Aaron Rodgers 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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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.

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.

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. 

Packers see Eddie Lacy as 'a three-down player'
Friday, February 21, 2014, 11:23am

Jason Wilde, Twitter - [Full Article]

Packers HC Mike McCarthy on Eddie Lacy: "What I look for Eddie to do is be a three-down player."

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.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 10:20am

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Eddie Lacy was the NFL offensive rookie of the year, but new Packers RB coach Sam Gash thinks he can teach him some things about advancing his career beyond first-year success.

"Just point him in the right direction and let him go," Gash said. "Just talk to him about the little things, the part about being a pro. He’s a young guy and he plays hard, but there’s an art to being a pro. I’m definitely not going to mess him up. That’s something I learned a long time, let runners run."

Gash said as soon as he got the job he called Lacy and introduced himself. He said he began watching some tape of Lacy recently and based on his conversation with the rookie and what he saw on tape, he said he thought there were similarities between Lacy and Curtis Martin.

"Even though he’s bigger, same mentality," Gash said. "Curtis didn’t like watching football. If anybody watched his Hall of Fame speech, he was a guy who didn’t necessarily like watching football, but he was instinctive and just a great player.

"Eddie is pretty similar in his mentality. But you watch him on film, which I’m just starting to do, he’s an exciting prospect."

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.

G-Men hire Packers assistant Ben McAdoo as OC
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 7:51pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

The Giants have hired former Green Bay quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo as their next offensive coordinator, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed.

McAdoo, 36, has seen his star rise over the past few seasons as a tight ends coach and quarterbacks coach for the Green Bay Packers. He signed a two-year deal with the Giants.

McAdoo comes highly recommended by Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and it sounds like multiple teams heeded that advice. McAdoo had an interview with the Dolphins today and was on his way to Baltimore next

Fantasy Impact:

McAdoo is a Mike McCarthy disciple so expect to see a similar philosophy as he takes over the Giants' offense.

Monday, December 30, 2013, 7:56pm

Packer Report on Twitter - [Full Article]

Packer's RB Eddie Lacy's ankle came out of game "much better" than last week. Happy to get extra day for his team rather than playing Saturday.

Fantasy Impact:

He could be a decent play against the 49ers run defense - which has improved in the rankings the second half of the season. But, Aaron Rodgers back at QB should help to open up the running game a bit.

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.

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McCarthy: Aaron Rodgers to start vs. Bears
Thursday, December 26, 2013, 2:39pm

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At Thursday's press conference, Packers HC Mike McCarthy said at QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) will start against the Bears in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact:

This is obviously a big boost for the entire Green Bay offense, specifically the receiving corps. Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Jarrett Boykin will all be startable against a leaky Bears defense.

Aaron Rodgers getting first team reps
Thursday, December 26, 2013, 1:38pm

Rob Demovsky, Twitter - [Full Article]

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers took 1st rep in every drill during open part of practice. Those usually go to the starter but we didn't see 11-on-11s.

Fantasy Impact:

As Demovsky stated, the media didn't see the 11-on-11 drill, which is a better indicator of QB pecking order. However, this is the first time that Rodgers has been ahead of Flynn in any drills since the injury, so it's an encouraging sign. We're now cautiously optimistic that he'll make his return against the Bears, the same team that broke his collarbone.

Aaron Rodgers decision coming Thursday
Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 3:15pm

Rob Demovsky on Twitter - [Full Article]

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers said a decision will be definitive one way or another on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact:

The Packers play in a game for the division title and a trip to the playoffs, but the good news seems to be we'll know well in advance of Sunday afternoon's game. It would be hard not to start Rodgers if you're league is playing in Week 17, especially coming off last week's blowout the Eagles put on the Bears. Stay tuned...