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Fantasy Football Projections: Green Bay Packers

It begineth with Aaron Rodgers, it endeth with Aaron Rodgers. I’m not sure what page of the Good Book that’s written on but I’m 99% sure it’s in there.

Rodgers is what he is, a Top 5 fantasy QB who defies a shocking lack of weapons and finds ways to put up fantasy winning stats, game by game. This season, he loses Jordy Nelson. Oh wait, that was 2015 when he threw for 3800 yards and 31 TD. This year is the year he’s without Eddie Lacy! Ha… haha… hahaha. Seriously folks, let’s get real. Rodgers is going to have Davante Adams, Randall Cobb, and Jimmy Graham to throw the rock too, plus Ty Montgomery likely spending more time out wide with the emergence of Jamaal Williams and an intriguing depth duo of Geronimo Allison and Equanameous St. Brown. No, I didn’t make the last name up, maybe Key and Peele did, but I didn’t. Bottom line, draft Rodgers with confidence as one of, if not the top QB off the boards in 2018.

Speaking of confidence, I have a solid amount of it in Jamaal Williams. Williams flashed work-horse ability with play-maker upside at times in his rookie campaign and I think a full off-season working as the starter to build chemistry with Rodgers (who missed half of 2017 with injury) will only make the youngster more dangerous. He’ll have to win the job from Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery. Montgomery was a fun experiment moving into the backfield from WR but his true value lies in the passing game and not in anchoring a rushing attack. Jones is intriguing. He’s flashed big home run ability but did most of his damage when Rodgers was still in the mix and lost carries to Williams down the home stretch. Jones will be a good tandem back for Williams but Williams ability to contribute on all three downs is more appealing as a starter. I’m drafting Williams as a FLEX with RB2 upside, Montgomery as a PPR FLEX and monitoring Jones all off-season to see if he catches fire. At the moment, you can’t quite trust any of them as an anchor at the RB position.

Out wide it will be the Adams and Cobb show as both should serve as suitable fantasy starters. Adams could challenge for Top 10 production with no one to threaten his status as the #1 in GB, well, almost no one, more on this in a minute. Allison and St. Brown will vie for the outside work opposite Adams with Cobb in the slot. Allison showed more promise in his second seasons and may take flight with a full year of Rodgers. St. Brown is a tantalizing physical specimen but considered by many to be soft and unrefined in his game. WR1 Adams, WR2/3 Cobb, and Allison/St. Brown are going to wind up in a three-way dance with Montgomery with all having fantasy relevant weeks that you won’t be able to predict.

Back to that point earlier, Jimmy Graham is the challenger for #1 receiver status. Graham is a premium receiving threat as a tight end who has made his career in the end zone. The playmaker struggled through three seasons on a Seattle team that had no clue how to use them in their off-script, scramble drills. Still, he delivered for owners there and despite being 32 years old he still has the skills to beat defenders and win the contested balls. Rodgers will find a way to make use of that. Graham is a Top 5 TE this year.

2018 Projections

NAME POSITION CMP ATT PASS YD PASS TD INT RU YD RU TD
Aaron Rodgers QB 370 580 4070 35 9 335 2

 

NAME POSITION CARRIES RU YD RU TD REC  REC YD REC TD FUM
Jamaal Williams RB 215 925 7 30 320 2 0
Ty Montgomery RB 80 330 2 40 380 2 0
Aaron Jones RB 60 265 1 5 45 0 0

 

NAME POSITION CARRIES RU YD RU TD REC  REC YD REC TD FUM
Davante Adams WR 0 0 0 85 1020 10 0
Randall Cobb WR 0 0 0 65 650 4 0
Geronimo Allison WR 0 0 0 35 405 1 0
Equanimeous St. Brown WR 0 0 0 35 430 2 0
Jimmy Graham TE 0 0 0 60 715 8 0
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