By Derek Lofland.
A new Fantasy Football star may have been born in 2009 at the tight end position. Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley had quite a finish to the season; in his final seven games, he had 38 receptions for 416 yards and four touchdowns.
He then took it up another gear and dominated the wild card round against the Arizona Cardinals, notching six receptions for 159 yards and no touchdowns.
Those 159 yards were the second most by a tight end in NFL playoff history, trailing only San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame TE Kellen Winslow, who posted 166 yards in a 1981 Divisional Round victory over the Miami Dolphins. With company like that, many fantasy owners are salivating at the possibilities for 2010.
The Packers are one of the most potent offenses in the NFL. QB Aaron Rodgers became the first quarterback in NFL history to tally two consecutive 4,000-yard seasons in his first two years as a starter. Rodgers has the Packers ranked third in scoring since the start of the 2008 season, trailing only the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers.
RB Ryan Grant recorded his second consecutive 1,200-yard season. The only other backs to have back-to-back 1,200-yards in 2008 and 2009 are Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson, New York Jets RB Thomas Jones and Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson.
Finally, the Packers have two 1,000-yard receivers in Greg Jennings and Donald Driver.
That type of firepower is an advantage and a disadvantage...