Editor’s note: To help you prepare for your fantasy football draft, NESN.com will profile each NFL team and analyze which players are worth picking and which players aren’t worth your time. Today, we look at the Packers.
The Green Bay Packers aren’t just one of the best teams in the NFL — they’re also a fantasy football gold mine.
In advance of the upcoming fantasy football season, we took a closer look at the Packers players you should draft, avoid and peg as sleepers.
Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback: When the Packers’ offense is healthy, it’s terrifying. But Rodgers, top wide receivers Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams and running back Eddie Lacy all missed time or played hurt last season. Rodgers is a top-five fantasy QB with No. 1 potential any given week, and in leagues in which passing touchdowns count for six points, he’s even worth considering No. 1 overall. He’s currently being taken as the second quarterback and 30th player overall. Draft him comfortably anywhere.
Jordy Nelson, Wide Receiver: He’s the clear No. 1 option that makes this offense go. He might start off slow after recovering from a torn ACL, but if he’s cleared to play in Week 1 he’s a must-start. He’s currently being taken with the 17th pick as the seventh WR off the board. That’s an appropriate place to take him.
Randall Cobb, Wide Receiver: Cobb struggled with both shoulder and ankle injuries last year and saw increased coverage due to the abundance of injuries around him. Despite all that, Cobb still caught 79 passes for 829 yards and six TDs — a far cry from his 91/1,287/12 in 2014, but still very good. He’s currently going in the sixth round as the 24th wideout, and we’d be more than comfortable taking him a few rounds higher, provided he’s healthy.
Eddie Lacy, Running Back: Here’s the thing with Lacy: He has No. 1 running back potential, and we’ve seen some explosive numbers out of him before. We never know which Eddie Lacy we’re going to get, but it seems after some serious offseason training and P90X workouts, Fat Eddie is a thing of the past. He’s being taken as the 13th RB and going 29th overall, on average. That seems like a good spot for him, though we’d suggest taking James Starks as a necessary handcuff.
Mason Crosby, Kicker: He finished just 16th in points among kickers last year in a down offense, but Crosby still is pretty reliable. He missed four field goals last season but also made four from 50+ yards out. Don’t take him early, but don’t worry too much about making him your kicker.
Packers Defense/Special Teams: They were a middle of the pack bunch and don’t typically do anything special. There are at least a dozen better fantasy options.
Davante Adams, Wide Receiver: Another year, another blurb about Adams being a “sleeper.” Look, we’d avoid him, but if he slots back into the third receiver role and stays healthy, he’s not a bad guy to have as a bye-week sub.
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