Packers Fantasy News

Thursday, July 24, 2014, 4:16pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Packers don't view keeping WRs Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson as an either-or situation. They believe they will be able to get both players signed to long-term deals before free agency next March and for the sake of continuity in one of the NFL's most prolific offenses, re-signing Nelson -- even at that price -- and Cobb is worth it.

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Cruz: New offense 'more pass happy,' 'enhances my skills'
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 12:02pm

NY Daily News - [Full Article]

Giants WR Victor Cruz is all about the team and winning, but he also likes the sound of 100 catches.

“If there is any offense to do it in, it’s definitely this one. It’s definitely a little bit more pass happy than the offense we’ve had in the past,” he said. “I think I’m a guy that’s capable, so hopefully we can get that done hopefully. Obviously, that comes with wins and all that good stuff.”

“If there is any offense to do it in, it’s definitely this one. It’s definitely a little bit more pass happy than the offense we’ve had in the past,” he said. “I think I’m a guy that’s capable, so hopefully we can get that done hopefully. Obviously, that comes with wins and all that good stuff.”

“It enhances my skills,” he said. “Anytime a receiver can get the ball in his hands quicker, it’s beneficial."

Fantasy Impact:

Cruz was the #1 WR through the first four weeks thanks in large part to a 118-yard, three-TD game against the Cowboys in Week 1. (Cruz cracked the 100-yard mark twice more in the first month.) Unfortunately, his production fell off of a cliff in the final 12 games; Cruz was the #59 WR the rest of the way. The Giants’ offense should bounce back under new OC Ben McAdoo who plans to use Cruz in the Randall Cobb role in his version of the West Coast Offense.

Packers: 'Nothing going on' with Jermichael Finley
Thursday, July 17, 2014, 8:38pm

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An NFL source told ESPN.com that Jermichael Finley's tweet ("Let's Try This Again. #GreenBay") did not mean the Packers had cleared Finley medically or were in negotiations with him. The source said "there’s nothing going on" with Finley and the Packers in terms of contract talks.

Finley last met with the Packers' medical staff on May 28 in what was described at the time by a source close to the situation as “a formality” because Finley had not checked in with the Packers recently.

According to USA Today, Finley was expected to undergo more tests this week. It is possible Finley's meeting with McKenzie is to review those results.

Fantasy Impact:

The Packer TE situation is up in the air, but whoever wins the job -- be it a re-signed Finley, rookies Richard Rodgers or Colt Lyerla, Brandon Bostick or Andrew Quarless -- will be fantasy relevant as a TE2 or even a low-end TE1.

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 12:42pm

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Packers TE Richard Rodgers was perhaps the most impressive rookie in the offseason practices, making difficult catches look easy. One member of the team's personnel department predicted Rodgers would be the opening-day starter ahead of Andrew Quarless.

Fantasy Impact:

If that's the case, Rodgers will be a sleeper fantasy TE2-type in a potent Packers offense, but there are a lot of moving parts here.

Packers want Eddie Lacy to be a three-down back
Thursday, July 17, 2014, 11:40am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

On the topic of how much the Packers want RB Eddie Lacy on the field...

"We haven't sat down and figured out 'X' number of carries for Eddie," offensive coordinator Tom Clements said this offseason, per ESPN.com. "We want to get him touches, trying to get him more involved in all aspects of the game, but Eddie was a workhorse for us last year. And then when James got in there last year, he ran very hard. That was a great one-two punch. Now you factor in DuJuan and the other guys, it's going to be interesting to see how that plays out."

As we discussed last week, the Packers want Lacy to be able to stay on the field on third downs so the pace doesn't slow due to subbing in a better pass-catching, blocking back.

Fantasy Impact:

Lacy finished as the #7 RB in his rookie season and did it in essentially 14 games. Removing Week 2 (where he was concussed and only carried the ball once), Lacy averaged 14.9 fantasy points, which is the 6th-best average, just behind Adrian Peterson. He is a great talent and plays in a potent offense that should be even better in 2014 with a (hopefully) healthy Aaron Rodgers under center. We're not worried about his playing time.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 6:13pm

Masslive.com - [Full Article]

After Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, depth gets hazy, which is surprising, since the Patriots were expected to go hard after a tight end in the NFL Draft or in free agency. So far, though, the Patriots have come up with only the rookies, Justin Jones and Asa Watson.

