Packers Fantasy News

Eddie Lacy expected to get 'heavy' workload

Sunday, June 28, 2015, 9:47am

Packers.com - [Full Article]

RB Eddie Lacy was asked to do a lot more for the Packers in 2014 than he was as a rookie, and he delivered.

He stayed on the field on third downs as a pass protector and receiving outlet for quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He was solid in blitz pickup, and he boosted his pass-catching numbers considerably, from 257 yards and no touchdowns in 2013 to 427 yards and four scores last year.

All the while, he improved his per-carry rushing average a full half yard, from 4.1 to 4.6, without missing a single game and never touching the ball fewer than a dozen times per contest.

It’s a heavy workload that isn’t likely to diminish in the upcoming season, but the third-year running back is fine with his extensive every-down responsibilities.

“I don’t feel I have too much on my plate,” Lacy said last week as the offseason program wrapped up. “I really think it’s the perfect amount. You can see the chemistry between me and the offensive line, and me and the quarterback. We’re just all on the same page and we’re rolling.”

Fantasy Impact:

Lacy will certainly be a major factor again this season, and the coaching staff has emphasized it wants to get clicking from the get-go this year, the story said. That's something Lacy didn't do last season, thanks in part to a tough, early schedule. But we preached to stay patient with Lacy as his schedule eased. It paid off as he finished in the top-eight in both PPR and standard formats. This year Lacy is ranked third among our running backs heading into drafts, but with an ADP of 1.3, he's actually going before Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch, who we have ahead of him here in late June.

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Giants WR Victor Cruz says his recovery is 'a little over 80 percent'

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 9:42pm

Giants.com - [Full Article]

Giants coach Tom Coughlin said last week after the final practice of minicamp that it is “not the intent” to put WR Victor Cruz on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list at the start of training camp, which opens July 30.

“Obviously coming off an injury like the one I had, you want to be able to come back stronger and come back in tip-top shape,” Cruz said during an interview with Giants.com. “And I think I’m headed there. I think I’m about a little over 80 percent. These six weeks will be huge for me to continue to build on that and continue to be the force that I was before. So [I’m] just taking it one day at a time.”

Fantasy Impact:

Cruz tore his patellar tendon in mid-October, so it's no sure thing that he'll be back for the start of the season, though recent reports are positive. He's not going to get the same number of targets given Odell Beckham's emergence as a top-flight wideout. Cruz will likely play the Randall Cobb role in OC Ben McAdoo's offense, so there is some upside if he's fully healthy by Week 1.

Jaguars Beat: Allen Robinson is 'by far' team's top receiver

Friday, June 19, 2015, 3:56pm

Florida Times Union - [Full Article]

Allen Robinson is by far the Jaguars’ No. 1 receiver.

A quick canvas of the league revealed 10 No. 1-caliber receivers: Calvin Johnson, Julio Jones, Alshon Jeffrey, A.J. Green, Dez Bryant, DeMaryius Thomas, Jordy Nelson, T.Y. Hilton, Odell Beckham and Antonio Brown.

Robinson, the Jaguars’ second-year receiver, is below that level, but on this team at this moment, he’s the best.

Fantasy Impact:

Robinson averaged 5.2 catches for 61 yards and 0.22 TD from Week 2 to Week 10, which extrapolates to an 84-974-3.6 over the course of a full 16-game season. He posted fringe WR2-type numbers before suffering a stress fracture in his foot. The Jacksonville receiving corps should feature Robinson, Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns. If QB Blake Bortles can progress, this could be a dangerous passing game, and Robinson would be the primary beneficiary.

McCarthy: WR Davante Adams is Packers' offseason MVP

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 7:32pm

Scout.com - [Full Article]

“I would say Davante Adams for someone if, if you want a clear illustration and example of a first-year player taking a jump in his second year, you just saw it here the last four weeks,” Packers HC Mike McCarthy said. “I think he’s been tremendous throughout the OTAs. And he’s got more in front of him, too, so I think that’s what’s exciting. I think Davante has done a great job in the strength and conditioning. He’s been really, really good in practice throughout this deal. Davante, if you wanted me to pick an MVP or an all-star, he would definitely be atop the list.”

Fantasy Impact:

Adams had his moments during his rookie season, specifically against the Patriots (6-121 on 11 targets) in Week 13 and in the postseason against the Cowboys (7-117-1 on 11 targets). However, he only saw 66 passes come his way since he played alongside target hogs Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Aaron Rodgers has been highly complimentary of Adams this offseason and says he has “humongous upside.” In 20 games from 2012-13, the team’s WR3, James Jones, managed WR3-type numbers (3.7-50.3-.60 on 5.6 targets) with both Cobb and Nelson in the lineup, but that was mainly due to his unusually high TD rate. In 13 games that Cobb and/or Nelson missed, Jones averaged solid WR2 numbers (4.6-58-.46 on 7.3 targets), but his TD rate regressed. We’re bullish on Adams since he has more potential than Jones. The Packers are also without a tight end of Jermichael Finley’s caliber, so there may be more targets available for the team’s third receiver. Owners should expect fantasy WR2 numbers if Cobb or Nelson go down, making the second-year wideout a great handcuff for either player.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 3:03pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

In a Q&A with ESPN Wisconsin's Jason Wilde, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers singled out Andrew Quarless as a player who has "jumped out" at him during offseason workouts.

