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Davante Adams Is Ready for the Top Spot - Footballguys

A look at why Davante Adams has earned his spot as a top NFL - and fantasy - receiver in 2018.

Next Man Up

With the departure of Jordy Nelson for Oakland, the Green Bay Packers are in need of a new top receiver, and Davante Adams has ascended to that role. That also makes him the man for fantasy general managers as well, as he will see plenty of targets from Aaron Rodgers.

Nelson -- as the team's top receiver -- saw an average of 130 targets a season over the last three years, though it was higher before a disastrous 2017 with injuries for both Nelson and Rodgers. This season with Rodgers healthy and Nelson gone, Adams should approach the 150 target level Nelson saw in 2015 and 2016.

It’s no secret, either, as Adams’ early ADP would indicate. As of press time, Adams is the 8th receiver off the board and 19th player overall. That means you’re going to have to pay to play, as most players will have Adams on their radar.

He’s 100 percent worth it, however. The top option in a Packers offense usually is, and while he’s not the same type of receiver Nelson was—possession vs. vertical threat, which means a possible lower yards per catch average—he showed us he can more than make up the difference.

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