In a season filled largely with disappointment for the Green Bay Packers, Davante Adams stands out as a pleasant surprise.
The third-year receiver dealt with injuries and poor play on the field last year, dropping a number of passes fired his way while showing no consistency. Speculation grew that the Packers were to move on from their former second-round pick.
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Ten weeks into the season and a completely different story has been told. Adams has grown into his role and is now alongside Jordy Nelson as one of Aaron Rodgers’ favorite targets. He has made plays at critical times and is flashing his yards-after-catch ability, an area Mike McCarthy’s offense thrives on.
Despite only catching six passes compared to Nelson’s 12 in Tennessee, Adams was more productive, piling up 156 yards. His longest play went for 46.
Over the past four weeks, Adams has caught 35 passes for 403 yards and three touchdowns. For some perspective, he made 38 receptions for 446 yards and three scores in his entire rookie year.
Not only is it an encouraging sign for the Packers, but also Adams’ fantasy owners.
Many have been scared off after last year’s let down. Following Jordy Nelson’s season-ending knee injury, Adams was believed to be the man to fill in his role as a reliable fantasy producer. It wasn’t to be, but he’s now finally beginning to live up to his potential.
Adams’ production over the past four games is on the verge of WR1 numbers. He’s ranked 11th among WRs in that span. His fantasy scores over the past four weeks are as follows, per NFL.com: 25.70; 5.40; 10.10; 16.10. Had it not been for a fumble in Atlanta, he would have produced over seven points against the Falcons.
Game scripts have favored Adams, also. The Packers have fallen behind in each of their past three games, forcing Aaron Rodgers to throw the ball early and often. This trend could continue with upcoming games against Washington, Philadelphia and Seattle. Despite tough matchups awaiting, volume could ensure Adams has a safe floor each week.
With six touchdowns on the year, he’s proving to have a nose for the end zone, which is great news for fantasy owners. But as proven at Tennessee last week, he can still produce strong numbers without finding the end zone.