With Greg Jennings unlikely to remain with the Packers, his fantasy value for 2013 must be questioned. The “Rodgers to Jennings” combination has been a fixture in Green Bay. Having had Aaron Rodgers as his QB has helped Jennings be a top fantasy WR in each year of his seven year career.
Jennings, 29, is without question a skilled WR. He put up 425 receptions, 6,537 yards and 53 touchdowns in his time with the Packers. In that time, Rodgers had plenty of other receivers to throw to. What Jennings did with the talent around him makes his skills even more apparent. Now Jennings seems ready to move on. Last month it was reported that his De Pere, Wisconsin home was put on the market.
The other Packers WRs he out shined are now maturating into stars. James Jones and Jordy Nelson have proved themselves over the past couple of seasons. Due to Jennings’ injury problems last year Randall Cobb filled his shoes. He filled those shoes well and perhaps too well. Because of this, the Packers seem willing to let Jennings go. Cobb looks to be a valuable weapon in a division with other top WRs like: Calvin Johnson, Percy Harvin and Brandon Marshall.
Until Jennings signs with a team, his exact value cannot be determined. If you are drafting right now and assuming he is a free agent Jennings’ value is likely in the neighborhood of a starting flex. He’s a gamble, but one that could pay off nicely. It all depends where he lands…
The Miami Dolphins seem to be the favorite. Jennings has openly mentioned that he would not mind playing for his former offensive coordinator, current Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin. Miami has lots of cap space and it has become popular in recent years for players to “take their talents to South Beach.” The issue with Miami is a young and unproven starting QB, Ryan Tannehill. He is a far cry from Rodgers.
Maybe Jennings could pull a “Favre” and go play for a division rival? The Bears seem to be a likely candidate. Playing alongside Marshall would create match-up problems for opposing defenses and likely benefit Jennings. Jay Cutler is not an elite QB, but he is capable.
The Loins could be the right fit for Jennings, a native of Kalamazoo, Mich. Detroit is in need of an upgrade to its receiving core. Another WR threat in addition to Megatron could make the Lions’ offensive truly elite. Matthew Stafford has a strong young arm and is one of best possible QBs that Jennings could end up with. The question is if the Lions want to spend the money on Jennings, or rather acquire less expansive WRs.
Where Jennings lands will answer the question of his fantasy value. Last year, for the first time in his career, he had injury issues and that is some cause for concern. He has enough talent to be worth the risk, even on a new team. Let’s just hope that next season Jennings has more touchdowns than Old Spice commercials.