For the past few seasons, the Green Bay Packers have put some pretty impressive fantasy football players on the field. This year should be no different.
While it's sometimes foolish to load up on members of the same team, it's different with the Packers. Their offense should be one of the most potent in the NFL, so grabbing a duo, or trio, of players from Green Bay shouldn't worry you at all.
Today we'll take a brief look at which Packers will be top fantasy producers this year.
Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback
When we're talking about fantasy football, Mr. Rodgers has to be at the top of the list. He's been one of the most consistent producers in the league over the past handful of seasons.
Last year, Rodgers only played in nine games but still managed to put up 2,536 yards, 17 touchdowns and only six interceptions. If you stretch those numbers out over a full 16-game season, they become 4,508 yards, 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
This year Rodgers has even more weapons to play with than he did last year. Sure, he lost James Jones, but he gained Davante Adams, Jared Abbrederis and Jeff Janis.
While the Packers might have a more balanced offense this year, it'll still begin and end with Rodgers. Look for him to have one of the best seasons of his career in terms of fantasy football this season.
Green Bay Packers Defense
Our next choice for fantasy football production will certainly be the most surprising one. No one in their right mind started the Packers defense in fantasy football last year, with the exception of the lone game against the poor Cleveland Browns.
However, all signs point to the Packers defense being much improved in 2014. What ultimately makes any defense great in fantasy football is the ability to create turnovers and get sacks. The Packers did neither too well last year.
This year, they added safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to help create turnovers and outside linebacker Julius Peppers to increase the number of sacks. There's also the return of cornerback Casey Hayward and the expected development of youngsters like defensive end Datone Jones.
All in all, the Packers defense should improve in a major way in the upcoming season. Don't be surprised if it finishes near or inside the top 10 of scoring for a defense in the entire league.
Jordy Nelson, Wide Receiver
No receiver has been as consistent for the Packers as Nelson. In the past three years, Nelson has averaged 67 receptions, 1,107 yards and 10 touchdowns. Now those numbers are a little deceiving because he played half the year without Rodgers last year and only played in 12 games back in 2012.
With a healthy Rodgers throwing him the ball, the sky is literally the limit. Nelson saw only 120 targets last year. That was only the 22nd most for a receiver last year, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required).
If Nelson can boost his targets up to Brandon Marshall's level (158 last year) while keeping his same catch percentage (70.8 percent), he'd be on pace for 112 receptions next year. That may sound ridiculously high, but it's certainly possible.
Nelson should finish the year as one of the most productive receivers in all of fantasy football.
Eddie Lacy, Running Back
Lacy was easily the most productive fantasy football player for the Packers last year. His 1,178 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns were enough to earn him Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.
What's great for Lacy this year is that all signs point to him being more involved in the offense. This is what offensive coordinator Tom Clements had to say about Lacy's role this year, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN:
We haven't sat down and figured out 'X' number of carries for Eddie. We want to get him touches, trying to get him more involved in all aspects of the game, but Eddie was a workhorse for us last year.
What this ultimately means for Lacy is that he'll probably be more involved in the passing game. His 284 carries last year might not go up too high this year, but you can feel pretty confident that he'll post more than 35 receptions this year.
If Lacy can stay healthy, look for him to finish the year as a top-five running back in fantasy football.
Bonus Sleeper: Davante Adams, Wide Receivers
The Packers player who could turn out to be the biggest steal in fantasy football is Adams.
Yes, he'll be behind Nelson and Randall Cobb on the depth chart, and maybe Jarrett Boykin, but the Packers offense is simply that potent. Remember that James Jones led the NFL with 14 touchdowns back in 2012 as the No. 3 receiver in Green Bay.
Adams has the ideal size, athleticism and hands for the Packers. These traits resulted in 131 receptions, 1,719 yards and 24 touchdowns last year for Fresno State.
Look for Adams to secure the No. 3 receiver job during training camp and absolutely explode as a rookie.
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