Michael Hoomanawanui is a serviceable tight end and is likely to make the roster, save for an unforeseen development from the rookie tight ends or a free agent signing. The only reason he's not a lock is because the Patriots' options remain so open, especially with Jermichael Finley and Dustin Keller still available in free agency.

Fantasy Impact:

In terms of fantasy, no one after Gronk will likely make an impact. In fact, you can probably expect the Pats to use more WRs in their formations, since they are pretty deep at that position, but especially if Gronk isn't ready to go.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 9:42am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

TE Jermichael Finley's quest to return to the football field continues at the doctor's office.

The free agent tight end will undergo further testing on his injured neck Wednesday and send the results to all 32 teams, Finley told USA Today's Tom Pelissero.

Finley recently suggested he was hopeful for a reunion with the Green Bay Packers. However, he told Pelissero the Pittsburgh Steelers have been interested enough to show him the makings of a contract.

"Pittsburgh have showed me a couple deals, but we all know the money ain't what it's supposed to be," Finley said Monday. "If I quit the game right now, I can take tax-free money, and that's a difficult thing that I'm going through with myself ..."

That "tax-free" money Finely referenced is a $10 million insurance policy he took out that he could cash in if he never plays another snap.

Packers want to speed up offense
Monday, July 14, 2014, 11:09am

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The faster the better.

That's what Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has planned for his offense this season.

And why not, especially with Aaron Rodgers on board with the idea?
McCarthy and his quarterback have one primary goal in mind for 2014: Run 75 plays per game.

Fantasy Impact:

The story goes on to say that if they are successful, everything falls into place: big numbers for WRs Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, Jarrett Boykin; another 1,000-plus yard season for RB Eddie Lacy and solid pass protection. The above names are all desirable picks in upcoming drafts, but having Packers on your fantasy team isn't a new concept. However a speedier offense is something to keep in mind when your turn comes up and Packers are on the board...

Friday, July 11, 2014, 10:04pm

Packers.com - [Full Article]

In a span of four straight games Packers TE Brandon Bostick played (he missed one during the stretch due to a concussion), he caught at least one pass for 19 or more yards, including a 22-yard TD against Philadelphia on a wheel route from QB Scott Tolzien in which Bostick’s open-field speed was on display.

Friday, July 11, 2014, 9:13pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Signed in May, Colt Lyerla's college game tape led one former teammate, Josh Huff -- now a rookie receiver for the Eagles -- to issue a string of lofty comparisons.

"There are tight ends in the league now I know he's better than -- an All-Pro tight end like Jimmy Graham," Huff told Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in May. "That's saying a lot. Guys like Tony Gonzalez, who's no longer in the league. Those athletic guys. Rob Gronkowski. I feel like he can be better than those guys."

The Packers were willing to take a chance, signing Lyerla to a free-agent contract in May. One of the more fascinating prospects in Green Bay's camp, the rookie's supporters continue to suggest one thing: His future is up to him.

"Just a monster," former teammate Terrance Mitchell told the newspaper. "Colt is a beast. I don't know how to explain it. A monster, a beast. ..."

Fantasy Impact:

While these comparisons are wild and probably inaccurate, it's still good to hear that his former teammates have a lot of confidence in him. If he can get his head on straight, he has a great opportunity to shine for the Packers, who are looking for a tight end to carry the torch.

Packers 'very pleased' with TE Richard Rodgers
Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 7:11pm

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

If Jermichael Finley's days in Green Bay are over, Packers TE Andrew Quarless is probably the safest option to begin the season. But after shining throughout the spring, the rookie Richard Rodgers could be the starter sooner rather than later.

Rodgers (6-foot-4, 257 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.87 seconds coming out of California. That's two-tenths of a second slower than Finley ran back in 2008.

But Rodgers spent a lot of time working from the slot at Cal, the same place Finley did much of his damage while in Green Bay. Rodgers also has strong hands, changed his body while at Cal, and made plays throughout the spring.

The Packers have never been shy about playing rookies under head coach Mike McCarthy. And Rodgers could be the latest to get a shot.

"Richard Rodgers ... had a very good spring," McCarthy said. "There haven't been too many days where we have not walked off the field and reviewed film and felt very good about the things he is doing.

"The game is very natural to him. I've been very pleased with Richard so far."

Fantasy Impact:

Whoever plays starter's snaps for the Packers at tight end will be fantasy relevant. Rodgers is having a great summer and could emerge as the starter if Finley doesn't return to the team.

Monday, July 7, 2014, 8:19pm

Packers.com - [Full Article]

If the progress they made from the start of OTAs to the end of the June minicamp is any indication, late-round rookie receivers Jared Abbrederis and Jeff Janis are primed to make an impression in their first NFL training camp.

