The Lowdown: Jordy Nelson, Martavis Bryant, and Charles Johnson

Jordy Nelson

Jordy Nelson exited Sundays preseason game early and reports are saying that he’s got a torn ACL, but the Packers are waiting to give an official word until they’ve returned to Green Bay. This sent Twitter into an uproar preaching about Davante Adams and Davis Mattek’s darling, Jeff Janis. When Nelson left the game, it was Janis who entered the game to replace him. Janis finished the game with a 3-27 stat line, on seven targets. Adams was held without a catch on one target.

Jordy Nelson1560.276190.4291.680.59
Randall Cobb1380.244170.2591.550.66
Davante Adams770.15191.4311.370.15

The absence of Nelson is going to open up 28 percent market share  of targets that needs to find somewhere to go. This will likely be spread between Randall Cobb, Adams, and Janis.

The Mike McCarthy as already expecting big things from Adams this year and now he will find himself in a starting role headed into 2015. Adams had a pretty quiet rookie season, but he was targeted 11 times in the playoff game against Dallas and he turned those 11 targets into seven receptions for 111 yards and one touchdown.

Graham Barfield’s tweet would support the idea that Davante could be a lock to finish inside the top-24 and him finishing inside the top-15 wouldn’t be out of the question. Adams’ and Janis’ ownership is likely to be very very high when it comes to Week 1 DFS on FanDuel and DraftKings. I’ll be heavily targeting Adams for my cash games. If you’re looking for the article where Davis Mattek professes his love for Jeff Janis, the love story is right here.

Martavis Bryant

In the Steelers second preseason game, Markus Wheaton was the wideout that was running with the ones in two-wide sets. Personally, I find this depressing because I believe Bryant is the far superior talent compared to Wheaton.

Antonio Brown3470.294408.05151.450.44
Martavis Bryant480.12558.0357.871.21
Markus Wheaton990.123109.154.150.04

While reports are saying that Wheaton has improved since last year, I’m curious as to why the Steelers wouldn’t run out the more explosive Bryant ahead of him. Wheaton has been rather inefficient from a fantasy standpoint since he’s entered the league.


Bryant is still being selected ahead of Wheaton despite the fact that Big Ben mentioned that Wheaton will be the starting WR in two-wide sets. The upside for Bryant is hard to ignore, but if Wheaton is the one starting over him, his ceiling will be capped because of the limited targets. Kevin Cole wonders if the uber-efficient Martavis Bryant will break out this season and Fantasy Gumshoe thinks the Bryant hype train has already derailed.

Charles Johnson

From  the Star Tribune:

Charles Johnson is the receiver Teddy Bridgewater trusts most. The young quarterback likes to spread the ball around, as we have seen in the preseason and in training camp practices as well. But last night’s game said everything we need to know about where Bridgewater will be looking when he absolutely needs a play. All four of Johnson’s receptions against the Raiders went for a first down or a touchdown. When the Vikings went for it on 4th and 6, Bridgewater fired one outside the numbers to Johnson, who was exactly where he needed to be.


Charles Johnson and Mike Wallace have identical ADPs…. As a Minnesota native, I pay close attention to the Vikings and I think Johnson and Wallace will be 1A and 1B headed into this season, with a slight not to Johnson if I was forced to choose only one. Johnson should be poised for a breakout season with Teddy Bridgewater taking command of this offense with one season already under his belt. Fantasy Douche wrote about the fantasy impact of Wallace coming to the Vikings.

Cordarrelle Patterson’s ADP has been on a slight decline, but Patrick Kearrane has three reasons you shouldn’t give up on him in dynasty leagues. While Patterson’s ADP has been dropping, Jarius Wright has seen a slight uptick in his draft value. Wright had a 9.6 AY/A with Bridgewater last season and Jacob Myers believes the Vikings should play Wright more this year. Charles Johnson makes Shawn Siegele’s list of eight breakout WRs you MUST own in 2015.

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