Packers Fantasy News

Baltimore Ravens sign WR Michael Crabtree

Friday, March 16, 2018, 6:12pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

It's been a game of musical chairs at the wide receiver position by the Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens. First, the Raiders released Michael Crabtree and signed Jordy Nelson, then the Ravens signed Ryan Grant (only to void the deal because of a failed physical) and then they turned around and signed Michael Crabtree. The deal between Crabtree and the Ravens is for three years, worth $21 million, and includes $11 million in guarantees.

Fantasy Impact:

Crabtree has spent the last three seasons in Oakland, with the first two being his most productive. In 2015, he caught 85 passes for 922 yards and nine touchdowns. In 2016, he went for 89 catches, 1,003 yards, and eight touchdowns. This past season, however, he only caught 58 passes for 618 yards, but he still managed to score eight times. He will now become the No. 1 receiving option in Baltimore's offense.

Oakland Raiders sign WR Jordy Nelson

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 4:41pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

The Oakland Raiders and Jordy Nelson have agreed to a two-year deal worth $15 million. In a corresponding move, the team is releasing Michael Crabtree.

Fantasy Impact:

It didn't take Nelson long to find work after being released by the Packers, and he will now join the Raiders as a complementary receiver to Amari Cooper. In the three seasons before last, Nelson averaged over 93 catches, 1,363 yards, and 11 touchdowns.

Packers to release WR Jordy Nelson

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 4:32pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Amidst all the news of free agent signings, one big name will be released—Packers WR Jordy Nelson.

Fantasy Impact:

From 2013 to 2016, Nelson was an elite fantasy receiver, averaging over 93 catches, 1,363 yards, and 11 touchdowns. But he had a down season last year (partly due to the absence of Aaron Rodgers), catching 53 passes for 482 yards and six scores. The soon-to-be 31-year-old WR was not in Green Bay's plans for the upcoming season.

TE Jimmy Graham intends to sign with the Green Bay Packers

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 4:18pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

According to Adam Schefter, Jimmy Graham will sign a three-year deal with the Green Bay Packers.

Fantasy Impact:

Graham has never quite lived up the monster numbers he put up in New Orleans (catching 85 or more passes in four of his five seasons, with three seasons of 10 or more touchdowns), but he has been a decent fantasy tight in his last two seasons as a Seahawk—finishing as a top-six scoring fantasy tight end both seasons.

Now he gets to play with Aaron Rodgers on a Packers team that needs help at tight end—Richard Rodgers led Packers tight ends in catches (18) and yards last season (203), while the position accounted for two total touchdowns.

Packers acquire QB DeShone Kizer

Friday, March 9, 2018, 7:13pm

PFT - [Full Article]

Per multiple reports, the Browns have traded quarterback DeShone Kizer to the Packers. He’s the compensation to Green Bay for the trade that will send cornerback Damarious Randall to Cleveland. It’s unknown whether any draft picks were involved in the deal.

Fantasy Impact:

Kizer was no longer in the Browns' plans at quarterback, so the trade makes sense from Cleveland's perspective. Brett Hundley did not impress filling in for Aaron Rodgers, so Kizer will likely serve as the QB2 in Green Bay.

Packers hire Joe Philbin as offensive coordinator

Thursday, January 11, 2018, 9:42am

CBS - [Full Article]

News broke Wednesday afternoon that the Packers will hire former Dolphins coach Joe Philbin, who spent nine years working for the Packers before going to Miami, as their offensive coordinator.

Philbin started in Green Bay in 2003 as an assistant offensive line coach, and eventually worked his way up to being the team's offensive coordinator. He served in that role from 2007 through 2011 before going to Miami. He lasted four years with the Dolphins before being replaced by Adam Gase, and has spent the last two seasons working as an assistant head coach and offensive line coach with the Colts.

During his time as Green Bay's OC, the Packers routinely had offenses that ranked near the top of the league in yards, points, and Football Outsiders' offensive DVOA.

