Greg Jennings' Fantasy Trade Value, Outlook Heading into Week 2

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent ISeptember 11, 2013

Sep 8, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings (15) before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
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Sadly for many fantasy owners, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings was nowhere to be found in Week 1 against the Detroit Lions.

The veteran wideout was targeted seven times, but he managed to rack up just 33 measly yards on three receptions. Even worse, those same fantasy owners had to watch while Jerome Simpson (owned in only 6.9 percent of all ESPN fantasy leagues) shredded the Lions secondary to the tune of 140 yards on seven receptions.

It's not all bad for Jennings owners, though. He still possesses solid trade value if you're looking to dump him on your buddy's roster, and if you prefer to stay the course, Week 2 promises to bring a boost in production.

Jennings is averaging nearly six receptions for 88 yards per game in his past three outings against the Chicago Bears. But those numbers go all the back to 2010 and don't tell the entire story. Although stout year after year, Chicago's secondary looked suspect at times in Week 1 against the Cincinnati Bengals, allowing more than 280 yards and two scores through the air. 

With Christian Ponder sure to face tons of pressure from Chicago's front seven on the road, expect him to look Jennings' way a lot more this weekend.

Although Jennings will never be the fantasy stud he was during his time in Green Bay with Aaron Rodgers, he still provides a reliable pair of hands that Ponder will have to look to week in and week out, making him a valuable fantasy player despite his forgettable opening-week performance.

Quite frankly, owners would be foolish to overreact to one game and trade Jennings for Simpson or some other hot commodity heading into Week 2. 

Jennings, who is still owned in 100 percent of all ESPN fantasy leagues after his Week 1 dud, is going to see the field plenty as the Vikings' No. 1 option this season, and he is also going to get open thanks to his precise route running. 

Plus, when the ball comes his way, the eighth-year veteran is as sure-handed as they come. 

At the same time, while the receptions and yardage should be there consistently with Jennings, the touchdowns will likely be few and far between, making Jennings a way better option in a points-per-reception league. Minnesota ranked 25th in the NFL last season in receiving touchdowns, recording just 18 in 16 regular-season games. 

With Ponder being the one responsible for getting Jennings the ball, don't expect him to score any more than six or seven touchdowns in 2013.

However, the bottom line is that this is a player who averaged 60 catches for 934 yards and 7.5 touchdowns per year over seven seasons with the Packers. And at age 29, he's still capable of playing at a high level and offering reliable production for your fantasy lineup.


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