SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

October 13, 2012

Fantasy Forecast: Time to sell on Packers' Finley

Fantasy Forecast Andy Silva
The Salem News

---- — I try not to get wrapped up in locker room drama, or things like a wide receiver or tight end calling out his quarterback.

But I have to admit I’m somewhat concerned about Jermichael Finley.

The Green Bay tight end has always been something of a fantasy enigma; clearly talented with the potential to be a fantasy superstar, but never quite producing to that level.

As such, he’s a player I’ve consistently talked myself into drafting, thinking this will be the year he puts it all together. I did that in one of my leagues this year after TEs Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham went off the board early.

Yet once again, Finley is proving to be a disappointment.

This week Finley came out and said his chemistry with quarterback Aaron Rodgers is lacking. This isn’t the first time Finley has lodged a complaint; in August he noted he’d like to get the ball more and thinks with the right amount of looks and trust from Rodgers, he could be in the same league as Gronk and Graham.

But he needs to have less drops in order to establish that trust with Rodgers. They’ve been a consistent problem for Finley, especially last year.

Where am I going with all this?

Despite all the Packers problems on offense — the injuries to Greg Jennings and Cedric Benson, as well as the surprising slight downturn for Rodgers — I’m not convinced Finley is going to be what you might have thought when you drafted him. I believe that if you own Finley, you should try to deal him now while his value might be somewhere near what it was before the season, and hope that some other owner will be enticed by either the potential or Finley’s name recognition.

Otherwise prepare to be disappointed for the rest of the season at tight end.

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It’s always tough to tell where injured Patriots stand, based on the team’s penchant for being tight-lipped on injuries. But it appears that Aaron Hernandez might play this weekend against the Seahawks.

There were reports yesterday that Hernandez had a bag packed and was asking teammates what time the team flight for the Emerald City would be leaving. He likely wouldn’t be travelling if he weren’t playing, so that’s a good sign.

Also a good sign is the fact Hernandez was an active participant in practice on Thursday, albeit on a limited basis.

Yet it’s hard to say he’ll actually play with any confidence. Coach Bill Belichick said yesterday that Hernandez will have to be evaluated to see how he responds and could be a game-time decision.

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After suffering a concussion last week, Robert Griffin III is listed as questionable for tomorrow’s game against the Vikings.

The good news, however, is that RG3 is looking likely to play. He hasn’t suffered any setbacks and could be cleared after undergoing another round of tests.