Packers Fantasy News

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 11:47am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Gil Brandt of NFL.com sees 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore getting a big role in the team's offense this season: "Lattimore missed the entire 2013 campaign while recovering from a serious knee injury that cut his final college season short -- something the Niners surely expected when they picked him in the fourth round last year. I think San Francisco is about to rewarded for its patience. Lattimore is a tough, one-cut runner with great instincts, exactly the type of power back the 49ers like to run with, in the mold of incumbent starter Frank Gore. I wouldn't be surprised to see Lattimore get some crunch-time carries this season and become the starter by 2015, when Gore is set to hit free agency. Lattimore -- who is a great person, by the way -- has plenty of promise; I think he's an even better running back than Eddie Lacy."

Fantasy Impact:

He was considered the most talented RB in the Class of ’13 prior to the dislocated knee he suffered in October of 2012. He’ll be nearly two years removed from the injury at the start of the 2014 season and is expected to push Kendall Hunter (and perhaps a declining Frank Gore) for playing time.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014, 2:06pm

Mike Garafolo, Twitter - [Full Article]

FB John Kuhn will re-sign with the Packers.

Fantasy Impact:

Kuhn's days as a TD vulture are probably over as the Packers prefer to use Eddie Lacy in that role. Kuhn is valuable as a blocker and is an adept receiver out of the backfield.

Packers look for balanced attack
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 12:20pm

Green Bay Press Gazette - [Full Article]

The prospect of using QB Aaron Rodgers and running back Eddie Lacy in tandem for a full season is tantalizing to Packers head coach Mike McCarthy.

“I’m definitely excited to play with a healthy Aaron Rodgers and Eddie Lacy,” McCarthy said at last week’s NFL owners meeting.

For the first time since 2009, Rodgers will have a bona fide 1,000-yard rusher for a full season to help take some pressure off the passing game. Defensive coordinators no longer will be able to let their safeties sit back in coverage and show little or no regard for the Packers’ run game.

Fantasy Impact:

Even a little more running than in the past could help keep Rogers and WR Randall Cobb on the field more, as both missed significant time last season. It also will give the Packers an opportunity to ease in Jarrett Boykin and Myles White, who will likely be the WR3 and WR4 to start the season. Lacy is ranked sixth on our early season RB list and looks like a potential late first round or early second round pick.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 8:50pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Free agent TE Jermichael Finley reportedly couldn't pass a physical with Seattle when he visited the team. That's not a huge surprise, but there's no guarantee with his neck injury that he will be cleared over the summer. If he's healthy, it sounds like a matter of time until the Seahawks sign him.

Friday, March 28, 2014, 10:50am

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Packers Myles White hopes he's a candidate to make the team as at least a fourth wide receiver in 2014. The spry speed demon added 10 pounds this off-season — up to 190.

Fantasy Impact:

Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson will be one and two with Jarrett Boykin likely stepping into the WR3 role. Boykin was very impressive in his time last season with all the injuries to wideouts. The way it looks now, White may be worth a later-round flyer especially if injuries creep up again. In the Green Bay offense, the WR3 can be a decent fantasy play in deeper leagues.

Packers looking for Jarrett Boykin to 'step up'
Thursday, March 27, 2014, 9:40am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Prior to free agency, coach Mike McCarthy suggested wide receiver Jarrett Boykin's emergence would make it easier for the Green Bay Packers to move on from James Jones.

Now that Jones is returning home to Oakland, McCarthy said he "fully expects" Boykin to "step up."

"I can't say enough about Boykin," McCarthy told reporters at the NFL Annual Meeting on Wednesday. "The young man is a heck of a player, he's done it the right way, special teams, he's performed every opportunity he's given."

Fantasy Impact:

Boykin has a great chance to be a valuable fantasy player this season playing the role of James Jones. Jones had a career-high 14 TDs in 2012 and last year had a career-high in receiving yards with 817 - a lot of that coming without Aaron Rodgers at QB, but also without Randall Cobb. Still, in the Green Bay offense, Boykin could have WR3 or WR4 potential in just about any format.

Fisher: Zac Stacy 'probably that 70-percent guy'
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 1:59pm

Jim Thomas on Twitter - [Full Article]

Rams coach Jeff Fisher, on RB Zac Stacy's evolving role with Rams: "I think over time, he'll probably be that 70-percent of the carries guy."

