Last season, Davante Adams was the hottest thing on the market. Jordy Nelson tore his ACL and was out for the year and Adams was the logical replacement. In turn, Adams moved up draft boards until he was getting drafted as the No. 15 WR.
After closing his rookie campaign with a bang, most notably seven receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown in a playoff win over the Cowboys, many expected big things from the wide receiver.
Instead, with more playing time, his numbers were worse than the previous year. For the most part, he couldn’t deal with the attention given to top wide outs. With Randall Cobb mostly a slot option, Adams couldn’t handle the best defensive backs.
And so, he struggled. A lot.
His best game can’t even be considered a good game. Against the Lions in Week 10, he received a ridiculous 21 targets, yet only finished with 10 receptions for 79 yards.
Because of that, his fantasy value is close to zero going into his third season. He’s ranked as the No. 83 wide receiver in the FantasyPros consensus WR rankings and is going undrafted in most leagues.
But despite last year’s struggles, should we completely forget about him in 2016? The competition behind Adams on Green Bay isn’t outstanding by any means. Every other WR has mostly disappointed, including Jeff Janis, Jared Abbrederis and Ty Montgomery.
Why can’t Adams maintain the No. 3 WR role throughout the season?
The news has been maddening on Adams in the early preseason.
An early numberFire article in July suggested that the Packers cut him. Then early camp reports pegged Adams to start as the No. 3 wide receiver. A day after that, Adams supposedly caught everything that Rodgers threw at him. And at the same time, a reporter said Adams was having a rough camp. A couple of days later, offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett said that Adams “continues to improve.”
So what the heck is going on? Are the Packers beat writers purposely playing games with us so they can win their own fantasy football leagues?
No matter what the writers say, I believe Adams is worth a flier.
The main reasoning is that he won’t have to be the top guy this year. He can slip right into the third receiver role where he excelled at times in his rookie season. As long as Jordy Nelson is healthy, there will be minimal attention on Adams.
Now, he won’t be the WR3 or even WR2 that some projected him to be a year ago, but considering he’s going un-rostered in most leagues, there’s no reason not to take a chance on a wide receiver that could be the third option on an Aaron Rodgers offense.
It only makes sense that he has the chance to become a factor at some point this year. Sure, he was no good last season, but he wasn’t ready for the extended role, and maybe he never will be. But that doesn’t really matter because Nelson and Cobb are still there with viable tight ends in Jared Cook and Richard Rodgers.
Ranked in the same range as receivers like Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jamison Crowder and Kenny Britt, Adams is a no-brainer to take over those guys.
We know what those aforementioned receivers can do and it isn’t great. Their upside is limited.
Adams has plenty of upside in the Packers offense. Throw him on the roster and see what happens, it won’t cost a thing. If he’s terrible and drops 10 passes in the first week and loses his job, so be it. But if he holds onto a starting spot (No. 3 WR) in the Packers offense, then hey, you’re in business.