"Andrew Quarless has had a great offseason," the quarterback said. "I think he's really, something clicked in for him at the end of last year and he's been taking the jump."

Fantasy Impact:

Richard Rodgers is also in the mix. Neither player is particularly attractive at this point since they rotated at the position for most of last year.

Rodgers: Packers WR Davante Adams is 'very impressive' and has 'humongous upside'

Thursday, June 11, 2015, 11:55am

ESPN Wisconsin - [Full Article]

Maturity – combined with WR Davante Adams’ natural talent, physical dimensions, athleticism and commitment to learning the offense inside and out – has Packers QB Aaron Rodgers convinced that Adams is headed for big things in 2015, even with Pro Bowl receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb at his position.

“In my mind, he has humongous upside – and he’s starting to reach that upside,” Rodgers said after the team’s open-to-the-public organized team activity practice. “I think the opportunities are going to come for him. He’s got two great guys to play with. His attention to detail is very impressive and his approach.

Fantasy Impact:

Adams had his moments during his rookie season, specifically against the Patriots (6-121 on 11 targets) in Week 13 and in the postseason against the Cowboys (7-117-1 on 11 targets). However, he only saw 66 passes come his way since he played alongside target hogs Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. In 20 games from 2012-13, the team’s WR3, James Jones, managed WR3-type numbers (3.7-50.3-.60 on 5.6 targets) with both Cobb and Nelson in the lineup, but that was mainly due to his unusually high TD rate. In 13 games that Cobb and/or Nelson missed, Jones averaged solid WR2 numbers (4.6-58-.46 on 7.3 targets), but his TD rate regressed. We’re bullish on Adams since he has more potential than Jones and Rodgers' comments only reinforce this thinking. The Packers are also without a tight end of Jermichael Finley’s caliber, so there may be more targets available for the team’s third receiver. Owners should expect fantasy WR2 numbers if Cobb or Nelson go down, making the second-year wideout a great handcuff for either player.

Packers WR Jordy Nelson (hip) returns to practice

Thursday, June 11, 2015, 12:01am

ESPN - [Full Article]

All along, the plan for Jordy Nelson was to be full-go by the start of the Green Bay Packers' training camp on July 30.

Less than two months away, everything seems to be on schedule.

Nelson took another step in that direction this week, when he practiced for the first time since his offseason hip surgery. The Pro Bowl receiver took part in individual drills during Wednesday's organized team activities (OTAs).

"We're right where we want to be," Nelson said after practice. "We set a plan at the beginning, and we're hitting every target. We feel good and like I said a couple of weeks ago, we'll be ready to go by training camp."

Fantasy Impact:

Nelson has finished in the top 11 in standard formats in three of the last four seasons, averaging 5.0 catches for 81 yards and 0.72 TD in that span. The Packers' offense remains intact, so as long as he and Aaron Rodgers stay healthy, we're expecting more of the same in 2015.

Packers RB Eddie Lacy focusing on 'finishing runs'

Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 11:45am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Eddie Lacy has posted back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns, but the third-year Packers running back has detected a missing chip in his on-field performance.

"Finishing runs," Lacy said, per the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "A lot of times I'll get into the secondary and I'll stop my feet or as my coach likes to say, 'Hit the brakes. Hit the air brakes.' This year, I don't want to do that.

"I want to get to the secondary and if there's a guy there, whoever it may be, instead of me hitting the air brakes, I want to push the gas and make it harder on him and maybe he'll miss a tackle and I'll break a long one, or maybe he makes the tackle," Lacy said. "But that's something he's going to have to do for that whole game."

Fantasy Impact:

Lacy has finished in the top eight in both standard and PPR formats in his first two seasons and is poised to again in his third year. He got off to a slow start in 2014, posting just 151 total yards and zero touchdowns in his first three games. Then he got on a roll, averaging 109 total yards and 1.0 TD over the final 13 games. Expect more of the same from Lacy in 2015.

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 10:10am

Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

There was no need to go all out, not with two full months until training camp. But in this, the first week of organized team activities, the Green Bay Packers were ready to let WR Jared Abbrederis participate in individual work and some returning drills.

And they liked what they saw.

"I feel good, so far. I've just been a little cautious I think in OTAs," Abbrederis said. "But hopefully I will get some more reps going forward."

Abbrederis approaches his second year in the NFL with the hope that his injuries are fully behind him. In the first week of training camp last season he suffered what he hoped was a mild knee injury, but it was a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

The rookie from Wisconsin landed on injured reserve and lost the entire 2014 season.

