The Return of Jermichael?
Number 88 has been quiet the last few years in Green Bay, but, there was a time when Jermichael Finley was a household name among fantasy geeks, myself included. After suffering a season-ending knee injury in 2010, Finley came back pretty strong with career best numbers across the board in 2011, so it was a pretty big letdown to most fantasy owners when Jermichael regressed heavily in 2012.
Coming into this season, I was counting on at least a mini resurgence for Finley, but now ... with so many injuries to the already thin Packers receiving corps, I’m thinking that Finley might just be looking at a career year as he heads into free agency in 2014. The logistical stars seem to be aligned.
- He has the talent.
- He has good health.
- He’s highly motivated.
- He has an elite QB.
- His team is looking for options.
The downside would be potential injury and his past inconsistencies, but the motivational element would seem to cancel out a lot of the inconsistent element and he’s healthy now. These days, “healthy now” is about as good as it gets for most players.
Now understand, Finley is no late-round flier, but he will often slip into the 9th round and if you get a chance to get him there, I support the selection. Even the 8th is reasonable if your team is solidly built. The upside Finley possesses with Greg Jennings wearing purple and with both Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb banged up is very real. He’s also having, by most accounts, a very strong camp. He’s been lauded for both his blocking and his routes.
Finley was a guy I was willing to take a few weeks ago. Now I am looking to take him if he slips just a bit in any of my drafts. His ADP is in the low to mid 90s, depending on where you look. That’s not bad at all when you consider that he has double digit TD potential.
With all the losses at tight end, Finley offers some upside without too much commitment.