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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Randall Cobb Has Star Qualities but is Not a Good Fantasy Pickup Yet

Randall Cobb was a revelation for the Green Bay Packers Thursday night. Playing his first career game, the rookie second-round pick out of Kentucky scored two touchdowns. He tied an NFL record by returning a kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown, somehow managing to avoid touching the ground when he was almost certainly down. That kickoff return for was one of the difference-makers because it turned the contest into a two-score game.

Cobb also scored late in the first quarter on a short in from the slot. He took the pass, made a sweet move on the safety, and then laid down a stiff arm before diving into the end zone. Cobb played great and he was a big reason the Packers won the game. He certainly is talented, but don’t let the praise he’s received a day later persuade you to grab him off your waiver wire.

Cobb isn’t one of Green Bay’s regular receivers. He only caught two passes in the game. Greg Jennings is their top target, Jermichael Finley and Jordy Nelson are generally the next options, and Donald Driver is also ahead of him on the depth chart. That doesn’t even count receivers James Jones and Tom Crabtree who enter the game when Green Bay really wants to spread things out. Recognizing that Cobb is extremely talented, the Packers may utilize him more as the season goes on but don’t get carried away after one game; Cobb is a really good player, but he likely won’t be a fantasy asset this season.



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