Packers Fantasy News

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 8:54pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

It was the first time the Packers have practiced the two-minute drill this camp, and Aaron Rodgers ended the 12-play drive with a 1-yard touchdown to tight end Brandon Bostick on fourth-and-goal with 7 seconds left. The play before, when Rodgers threw the ball away in the face of pressure from Datone Jones, Bostick ran the wrong route, so it spoke well of him that Rodgers had the confidence to go back to him in that situation. Bostick received increased playing time with the starters and had his most productive practice to date.

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Packers TE Brandon Bostick running with starters

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 2:38pm

Rob Demovsky - [Full Article]

Packers beat writer Rob Demovsky: Lots of work for TE Brandon Bostick with the starters today. I'd say he delivered.

Fantasy Impact:
Athletically, Bostick is very reminiscent of Jermichael Finley. He has had trouble staying healthy, but has made plays when in the lineup. He could very well win the starting job.

Beat: 100 catches possible for Victor Cruz in new offense

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 12:39pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Giants WR Victor Cruz in particular should thrive in this new system. He already looks dominant catching balls from Eli Manning at practice. He caught 80-plus passes in 2011 and 2012. He was on pace for 83 receptions before an injury cut last season short. It's not hard to envision 100 catches for Cruz in OC Ben McAdoo's scheme, where Cruz's ability to get in and out of cuts sharply will serve him well.

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.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 12:52pm

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Everything Packers TE Richard Rodgers has done since Green Bay drafted him in the third round this offseason suggests he will be the team's most productive tight end in the passing game.

He stood out in the OTA and minicamp and has done the same so far in training camp. But is it enough to make the Packers forget about Jermichael Finley, who remains a free-agent awaiting medical clearance to return from last year's neck surgery? Rodgers gives the Packers the same type of athletic presence as a receiving tight end, but he remains unproven as a blocker.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 12:50pm

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Packers HC Mike McCarthy said this offseason that he wants his running backs to be able to stay on the field for all three downs, and that could mean more opportunities for starter Eddie Lacy in the passing game.

During several of the team blitz periods, Lacy has been seen leaking out of the backfield and catching passes in the flat. At one recent practice, Lacy was working on catching passes off to the side while there was a special teams period taking place on the main field.

Fantasy Impact:

This is great news for potential Lacy owners. Lacy has fallen, at times, to late in the first round as owners go after WRs. If you're set on taking a RB, Lacy would have as much potential as any at that point in the draft.

Beat: no one likely to supplant Jarrett Boykin as Packers WR3

Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 12:45pm

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Despite the Packers using three of their nine draft picks on receivers to provide depth behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, there's no reason to think any of them will supplant Jarrett Boykin as the No. 3.

That's no knock on second-round pick Davante Adams or fifth-rounder Jared Abbrederis -- both have made their share of early plays (seventh-round pick Jeff Janis has not practiced yet because of injury).

But Boykin looks every bit like the same receiver -- or better -- than the one who caught 49 passes for 681 yards and three touchdowns in the final 12 games last season.

"I know Aaron [Rodgers] feels very good about him," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.

Fantasy Impact:

Boykin's ADP of the 14th round makes him an attractive target late in drafts. And the WR3 on the Packers can provide WR3 value in fantasy leagues, as he was on pace to put up #27 WR numbers last year had he played a full season. It doesn't look like the rookie Adams will pass Boykin at this point.

Monday, July 28, 2014, 10:59am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The "Summer of Matthew Stafford" is garnering some positive reviews.

New Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he's been impressed with Stafford's improvement from minicamp to the beginning of training camp.

"He is getting better," Caldwell said, per The Detroit News' Josh Katzenstein. "His command of the offense has been good."

"I was impressed when he came back that first of all he did not miss a beat," Caldwell added. "He's a very, very smart guy. You could tell he's worked at it even during the summer."

One reason Caldwell and offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi were brought in was to help improve Stafford's sometimes wayward mechanics, which were often excused by the last regime. The head coach said his quarterback has displayed positive developments in that area.

Fantasy Impact:

Stafford comes in ranked 5th among our QBs this year, but he's got an ADP of sixth round. You definitely have some quality options if you want to pass on taking Peyton Manning, Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers early in drafts, and signs point to Stafford being one of them.

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 4:19pm

Northeast Ohio Media Group - [Full Article]

The Browns worked out receiver Charles Johnson before the 2013 NFL Draft, but chose not to select him. They eventually poached him from the Green Bay Packers practice squad last season only to discover the small-college standout had a torn anterior cruciate ligament. The Browns finally are getting a look at Johnson on the field and general manager Ray Farmer finds him an "interesting prospect." Johnson made several nice catches Sunday during practice. The 25-year-old is competing for a roster spot in a wide-open receivers field.

Packers extend WR Jordy Nelson through 2018

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 12:08pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson reportedly wanted $10 million per season on his next deal, and that's just about what he got in his new four-year, $39 million extension -- which includes $14.2 million guaranteed -- NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Saturday.

Fantasy Impact:
Nelson's contract status shouldn't affect his play this season. He is now signed through the 2018 season, so he should have steady value in dynasty leagues.

Thursday, July 24, 2014, 4:16pm

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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.

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

ESPN - [Full Article]

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

ESPN - [Full Article]

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.