Monday, April 6, 2015, 10:22am
The Ravens still will likely draft a wide receiver pretty early and they still are monitoring the markets of veteran free agents like Greg Jennings and Michael Crabtree. But by now, it’s pretty clear that they want to give every opportunity for their own young receivers to step into bigger roles.
With the departure of Torrey Smith to San Francisco, and Steve L. Smith another year older, a few of the young WRs mentioned above look like they will get a chance at more snaps in 2015. Still, the Ravens remain a run-first team, so in terms of fantasy value, a lot remains to be seen concerning these guys heading into fantasy draft season.
Jennings became expendable when the team traded for Mike Wallace. Jennings was the #42 WR in PPR formats, posting 59 catches for 742 yards and six touchdowns in his second season with the team. He'll turn 32 in September and still has some gas in the tank.
Starting with the Dolphins, this news is good for Jarvis Landry and the newly acquired Kenny Stills and Jordan Cameron since Wallace's 7.2 targets per game are now up for grabs. In Minnesota, Wallace will likely start opposite Charles Johnson with Greg Jennings serving as the team's WR3. (Fantasy owners should not expect much from Cordarrelle Patterson in 2015.) We're wary any time a receiver changes teams, especially when he's not getting a promotion, which is the case here with Wallace. The acquisition is good news for Teddy Bridgewater, who averaged a solid 15.0 FP after his Week 10 bye. Those are QB2-type numbers, so with a year under his belt and Wallace in the mix, Bridgewater should be a good QBBC/streaming option in his second season.
Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm
Vikings WR Greg Jennings (hamstring, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 17. Jennings has four touchdowns in his last five games, and has a nice matchup with Chicago (8.1 YPA allowed, 2.2 pass TD allowed).
Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm
Vikings WR Greg Jennings (hamstring, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 16. Jennings is a WR4/WR5 type against Miami.
Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm
Vikings WR Greg Jennings (hamstring) took limited practice reps again Thursday.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm
Vikings WR Greg Jennings (hamstring) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Jennings should be fine to face Miami.
Saturday, November 29, 2014, 9:22am
Vikings beat writer Ben Goessling answered a question about the Vikings WRs:
I wouldn't say Charles Johnson separated himself from the group. But the fact that this is even an open question tells you how little has gone according to plan for the Vikings' passing game. It's difficult to separate the performance of the Vikings' receivers from the play of a rookie quarterback and the poor job the Vikings' offensive line has done protecting Teddy Bridgewater, but when they invested $18 million guaranteed in Greg Jennings and gave up three picks to get Cordarrelle Patterson in 2013, they should be getting more than they are.
Jennings is a prime candidate for a contract restructuring after this season; he's scheduled to count $11 million against the cap in 2015, when he will turn 32, and has no guaranteed cash left in his deal. With 40 catches through 11 games, it's doubtful he'll play at that cap figure next year.
The story makes a great point about how Charles Johnson being the team's best receiver shouldn't be a topic, but the team hasn't got much of anything from Patterson - as fantasy owners know first hand. HC Mike Zimmer said last week it may even take a while for Patterson to get it. He's struggled with running patterns throughout his career. Either way, Viking WRs will make for risky fantasy plays.
Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm
Vikings WR Greg Jennings (rib, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 13.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm
Vikings WR Greg Jennings (rib) practiced fully Wednesday.
Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm
Vikings WR Greg Jennings (rib, questionable) took full practice reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 12. It now looks like Jennings will play against his old team, but he has not had much success against the Packers. He has just 69 yards — total — in three games against Green Bay.
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm
Vikings WR Greg Jennings (rib) missed practice again Thursday. Consider Jennings very iffy to play against his old team. Charles Johnson is on the radar, though Jarius Wright returned to practice on Thursday.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm
Vikings WR Greg Jennings (rib) did not practice Wednesday. Consider Jennings iffy to play against his old team. Charles Johnson is on the radar as a Sneaky Start since Jarius Wright is also gimpy with a hamstring injury.
With Teddy Bridgewater out, Christian Ponder will get the start. Rankings have been updated to reflect the downgrade to the passing game, although Greg Jennings has been decent with Ponder under center. RB Matt Asiata is not really affected by the change at QB. His workload should be there in a good matchup and should get dump offs if the Vikings fall behind the Packers. RB Jerick McKinnon will get change of pace work behind Asiata and is a boom or bust flex option.
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