Randall Cobb Fantasy News

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.

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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.

Victor Cruz says his knee is fully healthy
Monday, March 3, 2014, 5:50pm

NY Daily News - [Full Article]

Giants WR Victor Cruz, who had season-ending knee surgery in December, said that his knee is fully healthy now, and he started lifting in the gym a week-and-a-half ago. He’s focused on weight training now, he said, but he’s hoping to hit the field and run routes by the end of March.

Fantasy Impact:

If he can get (and stay) healthy, Cruz should have a bounce back season under new OC Ben McAdoo. In the article, Cruz compared himself to Randall Cobb, who has been very productive in the slot since entering the league.

Randall Cobb to play more outside
Friday, January 10, 2014, 11:03am

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

With or without James Jones, the Packers do envision Randall Cobb playing more outside.

“I do," wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett said this week. "I think just going back and talking about a tough-minded individual, mentally as well as physically, I think he can go outside. That’s something that we certainly talked about and worked on some during training camp. But obviously, he’s a difference-maker in slot. Wherever you put him, he can be a difference. He can continue to be an impact player.”

Cobb did talk about this heading into training camp. He wanted to be more than a slot receiver, even if that's where he excels most.

Fantasy Impact:

Cobb's role will somewhat depend on whether or not the Packers re-sign James Jones, who has implied that he's not looking to break the bank with his next deal.

James Jones wants to return to Green Bay
Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 12:28pm

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Packers WR James Jones wants to come back and he should be re-signed. He was never the same after suffering a knee injury against Baltimore, but he toughed it out and raised his level of play greatly when Flynn was playing. At some point next year, Randall Cobb is going to warrant an extension, so paying a lot for Jones isn't in the cards.

But he's good in the locker room and a pro on the field.

"I'm not one of those guys who goes home and says I'm worth 30, 40 million," Jones said. "We'll see what happens when the market comes and guys start making offers. If they start making offers, we don't even know. We're sitting here talking about free agency and I could be going to Canada. You never know."

Fantasy Impact:

Most professional athletes overestimate their worth so it's refreshing to hear Jones low-balling his own value. He turns 30 this March, so he's no spring chicken, but his game has improved considerably over the past two seasons. If the Packers can bring him back on an affordable deal, he would provide depth behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.

Rodgers, Cobb, Lacy active for Packers
Sunday, December 29, 2013, 3:16pm

Packers Inactives
Chris Harper WR
Brad Jones ILB
Clay Matthews OLB
Jumal Rolle DB
Lane Taylor G
JC Tretter T
C.J. Wilson DE

Fantasy Impact:

Aaron Rodgers returns at QB for the Packers, good news for the entire offense. Eddie Lacy is active as expected in a fantastic matchup. Randall Cobb returns, but will likely be used in a limited role in his first game back.

Randall Cobb activated, questionable Week 17
Saturday, December 28, 2013, 7:42pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

It's not just Aaron Rodgers the Packers could get back on Sunday. Star wideout Randall Cobb, missing since Week 6 because of a broken leg, was activated from the injured reserve on Saturday.

Cobb is officially listed as "questionable" for Week 17's win-or-go-home matchup against the Bears and it sure makes sense that he would be activated today for the purpose of playing on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

Cobb was apparently close to playing last week so things look pretty good for this week. There's a good chance his role would be limited in some way, but may still get on the field in the red zone or third downs. Of course, Aaron Rodgers will get the start at QB. He's a risky start in your typical league but in deeper leagues could be a sneaky play.

Randall Cobb has 'real chance' of playing
Thursday, December 26, 2013, 11:36am

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

Packers WR Randall Cobb (broken leg) was very close to playing last week. Gives him a real chance of returning vs. Bears.

Fantasy Impact:

Cobb's potential return would impact the startability of Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Jarrett Boykin, though we wouldn't expect Cobb to play a full complement of snaps in his first game back.

Monday, December 23, 2013, 8:35pm

Jason Wilde on Twitter - [Full Article]

Packers coach Mike McCarthy: "WR Randall Cobb is going to practice more ... we will up his practice reps on Thursday."

Fantasy Impact:

Cobb hasn't been officially activated, but it looks like there is a chance he could play if things go well this week. He'll likely be limited in some way in Week 17 if he's active, but it looks like the Packers want to have as many of their weapons as possible for this showdown for the division. Cobb would be a risky fantasy play.

Randall Cobb unlikely to play in Week 16
Thursday, December 19, 2013, 11:37am

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

While WR Randall Cobb wouldn't be any more specific about his timetable than to say he's "taking it day to day," it seems almost certain that he won't be on the field for Sunday's must-win home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Cobb, who was eligible to return from injured reserve last week, confirmed that he has not been medically cleared. It's possible that he'll only play in another game this season if the Packers make the playoffs.

Fantasy Impact:

Fantasy owners who have been stashing Cobb for a possible Week 16 return shouldn't expect him to play this week.

Monday, December 16, 2013, 5:35pm

Tom Silverstein on Twitter - [Full Article]

Packers WR Randall Cobb had a strong workout today and a plan for his week will be made on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact:

Silverstein thinks Cobb could practice this week. Even if he is a surprise active this week, he would likely be limited for his first game since Week 6.

Randall Cobb not optimistic about prompt return
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 11:07am

Packers News - [Full Article]

While Green Bay Packers receiver Randall Cobb didn’t rule out returning, he isn’t certain his leg injury will allow him to play this season.

During his first interview with reporters since suffering the injury against Baltimore on Oct. 13, Cobb on Wednesday said a mid-December return is a best-case scenario.

“I can’t make that call right now,” Cobb said when asked if he is certain he will play again this season. “Right now, today, I cannot play. I’m doing everything I can. I’m working my butt off in the rehab process. This is something that it needs time. It’s getting better. There’s still no timeline on when I can come back.”

Fantasy Impact:

Cobb also disputed the report that he broke his fibula, but declined to shed more light on his injury. It doesn't sound as if he'll be useful for fantasy owners in 2013. Consider Week 16 a best-case scenario for Cobb, so he's probably not worth stashing in most leagues.

Packers look to get James Starks more involved
Saturday, November 2, 2013, 10:28am

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Eddie Lacy has been playing like a rookie of the year candidate. James Starks is healthy and running hard again.

Now the challenge for the Packers is finding the right balance, the right mixture of both.

They don't want to overwork the starter Lacy, who currently ranks fifth in carries per game. Green Bay will need the bruising rookie fresh down the stretch. And the Packers will also want to be careful with Starks, who has battled several injuries through his four-year career.

Lacy has asserted himself as a starter through 97 carries in four straight wins. But signs point to more of a balance than the 29/7 split Sunday night at Minnesota. And as the Packers often say, they'll be riding the "hot hand."

Fantasy Impact:

With WR Randall Cobb and TE Jermichael Finley out, and WR James Jones still a question, it's not a surprise that the Packers just want to run the ball a few more times and that means giving it Starks rather than increasing Lacy's carries. For now, Lacy should still be the RB1, but Starks looks like he's going to see a bump in value and may even be a flex option in deeper leagues going forward. If you own Lacy, Starks would be a good handcuff.

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