Considering the fact that the Vikings had allowed just 14 sacks all season going into last week, grabbing six sacks in a single game against them is an absolutely outstanding showing by this Panthers pass-rushing group. The Packers have a bottom tier offensive line according to Matt Bitonti, so whoever plays at quarterback here should be under constant pressure. The Panthers secondary, however, has still given up plenty of yards and points to wide receivers in recent weeks as they are allowing the most receiving yards (203) and fantasy points per game to the position since Week 9. Opposing quarterbacks have also had success recently against the Panthers as they are passing for 276 yards per game with multiple passing touchdowns in four of the last six games. The Panthers are certainly more opportunistic with six interceptions over that last six-game span compared to only one in their first seven games, but the yards and touchdowns have still been there for opposing offenses. All three cornerbacks can be exploited here, so as long as Rodgers or Hundley have time in the pocket, the Packers receivers should have a great shot at getting open.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 vs BAL 62 0 0 0 6 2 24 0 0 2.4
12 at PIT 52 0 0 0 5 3 11 0 0 1.1
13 vs TB 50 0 0 0 8 5 17 0 0 1.7
14 at CLE 70 0 0 0 5 4 33 0 0 3.3
15 at CAR PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 5 * * * *
15 at CAR PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 3 * * * *
15 at CAR PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 6 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 14 vs CLE (5 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)

Nelson continues to stumble along, catching much of what is thrown his way, though the number of passes and their nature limit his overall production. Nelson once again saw very little work of substance, and is not on Brett Hundley's radar for anything substantive.

2017 Week 13 vs TB (8 / 5 / 17 / 0 rec)

Nelson led the team in targets but they were all super-short attempts and he had no luck extending them after the catch. He was also the target on quarterback Brett Hundley's interception. The route Nelson was on took him down the middle, and it was one of Hundley's many overthrows on the game, well past Nelson and easily scooped up by the defender.

2017 Week 12 vs PIT (5 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)

Jordy Nelson's production remains on a milk carton, as he continues to struggle to get on the same page as Brett Hundley. On the occasions when Hundley looks his way, the passes are often not quality, and Nelson still draws a fair amount of attention, making it tough to actually break free anyway

2017 Week 11 vs BAL (6 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

While Nelson still saw a good amount of targets, he and Brett Hundley are just not in sync and many of those targets were not in places the Packers receiver could make a play on. Nelson, more than anyone, has struggled with Aaron Rodgers out and this game was no different. While he can occasionally gain separation on a defender, Nelson usually makes his big plays by high pointing a perfectly placed ball. Those just don't seem to exist with Hundley under center.

2017 Week 10 vs CHI (4 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)

Nelson and Brett Hundley are just not on the same page, and it doesn't look like it will change anytime soon. Nelson has to be waiting anxiously for Aaron Rodgers to return.

2017 Week 9 vs DET (7 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)

Nelson seems like the guy Brett Hundley least connects with and he has been a fifth wheel the last few games. This was the same situation on Monday and it sometimes appears Hundley isn't even aware where Nelson is. Nelson was wide open down the seam at one point, but the quarterback didn't look for him and the chance never really came again.

2017 Week 7 vs NO (4 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

It's not often that a healthy Jordy Nelson is at the bottom of the list for targets on a given week, but here we are. Nelson made a nice catch early in the third quarter on a short pass which he then took for some extra yards, but Brett Hundley had a heck of a time finding one of his top options on Sunday.

2017 Week 6 vs MIN (10 / 6 / 60 / 0 rec)

Not having Aaron Rodgers clearly hobbled Nelson, who saw a fair amount of targets but only about half of them were truly good. It was very clear that he and Brett Hundley lacked the chemistry Nelson has with Rodgers, which is to be expected and could improve with a week of practice.

2017 Week 5 vs DAL (4 / 2 / 24 / 1 rec)

Nelson had a really nice catch over the middle for a touchdown as he somehow was left uncovered, but the most notable moment was one he wasn't involved in at all--the Packers game-winning drive. Nelson was not on the field for it, and while the Packers didn't mention an injury after the game, there had to be something going on. Michael Silver of the NFL Network mentioned a hamstring injury, but until we see some confirmation, his absence is a mystery.

2017 Week 4 vs CHI (7 / 4 / 75 / 2 rec)

Nelson had a good night but two drops kept it from being a great one. He did score a pair of touchdowns, the first on a quick out which Nelson turned into a short touchdown and the second a wide open score in the corner of the end zone when the cornerback got sucked into the interior, leaving Nelson uncovered. His best play was on a 58-yard catch and run which he took to the 2-yard line. On the play, Aaron Rodgers faked the handoff to running back Aaron Jones, then scrambled away from pressure, heading up towards the line of scrimmage before hitting Nelson 45-yard throw. Nelson was well covered but planted his body between the defenders and the ball. When he caught it, both Bears defenders whiffed on the tackle, and Nelson turned towards the end zone and ran to the 2-yard line before being knocked out of bounds.

2017 Week 3 vs CIN (9 / 6 / 52 / 2 rec)

Like most of the rest of the offense, Nelson was unable to get much done, and saw few opportunities with his quarterback running for his life. The second half was a different story, as Nelson and Aaron Rodgers really got going, hooking up for a pair of touchdowns. The first saw Rodgers bait the defender into leaving Nelson all alone on a simple slant into the end zone and the second Nelson did a nice job of catching a screen just a yard into the end zone. Nelson was also the target on Rodgers' pick six. On that play, Rodgers normally would have thrown the ball with either more force or more towards the sideline where only Nelson could get it. However he threw it shallow and defensive back Williams Jackson stepped in front of the ball before Nelson could react, taking it all the way for a touchdown.

2017 Week 1 vs SEA (8 / 7 / 79 / 1 rec)

While Nelson didn't see as many targets as Randall Cobb, he made the most critical one. His touchdown came near the end of the third quarter when Aaron Rodgers, as Aaron Rodgers does, saw the Seahawks had too many men on the field and sent Nelson on a seam route downfield. Nelson got open, made the catch and stretched the Packers' lead to eight points, which turned out to be insurmountable.


Latest News

Packers | Jordy Nelson struggles again (Sun Dec 10, 07:33 PM) - Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson posted four receptions for just 33 yards on five targets in Week 14 against the Cleveland Browns.

Our View: Never fear, Aaron Rodgers could return next week and make Nelson playable again.
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Packers | Jordy Nelson limited to 17 yards (Sun Dec 3, 07:13 PM) - Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson posted five receptions for just 17 yards on eight targets in Week 13 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Our View: Nelson has a safe spot on our bench until Aaron Rodgers comes back, but don't drop him. He and Brett Hundley just haven't found a good connection yet.
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