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J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

Date of Birth:  04/24/1992
Age:  30
Height  5'10"
Weight:   160
College:  UAB
Drafted:  2015 | Round 5 | Pick 159
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J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR


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J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

The Bills released J.J. Nelson from the practice squad.

Buffalo is going in another direction with their practice squad receivers entering the postseason, but perhaps Nelson will be back in the near future.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

The Bills signed J.J. Nelson to the practice squad.

Nelson adds some insurance as a speed receiver for Buffalo, and it will be interesting to see what this means for the chances of signing Kenny Stills. The team will have John Brown back on Sunday, but Cole Beasley (leg) is week-to-week.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

The 49ers have released J.J. Nelson with an injury settlement.

This move was expected, and the deep threat will now be free to sign elsewhere. San Francisco is hoping to have Deebo Samuel (foot) and rookie Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) healthy for the opener next week.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

The 49ers placed J.J. Nelson (knee) on injured reserve.

Nelson is expected to be released from IR with an injury settlement when his knee injury heals. The speedy veteran receiver is off the redraft radar at the moment.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson (knee) is expected to miss two-to-four weeks.

Nelson is yet another wideout injured for San Francisco, who is hoping to have Deebo Samuel (foot) and Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) ready for Week 1. We could see a very healthy target share for George Kittle early in the season.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

The 49ers are signing J.J. Nelson, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

San Francisco is also signing Tavon Austin, so the moves could indicate that Deebo Samuel (foot) will miss regular season action. Nelson is a deep threat that will look to earn a situational role similar to Marquise Goodwin in recent years, but he is unlikely to become a recommended fantasy option.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

The Raiders released J.J. Nelson.

Nelson had been battling injury the last few weeks, and the Raiders are moving in a different direction at receiver. The speedy 27-year-old should not have any issue finding a new team, and the Buccaneers (with Nelson's former head coach with the Cardinals, Bruce Arians) could be the perfect landing spot.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

The Raiders signed J.J. Nelson.

This is Oakland's third wide receiver addition of the week, as the team traded for Antonio Brown and signed Tyrell Williams. Behind Brown and Williams, the receiver depth chart is wide-open for the Raiders, and Nelson will likely have an opportunity to win a big role on offense. This is a classic Raiders signing, as Nelson has elite speed (he ran a 4.28 at the NFL Combine in 2015) and averages 17.8 yards per reception for his career. Nelson had over 500 receiving yards in 2016 and 2017 before his playing time was scaled back drastically last season when he had just seven receptions for 64 yards. The Raiders have made it clear they wanted to add speed to the roster this offseason, and they're certainly off to a good start.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson caught three passes for 43 yards in Sunday's loss to Detroit.

He also rushed once for a loss of five yards. The speedster had been invisible all year with just four receptions for 21 yards entering the game, so it was at least good to see him get seven targets on Sunday. Still, fantasy owners are obviously looking elsewhere down the stretch.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson gets one touch in Week 10.

Nelson had one carry for -10 yards against the Chiefs. This was with Chad Williams out of the lineup, so it's extremely difficult to trust Nelson even in deeper leagues right now. He does offer some upside next week against the Raiders, though.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson gets one touch in Week 8.

Nelson received one carry for eight yards against the Niners. He was also targeted on a deep pass to the end zone, but Niners cornerback Richard Sherman broke it up. Nelson is not a fantasy option right now.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson caught two passes for eight yards in Thursday night's loss to the Broncos.

He also rushed once for seven yards. The speedster unfortunately has limited fantasy value with Bruce Arians now in the broadcast booth.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson catches one pass in Week 4 loss.

It went for four yards. Nelson isn't a recommended fantasy option as the No. 4 receiver on the only winless team in the league.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson doesn't catch a pass in Week 3.

Nelson was targeted on a deep pass, but he stopped running, which led to an easy interception for the Bears. The track-speed deep threat has not caught a pass this season.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson doesn't catch a pass against the Rams.

Until the Cardinals vastly improve their pass blocking, Nelson isn't going to be a fantasy option. Nelson is the No. 4 receiver for Arizona right now.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson doesn't catch a pass in Week 1.

The Cardinals didn't have time to take many deep shots down the field, but it didn't appear that Nelson received much playing time in the game. He's off the fantasy radar for now.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson catches one pass in Week 17.

