WR - FA
Week 8 Outlook
The Carolina Panthers signed former Packers WR Jarrett Boykin to a one-year contract.
This is not a terrible move for Boykin as he was clearly on the way out in Green Bay. The Carolina Panthers have a need at WR and he could get decent playing time with a strong camp and preseason. That being said, his value is extremely low for fantasy owners given his struggle to make any meaningful impact with the best QB in football last season. Additionally, the Panthers may be looking to add another WR or two via free agency or the draft.
Jarrett Boykin caught his only target for 6 yards.
It was just last week where Davante Adams lost some playing time to Boykin due to some mental errors, but it is clear now that the Packers are fully invested in their rookie wideout. Davante Adams was the Packers' gameplanned-go-to coming into their bout with New England, and he delivered. Jerrett Boykin is not ownable in any lineups, and likely will not be fantasy-relevant again this season. His contributions are on special teams, not offense.
Playing on just 8 of 68 snaps, Jarrett Boykin had another 0-catch game in his second game back from a groin injury.
Davante Adams has gained the trust of Aaron Rodgers and firmly supplanted Boykin on the depth chart, despite the coaches' confidence in Boykin. Boykin should not be owned in any formats at a deep position.
Packers WR coach Edgar Bennett says Jarrett Boykin is the same player he was before suffering a groin injury. "And we have the same confidence in him. This is a long season and heâ€™ll continue to be productive," Bennet said.
All signs point to Boykin being a part of the Packers plans, though with Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams all seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order. His opportunities will be inconsistent and difficult to predict. For fantasy purposes, he may best be treated as a stash-and-hold, because if any of the 3 WRs ahead of him get injured or miss time, Boykin could see a significant increase in playing time on one of the NFL's elite offenses.
In his first game back from a groin injury, Jarrett Boykin received zero targets and remained firmly behind rookie wideout Davante Adams, who caught a touchdown.
It may have been a case of the Packers just working him slowly back in from an injury, but it seems as though Davante Adams has officially taken over as the third receiver in Green Bay. Leave Boykin in free agency for now.