Green Bay Packers
Coach: Matt LaFleur
OC: Nathaniel Hackett
QB: Aaron Rodgers, DeShone Kizer, Tim Boyle, Manny Wilkins
RBs: Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams, Dexter Williams, Tra Carson,
FBs: Dan Vitale
WRs: Davante Adams, Geronimo Allison, Marquez Valdes-Scantling,
Jake Kumerow, Equanimeous St. Brown, J’Mon Moore, Trevor Davis, Allen Lazard, Teo Redding, Jawill Davis, Kabion Ento, Darrius Shepherd
TEs: Jimmy Graham, Marcedes Lewis, Robert Tonyan, Jace Sternberger, Evan Baylis, Malcolm Johnson, Pharoah McKever
2019 Draft (offense only):
Round 2, Pick 44 – G/C – Elgton Jenkins – Mississippi State
Round 3, Pick 75 – TE – Jace Sternberger – Texas A&M
Round 6, Pick 194 – RB – Dexter Williams – Notre Dame
2019 Undrafted Free Agents (fantasy offense only):
QB – Manny Wilkins – Arizona State
WR – Kabion Ento – Colorado
WR – Darrius Shepherd – North Dakota State
Key Offseason Additions (fantasy offense):
Training Camp Preview: Rookies 7/22, Veterans 7/24
A new era has begun in Green Bay, with new head coach Matt LaFleur taking over for Mike McCarthy. LaFleur spent his last two seasons as the OC for the Titans and Rams. He had success as the QB coach in Atlanta before that. His offensive coordinator will Nathaniel Hackett. previously the Jaguars offensive coordinator. Together, we’ll see if these two can rejuvenate the Green Bay offense that finished 12th in total offense last year, 9th in passing and 22nd in rushing. The biggest improvement should come from the running game.
Much will be talked about with Aaron Rodgers – Matt LaFleur relationship. The two need to meet somewhere in the middle in order to have a successful future. Rodgers will have to buy into the offense and LaFleur will need to trust his QB to put the team into good plays at the line of scrimmage. Rodgers was hobbled with a fractured knee last year. Also playing with a three rookie receivers and the pressure from the McCarthy relationship also played in a factor in the disappointing year. Rodgers was still able to finish as the QB7 overall, throwing for 4,442 yards and just 25 TDs. We should expect his touchdown total to grow into the mid-thirties. He’s being drafted around the QB4 range and is somewhat of a value in redraft leagues. He should be a lock for top 5 production and has a good chance at returning to top 3 form. If he falls into the 6th round, that is usually where I draw the line and pay up for the QB. Behind him, DeShone Kizer and Tim Boyle will compete for the backup role.
With the excitement around LaFleur’s running system, Aaron Jones will be one of the most popular third round selections. He has RB1 upside this year. The biggest question mark will be how much LaFleur decides to use him. He will be more involved in the passing game this year and is clearly the most talented back of the bunch. Jamaal Williams is solid pass blocker and has value on third downs and short yardage situations. He’ll be pushed by 6th round pick Dexter Williams out of Notre Dame. Monitor Dexter in training camp to see if he look explosive and how he handles pass protection. Tra Carson is the fourth back and should make the roster. The Packers will also be better on defense and should have better game scripts.
Davante Adams will compete with DeAndre Hopkins to be the first receiver drafted this year. Adams had the highest fantasy points per game last year in PPR leagues and is primed for another fantastic season. He finished with 111 receptions for 1,386 yards and 13 TDs, all career highs. What’s scary is that he has the chance to improve on all of these numbers this year. Take him as high as #5 overall and enjoy. The real fun comes after Adams. Geronimo Allison will play in the slot, while Marques Valdes-Scantling starts outside. Both of these guys have redraft value this year. Allison should have more receptions, but Scantling has big play upside and could out-produce Allison in yards and touchdowns. I’m into both guys at ADP. After the top three, Jake Kumerow, Equanimeous St. Brown and J’Mon Moore will compete for the backup roles. Trevor Davis is a special teams ace and should make the team as the 7th receiever. Monitor the battles in camp for sure to see who wins that #4 job.
Jimmy Graham had a down year in his first with the team, but was still able to finish as the TE12 in PPR leagues. I fully expect his touchdown total to increase from last year. He caught 55 passes for 636 yards and two touchdowns. Many drafters are forgetting about Graham this year, with is ADP around the TE18 range. Draft him as your TE2 and pair him with another high-upside tight end and you’re good to go. There is some excitement for more 2TE sets this year. That’s where Robert Tonyan and Jace Sternberger come into play. Tonyan flashed last year and will likely be the number two this year. Sternberger was drafted in the third round and is a great dynasty target as well as Tonyan. Once Graham is out of the picture, we’ll see a Tonyan-Sternberger 2TE set for years to come. Monitor these two in camp to see who’s making the most of their opportunities. Marcedes Lewis is the other lock to make the roster as the primary blocking tight end. They also have three young tight ends trying to make the team in Evan Baylis, Malcolm Johnson and Pharoah McKever.
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