Packers Fantasy News

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm

Jets WR Eric Decker (hamstring) missed practice Thursday. Decker is supposedly on track to play Monday night, but we’re considering him questionable since he was unable to finish Week 2’s game against the Packers.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 5:14pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

If there's a downside to the fact that WR Jordy Nelson has an NFL-leading 18 catches for 292 yards through two games -- and there may not be one -- it could be that the Green Bay Packers have become too reliant one player.

At this point, the man throwing Nelson the ball does not see that as a concern.

While admitting it's a departure from what they normally do, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Tuesday on his ESPN Milwaukee radio show that he does not see a downside to it.

"If teams are going to start rolling some coverage to Jordy, then we need our other guys to step up and we need to be able to run the ball more effectively," Rodgers said on his show.

Fantasy Impact:

Many considered Nelson in that tier of fantasy WRs after guys like Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall, Julio Jones, etc. But Nelson is starting to make a claim that he should be considered in the top tier. The story said that in Sunday's comeback win over the Jets, Rodgers targeted Nelson 16 times. According to ESPN Stats and Information, Rodgers had never before thrown that many passes toward a single receiver in one game. The previous week, Rodgers went to Nelson 14 times. It's not terrible news for Randall Cobb owners either, as the WR caught two TD passes although didn't have the yardage that Nelson put up.

WR Davante Adams steps up for Packers

Monday, September 15, 2014, 8:54am

ESPN - [Full Article]

In the Packer's 31-24 comeback win over the New York Jets, rookie receiver Davante Adams made his first appreciable contribution to the Packers' offense. The second-round pick from Fresno State caught five passes for 50 yards, including 24 on a third-down slant during the Packers' 97-yard touchdown drive late in the second quarter.

"It's plays like that that give you a lot of confidence as a young player, and I'm really proud of him," Rodgers said. "He stepped up. He played really well. I think he'll start to settle in, and you'll see even more big plays from him."

In the process, Adams supplanted Jarrett Boykin as the No. 3 receiver, at least for the remainder of the game.

"It was big," said Adams, who did not have any passes thrown his way in Week 1. "I feel like I'm just scratching the surface though. I've just got to continue to grow from here and that type of stuff is only going to make me better."

Fantasy Impact:

Adams appeared to be pushing for the No. 3 receiver spot early in training camp but never made a serious run at Boykin. At times, but WRs struggled but Adams eventually got hurt in a preseason game. However, after Boykin dropped one pass and couldn't connect with Rodgers on another during the same second-quarter drive, Adams got the call. We'll see if this leads to Adams climbing the depth chart heading into Week 3. We had Boykin as a sleeper this year, but he just can't seem to shake Adams. In an offense like Green Bay's, Adams would certainly have fantasy value if he does take over the job.

Eric Decker reaggravates hamstring

Monday, September 15, 2014, 8:39am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The New York Jets suffered a potentially costly injury Sunday, as wide receiver Eric Decker exited in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury.

It's the same hamstring that nagged Decker throughout training camp, except this time the injury is believed to be more severe. He will have tests Monday, presumably an MRI.

Asked the severity, Decker said curtly, "Don't know. Find out tomorrow." He said the injury is "hard to gauge."

Fantasy Impact:

Decker walked off the field clutching his right hamstring. He went to the trainers' table on the sideline, where doctors tried to stretch out his leg. He was their leading receiver in the 31-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers, catching four passes for 63 yards and a touchdown. The passing attack revolved around Decker and Jeremy Kerley. They were targeted 15 times; the other wideouts and tight ends were targeted a total of seven times. David Nelson was a non-factor with only one late catch, but could get more snaps if Decker is out.

Knowshon Moreno out 4-8 weeks

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 8:06pm

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno suffered a dislocated left shoulder and possible fracture that will keep him out of the lineup at least four weeks but up to eight weeks if there is a serious fracture, a source told The Herald Sunday.

Moreno, the Dolphins running back, injured himself on his first carry of the game. He gain four yards and did not play the rest of the game.

It is likely general manager Dennis Hickey will go hunting for a running back tonight or Monday morning.

Fantasy Impact:

It was a blow to the Miami running game because in Week 1 Moreno rushed for 134 yards on 24 carries in a win over the Pats. The Dolphins will have to rely on Lamar Miller now who finished with 11 carries for 46 yards against the Bills. The Dolphins also used Damien Williams on Sunday, giving him five carries. With a bye in Week 5, Miller has favorable matchups straight through Week 8: Chiefs (Week 3, 26th), Raiders (Week 4, 30th), Packers (Week 6, 27th), Bears (Week 7, 24th), Jaguars (Week 8, 23rd).