Nelson gained 18 yards on his lone reception against Seattle, bringing his line this season to 29/508/2. The dynamic receiver should have a solid deep threat role with the team next year, even with a new coaching staff appearing likely.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson catches 46-yard pass in loss to Washington.

It was his only reception of the game, but he also rushed once for seven yards. Nelson hasn't been a reliable fantasy option since Carson Palmer went down, and he can stay on the waiver wire for the fantasy championship.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson catches two passes in Week 14.

Nelson gained 26 yards on his two receptions (three targets) against the Titans. He offers big-play upside, but it's very risky to trust Nelson in fantasy lineups at the moment.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson caught two passes for 42 yards in Sunday's loss to the Rams.

Nelson was the only wide receiver to catch a pass other than Larry Fitzgerald, as Fitz dominated with 10 receptions. The speedster won't be a reliable fantasy option in the fantasy playoffs with Blaine Gabbert preferring to target the middle of the field, but he's a decent desperation play.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson held to one reception in Week 12 win.

It went for 14 yards. Even with John Brown out, the speedster had to do battle with two elite corners on the outside. He should have better luck next week against the Rams.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson catches one pass against the Texans.

Like teammate John Brown, Nelson didn't make any big plays down the field against a Texans team that's struggled against some fast receivers this season. He gained 14 yards on his lone reception, and the matchup gets tougher in Week 12 against the Jaguars.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson catches one pass in Cardinals' loss.

Nelson gained 17 yards on his lone reception, but he could've had a touchdown at the end of the first half on a fourth-down deep ball from Drew Stanton that appeared to go off his hands. The good news is Stanton showed he isn't afraid to take deep shots down the field, and Nelson will have easier matchups coming up than tonight against Seattle.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson held to one reception in Week 9 win.

It went for 15 yards. Nelson should be on the waiver wire with John Brown healthy and Carson Palmer out.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson gets five targets in Week 7.

Nelson caught two passes for 35 yards in a loss to the Rams. Carson Palmer and his excellent deep ball is out of the lineup now, which limits the speedster's fantasy value moving forward. He might be able to still have a solid game when the Cardinals emerge from their Week 8 bye to face the 49ers, though.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson held without a catch in Week 6 win.

He did rush once for 16 yards, but that was it. With John Brown healthy, Nelson is just a role player for Bruce Arians' offense, though he should have some nice games. Still, he should probably be on the waiver wire.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson caught four passes for 80 yards in Sunday's loss to the Eagles.

He also rushed once for 14 yards, and would have had a late touchdown if not for fumbling out of bounds before crossing the end zoneā€”and it unfortunately led to a lost fumble. Nelson looked to be clearly behind Larry Fitzgerald, Jaron Brown, and John Brown, but they all played, and Nelson led the team in yards. He might be able to get deep against the Bucs next Sunday, but the speedster isn't a recommended fantasy option.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson (hamstring/tooth) was a limited participant in today's practice.

Nelson has been limited in practice the last couple weeks, but he's played in each game. The tooth is new, but he should be fine for Sunday.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson sees decrease in playing time with John Brown's return to the lineup.

Nelson was coming into Week 4 with a hamstring injury, but he was active, and caught three passes for 34 yards in the win. It appears the starters at receiver right now are Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, and Jaron Brown, so Nelson is the odd man out. Even with a great matchup in Week 5 against the Eagles, Nelson probably can't be trusted in fantasy lineups. As long as John Brown is healthy, he can remain on the waiver wire.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson (hamstring) is officially questionable for Week 4.

Nelson was also questionable for last Monday night against the Cowboys, and he played. Expect Nelson to be out there on Sunday against the 49ers, but be sure to check in ahead of the game. It's also worth noting that John Brown is back after missing the last two games with a quadricep injury.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson did not catch a pass against the Cowboys.

Nelson was targeted on a couple of deep balls by Carson Palmer, but they couldn't connect. On one in particular, Nelson would've had a sure touchdown if he received a better throw, but Palmer was being pressured on the play and couldn't really step into it. Nelson will play the 49ers on Sunday for Week 4.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson (hamstring) is officially active for Monday Night Football.

The lightning fast receiver was expected to be ready for the game, and he is. He'll look to get behind the Cowboys defense and make some big plays for Carson Palmer and the offense.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson (hamstring) is questionable for Week 3.

