Packers Fantasy News

Rivers: Antonio Gates looks 'fast' and 'sharp'

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 1:18pm

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Although Chargers TE Antonio Gates turned 36 in June, QB Philip Rivers said during minicamp this summer that Gates can still consistently get open.

“There’s still such a suddenness there, even at the age of 36,” Rivers said. “He still looks fast. He’s sharp.”

Gates should still put up decent numbers this season.

After missing the first four games of last season due to a suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, Gates limped through the second half of 2015 following an MCL knee sprain in a Week 6 loss against the Green Bay Packers. Despite the suspension and being slowed by injury, he finished the season with 56 catches for 630 yards and five touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact:

The Chargers drafted Hunter Henry in the second round of this year’s NFL draft to be Gates’ eventual replacement for a reason. Gates is near the end of a remarkable NFL career. Still, Gates is 12th on our TE list making him a low-end TE1 option. We project him for a 60-685-6.8 line this season making him a solid, late-round option. Buyers should probably have a backup plan, however.

Jared Cook unsure of when he can practice

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 9:40am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Green Bay Packers tight end Jared Cook was placed on the physically unable to perform list to start training camp after having “preventative” surgery in June on his ailing foot.

According to Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Cook is still uncertain when he’ll be able to get back to practice with the Packers.

However, the surgery was minor and isn’t expected to hinder his availability for the start of the season.

“No, it wasn’t anything serious,” Cook said. “It was just, they didn’t want it to prolong and something happen later on down the road in season….I’d just rather be safe than sorry.”

Fantasy Impact:

Unfortunately, it's valuable time lost as Cook joins a new team and tries to form chemistry with Aaron Rodgers. Cook also missed the end of offseason programs. If Cook can come back healthy we think he has a great shot at TE1 numbers this season.

Jordy Nelson has 'hiccup' with other knee

Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 2:24pm

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Jordy Nelson said he had a "hiccup" with his other knee, not the ACL knee. He said Week 1 is not in jeopardy but doesn't know when he'll practice in camp.

Fantasy Impact:

While it may not be a reason to panic, there perhaps is some cause for concern that the 31-year-old Nelson potentially has issues with both knees. We can relate back to a news item from yesterday where there was talk about Nelson finding chemistry with QB Aaron Rodgers after a year off, and how timing could be an issue. With no timetable for a return, timing could very well end up being an issue the later Nelson returns to camp.

McCarthy: Eddie Lacy is ready

Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 1:28pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Packers HC Mike McCarthy didn’t share his thoughts about running back Eddie Lacy’s condition, which was of interest after McCarthy opened up the offseason by saying that Lacy was too heavy last season.

Lacy’s fitness came up on Tuesday as the Packers got set for their first practice of camp and the review was positive, although McCarthy added that it would be the last.

“Eddie is ready,” McCarthy said, via Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I’m done talking about people’s weight. I felt like I gave an honest answer.”

Fantasy Impact:

The story added if the Packers had doubts about Lacy's condition, he could have been placed on the PUP list. The good news is it appears he was given the go to get on the field. Lacy worked this offseason with P90X creator Tony Horton, who estimates that Lacy lost 15-20 lbs over the course of two months. If he keeps the weight off for the rest of the summer, he has a good chance of returning as a top-10 RB, something he was his first two seasons.

Jordy Nelson placed on PUP list

Monday, July 25, 2016, 7:18pm

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The Green Bay Packers aren’t ready to put Jordy Nelson on the practice field just yet, even though he’s 11 months removed from the torn ACL that wiped out his 2015 season.

The team placed the Pro Bowl receiver on the physically unable to perform list when players reported for the start of training camp.

It means Nelson won’t practice on Tuesday, when the Packers go through their first workout at 8:15 a.m. local time. They have non-padded practices scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday before their first full-pads practice on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact:

The story said with five preseason games in 2016 instead of the usual four (beginning with the Aug. 7 Hall of Fame game), there's less urgency to rush back players coming off injury. Nelson can come off the list at any time, but it's still a situation to monitor with Nelson being a WR1 option this fantasy season.

McCarthy: Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson will find chemistry

Monday, July 25, 2016, 4:16pm

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Those back-shoulder fades that Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson made look so easy were the result of rep after rep on the practice field.

The same thing can be said for those deep shot plays they connected on so often.

There’s a reason Rodgers has thrown more touchdown passes to Nelson (45) than any other receiver he’s played with despite the fact that Nelson didn’t play a single game in 2015.

So if there’s concern about how long it will take Rodgers and Nelson to regain their chemistry after the Pro Bowl receiver missed all of last season because of a torn ACL last summer. One theory is they’ve played so much together it will look like they never missed a beat.

