When you think of players you want to draft in Fantasy Football, the Green Bay Packers’ players are likely going to be towards the top of your list. Because they are heavily targeted in drafts, you’ll have to spend higher draft capital then you do for players on other teams with similar upside. That’s not to say the investment won’t be worth the return.
Must Draft Players
- Aaron Rodgers – Quarterback
- Jordy Nelson – Wide Receiver
Aaron Rodgers is a machine on the football field. He has thrown the ball on average 567 times a season, and has managed stats of 4,210 yards for 36 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Not only is he efficient with his throws, but he protects the ball. In addition, in the same timespan he has averaged 327 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. Let’s be real, I don’t need to convince you to draft someone who averaged 26 points a game!
Jordy Nelson is my 3rd ranked wide receiver going into drafts this year. I don’t care that everyone believes that he’s 5th or 6th because of his age and injury history. When Nelson is on the field he is the man. In the last three seasons he has played (he missed 2015 with an ACL injury), he has averaged 93 receptions for 1,363 yards and 12 touchdowns. Aaron Rodgers loves him some Jordy Nelson as he gives him 25-33% of his total production.
Read my full opinion on Jordy Nelson being the 3rd wide receiver in Fantasy Football here.
Players That Should Probably Be Drafted
- Ty Montgomery – Running Back
- Davante Adams – Wide Receiver
- Randall Cobb – Wide Receiver
Ty Montgomery was a wide receiver when he entered the league in 2015. He was lost in the shuffle of wide receivers as no one was stepping up to fill the role left by Jordy Nelson’s injury. Last season, as running backs were being injured left and right, the Packers turned to him to be their lead back. Surprisingly, Montgomery was pretty good. He rushed for almost 6 yards a carry, and became very effective in the passing game with 44 receptions and 348 yards. He only managed 3 rushing touchdowns for the season, but it looks like he did enough for the Packers to want him to be their lead running back to enter 2017.
Davante Adams was a third-year breakout by all accounts. He had the same number of yards he had in his previous two seasons combined and he tripled his career touchdown total. At almost 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns, Adams and Nelson were great for Fantasy Football owners in 2016, and Aaron Rodgers was able to give them both significant attention. I think that Adams can produce 1,000 yards again easily, but his touchdown numbers are not sustainable if you ask me. I think he could be in the 7-8 touchdown range, but not double digits.
Randall Cobb is an anomaly if you ask me. In 2014, as the number two receiver, he had 91 receptions for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns. Since then, he has averaged 70 receptions for 720 yards and 5 touchdowns. That included the season where he was the number one option for Aaron Rodgers. With the potential emergence of Davante Adams, Cobb is only going to be great in PPR leagues, and it will probably be hit or miss.
Players You Could Draft If Your Rosters are Deep
- Martellus Bennett – Tight End
I don’t understand what the hype is all about for Martellus Bennett with Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. Martellus Bennett is a September only Fantasy Football player. He starts the year off great and then falls off when it starts getting cold. And he is playing in the Frozen Tundra half of the year, and it’s FREAKING COLD there! Plus, Aaron Rodgers has not targeted a tight end heavily since Jermichael Finley. Finally, he was terrible while Rob Gronkowski was out last season. He may be a streaming option for me during the season, but he won’t be on any of my teams to open the year.
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