In 2016, the Green Bay Packers didn’t quite fare as well as many expected early in the year. The offense struggled through the first part of the season, although they found their stride midway through the year en route to an eight-game winning streak. They eventually lost in the conference championship to the Atlanta Falcons.
At a glance, the 2017 Packers are loaded with offensive weapons with a few new additions, including, Martellus Bennett, Lance Kendricks, Jahri Evans, and a bevy of offensive draft selections. The Packers aim to be the most explosive offense in the NFL and fantasy team owners won’t be disappointed. Here is a fantasy football outlook for the 2017 Green Bay Packers.
Green Bay Packers 2017 Fantasy Football Outlook
Must Have Players
The best quarterback in the NFL has every right to be drafted in the early rounds. Barring injury, Rodgers looks to be the top fantasy quarterback off the board. He consistently shows the ability to put up great fantasy points per game. in 2016, Rodgers averaged 24.81 points per game on DraftKings.
Nelson could easily be taken in the second or third round of most drafts and be a very solid pick. in 2016, Nelson averaged 20.04 points per game on DraftKings. Nelson was voted the comeback player of the year after tearing his ACL to start the 2015 season. With Nelson completely healthy, he should match of exceed his 2016 totals.
Newcomer, Martellus Bennett has a match made in heaven with the Packers. Bennett’s draft stock should rise due to playing with Rodgers, and an offense that centers around the tight end position. In 2016, Bennett averaged 10.69 points per game on DraftKings. Look for Bennett s points per game to rise with a tight end friendly offense.
Worth the Risk
Adams had an up and down year in 2016, averaging 16.23 points. He has the ability to exceed those numbers, but his production may drop due to more talent around him.
Montgomery is a boom or bust pick at running back. The team has named him the starter at the position, but they also drafted three rookies. With not even a year under his belt playing as a true running back, players should be wary. Montgomery averaged 9.63 points per game playing as a running back/wide receiver in 2016 on DraftKings.
Cobb could be used as a bench wide receiver because his fantasy production has been in decline as of late. He should be available in the mid to later rounds of most drafts. Cobb averaged 11.64 points per game on DraftKings in 2016.
Late Round Steals
The Packers defense was a mess in many ways in 2016. They ranked near the bottom of every statistical category, other than turnovers. If the defense can find a way to be solid and create turnovers as they did last year, they may be a steal in 2017.
Drafted out of UTEP, Aaron Jones looks to make an impact as a situational running back. Jones had a knack for the big play in his collegiate years and also has some value in the return game. If the injury bug strikes, Jones could find himself sharing the load with Jamaal Williams.