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Randall Cobb: Fantasy Football Projection for 2017

Randall Cobb

Randall Cobb

After his 2014 season, fantasy owners thought Randall Cobb would be an up-and-coming wide receiver. He was emerging as one of Aaron Rodgers' favorite targets and when Jordy Nelson went down before the 2015 season, it seemed that Cobb was poised for success. However, the reality was that he wasn't able to handle the increased workload. He dealt with injuries and struggled overall.

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2016 Season Recap

In 2016, Jordy Nelson was back, which in theory should have helped Cobb. No longer would Cobb have to be the No. 1 receiver, but rather he could play the slot or a complementary receiver role. Unfortunately, he dealt with ankle and hamstring injuries which cost him three full games and additional playing time in the games where he did suit up.

He ended the season with 60 receptions for 610 yards and four touchdowns, all numbers down from both of the previous two seasons. He had just one 100-yard game and posted eight with fewer than 50 yards. As Cobb struggled, Davante Adams stepped up. Currently, Adams is the No. 2 on the Packers' depth chart.

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2017 Expectations

Cobb will be 27 for the start of the NFL season and fantasy owners should forget about his promising 2014 season and look at him with a more realistic eye. Cobb has the potential to be a solid WR2, but he has been playing as a WR3. He is small (under 6-foot and less than 200 pounds) and while he may be quick, he also is more prone to injury.

Rodgers will throw to Nelson whenever possible, and with Adams taking the No. 2 receiver duties, Cobb is left as the third receiver. Tight end Martellus Bennett joins the receiving corps as well, which takes targets away from Cobb. Unless the Packers design plays to get Cobb more involved, his 2017 production will likely mirror that of '16 - one or two good games, but good luck guessing when they'll be.

Where to Draft

Randall Cobb is currently being drafted in the eighth round in PPR leagues and the ninth round of standard leagues. He's around the 40th receiver off the board, which puts him squarely in WR3 territory. He should be drafted as a low WR3 with some possibility for upside. Fantasy owners should keep in mind, however, that he not only is he a WR3 in fantasy, he's also the No. 3 option on his real life team.

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.

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