As you rigorously prepare and research leading into each fantasy football season, injuries are always going to change the landscape. “Next Man Up” will be a brief series that examines players who are now being forced to step into the starting role because of an injury suffered to a fantasy stud during camp. 


Davante Adams — WR, Green Bay Packers

When it rains, it pours. That’s how things have been going so far for the Packers at the WR position this preseason. Obviously, Jordy Nelson is a huge loss to the Green Bay offense — arguably the biggest loss of the preseason for any team.

In Saturday’s preseason matchup with the Eagles, it was Randall Cobb who left the game with a shoulder injury and did not return. Cobb’s expected to be fine, but because of the luck the Packers have experienced with their pass catchers so far, they felt the need to protect Davante Adams.

Nelson’s replacement played only three snaps in the third preseason game, but Adams is stepping into a huge role for the 2015 season. When it comes to Adams, you’ve just got to toss 2014 and the preseason numbers out the window and use your brain.

Insert any WR in an offense opposite Cobb with Aaron Rodgers at the helm and they’re going to have a productive season. Then use the eye test on Adams as a rookie, and it’s obvious he’s poised for a breakout, especially given the monster opportunity the Nelson injury has presented him with.

Davante has skills. He just looks the part of a successful NFL wide receiver.

Last season, Nelson registered 98 receptions for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns. That’s a ton of production that now has to be spread around the GB receiving core. Sure Cobb receives a boost in value and some of the love will be spread to the tight ends and backups. But the large majority of those throws are going in the direction of Adams.

Expecting him to match Nelson’s 2014 production (or even Cobb’s: 91 catches, 1,287 yards, 12 TDs) is probably a little too much to ask for. However, if Adams stays healthy, a season with 1,000+ yards and about 10 touchdowns is totally reasonable to ask for.

All signs point towards Adams developing into not only a great WR on the field, but a great fantasy WR in 2015. I love Adams in both year long fantasy leagues, and as a DFS play throughout the season — especially for his absolute steal of a price tag in Week 1 at $4,400.

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See more from the “Next Man Up” series below.

Alfred Blue — RB, Houston Texans

Devin Funchess — WR, Carolina Panthers