With the Green Bay Packers letting Jordy Nelson walk in the offseason, Geronimo Allison is the next man up. Allison will have an opportunity to accumulate some of the targets that Nelson leaves behind. Nelson averaged 143 targets and 11 TDs/season from 2013 to 2016. Allison is the most experienced wide receiver the Packers have behind Randall Cobb and Davante Adams. While the organization picked up 2 wide receivers in the draft, and also acquired tight end Jimmy Graham, I don’t believe any of the offseason acquisitions will be too much of a threat to Allison’s fantasy outlook. The rookies will need time to learn the system and while Jimmy Graham may take some red zone targets away from Allison, the Packers have never utilized their tight ends as much as other teams in the NFL. As long as the Packers don’t sign a veteran receiver “G-Mo” should be a shoe-in to win the starting role.
While Allison doesn’t really stand out in many advanced metrics on Playerprofiler.com, I’ve seen some things on film that give me high hopes for his 2018 season. Allison is good at tracking the ball, very good finding holes in coverage, and has the ability to make defenders miss in the open field. On top of that, he seems to be developing the same Vulcan mind-meld with Aaron Rodgers that Jordy Nelson had. On broken plays Nelson was Rodgers’ go-to guy and I see the same thing on film between Rodgers and Allison–this signals that Rodgers trusts the young wideout. Yet another sign of trust is the fact that Allison is 60% on catches for first down, behind only Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb for the team. 21 of his 35 receptions for his career were for first downs according to Packers.com.
Allison is getting more and more on folks’ radars, but he’s currently going undrafted in a lot of 12 team leagues, which is ridiculous considering that he will easily be a top-three, if not top-two target-getter in an Aaron Rodgers-powered offense. I can see him finishing a low-to-high end WR3, possibly even a low-end WR2 should his chemistry with Rodgers continue to grow and should Rodgers stay healthy. Keep Geronimo in mind in the later rounds of your draft, don’t be afraid to jump on this high-upside sleeper.