Almost invisible in the first couple of OTAs open to reporters, Abbrederis and Janis began showing up a lot more often in the 11-on-11 work and modified seven-on-seven drills during the offseason-concluding minicamp.

Snagging passes mostly from backup quarterbacks Matt Flynn, Scott Tolzien and Chase Rettig, the two late-round draft picks – Abbrederis was chosen in the fifth round, Janis in the seventh – appeared to be coming out of their rookie shell.

Fantasy Impact:

It never hurts to keep in mind any WR on a team like the Packers, but these guys certainly have some spots to climb on the depth chart before they make a fantasy impact. Remember though, the Packers lost two of their top-three WRs for stretches last year.

McCarthy: Aaron Rodgers had his best spring
Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 5:31pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is coming off his most frustrating season, having missed half of it with a broken collarbone. But he’s following that frustrating season with a strong offseason.

In fact, Packers coach Mike McCarthy says that Rodgers has worked better this offseason than he ever has before in their nine years together in Green Bay.

“I think Aaron’s had probably his best spring, if I’m going to sit back and try to rank them,” McCarthy told the Journal Sentinel. “I’ll probably say the same thing next year, but I think he’s in great shape. I think Aaron’s in a great place and had a very exceptional spring.”

Fantasy Impact:

Rodgers has talked about the importance of conditioning to keep himself healthy for a full 16-game season. He's lost weight and taken up yoga. He's also avoiding any type of heavy weightlifting that might tax his throwing shoulder, but pushing himself through workouts that he says have himself — and the team — poised to play like they did in 2010, when they finished the season by winning the Super Bowl. He's primed to be one of the top-three QBs taken in your draft, and we have him ranked 2nd among our QBs.

Eddie Lacy no longer worried about being perfect
Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 4:24pm

Packers.com - [Full Article]

Last season will be remembered as the year Packers running back Eddie Lacy charged into the NFL and took the league by storm on his way to Offensive Rookie of the Year honors and a Pro Bowl nod.

But it’s easy to forget it didn’t start out that way, and not just because Lacy fumbled in his first regular-season game and was sidelined by a concussion on the first carry of his second.

Looking back now, Lacy freely admits he didn’t play right away with the aggressive, take-no-prisoners approach that came to define his game down the stretch in 2013.

“In the beginning, I definitely second-guessed myself a lot,” Lacy said following the spring’s final minicamp practice. “I wanted to be as close to perfect as possible. I didn’t want to mess up. I didn’t want to fumble the ball like I did in the first game. I didn’t want to be the person that the guy I’m supposed to block is hitting the quarterback. I never wanted to be that guy, so I was overly cautious.

Interestingly, Lacy was the one who emphasized those last three words. He’s at a different point now, and he knows it.

Fantasy Impact:

As the story points out, Lacy is no longer a rookie, no longer cautious, no longer worried about being perfect. The Packers are hoping that means bigger and better things in 2014. Lacy will likely be the fourth or fifth RB off the board in drafts this summer, and if you can get him mid-to-late first round it could end up being a steal.

Thursday, June 26, 2014, 9:46am

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Intrigued by TE Brandon Bostick's receiving ability — he finished with 136 receptions for 1,935 yards with 19 touchdowns — the Packers developed the college WR on the practice squad in 2012 and then bumped him up to the 53-man roster in 2013 when he caught seven passes for 120 yards and a touchdown. The blocking has been up and down. And Bostick couldn't quite perfect the seam route, key for whoever wins the No. 1 job. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers will thread that needle between the linebacker and safety.

Coach Mike McCarthy said last week that Bostick must be consistent.

"His body type is definitely a challenge for the opponent with some of the things he's able to do," McCarthy said, "particularly his ability to get down the field in coverage. So I think he definitely took a step last year and I'd like to see him do the same."

During the final week, Bostick pulled down a touchdown pass on a fade route over rookie safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, a play that instantly brought back visions of veteran Jermichael Finley. True, Bostick is strikingly similar to the tight end still awaiting medical clearance.

Yet even Bostick agreed with McCarthy on the consistency, saying he needs to make plays like this one "every play... every time."

Fantasy Impact:

Whoever wins the Packers TE1 job will be fantasy relevant in 2014. Richard Rodgers looked great in offseason activities, but Bostick is athletic and can run, so if he can prove he can block, he will be in the mix to start as well.