Fantasy watch: Packers’ Jarrett Boykin worth a flyer

October 17, 2013

Packers wide receiver Jarrett Boykin is brought down by Matt Elam last week against the Ravens (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

The name Jarrett Boykin wasn’t on anyone’s fantasy watch list at the start of the season, but the Green Bay Packers wide receiver has been among the most added players this past week given injuries to James Jones and Randall Cobb.

Boykin is an intriguing play this week with Cobb out and Jones questions. That leaves Jordy Nelson as the clear No. 1 wide receiver, but quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been generous spreading the ball around, so Boykin figures to get his share of targets.

Plus the Packers have a favorable matchup at home against the Cleveland Browns, who are ranked eighth in passing but have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. Cleveland cornerback Joe Haden is among the best in the league, but no doubt he’ll draw Nelson, meaning Boykin could be in store for an expanded role.

Boykin more resembles Jones than Cobb, whose breakaway speed can change games. At 6 feet 2, 217 pounds, Boykin, who played college football at Virginia Tech, is not that kind of a threat, but he could be used in red-zone situations against smaller cornerbacks.

So if you have room on your roster, Boykin is worth adding, at least for now, and should be used as a lower-end flex or WR3.

Some questions from the Twitter-verse:

The only player I’d conisder picking up out of that group is Stacy, but it remains a somewhat risky move. MJD, despite playing for a miserable team, is guaranteed plenty of touches, making him a regular starter in all lineups. When Jackson comes back, he’ll be getting plenty of work too, with Julio Jones out for the season and Roddy White nursing an injury.

I’d be most inclined to add Matt Forte. He is among the shrinking group of running backs who are certain to get touches each game. Plus he’s in an offense where he’ll rarely see a stacked line of scrimmage because of wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who is double-teamed routinely.

Have a fantasy football question? Tweet at Gene Wang at @gene_wang.

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Gene Wang is a sports reporter covering multiple beats, including Navy football, the Capitals, Wizards, Nationals, women’s basketball, auto racing, boxing and golf. He also covers Fantasy Football.
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Mark Maske · October 17, 2013

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