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They call it Title Town. It was so in a literal sense just a few years ago and very possibly could be once again
this season. The Packers haven't lost much on offense this offseason
besides Greg Jennings and are primed to take the NFC North and more
in 2013. Take a look at some of these players and you'll see why.
Aaron Rodgers - Arguably the best quarterback in fantasy football. His great decision making leads to 30+ touchdowns and
very few interceptions which is a dream come true for fantasy owners. There's
no doubt Rodgers finishes in the top two of quarterbacks yet again but
there are a few minor concerns I have going into the regular season. For
starters, he lost his left tackle for the season. While this may not have a big impact on Rodgers, it is worth noting. He has taken a lot of
sacks through the years and could take quite a bit more without his
blind side protected. Another concern is the fact that some of his playmakers are a
little banged up. Regardless, I still think Rodgers will be fine
with whoever he has to throw to. He makes his receivers.
Randall Cobb - Cobb could possibly be the number one in Green Bay when
all is said and done this season. His big play ability is what makes him
so dangerous. He can turn a short play into a long gain and even has
value in the return game. He is dealing with a biceps injury but all
indications are he'll be ready for week 1. Rodgers himself said Cobb could catch 100 balls this year and that should be good enough for
Jordy Nelson - Nelson is dealing with an injury of his own. Unlike Cobb,
Jordy could miss week 1 of the regular season but that could end up
being a good thing for owners that are targeting him in their drafts.
The knee surgery is beginning to drop Jordy in drafts and makes him an
even better value in later rounds. Provided his knee surgery corrected
the problems he's been experiencing for a couple of years now, Nelson
should be back performing at a high level sooner rather than later. He's
a deep threat and should have another fine season for the Pack.
James Jones - Jones is more of the third receiver in Green Bay but may
see more targets as a result of the injuries to Cobb and Nelson. A
threat regardless of his ranking, Jones has big play potential and is
coming off a double digit touchdown season. While last season may be
difficult to repeat, expect big things yet again from Jones. Rodgers
knows how to get him the ball and the two have some chemistry downfield.
Jermichael Finley - So far Finley has been a huge disappointment to
fantasy owners. While he showed flashes of what he's capable of a few
years back, he just hasn't been able to put that together for a full
season. This is a contract year for him so this could be the year Finley
puts it all together. If he can hold onto the ball, expect monster
numbers this year. He's worth a start every week with the tight end
position being what it is this season. Plus having Rodgers as your
quarterback doesn't hurt his value any either. If this is the year
Finley gets his act together, fantasy owners will want to own him.
Eddie Lacy - Lacy is thought to be the starting running back in Green Bay
in his rookie season. While I think Lacy could be a workhorse, I'd like
him better on another team. The Packers have been a pass heavy team for
quite some time now and rightfully so. Even at the goal line, Rodgers
is more than capable of running the ball in himself. I don't see the
Pack running the ball enough to make Lacy fantasy relevant but with the
injuries to the receiving corp and Bulaga, Rodgers may be forced to hand
the ball off more which could give Lacy a slight boost in value. Take a
chance in later rounds but have running back depth available in case
Lacy doesn't make an impact.
D/ST - While the Packers have been known to give up yards at an unhealthy rate, they should still be an above average fantasy defense. While the
alarming amount of yards could actually hurt your fantasy team with
negative points, there's still upside there. A Dom Capers led defense
can still create turnovers and Clay Matthews is still one of the best.
They aren't a bad defense to trot out there every week