Fantasy Impact:

Of course the other theory is their connection is so heavily based on timing that they’re going to need every possible moment of training camp together to recapture it. We're not too concerned, and project Nelson for a 76-1,242-10 line this year. He's already ranked as a top-10 WR coming in 10th on our list. If you pick at the bottom of your draft, he's a guy to target at least in the top of the second round.

Packers Beat: WR Jeff Janis not a lock for the 53-man roster

Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 11:41pm

Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, Ty Montgomery and Jared Abbrederis offer little deep dimension on the outside, and it remains to be seen if speedsters Jeff Janis and Trevor Davis can make the team or win a role from scrimmage.

Janis piqued the interest of fans and, subsequently, coaches with his rare size, speed and ruggedness. Scouts have downgraded him on the basis of straight-line athleticism, tendency to body catch and average ability to adjust, but it's incumbent upon HC Mike McCarthy and his staff to determine this summer just what he can offer.

Fantasy Impact:

Janis had seven catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns in a playoff game against the Cardinals, but only registered a catch in one other game last year (2-79 vs. the Chargers) despite a host of injuries to the Green Bay wide receivers. For whatever reason, the team wasn't comfortable giving Janis consistent snaps despite his ability to stretch the field with his 4.42 speed and elite athleticism, something that is lacking elsewhere in the receiving corps. We believe that he'll make the final roster and push for snaps, but stranger things have happened.

Packers WR Jordy Nelson 'well ahead of the curve' in ACL recovery

Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 11:32pm

Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Due in part to surgical advancements and his own strong will, Packers WR Jordy Nelson appears to be well ahead of the curve in his rehabilitation. Nelson even indicated on a national radio show in January that he might have been ready to play in the Super Bowl if the Packers had qualified.

Luke Getsy, Nelson's first-year position coach, expressed no doubt whatsoever when asked in late May if Nelson would once again be an outstanding player.

Fantasy Impact:

Nelson has had three healthy seasons in his last five, and in those years he finished #2, #11 and #2 in standard wide receiver scoring. He’s currently going in the 2nd round of early fantasy drafts. If he continues to have a healthy offseason then a return to the top 5 is a real possibility.

Packers RB Eddie Lacy continuing his workouts with P90X creator Tony Horton

Monday, July 18, 2016, 5:38pm

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Before coach Mike McCarthy sent Eddie Lacy home for the summer, he issued something of a warning to the Green Bay Packers running back.

In so many words, he said he hoped Lacy wouldn't revert to his old habits during the break before training camp.

It appears Lacy listened.

According to a source, the Packers running back reunited this summer with trainer Tony Horton, the P90X founder who worked out Lacy shortly after last season after McCarthy gave him an ultimatum to lose weight.

Fantasy Impact:

In his first two seasons, Lacy posted back-to-back top 8 finishes in both standard and PPR formats. In 2015, he finished 25th and 32nd, respectively, struggling both with his health and staying out of Mike McCarthy’s doghouse. His playing weight was a major topic of conversation all year, and to his credit, Lacy followed through this offseason by working out with Horton, who estimates that Lacy lost 15-20 lbs over the course of two months. If he keeps the weight off for the rest of the summer, he has a good chance of returning to the top 10.

Packers Beat: WR Jeff Janis figures to get 'more opportunities' than last year

Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 8:15pm

Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

No matter what happens with Davante Adams, the Packers figure to give third-year man Jeff Janis more opportunities than a year ago.

Janis was a forgotten man much of 2015, as McCarthy elected to play Adams instead. But Janis delivered one of the most memorable playoff performances in team history, with seven receptions for 145 yards and two touchdowns — including a 41-yard Hail Mary touchdown reception on the final play of regulation — in Green Bay's overtime loss to Arizona in the divisional playoffs. Janis finished with the third most receiving yards in Packers' playoff history, and his two touchdown receptions tied eight other players for second place in that category.

Janis (6-3, 219) has almost identical measurables to Nelson (6-3, 217). Janis also ran the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds at the 2014 NFL combine and has a vertical jump of 371/2 inches.

The Packers haven't had a burner outside since Javon Walker (4.38) more than a decade ago. If Janis proves this summer that his route running and knowledge of the offense are up to speed, he could add an element that Green Bay's offense desperately needs.

"When he can stop thinking so much and react more, you see the athletic ability," Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said of Janis. "He's obviously gifted very well with his athleticism, his jumping ability and his speed. He just needs to get to a level where he's not thinking as much and his instincts take over."

Fantasy Impact:

This headline is not saying much, since Janis barely played last year, but he appears poised to pass Adams on the depth chart if he has a good camp.

Packers WR Jeff Janis 'has a real chance to carve a role for himself'

Saturday, June 18, 2016, 2:43pm

Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Jeff Janis is coming.

