The Green Bay Packers host the Chicago Bears on Thursday Night Football. Both teams may be without a key player for the division rivalry. Green Bay wideout Greg Jennings may sit this one out, and Chicago defensive back Charles Tillman may not be able to take the field. Jennings has a groin injury and Tillman suffered a leg injury.
Those two facts could mean fantasy gold for your virtual team.
Anytime Jennings sits out, his Packer wide receivers get a nice bump in value. This week will be no different. Except that they get an even bigger bump because Tillman may also be unable to play. With Tillman out, the Green Bay passing attack will be even more lethal.
Against the 49ers (with Greg Jennings playing), James Jones had 4 catches for 81 yards and a touchdown. And we detailed Randall Cobb's value to the Packers offense here. He's an explosive option in his own right—with, or without—Jennings suiting up. Cobb's value just grows exponentially with Jennings unable to play.
Jones will assume Jennings role in the event Jennings can't play. Jones has proven in the past that he is a viable fantasy option, just as he did in Week 1. With Jennings out, Jones will be a consistent option instead of the typical boom-or-bust option that he usually is.
And with Bears defensive back Charles Tillman likely to sit out Thursday's game, Jones and Cobb will have more room to roam free in Chicago's secondary. It's a perfect storm for the duo's fantasy value.
Both Jones and Cobb may be available on your waiver wire. We'd suggest opening another window on your browser and snagging one of them for your fantasy team. Jones is more of a one-week fill-in, whereas Cobb offers long-term value over the course of the season.