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 3:03pm

Packers Inactives
Carl Bradford OLB
Bryan Bulaga T
Jay Elliott LB
Demetri Goodson CB
Jeff Janis WR
Brad Jones ILB
Scott Tolzien QB

Fantasy Impact:

Eddie Lacy is active as expected.

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm

Packers RB Eddie Lacy (concussion, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 2. Lacy is going to play but he has a tough matchup with a very stingy Jets rush defense.

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm

Packers TE Brandon Bostick (fibula, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 2.

Jets Beat: Secondary in for a 'reality check' against Aaron Rodgers

Friday, September 12, 2014, 10:05am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Jets beat writer Rich Cimini: The patchwork secondary came away from the opener feeling pretty good about itself, but I think they're in for a reality check against Aaron Rodgers & Co. If Dee Milliner sits out again with a high-ankle sprain -- he is a question mark -- the starters will be Darrin Walls and Antonio Allen, a converted safety whose experience at cornerback consists of 48 preseason snaps and one regular-season game. Allen is a big, physical player, a terrific tackler, but he will struggle against a polished route runner like Jordy Nelson. Ryan is a clever defensive coach, but he will have to pull a rabbit out of his hat to slow down the Packers' passing attack.

Fantasy Impact:

The Jets have historically been tough to run on -- they posted a league-best 3.4 YPC last season -- but teams have been able to move the ball through the air. The Packers will try to run the ball with Eddie Lacy, but if he doesn't get off to a hot start, expect a lot of Rodgers in on Sunday.

Packers RB Eddie Lacy: 'I'm definitely still going to run the way I run.'

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 7:49pm - [Full Article]

Eddie Lacy wants to keep running the way he runs without getting any more concussions. He just hasn’t quite figured out how.

“I can only be myself. I was drafted here because of the way I run,” Lacy said. “It’s just trying to alter it, make sure I’m still physical, but keep the concussions out of it somehow. But I’m definitely still going to run the way I run.”

Lacy added he’s ditching the prototype helmet he’s been wearing thus far this season – the one with the hexagon-shaped cutout above the facemask for absorbing contact – and going back to his old helmet for Sunday’s game vs. the Jets.

Fantasy Impact:

His owners would like him to avoid contact to the head if at all possible, but it doesn't sound like Lacy is going to change his style in a major way. He did say he wanted to "keep the concussions out of it," so at least he's thinking about how he might do that.

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm

Packers RB Eddie Lacy (concussion) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. Lacy has been cleared to play against the Jets in Week 2. It’s a tough matchup.

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm

Packers TE Brandon Bostick (fibula) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Bostick is back in the mix. Richard Rodgers didn’t do much against the Seahawks and Andrew Quarless is a replacement level talent. This is a murky situation at this point.

Packers RB Eddie Lacy in 'final stages' of concussion protocol, should play in Week 2

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 11:56am

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

It appears that the Green Bay Packers will have running back Eddie Lacy back for their game Sunday against the New York Jets.

Lacy suffered a concussion in the season opener against Seattle seven days ago, and, had there not been 10 days between games, he might not have been ready for the Jets. But coach Mike McCarthy said Lacy was in the final stages of the concussion protocol the NFL mandates and had a chance to be on the practice field Thursday.

"I would say Eddie Lacy is near the end, just based on talking with Eddie and what the medical staff feels," McCarthy said. "He's had good workouts. He's progressed very quickly."

The final step to the protocol in returning Sunday is for Lacy, who watched practice from the sideline, to be cleared by an independent neurologist. If he is able to practice Thursday with no ill effects, it would seem likely that he would be available for the Jets game.

Fantasy Impact:

Lacy has a tough matchup with a stingy Jets rush defense, but given his talent and probable workload, he's a very difficult player to bench.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:02pm

Packers RB Eddie Lacy (concussion) did not practice Wednesday. Lacy is working his way through the league’s concussion protocol and should suit up in Week 2. It’s not a good matchup against the Jets, who are historically stingy against the run. James Starks would get the start if Lacy can't go, but he's expected to be active.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:02pm

Packers TE Brandon Bostick (fibula) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Bostick is back in the mix. Richard Rodgers didn’t do much against the Seahawks and Andrew Quarless is a replacement level talent. This is a murky situation at this point.