Here’s to hoping that someone in a higher place is smiling upon you, and you’re in one of the 23 percent ESPN leagues in which Randall Cobb was inexplicably available earlier this week. Because right now if you’re a Jordy Nelson owner, Cobb is about to become your glass case. Grab your hammer, break it, and breathe again.
With his status wavering all week during practice, Nelson was — and still is — a game-time decision due to his lingering hamstring injury, meaning there’s a strong possibility he’ll be restricted to highly paid and much less attractive cheerleader duty today. Although he’ll still test out the injury prior to a cushy matchup against the Jaguars, ESPN’s Adam Schefter has sounded the panic alarm.
Schefter reports that Nelson is unlikely to play. That means your course of action is clear if you’re both a Cobb and Nelson owner: remove Nelson from your lineup now and insert his backup. Then in the seemingly unlikely event that Nelson plays and we get better news in a little over an hour once the official inactives come out, that’s when you can decide how comfortable you are with trotting out a receiver who’s operating at far less than full health.
If you don’t own Cobb then you almost definitely don’t own James Jones either, since the Greg Jennings owners of fantasyland snapped him up weeks ago. That means you may be searching frantically for a replacement while pulling hair from various parts of your body. Here are a few decent emergency and truly last-minute options who are available in over 80 percent of ESPN/Yahoo leagues:
- Stephen Hill: Jeremy Kerley might be dominating the down-field looks among the Jets’ receivers, but the tall and large-bodied Hill is still getting plenty of red zone targets. Despite missing two games and being limited in two others, he has three touchdowns.
- Cecil Shorts: Shorts will face a Green Bay secondary playing without Charles Woodson after he had 79 yards on four receptions with a touchdown last week.
- Titus Young: He’s far less available (50 percent owned in ESPN leagues), but if he’s out there for you and you’re in one of the surprisingly many leagues where he cleared waivers this week, Young is an instant add due to his increased role with Nate Burleson out for the year.
UPDATE: Nelson is officially inactive. Ughs all around.