2014 Team Outlook: Green Bay Packers
QB Aaron Rodgers, GB - Stud (low risk)
ONE OF THE BEST: A broken collarbone cost Rodgers seven games last season. The 30-year-old Cal alum averaged 282 yards passing per game and finished with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions over nine games. Rodgers missed just two games over the previous five seasons and should continue to challenge Peyton Manning and Drew Brees for the top spot among fantasy signal callers. Last season, Rodgers, the master of the discount double check, had four games with at least 25 fantasy points. That is the same pace as 2012 (nine games with 25 or more points). With a healthy offensive line in place, Rodgers could very well finish as the No. 1 fantasy QB. There aren't many signal-callers with more consistent production when you consider that he has 20 or more fantasy points in 73-percent of games over the past three seasons.
Editor's note: Rodgers could easily have another decade ahead of him as the leader of this offense. The receiver group isn't what it was just a few seasons ago; however, it should be clear that Green Bay can move the chains with just about anybody who can create a little separation. If you can draft Rodgers, Manning or Brees, you're in the clear for the rest of the season. This guy is elite and everybody knows it.
RB Eddie Lacy, GB - Stud (low risk)
THE HYPE IS REAL: Offensive Rookie of the Year Eddie Lacy proved to be a draft-day steal as Green Bay selected the Bama product in Round 2 of the 2013 draft (pick No. 61 overall). The bruising back (5-foot-11, 230) missed just one game in his rookie season and finished as the sixth-highest scoring RB in standard leagues. Lacy amassed 1,178 rushing yards on 284 carries with 11 touchdowns and a 4.1 YPC average. He forced 62 missed tackles in his rookie season and added 35 catches for 257 yards. Mike McCarthy has already stated he wants Lacy to contribute more as an every-down back in his second NFL season.
RB James Starks, GB - Fantasy Handcuff
In a limited 2013 role, the 28-year-old rushed for 493 yards on 89 carries (an impressive 5.5 YPC) and scored three touchdowns. He received a two-year deal in March and is the handcuff to own for those that select Lacy following news that Johnathan Franklin's career is over.
RB DuJuan Harris, SF - Low Potential
The 25-year-old Troy alum missed the entire 2013 season with a right patella injury (underwent a knee scope). In 2012, Harris had 34 carries for 157 yards and two catches for 17 yards. He's a favorite of the coaching staff and will likely secure a role behind Eddie Lacy and backup James Starks. His fantasy relevance would depend on multiple injuries to the Packer backfield.
RB Johnathan Franklin, --- - Not Draft Worthy
On June 19, he confirmed that a Week 12 neck injury had ended his career. Franklin totaled 23 offensive touches in 11 games during his rookie season.
Editor's note: Such is the life of a professional athlete. Good luck to Franklin and to all those guys who come and go in the league.
WR Jordy Nelson, GB - Solid/Safe Pick
Those that targeted Jordy Nelson at a discount (missed four games in 2012) were rewarded with his career-best production. In his sixth NFL season, the 28-year-old finished as the 11th best fantasy WR in standard leagues, posting 85 catches for 1,314 yards and eight touchdowns. He's now hauled in 30 touchdowns over the past three seasons and should see even more red zone looks with James Jones now in Oakland and Jermichael Finley's status in limbo. Nelson is a borderline WR1 and is likely to be selected before the end of Round 3.
World Championships: Jordy rarely, if ever makes it out of the second round in our WR heavy format.