Packers WR Jordy Nelson (hip surgery) sitting out of OTAs

Friday, May 29, 2015, 1:52pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Health, injuries and surgeries. They are perhaps Jordy Nelson’s least favorite topics, so you’re not going to get much out of him. But he did admit to having off-season surgery when he talked to reporters Thursday in Green Bay after organized team activities.

“Everything is going well. We’re excited where we’re at. I continue to move forward and everything is good though,” said Nelson.

There doesn’t seem to be a timetable for his return.

“Not necessarily,” said Nelson. “We’re just going to continue to progress going forward. Like I said, we’re excited where we’re at and don’t have any worries about anything that’s of importance down the road.”

Nelson said it bothered him during the season.

“Obviously, if it didn’t bother me, I probably wouldn’t have had surgery,” said Nelson. “But – nothing major. Just an opportunity to get some things cleaned up. We did it and I think it was a good move and I feel good with where we’re at, moving forward.”

Fantasy Impact:

Anytime a player has surgery it raises red flags, but this doesn't sound too serious. Nelson has finished in the top 11 in standard formats in three of the last four seasons, averaging 5.0 catches for 81 yards and 0.72 TD in that span. The Packers' offense remains intact, so as long as he and Aaron Rodgers stay healthy, we're expecting more of the same in 2015.

Giants WR Victor Cruz (patellar tendon) says he's 'about 80 percent there'

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 1:48pm

NY Post - [Full Article]

Victor Cruz is getting close.

“I’m about 80 percent there. I think it’s just a matter of continuing to build the strength for the last leg of it,” Cruz told The Post on Wednesday after the Giants’ first OTA practice. “I’ve been running some routes for about two weeks now, and there’s been no pain, no swelling or anything like that, which are all good signs.”

As his teammates worked, Cruz was nearby on a side field, running routes, running hard. Then he iced his surgically repaired right knee. He tore his patellar tendon Oct. 19 in Philadelphia and nearly is all the way back.

Fantasy Impact:

Cruz tore his patellar tendon in mid-October, so it's no sure thing that he'll be back for the start of the season, though recent reports are positive. He's not going to get the same number of targets given Odell Beckham's emergence as a top-flight wideout. Cruz will likely play the Randall Cobb role in OC Ben McAdoo's offense, so there is some upside if he's fully healthy by Week 1.

Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) still on track for Week 1

Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 10:23am

NJ.com - [Full Article]

At last check late last month, Giants WR Victor Cruz was doing straight-line running. He hadn't yet reached the point of cutting, even though he claimed to be close. There were "zero doubts" about whether he would be ready for the season opener in September.

Now into early May, Cruz has begun cutting. He's running routes against air (no defenders) and trying to rebuild strength and confidence in the right knee where his patellar tendon tore in an October game against the Eagles.

"We got [to cutting]," Cruz said Tuesday night prior to the 22nd annual United Way of New York City Gridiron Gala at the Hilton in Manhattan. "We started running some intermediate routes on air and stuff like that. It's feeling good. It's feeling tood so far. I think I'm 75-80 percent right now. It's just a matter of building it."

GM Jerry Reese, coach Tom Coughlin and Cruz's teammates all are confident he'll be back for the start of the season. There has been nothing to this point that has indicated otherwise.

Fantasy Impact:

Cruz tore his patellar tendon in mid-October, so it's no sure thing that he'll be back for the start of the season, though recent reports are positive. He's not going to get the same number of targets given Odell Beckham's emergence as a top-flight wideout. Cruz will likely play the Randall Cobb role in OC Ben McAdoo's offense, so there is some upside if he's fully healthy by Week 1.

Dolphins will reportedly sign WR Greg Jennings

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 6:00pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Dolphins are signing veteran WR Greg Jennings, source confirms.

Fantasy Impact:

Jennings still has a bit of gas left in the tank, but isn't the player he once was with the Packers. He'll provide veteran leadership and depth behind Kenny Stills and Jarvis Landry.

Monday, April 13, 2015, 7:36pm

Packers.com - [Full Article]

Packers WRs Jared Abbrederis and Jeff Janis were drafted in the fifth and seventh rounds last year, respectively, and both had virtual redshirt seasons, but for different reasons.

Abbrederis sustained a season-ending knee injury during training camp and was placed on injured reserve. The Wisconsin native and former Badgers star is an option as a punt returner as well as an additional receiver, provided he’s fully healthy come the start of training camp this summer.

Janis, making the jump from Division II Saginaw Valley State to the NFL, had a pair of impressive TD receptions in the preseason on which he showed off his speed, but he was active for only three regular-season games and got most of his work in practice on the scout team.

Head Coach Mike McCarthy said at the scouting combine he felt Janis was coming on strong late in the season, so he’ll be looking to pick up where he left off in his bid for a roster spot and additional playing time.

Fantasy Impact:

We wouldn't expect Green Bay to draft a receiver early this month given the depth they have at the position. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are locked in as the starters and Davante Adams showed a lot of promise as the season drew to a close.

Monday, April 13, 2015, 1:27pm

Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

FB John Kuhn has signed a one-year, $850,000 deal to return to the Green Bay Packers, his agent said Monday.

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