"There's that big Dougie smile!"
I felt like the sheepish, sick to his stomach Doug from the NFL Ticket Exchange
commercial today when I heard the news that Green Bay Packers wide receiver
Greg Jennings (groin) was having surgery.
Not all bad ... right?
Ill. And I'm not talking state abbreviations.
After all, I traded for Jennings just two days ago with the hopes
that he'd return to the field soon and exploit a very soft schedule the rest of
the way. To make it even more painful, the league I recently acquired him in is
hardly my only one in which he takes up a roster space. Jennings taunts me on
six other benches.
It is not all bad, though, as he is expected to return this
season. Chances are, he'll be back after for the team's Week 12 visit to the
New York Giants. I can't see him sitting out any longer than Week 13, which
means he'll have a week to get back into the swing of things before the fantasy
playoffs begin. Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson returned to 90 percent health just three weeks after a similar procedure.
Risky? Sure. I posit how many owners win without a little risk.
The answer is very few.
You can land Jennings on the cheap. I snagged him in exchange for
Mario Manningham and Jermaine Gresham (my backup to Antonio Gates), whom I was able
to replace on the wire with Dustin Keller. Four games out of Jennings could be
worth it, granted that is if I make the playoffs.
Green Bay faces one of the softest schedules for wideouts and
quarterbacks in the rest of the way.
Week 8: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 9: vs. Arizona Cardinals
Week 10: Bye
Week 11: at Detroit Lions
Week 12: at New York Giants
Week 13: vs. Minnesota Vikings
Week 14: vs. Detroit Lions
Week 15: at Chicago Bears
Week 16: vs. Tennessee Titans
Week 17: at Minnesota Vikings
Only Chicago presents a truly tough matchup. Try to land Jennings
at a rock-bottom price. With the recent news of surgery, many owners are
reeling. Heck, you may even find him on the waiver wire in shallow leagues. All
is not lost for this dynamic playmaker's 2012 season.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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