Green Bay Packers 2020 Fantasy Insight

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The Green Bay Packers are almost ready to hit the field for training camp, which means you have a fantasy football draft coming up soon. Last year the Packers had a few players that helped people win their league, but their were a few players that might have costed you your fantasy football season. There’s a few players that should be taken early and others that could be a potential sleeper, but let’s see which Packers players can help you win your fantasy league.

QB – Aaron Rodgers

2019: 4,002 yards, 26 TD, 4 INT, 46 rushes, 183 yards, 1 TD, 4 fumbles, 278.38 PTS

2020 Projection: 3,869.7 yards, 25.7 TD, 8.5 INT, 3.4 fumbles, 264.70 PTS

Rodgers didn’t have that dominant fantasy season where we have been so accustomed to seeing, but he still finished as a top-10 quarterback (9th). In his first season with head coach Matt LaFleur, the offense got the running game going, so the Packers didn’t have to rely on Rodgers. Now in his second season with LaFleur, the Packers will still be a run first team, but Rodgers has a better understanding of the playbook. Expect Rodgers to do a tad bit better than last season.

RB – Aaron Jones

2019: 236 rushes, 1,084 yards, 16 TDs, 49 receptions, 474 yards, 3 TD, 314.8 PTS

2020 Projection: 203.4 rushes, 903.7 yards, 9.5 TDS, 240.5 PTS

What a year for Jones last season, there were high expectations and he nailed it. There should still be high expectations for Jones, but you shouldn’t expect him to have that insane 2019 season. With the addition of rookie AJ Dillon, Jones is going to see some of his carries taken away, but could see some more time in the passing game. Jones is still going to be a top fantasy option, especially in a run first offense, so expect him to go early in your draft.

RB – Jamaal Williams

2019: 107 rushes, 460 yards, 1 TD, 39 receptions, 253 yards, 5 TD, 146.3 PTS

2020 Projection: 84.4 rushes, 347.1 yards, 1.9 TD, 106.4 PTS

Williams is in the same boat as Jones, with rookie AJ Dillon coming in. Williams is going to see a lost in carries, but his bread and butter will be in the passing game. A lot of people like to draft the backup to star running backs, because they might have a chance to produce once that star goes down to an injury, but this might not be the case for Williams. He hasn’t posted a top-30 season in his career and with Dillon in the rotation, that trend can still continue. In most formats, Williams is barely worthy of a draft pick.

RB – AJ Dillon

2019: —

2020 Projection: 69.1 rushes, 289.3 yards, 2.9 TD, 62.9 PTS

The Packers selected Dillon in the second-round of the NFL Draft, so expect him to be used a lot at some point in the season. The veteran backs in Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams might hold Dillon back in the beginning of the year, but the 6-foot, 247-pound power back, could emerge as a difference maker later in the season when the weather favors the run game and when they have to waste time off the clock.

WR – Davante Adams

2019: 83 receptions, 997 yards, 5 TD, 212.7 PTS

2020 Projection: 90.6 receptions, 1,151.8 yards, 7.5 TD, 250.1 PTS

If it wasn’t for an injury that limited Adams’ season, he would have been one of the top ranked receiving options in fantasy. Even with that injury, Adams was still reliable and helped towards the end of the season for many teams. Adams is still going to see a massive usage in 2020, but needs to stay healthy. Expect a top-5 season for Adams, which means he should be gone in the first round of your draft.

WR – Allen Lazard

2019: 35 receptions, 477 yards, 3 TD, 102.8 PTS

2020 Projection: 46.2 receptions, 617.8 yards, 3.9 TD, 132.5 PTS

The Packers didn’t really shake up their wide receiver group, which means they trust what they have and with Devin Funchess opting-out, Lazard is one of those guys that they really like and trust. There’s still not enough trust for Lazard in fantasy, but he brings enough upside if he performs well as a WR2, which means he can be steal in the later rounds.

WR – Marquez Valdes-Scantling

2019: 26 receptions, 452 yards, 2 TD, 84.1 PTS

2020 Projection: 17 receptions, 259.9 yards, 1.6 TD, 52.6 PTS

It was a disappointing season for MVS, especially coming into the season as the WR2. It was later reported that the 25-year old was battling an ankle injury throughout the season, which could be a reason for a decrease in playing time. MVS is a candidate to shatter his projection, but he’s going to have to show that he deserves the playing time in training camp. That 4.37-second 40 is valuable for the Packers and if that ankle isn’t a problem the Packers have a solid option with the deep ball.

WR – Jake Kumerow

2019: 12 receptions, 219 yards, 1 TD, 39.9 PTS

2020 Projection: 29.5 receptions, 403.2 yards, 2.5 TD, 84.9 PTS

There was some excitement in Kumerow last season because of the strong preseason performance, but that didn’t translate into the regular season. The Packers have faith in their wide receivers and their hoping Kumerow could make an impact this season.

WR – Equanimeous St. Brown

2019: Injured

2020: 12.8 receptions, 174.8 yards, 1 TD, 36.4 PTS

St. Brown showed promise in his rookie season in 2018, but last year he missed all of last season due to an ankle injury. Now back fully healthy and with Devin Funchess opting-out, there’s a good chance if St. Brown has a good training camp, he could be an key player in the offense.

TE – Jace Sternberger

2019: —

2020: 39.4 receptions, 426.5 yards, 3.4 TD, 102.5 PTS

The 2019 third round pick is ready to go. With Jimmy Graham leaving the Packers, the Texas A&M product is ready to take on a larger role. The athletic 6-foot-4, 251-pound Sternberger is a player that not many fantasy owners know, but he can see TE2 territory if he can earn the starting job.

TE – Marcedes Lewis

2019: 15 receptions, 156 yards, 1 TD, 36.6 PTS

2020 Projection: 14.2 receptions, 145.7 yards, 1.4 TD, 37.4 PTS

For the time being Lewis is the starting tight end. The 35-year old is mostly known for his blocking, but “Big Dog” has had some opportunities in the redzone. Unless an injury occurs to the younger tight ends, Lewis will not be a having a huge role with any fantasy teams.

TE – Josiah Degura

2019: —

2020: 11.1 receptions, 108.1 yards, 0.9 TD

Degura is going to be a fascinating piece for the Packers as he can do it all. Head coach Matt LaFleur suggested he would use Degura like San Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk, which can be valuable for the Packers offense, but not for your fantasy team.

Packers D/ST

2019: 313 PA, 17 interceptions, 7 fumble recoveries, 0 TD, 89.0 PTS

2020: 361 PA, 12.1 interceptions, 7.7 fumble recoveries, 2.4 TD, 75.3 PTS

The Packers defense in terms of value was good for the team, but for fantasy it was a bit frustrating. The defense produced turnovers and sacks, but they gave up too many yards, which ended up hurting their ranking as they finished 17th. The defense might struggle due to the high scoring offenses they are going to have to play against, but there’s some optimism where this defense can be better than last year.

K – Mason Crosby

2019: 22/24, 40 XPM, 113.0 PTS

2020: 24/28.3, 39.2 XPM, 119.6 PTS

After bringing in competition in training camp last season, Mason Crosby has proved he is still ol’ reliable. The 35-year old at this point in his career might not have the leg strength, but the accuracy is still there. Crosby ranked 13th among kickers in 2019, which still proves he’s also reliable for any fantasy team.

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