Packers WR Randall Cobb: 2013 Fantasy Football Profile and Projection

Compared to recent drafts, 2011 was a great class for wide receivers based on the early success of players like A.J. Green, Julio Jones, Torrey Smith and others.

The seventh wide receiver selected in that draft with the 64th overall pick by the Packers was Randall Cobb, who had a breakout season in 2012. One of the most dynamic wide receivers in the league, Cobb set career highs with 80 receptions for 954 yards and eight touchdowns.

Only 13 wide receivers had more receptions than Cobb last year and he was tied for 12th among receivers in touchdowns.

Not only is Cobb a vital component of their passing attack, the Packers use him in a variety of roles. He rushed for 132 yards on 10 carries last year and he has a total of three touchdowns in the return game over the past two seasons.

Building upon the success of his 2012 campaign, things should be even better for Cobb in 2013.

The Packers are without Greg Jennings, who signed a free-agent deal with the Vikings, and Donald Driver, who has retired. Although Jordy Nelson may be ready for the start of the regular season, he had knee surgery during camp and could possibly miss the first game or two.

Cobb himself is dealing with a biceps injury, but it's something that is not keeping him out of practice. That said, coach Mike McCarthy says it's something that Cobb could be "battling for a while."

Not only does Cobb have the league's most efficient passer throwing him the ball, but Aaron Rodgers thinks that Cobb could see his receptions total increase to 100.

Speaking to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said that he thinks Cobb "can be a 100-catch guy. We haven't had that here in a while. But I think he can. I think he's a special player. As long as he can stay healthy, I think he's going to be a big-time star for us."

Only two receivers in Packers history have reached triple-digit receptions: Sterling Sharpe (1992 and 1993) and Robert Brooks (1995).

Whether or not he finishes with 100-plus receptions, Cobb is one of the best young receivers in the league and he's a borderline WR1 in fantasy leagues in both standard and PPR-scoring formats for 2013.

2013 Fantasy Strength of Schedule

Based on the cumulative fantasy points allowed by their opponents from Weeks 1 to 16, Cobb and the Packers' receivers have the 10th-most favorable schedule among wide receivers in standard-scoring leagues and sixth-most favorable in PPR leagues.

- Resources: Fantasy WR Strength of Schedule | 2013 Packers Team Schedule

2013 Stat Projection: 92 Receptions, 1,178 Receiving Yards, 114 Rushing Yards, 7 TDs

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