Packers Fantasy News

McCarthy: Ty Montgomery 'definitely' has the ability to be a No. 1 back

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 12:06pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Mike McCarthy doesn’t look at Ty Montgomery as a receiver anymore. But does the Green Bay Packers coach consider the third-year pro a No. 1 running back after Montgomery made the full-time position switch midway through last season?

"I think Ty definitely has that ability,” McCarthy told reporters at the NFL annual meetings in Phoenix.

Montgomery averaged a remarkable 5.9 yards per carry last regular season, and he rushed for three touchdowns in the regular season and two more in the playoffs.

Still, there’s a big difference between the 77 carries Montgomery had in the regular season and the 239 carries that Eddie Lacy averaged per year over his first three NFL seasons. When Lacy signed with the Seattle Seahawks in free agency earlier this month, it left Montgomery as the Packers’ only running back. Since then, they re-signed Christine Michael to a one-year deal, but it contained almost no guaranteed money (just a $25,000 signing bonus) and his spot on the opening-day roster is far from assured.

This is a key offseason for Montgomery, who last spring spent the majority of his time working with receivers coach Luke Getsy. This offseason, he’ll work almost exclusively with running backs coach Ben Sirmans, who was instrumental in the conversion process for Montgomery last season.

Fantasy Impact:

Montgomery started getting significant playing time in Week 6, and from that point on, he averaged 73 total yards and 0.27 TD, not including the playoffs. This resulted in 13.0 PPG in PPR formats and 9.0 PPG in standard in that span. In two healthy playoff games (versus the Giants and the Cowboys) he gained a combined 149 yards and found the end zone twice. His fantasy stock in 2017 will depend largely on what else the Packers do at the position. Montgomery is best suited to be part of a committee since he's already shown a tendency to get dinged up. He'll be a PPR option in the middle rounds.

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 1:35am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Free-agent running back Christine Michael has agreed to rejoin the Green Bay Packers, a source told ESPN's Field Yates.

Fantasy Impact:

Michael will likely serve as depth behind Ty Montgomery. He may face competition from a rookie running back once the dust settles from the draft.

Rapaport: Raiders will sign TE Jared Cook

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 5:25pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

The Raiders are going to sign FA TE Jared Cook. A huge addition for QB Derek Carr and their offense.

Fantasy Impact:

Once Cook returned from his high-ankle sprain in Week 10, the Packers made a concerted effort to involve him in the offense. Over the final 10 games (including the playoffs) he averaged 4.2 catches for 55 yards and 0.30 touchdowns per game. That equates to 11.5 PPG, or low-end TE1 numbers. It's a nice signing for the Raiders, who seemingly want to involve the position more in their passing attack. Derek Carr gets a bump and Cook is in the mix as a late-round tight end.

Seahawks sign RB Eddie Lacy to one-year deal

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 12:27pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Eddie Lacy's deal with the Seahawks: 1 year, $5.55M with $3M fully guaranteed, per source.

Related players: C.J. Prosise, Thomas Rawls

Fantasy Impact:

In 20 games over the last two years, Lacy has averaged 67 total yards on 14.1 touches (4.33 YPC) and 0.25 touchdowns, for a per game average of 9.4 FP in PPR formats. He was significantly better (16.8 PPG) in his first two seasons, though his YPC (4.37) was similar. Prior to undergoing ankle surgery, Lacy was running well (5.1 YPC, 72 yards per game). His arrival in Seattle submarines any budding value for Thomas Rawls or C.J. Prosise. He's not a shoo-in to win the RB1 job, however. In Green Bay, Ty Montgomery looks safe as the team's RB1, though they may still address the position in the draft (likely) or free agency (less likely).

Packers sign TE Lance Kendricks

Saturday, March 11, 2017, 4:50pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

One day after signing Martellus Bennett, Packers now bringing former Rams TE Lance Kendricks back to Wisconsin.

Fantasy Impact:

The Packers now boast one of the deepest and most talented tight end groups in the league with Martellus Bennett, Richard Rodgers and Kendricks in the fold.

