Buy, Sell or Trade Jermichael Finley's Fantasy Football Value

Gary Davenport@@IDPSharksNFL AnalystOctober 15, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30:  Tight end Jermichael Finley #88 of the Green Bay Packers  looks on prior to the start of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers offense went bananas in their Sunday night victory over the Houston Texans, but lost amongst the huge showings from quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Jordy Nelson was yet another disappointing game from a tight end who has been a major letdown so far this year.

Although Rodgers threw six touchdown passes and topped 300 passing yards Sunday night, tight end Jermichael Finley was all but invisible in the game, making only two catches for 12 yards.

Granted, the fifth-year pro is hampered by a shoulder injury, but Finley's paltry five receptions for 23 yards over the past two games only underscores what a fantasy disappointment the 25-year-old has been to this point in the season.

Entering the year, many fantasy pundits viewed Finley as a potential breakout candidate at the tight end position, an immensely athletic player on a prolific offense who was capable of elite production for a much lower price than players such as Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints.

However, to this point in 2012, Finley's 24 catches for 209 yards and one touchdown has been anything but "elite," and Finley presently trails such luminaries as Anthony Fasano of the Miami Dolphins, who is much better known as a blocker than a receiver.

To hear Finley tell it, the problem hasn't been him. He recently told Paul Imig of Fox Sports that quarterback Aaron Rodgers just isn't targeting him enough:

It takes two people to do that. And I need the quarterback on my side, and I need to catch the ball when he throws it to me. So it takes two things to get that going, the chemistry. I feel we need to get that going.

It's that part about "catching the ball" where Finley hits the nail on the head, or at least he would if he didn't keep dropping the hammer.

Finley has had issues with drops all season long. According to Pro Football Focus, Finley had five drops entering Week 6 and picked up at least one more in Green Bay's win over the Texans. Talented as he may be, the Packers simply have too many viable options in the passing game for Rodgers to waste targets on a player who can't hang onto the football.

Unfortunately for Finley's fantasy owners, they're effectively stuck with him. Finley is too talented to drop outright, but the way he's playing right now, starting him isn't advisable either. Given that he's dinged up and mired in a slump, it's unlikely that you can get anything of value for him in a trade.

So, assuming you have the roster space, all you can really do right now is hold on and hope that Finley gets his act together and his production picks up, at which point he can either be inserted into starting lineups or traded when he actually has some value.

Until then, glue Finley to the bench and hope that maybe some of that glue rubs off...on his hands.