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WR Jordy Nelson - Green Bay Packers

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

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Week 3: vs Detroit Lions

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Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Aaron Rodgers has been working to re-integrate Jordy Nelson to the passing attack, and so far, things are looking up - in Week One, Nelson handled nine targets for 6/32/1 receiving, and followed that up with 11 targets for 5/73/1 receiving (a better 14.6 yards-per-reception average in Week Two). Randall Cobb (seven for 5/32/0), Jared Cook (six for 4/31/0) and Davante Adams (seven for 3/26/0) also all saw mid-single-digit targets from Rodgers in last week's tilt. While Rodgers' totals weren't earth-shattering (20/36 for 213 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, with five sacks taken for -33 yards and 3/29/1 rushing), the rushing TD helped is fantasy owners to a decent score in Week Two. The Lions' pass defense has averaged 296.0 net passing yards allowed per game this season, with the second-most passing scores given up at six (vs. just one interception generated). Over the first two weeks of the season, Detroit has averaged 28.6 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (fourth-most in the NFL); and 22 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (18th); with 21 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (most allowed in the NFL over the first two weeks on average). Last week, Marcus Mariota had 25/33 for 224 net yards, two TDs and one interception thrown, with three sacks for -14 taken in the wake of Andrew Lucks' scoring-fest against Detroit in Week One 31/47 for 368 net yards, four TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -17 yards. This looks like a great matchup for the home-team Packers.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at JAX 54 0 0 0 9 6 32 1 0 9.2
2 at MIN 68 0 0 0 11 5 73 1 0 13.3
3 vs DET PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 6 * * * *
3 vs DET PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 6 * * * *
3 vs DET PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 2 vs MIN (11 / 5 / 73 / 1 rec)

It took three passes for the combination of Jordy Nelson and Aaron Rodgers to connect, but when they did it was for the sole passing touchdown of the day. The scoring play was on a simple out route by Nelson, where he faked inside, lost cornerback Trae Waynes, and was wide open when he went outside. Nelson also made a very nice grab over Waynes' arms when the corner was just a bit slow grabbing for the ball. While he got the best of Waynes on those two plays, both guys seemed to be evenly matched, and Nelson never really broke free of the cornerback's range. That certainly seemed to impact Nelson and Rodgers' ability to sync up, something which was an issue last week as well. Next week brings the mediocre secondary of the Lions, so we will see if this is a long term issue or just the quality of the opponents and the long layoff for Nelson.

2016 Week 1 vs JAX (9 / 6 / 32 / 1 rec)

Nelson and Aaron Rodgers eventually got back into rhythm on Sunday, but it took longer than expected and Nelson had zero first quarter targets. There were other shaky moments later in the game as Nelson at one point seemed to fail to come back to Rodgers on a route where the quarterback seemed to expect him to. However, the touchdown the two connected on was everything Rodgers missed last season. On the play, Rodgers was forced to scramble and Nelson stayed with the play, mirroring his quarterback as Rodgers moved to the right. Rodgers threaded the needle to his receiver and Nelson made a nice catch along the back of the end zone. While it might take a little while longer, it's clear that it is only a matter of time that Nelson and Rodgers are completely synced up again. The best news is he looks 100 percent healthy and showed no ill-effects from last season's injury and subsequent recovery.


Latest News

Packers | Jordy Nelson wore down (Thu Sep 15, 10:20 AM) - Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson admitted he had heavy legs in Week 1 in which he played 54 of the 64 offensive plays. He also said he didn't have to clear any mental hurdles during the course of the game, never overthinking the fact that he was playing on a surgically repaired knee.

Our View: It could take a little time before he's totally ready to be the Jordy we know and love, so be patient. The Packers have a tough matchup this weekend in the Minnesota Vikings, so it might be another week before we see him give out the Full Nelson, but you can run him out as a WR2/WR3 with upside.
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