With the Green Bay Packers offense, you know you will get consistency. That bodes well for your fantasy football team. How do you attack their players for your team? Here are some options.
Sleeper – Aaron Jones, Running Back
While I think Ty Montgomery is legitimately in for a good season this year as an RB2, injury at the position is inevitable, and doubly so for a player who has played running back for less than a year. I am a big fan of Jones, who was one of the best SPARQ athletes in the draft out of UTEP. While his 4.56 40-yard dash at the combine is not elite, he was 87th percentile in burst events and 85th percentile in agility events (per playerprofiler.com). He plays up to those scores, as he is quicker than fast and all kinds of shifty on tape. I prefer him to fellow Green Bay Packers rookie Jamaal Williams behind incumbent Ty Montgomery. Should Montgomery go down, Jones is the back to own on your fantasy football team.
Bounce Back – Martellus Bennett, Tight End
Last season we were supposed to see the return of New England’s two tight end offense with Gronk and Bennett. Gronk’s injuries thrust Bennett into the spotlight, and he did not perform up to the task. Bennett had a decent end-of-year line. 701 yards and seven touchdowns, which ranked him as the #7 fantasy football tight end on the season in 2016. There is one problem with that: he had 24.7 fantasy points and 17.4 fantasy points against Cleveland and Miami, respectively. Those two games accounted for over 37% of his final season value. Bennett, largely, was not good, but one can easily attribute that to various maladies that nagged him all year. He’s the #85 player off the board (#9 TE) and he will return to Martellus Bennett of Chicago days, where he was routinely top-five at the position.
Bust – Randall Cobb, Wide Receiver
Last year, the Green Bay Packers passing offense went from 35.8 pass attempts per game to 38.75 pass attempts per game, so the number of passes to go around got larger. At the same time, Cobb’s targets went from 8.0625 targets per game to 6.46, meaning his role in the offense diminished. He went over 100 yards just twice last year, and faded down the stretch, seeing just seven targets in his last three games. The emergence of Davante Adams, the moving of Ty Montgomery to a pass-catching back and the return of Jordy Nelson all took a bite out of Randall Cobb’s targets. Toss in a dash of Martellus Bennett eating up targets this year, and Cobb seems to be the odd man out.
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