The 2011 NFL Season is upon us, which means that football fans are preparing for their fantasy football draft for the 2011 season. The Green Bay Packers, with their high-powered offense led by Aaron Rodgers, will have several players that will be solid impacts for any fantasy league.
This article is a guide to the Packers players that will have the biggest fantasy football impact.
This could be a reach, especially depending on how much Cobb contributes his rookie season, but Cobb has the potential to be a dynamic player, as a receiver, a kick returner, and even as a wildcat quarterback. If your fantasy league counts kick return yards, Cobb could be a very valuable asset, as he will likely be the returner next year for the Packers.
A reliable kicker can be a very valuable asset to a fantasy football team. Crosby is a very consistent kicker, he very rarely misses the easy field goals and commonly makes the long, 50-60 yard field goals. In fact, he owns the franchise record for longest field goal (56 yards). With the many teams that don't have a consistent kicker, the Packers have one, and Crosby can prove to be a valuable commodity for any fantasy team.
Grant isn't one of the top runningbacks in the league in terms of fantasy, but, providing he's healthy, he's a solid player who will put up points for your fantasy team every week. However, his numbers could decline this year, depending on how much the Packers use Starks. However, any starting runningback is valuable to a fantasy football team, and Grant seems ready to make a comeback after a year on IR.
With Donald Driver aging, and James Jones possibly not being in Green Bay next year, Jordy Nelson is fast becoming the second target at wide receiver for Aaron Rodgers behind Greg Jennings. Just look at the Super Bowl, where Nelson was targeted more than any other wide receiver. I predict that Nelson's numbers will improve this year, as Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will utilize him more, which makes Jordy Nelson, at the very worst, a solid backup for your fantasy team.
If you have defense included on your fantasy team, the Packers should be a top prospect. Not only do they not give up points easily, but with multiple play makers on their team, they create multiple turnovers within the course of a game. The Packers defense will be sure to put up numbers for your fantasy team, and if you're looking for an individual defensive player to add to your fantasy team, look no further to Clay Matthews, who causes frequent turnovers and is a sack machine.
Jermichael Finley is perhaps the Packers' best big-play target. He has tremendous ability, can make all the catches, and is one of the top tight ends in the league. If Finley plays all 16 games, he will be tremendously valuable for your fantasy team. The only problem with Finley is the injury risk, as missed several weeks in 2009 due to injury, and was on IR for much of the season in 2010.
The Rodgers-to-Jennings connection is seen as one of the best in the NFL. The two of them put up huge numbers in 2010, and will continue to put up big numbers, as Jennings is one of the most talented and consistent wide receivers in the league, and he has great chemistry with Rodgers. The only thing that could hurt Jennings' fantasy numbers, is the many different targets Rodgers has on that offense, especially with the return of Jermichael Finley.
Aaron Rodgers is by far the biggest impact fantasy player for the Packers. Rodgers led the entire league in fantasy point in 2009, and didn't disappoint for fantasy owners in 2010. Rodgers is sure to put up numbers every week, and with the weapons he is getting back in the 2011 season, he will very likely be the MVP of your fantasy roster.