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Monday, August 24, 2015

FANTASY FOOTBALL INJURY FALLOUT: NELSON'S TORN ACL OPENS DOOR TO STARDOM FOR DAVANTE ADAMS

Sunday was one of those seismic days in fantasy football that helped shape the upcoming season before a regular season snap was played.  Of course the news has more than made the rounds regarding the torn left ACL that number 1 Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson suffered in a non-contact incident in Sunday's preseason game.  Nelson will be put on I.R. and is finished for 2016 which is a huge blow to those who spent a late first round or second round pick for the TD-heavy wideout.  Replacing someone like Nelson is almost impossible given how productive he has been as the number 1 receiver in the potent Green Bay Packers passing game but in almost all situations such as this, the best method is to immediately look to his replacement in the lineup.  In this case that would be Packers third wideout Davante Adams who all of a sudden is being presented with a golden opportunity to graduate to upper tier status among receivers this season in fantasy football.  Clearly anyone catching passes from Aaron Rodgers is going to have immense potential value and Adams was a second round pick in 2014 for a reason as he has quite a bit of skill.  The former Fresno State star was fairly productive as a rookie last season as he caught 38 passes for 446 yards and 3 scores.  Not earth-shattering numbers but solid for a first-year player.  Now with Nelson out of the lineup, there are around 90 catches and double-digits scores up for grabs which should greatly fall into Adams' hands.  This is an absolutely golden opportunity for those who were lucky enough to get Adams off the wire if he was in fact available as he could be an early front runner for on of the best value plays of the season.  In addition to Adams, Randall Cobb could be an absolute beast, especially in PPR formats where he now should get able to reach 100-plus catches.  If Cobb can keep himself on the field, those 100 catches will likely be put together with around 1,400 yards and 10-14 scores.  Major WR 1 numbers no matter how you look at it.  As for Nelson and his owners, our condolences as this is beyond tough. 

 

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