Expect Nelson to be out there on Monday night against the Cowboys, but be sure to have contingency plans in case Nelson is inactive. There are probably better options for your lineup from the Sunday games this week, but Nelson should be available if you want to use him.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson (hamstring) was limited in practice today.

It's a second-straight limited practice for Nelson. Even if he doesn't get in a full practice tomorrow, he'll likely be in the lineup on Monday night against the Cowboys.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson (hamstring) was limited in practice today.

The limited session indicates Nelson's hamstring issue isn't too bad. The Cardinals don't play until Monday, and Nelson should be ready to go.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson catches long touchdown in Week 2.

After John Brown (quad) was ruled out, the Nelson was a popular Week 2 sleeper against a susceptible Colts secondary, and the lightning fast deep threat paid off for fantasy owners that put him in their lineups. Nelson had five receptions for 120 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown on a deep ball from Carson Palmer. If Brown is forced to miss another game, Nelson wouldn't be a terrible FLEX option against the Cowboys in Week 3. The game is on Monday night though, so you're risking it if Brown hasn't yet been ruled out by the time you need to set your lineup.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson caught five passes for 43 yards and one touchdown in the Cardinals' Week 1 loss to Detroit.

Nelson had the best fantasy day out of the Arizona fantasy options thanks to a one-yard score in the fourth quarter. The speedy receiver has a good chance of getting behind the Colts secondary in Week 2, but he's just a deep league or desperation option behind Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson catches one pass in Cardinals' preseason game.

Nelson caught one-of-two targets for 13 yards in the exhibition against the Falcons. The speedster will make some big plays for Arizona this season, but it'll be difficult to trust him in your fantasy lineup.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson catches 20-yard pass in Week 2 preseason game.

The blazing fast receiver had two receptions for 26 yards total, working with the first-team offense. Nelson might open the season as the number three receiver for the Cardinals if John Brown doesn't get healthy soon.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson catches one pass in Week 1 of the preseason.

The reception was for 12 yards. The speedster Nelson will be one of Arizona's top four receivers in 2017.

J.J. Nelson catches four passes for 75 yards in season finale.

Nelson ends his second season with 34 receptions for 568 yards and six touchdowns, with four carries and 83 yards with a touchdown rushing. With Michael Floyd out of the picture, Nelson might be able to take another step forward in his third season. Keep an eye on him in training camp.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson scores for fourth straight week.

Nelson scored on a deep 80-yard touchdown from Carson Palmer and had three catches for 132 yards in the game. Nelson has certainly carved out a good role with the Cardinals and pairs well with Carson Palmer's deep ball. Nelson will be a good FLEX option against the Rams in Week 17.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson scores and drops a touchdown in Week 15.

Nelson caught five passes for 38 yards and a score in the Cards' 48-41 loss. He could have had another late touchdown down the left sideline, but he dropped a perfectly thrown pass. Nelson could have a big role heading into 2017 with Larry Fitzgerald's future in question and Michael Floyd out of town. The speedster will be a FLEX for next week in Seattle.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson scores 50-yard touchdown in Week 14.

Nelson took a reverse 56 yards to the house. He just zoomed through the defense and down the sideline, showing off his crazy wheels. Nelson also had an eight yard catch. He's hard to trust in your fantasy lineup.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson caught two passes for 30 yards in Sunday's loss to Atlanta.

Nelson had a good opportunity with Michael Floyd banged up and John Brown leaving the game early, but he struggled with the rest of the offense (outside of David Johnson). Nelson could see more playing time with John Brown (hamstring) potentially out for a few weeks, but Carson Palmer's play makes it safe to leave him on waivers.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson catches one pass for zero yards against the Vikings.

A couple of weeks after being called the number two receiver by Bruce Arians, Nelson is likely behind Michael Floyd for targets and should not be in your fantasy lineup.

J.J. Nelson | Free Agent WR

J.J. Nelson held in check against 49ers in Week 10.

The speedy Nelson had two catches for 29 yards. After Bruce Arians called Nelson the number two receiver for the Cardinals, Michael Floyd appeared to be that guy. It seems as though it varies week-to-week. It's hard to trust Nelson, but he has some boom potential. He doesn't need to be on your roster.