At this point, it seems clear the former seventh-round receiver will enter training camp locked in a battle to be quarterback Aaron Rodgers' third option behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.

If talent wins, Janis will earn that role. When it comes to raw size and speed, there really isn't much comparison between Janis and other young receivers on the roster. The Packers continually threw deep to Janis in team drills, and he continually beat the likes of cornerbacks Sam Shields and Damarious Randall, and safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

The only thing that can get in his way — and it has been a big hurdle — is lack of chemistry and trust with Rodgers. Janis has to be reliable. He has to prove he'll be in the right place on the field when he's supposed to be there. If he cuts out the mistakes, he has a real chance to carve a role for himself in the Packers' passing game.

Coaches have to be intrigued with the possibility of Nelson and Janis stretching the field deep on the perimeter with Cobb working underneath.

Fantasy Impact:

Janis had seven catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns in a playoff game against the Cardinals, but only registered a catch in one other game last year (2-79 vs. the Chargers) despite a host of injuries to the Green Bay wide receivers. For whatever reason, the team wasn't comfortable giving Janis consistent snaps despite his ability to stretch the field with his 4.42 speed and elite athleticism, something that is lacking elsewhere in the receiving corps. His main competition for snaps is the disappointing Davante Adams.

Packers Beat: It's 'clear' that TE Jared Cook is team's starter

Thursday, June 16, 2016, 1:11pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Before Jared Cook dropped out of the offseason program because of foot surgery, it became clear that he was the Packers' new No. 1 tight end.

Related players: Richard Rodgers

Fantasy Impact:

The Packers typically give their top tight around 90 targets per season. Cook has a career Catch Rate of 57.7% and 12.8 Y/R, so assuming he continues at that rate -- which may be low-balling his numbers since the quality of his targets should increase significantly -- he would catch 52 passes for 666 yards. Jermichael Finley averaged 0.34 TD per game in his final three seasons and Richard Rodgers averaged 0.50 TD last year. So if we assume 0.40 TD per game for Cook, that yields 6.4 TD for the season. In PPR formats, that’s about what Richard Rodgers scored last year as the #11 TE. Cook has upside from there if his Catch Rate and Y/R increase with Rodgers throwing him the ball, though the foot injury is keeping Cook and his quarterback from developing the chemistry necessary for consistent in-season production. If Cook stays healthy and does play starter’s snaps, then he has a great shot at TE1 numbers.

McCarthy: Packers WR Jeff Janis 'is doing a lot of good things'

Tuesday, June 7, 2016, 10:50am

Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Packers HC Mike McCarthy on WR Jeff Janis:

Jeff Janis is doing a lot of good things. He just needs to continue to progress through the fundamentals of the position. Special teams he had an excellent year last year, graded out as one of our top players. I’d like to see him take that same step as a wide receiver.

Jeff is a big target that can go deep. I think the play he made today was really good concentration on his part, competing through the interaction with the DB and tip of the ball and keep playing. He’s a very strong wide receiver. I think that surprises people. He uses his strength and his speed.

Fantasy Impact:

Janis finished the season with a seven-catch, 145-yard, two-touchdown day against the Cardinals in the playoffs. But the team was reluctant to play him all year despite major injury issues at the position. Now, with everybody healthy it seems unlikely that he beats out Davante Adams, Ty Montgomery and rookie Trevor Davis to be the team's third receiver.

Monday, June 6, 2016, 4:28pm

Pete Dougherty - [Full Article]

Packers HC Mike McCarthy on TE Jared Cook injury: no long-term concern, can't give time table for return, doctor feels good about his return.

Fantasy Impact:

Cook has a chance to return to fantasy relevance now that he's playing with an elite quarterback for the first time in his career. Provided he can hold onto the ball, he should usurp Richard Rodgers as the team's primary tight end.

Packers WR Jordy Nelson 'cutting sharply and catching passes' in OTAs

Friday, June 3, 2016, 9:07pm

Packers.com - [Full Article]

While Packers WR Jordy Nelson likely will hold off on 11-on-11 drills until training camp, the ninth-year receiver was back running the route tree, cutting sharply and catching passes with his favorite quarterback once again.

Nelson has caught passes from Rodgers this offseason, but Thursday marked the first time during OTAs that he’s run routes at a competitive speed with the quarterback delivering passes in his breaks.

Nelson again reiterated with reporters after practice that the cautious approach is strictly part of his rehab plan, adding: “If there’s a game Sunday. I’m playing.”

Fantasy Impact:

Nelson has had three healthy seasons in his last five, and in those years he finished #2, #11 and #2 in standard wide receiver scoring. He’s currently going in the 2nd round of early fantasy drafts. If he continues to have a healthy offseason then a return to the top 5 is a real possibility.

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