Green Bay Packers Fantasy Outlook for 2015
The Packers have an interesting season ahead of them. With Aaron Rodgers proving himself as one of the leading signal callers in the NFL, and plenty of other star players like Jordy Nelson and Eddie Lacy, this is one team to watch as we head into the 2015 season. For DFS players, the Packers certainly represent a great set of players and enjoyed the top-scoring offense of last season.
Mike McCarthy was in charge of that incredible performance and offensive coordinator Tom Clements will be hoping to follow in McCarthy’s footsteps. Clements has said that the Packers will be making some little tweaks here and there, but he expects the team to play in a similar style to 2014. Fantasy fans should be glad to hear that news and can expect to earn plenty of points from Packers players in 2015. Let’s look at some members of the squad in detail to help you decide whether or not to include them in your own teams.
James Starks, Running Back
If you’re looking for a great reserve running back, look no further than James Starks. Having averaged 4.3 yards per carry from the bench in the past five years, Starks is an impressive and reliable running back who has the unique quality of performing consistently despite not starting every game. This is exactly the sort of quality you want in a reserve and the Packers are lucky to have Starks on their side. He’ll certainly have a few chances to prove his worth in 2015 and is a great reserve pick.
Davante Adams, Wide Receiver
We can admit that Adams had a rough 2014. In fact, he was one of the weakest players in the WR3 position since the rise of Aaron Rodgers, at least in terms of fantasy points. However, Adams did start a lot of games and was one of the top players for Green Bay on targets. The valuable experience he will have accumulated over the course of last season should set him on the way to a much-improved 2015 and he’s a great player for dynasty leagues in particular.
Randall Cobb, Wide Receiver
Plenty of fans were wondering whether or not they’d see Cobb continue to play for the Packers in the 2015 season. Fortunately, the star wide receiver has proven loyal to the cause, allegedly turning down some big money offers to re-sign with the team he joined back in 2011. Cobb has benefited from a great partnership with Rodgers and had a fantastic 2014, being the 6th top-scoring WR in fantasy leagues. Nelson will be picked ahead of Cobb for the Packers, but fantasy enthusiasts shouldn’t underestimate this player and the points he can bring to any team.
Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback
A player who needs no introduction, Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks the NFL has seen in recent years. The previously mentioned offensive management change from Mike McCarthy to Tom Clements could be a cause for concern for fans, but Rodgers has confidence in Clements’ ability and we expect the team to continue firing just as well in 2015. Indeed, Clements has an especially good relationship with Rodgers and may be able to get even better performances out of the star signal caller. Only time will tell how things play out, but fans can easily expect Rodgers to be putting up some huge numbers in 2015 and land at least thirty touchdowns.
The introduction of Clements should also see Rodgers himself have a greater role in play-calling, which should be of benefit to the Green Bay squad. Rodgers now has plenty of experience to call on, having won two NFL MVP trophies in his career so far. He wasn’t the top-scoring quarterback for fantasy players in 2014 due to that end-of-season injury, but he was still a star player. The injury could lead to a few worries among fantasy players and, at the age of 31, some are questioning whether Rodgers’ best days are behind him but he’s undoubtedly an excellent selection for most teams.
Jordy Nelson, Wide Receiver
Nelson hasn’t been involved in the latest OTAs due to a hip operation and fantasy fans are increasingly concerned by his absence. Mike McCarthy has attempted to play down any fears, reporting that Nelson’s injury troubles are not significant. If true, fantasy players should certainly be looking to Jordy Nelson as a top WR choice as he heads into what might prove to be his greatest season yet. He was the second best WR in fantasy games last season and really deserves more attention in fantasy drafts. Fortunately for the average player, Nelson now represents an incredible value choice and should be considered a top priority for your squad.
Eddie Lacy, Running Back
Rounding off our list of Green Bay Packers stars is Eddie Lacy, one of the finest all-round running backs in the NFL. He finished 6th out of RBs last season and will be hoping to improve on his performances even further in 2015. Mike McCarthy has reported that Lacy has been doing additional training on his passing game which should make him absolutely lethal as we head into the new season. Fantasy players can certainly benefit from Lacy’s involvement in their squads as the RB will undoubtedly provide a plethora of points.