Packers 2018 green bay packers Fantasy Preview

As goes Aaron Rodgers, so go the Green Bay Packers. Which means that when Rodgers goes out – as he did for nine games last season – the Packers offense usually goes with him. Green Bay's star quarterback suffered a broken collarbone in Week 6 against the rival Vikings that turned the reins over to backup Brett Hundley. The difference in Green Bay's offensive production (and the fantasy points that came with it) was day and night. With Hundley at the helm, most of the Packers skill players were rendered nearly unusable, save Davante Adams. Adams didn't quite match his breakout 2016 season, but he did score double-digit touchdowns for the second straight season and finish respectably as a top 12 fantasy wideout. His performance was necessary in an offense that saw Jordy Nelson's decline combined with another unassuming season by Randall Cobb. There was no help to be found in the backfield, either, with the Packers rotating Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones, and Ty Montgomery at running back. The hope that Martellus Bennett would be the tight end Green Bay has dreamed of for years went bust as the veteran was eventually cut by the team after a dispute over the handling of his shoulder injury. The overall team health will be a big factor heading into 2018. If Green Bay can get key pieces (most notably, Rodgers) back on the field, this group should be able to return to its prior levels of offensive – and fantasy – excellence.

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FACT: When Aaron Rodgers is healthy, he remains the best quarterback in fantasy. He's finished in the top 10 in each of his last full seasons.
Offseason Moves

Much of Green Bay's offseason was focused on repairing a defense that has become a liability in recent seasons. An era came to an end when Jordy Nelson hit free agency and signed with the Raiders, ending nearly a decade in green and gold. The Packers generally aren't known for shopping in the free agent market, which is why their signing of Jimmy Graham was especially surprising. Green Bay has tried multiple options to fill the tight end void, but this might finally be the one.

Sleepers & Busts

If you can choose the right Packers running back between Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams, you could have a sleeper on your hands. The more likely (and unfortunate) reality is that the duo will form a committee that will frustrate everyone. The past couple of seasons have seen fantasy analysts call for a Randall Cobb revival, but with Nelson gone, this could be the year it finally happens.

Fantasy Depth Chart
POSFIRSTSECONDTHIRDOTHER
QB Aaron Rodgers Brett Hundley DeShone Kizer
RB Jamaal Williams Aaron Jones Ty Montgomery Devante Mays
WR Davante Adams Randall Cobb Geronimo Allison J'Mon Moore
TE Jimmy Graham Lance Kendricks Marcedes Lewis
K Mason Crosby