Fantasy Impact:

Mike McCarthy is likely to keep the play-calling duties.

Packers hire Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator

Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 10:16am

Packers News - [Full Article]

Mike McCarthy’s search to fill his vacant defensive coordinator’s job ended suddenly after nine days when the Green Bay Packers coach chose former Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine to succeed Dom Capers.

Pettine, 51, was out of football in 2016 after compiling a 10-22 record in two seasons as coach of the Cleveland Browns and spent this past season as a defensive consultant with the Seattle Seahawks.

McCarthy had interest in Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, but it appears Fangio is going to stick with the Bears. He also asked for permission to speak with Los Angeles Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, but never got to interview him. Bradley agreed to return to the Chargers Tuesday night.

Along the way to his head-coaching job, Pettine was part of some of the NFL’s top defenses. From ’09-12, the Jets ranked 1st, 3rd, 5th and 8th in overall defense. Ryan received most of the credit for the Jets’ great defenses, but a Cleveland.com story said that Ryan turned over much of the responsibility of the defense to Pettine after the 2009 season.

In 2013, after Pettine went to Buffalo, the Bills ranked 10th in defense.

Fantasy Impact:

As the story mentioned, Pettine's defenses in New York and Buffalo all ranked top 10 in yards allowed, though they were 20th in points allowed in three straight seasons (two in New York and one in Buffalo). There may be some growing pains along the way, but this looks like a good hire for Green Bay.

Packers to promote Brian Gutekunst to general manager

Sunday, January 7, 2018, 3:18pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Green Bay Packers are staying in-house to fill their vacancy at general manager.

The Packers are promoting director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst to function as Ted Thompson's successor in the GM role, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported Sunday, via a source informed of the situation. The new deal is for five years, per Rapoport.

Viewed as a rising star under Thompson, Gutekunst has spent the past 19 years in the Packers front office. A candidate for the openings in San Francisco and Buffalo last offseason, he was deemed the frontrunner for the 49ers' job until he backed out to return to Green Bay under a new deal. It was then that the Niners turned to John Lynch as Kyle Shanahan's personnel boss.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Packers TE Richard Rodgers (shoulder, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17. Lance Kendricks should play big minutes against the Lions.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Packers WR Jordy Nelson (shoulder, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Packers WR Geronimo Allison (illness, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 17. Allison should be in for big snaps with both Davante Adams and Jordy Nelson out this week.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Packers WR Davante Adams (concussion, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Packers RB Aaron Jones (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17. Jamaal Williams will likely see a big workload against the Lions, but the Packer offense will be without several offensive stars this week.

Packers rule OUT WRs Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams, RB Aaron Jones for Week 17

Friday, December 29, 2017, 11:54am

Packers.com - [Full Article]

A depleted Packers offense will be even more starved for offensive firepower in their season finale, after ruling out Nelson (shoulder), Adams (concussion), and Jones (knee).

Fantasy Impact:

This will leave Jamaal Williams as the clear-cut No. 1 RB against the Lions this week—he's our No. 10 ranked RB. Randall Cobb, Geronimo Allision (if healthy), Jeff Janis, and Michael Clark will lead the way at WR.

INACTIVES: Vikings at Packers Week 16

Saturday, December 23, 2017, 7:41pm

Packers and Vikings official Twitter - [Full Article]

Packers Inactives
17 WR Davante Adams
23 CB Damarious Randall
52 LB Clay Matthews
53 LB Nick Perry
54 C Dillon Day
73 G Jahri Evans
77 G/T Adam Pankey

Vikings Inactives
QB Kyle Sloter
WR Stacy Coley
CB Tramaine Brock Sr.
RB Mack Brown
T Aviante Collins
DE Tashawn Bower
DT Jaleel Johnson

Fantasy Impact:

Five starters are on the Packers inactive list. WR Davante Adams has a concussion, meaning Geronimo Allison will take his place as a starter with Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. However, QB Brett Hundley is back at QB with Aaron Rodgers on IR. There are no fantasy relevant concerns with the Vikings inactives.

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