Packers sign TE Martellus Bennett

Friday, March 10, 2017, 7:51pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Former New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett is signing with the Green Bay Packers.

Tight end Jared Cook, meanwhile, will sign elsewhere as a free agent, a source told ESPN's Rob Demovsky.

Fantasy Impact:

When the Packers broke off negotiations with Jared Cook earlier today, it looked like Green Bay would be without a dynamic presence at tight end. Not so fast. Bennett finished the season as the #10 fantasy tight end, but he was pretty nicked up for most the season, which possibly limited his production. He still needs to undergo surgery to clean up his ankle, but provided he makes a full recovery, this is a great pickup for the Packers. Bennett should be a solid TE1 in 2017.

McCarthy: Ty Montgomery is 'a running back'

Thursday, January 26, 2017, 7:48pm

Ryan Wood - [Full Article]

Mike McCarthy said Packers RB Ty Montgomery will stick at RB. "He's a running back. He wants to change his number."

Fantasy Impact:

Montgomery started getting significant playing time in Week 6, and from that point on, he averaged 73 total yards and 0.27 TD, not including the playoffs. This resulted in 13.0 PPG in PPR formats and 9.0 PPG in standard. In two healthy playoff games (versus the Giants and the Cowboys) he gained a combined 149 yards and found the end zone twice. His fantasy stock in 2017 will depend largely on what else the Packers do at the position. Montgomery is best suited to be part of a committee since he's already shown a tendency to get dinged up. He'll be a PPR option in the middle rounds.

Packers WRs Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison ACTIVE vs. Falcons

Sunday, January 22, 2017, 1:39pm

Packers.com - [Full Article]

Packers Inactives

QB Joe Callahan
WR Max McCaffrey
CB Herb Waters
FB Joe Kerridge
RB James Starks
T Kyle Murphy
DT Christian Ringo

Fantasy Impact:

They'll all be out there but there's no telling how effective they'll be. The Packers also made Trevor Davis active, so they have one extra receiver to lean on. This indicates that they don't feel confident that their injured receivers will all be able to make it through the game. We wouldn't expect normal production from Nelson or Adams, though they are intriguing tournament plays since their ownership levels will be depressed this week.

Friday, January 20, 2017, 6:32pm

Packers RB James Starks (concussion, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 20.

Friday, January 20, 2017, 6:32pm

Packers WR Davante Adams (ankle, questionable) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring, questionable) missed practice all week and are questionable for Week 20. Jordy Nelson (ribs, questionable) missed practice Friday after taking limited reps Thursday and is questionable for Week 20. All three players are game-time decisions. Adams and Allison are expected to play, and Nelson is apparently trending up.

Friday, January 20, 2017, 6:32pm

Packers WR Jeff Janis (quadricep) took full practice reps again Friday. Janis may see more snaps with the GB receiving corps extremely banged up.

Friday, January 20, 2017, 6:32pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (toe) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week. HC Dan Quinn said Jones “looked good” on Friday and “won’t have any limitations” on Sunday. His toe injury is a concern, but he has a great matchup against the Packers.

Friday, January 20, 2017, 6:32pm

Packers K Mason Crosby (illness) took full practice reps again Friday.

Mike McCarthy sounds 'relatively optimistic' about Packers WR Jordy Nelson

Friday, January 20, 2017, 12:26pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

Packers coach Mike McCarthy described WR Jordy Nelson (ribs) as practicing yesterday more than anticipated. Sounds relatively optimistic.

Related players: Davante Adams, Geronimo Allison, Randall Cobb, Jeff Janis, Trevor Davis

Fantasy Impact:

Randall Cobb is the only healthy receiver of the Packers' top four wideouts. Nelson, Adams and Allison will be game-time decisions for a likely shootout against the Falcons.

Sunday, January 15, 2017, 3:25pm

Packers Inactives

QB Joe Callahan
CB Quinten Rollins
RB James Starks
OT Kyle Murphy
OL JC Tretter
WR Jordy Nelson
LB Jayronne Elliott

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