A crowded backfield and limited pass-catching weapons make it seem like it is going to be a run-heavy season for the Packers. That may seem like an odd transition when Aaron Rodgers is your QB but he is getting older and cant be expected to be the same magician he once was. And given how little they put into upgrading the passing game and drafting Jordan Love it makes you wonder how much longer Rodgers will play in Green Bay. I am not being dramatic like that and stirring the pot, but seriously questioning if it is only another 2 or 3 seasons before we’ve seen the last of Aaron Rodgers in a Packers jersey.
- Week 1: @ Vikings
- Week 2: Lions
- Week 3: @ Saints
- Week 4: Falcons
- Week 5: Bye
- Week 6: @ Buccaneers
- Week 7: @ Texans
- Week 8: Vikings
- Week 9: @ 49ers
- Week 10: Jaguars
- Week 11: @ Colts
- Week 12: Bears
- Week 13: Eagles
- Week 14: @ Lions
- Week 15: Panthers
- Week 16: Titans
- Week 17: @ Bears
Players To Know
- Aaron Rodgers-QB: Aaron Rodgers has been better in real life the last few seasons than fantasy football which has frustrated many players. But the reality is that Rodgers is still a dangerous man with the ball in his hands and could land as a Top 3 Fantasy QB in any given season. I’m not sure this season is that season though. The Packers seem like they have become more run focused and seem to continue the trend due to a talented backfield. That doesn’t mean you avoid Rodgers rather it means you take an approach where you get backend QB1 production from Rodgers. 4100 passing yards and 27 TDs.
- Aaron Jones-RB: Some oddities are surrounding Aaron Jones. First, he split the workload with Jamaal Williams but still finished as one of the best RBs in fantasy football last season. And secondly, they drafted AJ Dillon in the second round and he figures to be involved somehow. However, coming off a monster season and being in a contract year they may run Jones as much as possible. I think they feature Jones finally and he repeats as a high-end RB1 for the season. The concern is AJ Dillon is a big back and you wonder if he will get the goal-line work. 1175 rushing yards and 11 TDs.
- AJ Dillon-RB: AJ Dillon enters fantasy football as one of the premier handcuff backs in all of football. The Green Bay offense has produced from the RB position due to the overall efficiency of the unit. Translation, Green Bay has Aaron Rodgers and that dude scores points so Dillon is super relevant if Aaron Jones gets hurt. However, Dillon figures to get the work that used to be reserved for Jamaal Williams as Dillon should beat out Williams for the #2 RB job. 425 yards and 3 TDs.
- Jamaal Williams-RB: Williams has been on the fantasy radar at random points during his career but with AJ Dillon entering the picture it makes you wonder if there is enough work for 3 RBs in the Green Bay offense? And I do not think there is enough work for 3 RBs. There is work for 2 RBs and Williams doesn’t figure to factor to be either of those 2 RBs. Do not add Williams until further notice. 275 rushing yards and 1 TD.
- Davante Adams-WR: Adams truly is the guy in Green Bay. He has essentially no competition from anyone to take away his targets. Allen Lazard will emerge but someone besides Adams needs to catch the ball. I could see Adams averaging double-digit targets per game. Adams is really good and there is no need to complicate things when your turn to select in ROund 1 comes do not hesitate to take Adams. 100 catches for 1300 yards and 10 TDs.
- Allen Lazard-WR: I’m an Allen Lazard fan going back to his days at Iowa State. Lazard is a big WR and presents equally large upside this season functioning as the #2 WR in an Aaron Rodgers offense. Rodgers and Lazard have already shown chemistry in limited opportunities but once you’ve gained the trust of Aaron Rodgers you’ve cemented your spot in the Green Bay offense. Lazard is a big-time breakout candidate for me and I expect him to have more than 100 targets this season. 70 catches for 950 yards and 7 TDs.
- Jace Sternberger-TE: While some expect the Texas A&M product to be second on the team in targets I think he comes in third in targets but is still someone that could be fantasy relevant. There has been a time before where the Green Bay offense has supported 3 players in the passing game so don’t ignore him. Everyone is looking for a TE outside of George Kittle and Travis Kelce and he might be someone worth a shot if you cant land a big-time TE. 45 catches for 500 yards and 4 TDs.
The defense has been the issue for some time now and the Packers organizations did not address the defensive issues this offseason as some had planned. While there were additions made it was nothing that is going to transform this unit into elite territory. They will be a streaming option at times.
Potential Breakout Player
- Allen Lazard-WR
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