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A Healthy Jordy Nelson Makes For A Fantasy Football Steal!
Image via CheeseHeadTV
Image via CheeseHeadTV

via Packers training camp report: Aug. 26.

One day after wide receiver Jordy Nelson returned to practice following recent knee surgery, he was running like a player who didn’t seem slowed by the injury whatsoever. Working on the offensive scout team with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Nelson got past cornerback Loyce Means and safety M.D. Jennings and hauled in an 85-yard touchdown pass.

“He’s a fast healer and we’re glad that he’s feeling good,” Rodgers said of Nelson. “I’m sure after today it will be a good judge of where he’s really at. We threw a lot of balls yesterday on the side and you know he had to go about 50 yards to get that deep one in the air across the field, so it was fun to see him run that one down.”

If there were any remaining questions as to whether Nelson will be healthy enough to play in the Packers’ Week 1 regular season game at San Francisco, that one play answered them.

On July 11 I wrote that Jordy Nelson is a Fantasy Football Stud Turned Injury Sleeper.  At the time, his ADP was WR14.  Since then, Nelson had a minor knee surgery which (rightfully so?) has scared people off, lowering his ADP and making him even more of a bargain.

Check this:

screenshot via FantasyPros
screenshot via FantasyPros

Yep, that’s good ol’ Jordy hanging out at WR20 behind the declining Reggie Wayne and the overvalued Wes Welker.  Don’t you love that big scary red box that screams KNEE SURGERY?  Who wants to draft that guy, right?  Well, you do.

As GM of your illustrious Fantasy Football team here is the question you have to ask yourself: do I want to play it safe or do I want to win my league?  Personally, I want to go big or go home and would love to have Jordy Nelson in my combustible lineup.  If Aaron Rodgers is excited to have Jordy back, and thinks that he looks healthy, then that is enough for me.  I’ll take WR3 upside at a WR20 price tag any day of the week.

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