Fantasy Impact:

The Rams rushed 426 times last year, which means Stacy would get 298 of those carries if the numbers are similar next season. That would have put him third in the league in 2013 behind just LeSean McCoy and Marshawn Lynch, and just ahead of Matt Forte, Ryan Mathews and Eddie Lacy ... so the company is pretty good.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 8:17pm

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said that rookie RB Johnathan Franklin is still recovering from a neck injury that landed him on injured reserve late in the year.

Fantasy Impact:

McCarthy added that Franklin did not undergo surgery and he only knows a limited amount about his rehab because he hasn't met with the doctors lately. Franklin is still third on the depth chart behind Eddie Lacy and resigned James Starks.

Eddie Lacy's snaps may rise
Monday, March 24, 2014, 10:18am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The reigning offensive rookie of the year who rushed for a Packers' rookie record 1,178 yards last season, Eddie Lacy will be the workhorse back once again. In fact, he could be on the field even more than he was last season, when he played 60.5 percent of the offensive snaps. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said at last month's scouting combine that he wants Lacy to become a three-down back. Last season, he often gave way to fullback John Kuhn on third down.

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.

Jermichael Finley fails physical with Seahawks
Monday, March 24, 2014, 10:16am

Packers News - [Full Article]

An NFL source said the Seattle Seahawks failed tight end Jermichael Finley on his physical during his recent visit to the team.

Finley is barely more than four months removed from neck surgery performed Nov. 14 to fuse his C-3/C-4 vertebrae. He made a free-agent visit to the Seahawks during the first week of free agency so the team’s medical staff could assess his recovery.

The source didn’t know whether the Seahawks will bring Finley back for a re-check. Though Finley has said he expected his surgeon to proclaim the bone in the neck fusion healed this month, that doesn’t mean NFL teams will clear him to play football, at least for now.

Fantasy Impact:

Time will tell if Finley will be cleared to play in time for the 2014 season. He's not expected to be cleared for another month or two at least.

Packers re-sign James Starks to a two-year deal
Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 10:45am

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - [Full Article]

Free agent running back James Starks has re-signed with the Green Bay Packers on a two-year deal, a source confirmed late Monday night.

Late last season, he was used in tandem with rookie Eddie Lacy, a 1-2 punch the Packers would probably like to continue into 2014. Starks finished the 2013 season with 493 yards on 89 attempts, good for a whopping 5.5 average.

Fantasy Impact:

Starks likely backs up Lacy again in 2014. He was effective as a change-of-pace back last season and can carry the load in short stints when called upon.

James Jones signs with the Raiders
Monday, March 17, 2014, 6:10pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Raiders reached agreement with former Packers WR James Jones, per ESPN source.

Fantasy Impact:

This is not a particularly good landing spot for Jones, who seems to have had a chilly reception in free agency. The Raiders don't have a solid QB and it's not clear how Jones will fit in with incumbent starters Rod Streater and Denarius Moore. We'll have to wait to see how the Oakland depth chart shakes out before determining if Jones is even draftable heading into 2014.

Saturday, March 15, 2014, 10:33am

Josina Anderson, Twitter - [Full Article]

Source: Julius Peppers has agreed to terms with the Green Bay Packers on a 3-year deal.

Fantasy Impact:

The Packers' defense needs talent, so they are rolling the dice that Peppers still has enough juice to provide pass rush in a part-time role.

Friday, March 14, 2014, 3:25pm

Tom Silverstein, Twitter - [Full Article]

Packers NT B.J. Raji has accepted a deal to return to Green Bay, according to a source. Expected to be a one-year deal.

Packers re-sign TE Andrew Quarless
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 2:28pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Packers announced they officially have re-signed LB/DE Mike Neal and TE Andrew Quarless.

Fantasy Impact:

Quarless took over for Jermichael Finley after Finley went down in Week 7. From Week 8 through the Packers' playoff loss to the 49ers, Quarless averaged 2.6 catches for 27 yards and 0.20 TD, or 3.9 fantasy points per game. That's about what Brandon Pettigrew and Tyler Eifert scored in 2013, so it's not terribly promising. Moreover, his two best games -- back to back 6-66-1 outings against the Falcons and Cowboys -- came with Matt Flynn under center, so it's not clear what kind of rapport he has with Aaron RodgersAccording to Mockdraftable, he most resembles Todd Heap athletically, though it's tough to make that case using the eye test. Still, if he's starting, Quarless will be an intriguing TE2 option playing in Green Bay's high-octane offense.