The Green Bay Packers-who regularly beat the Detroit Lions in dramatic fashion-are one of the few NFL teams who could have the best player in fantasy football at three different positions in 2016

For me, the Packers are an oxymoron. As a Lions fan, I hate the Packers. It doesn't help that my oldest brother is a Packers fan. But, as a fantasy player, there are Packers you have to have on your team. This is an example of the argument most cited by anti-fantasy critics when arguing against playing fantasy football. They are wrong.

In my hometown dynasty league, I own Aaron Rodgers. I still hate Rodgers, but if I own him, it's a win-win. If he does well, my fantasy team does well. If he doesn't, good for the Lions, and you can bet there will be some trash talking between brothers.

Last season was somewhat of a train wreck for Green Bay. Jordy Nelson tore up his knee before the season started, and Eddie Lacy found DiGiorno pizza. That combination made the offense and Rodgers look mortal. No one on this offense did anything close to their career norm outside of Richard Rodgers. Nelson is back, and Lacy found Tony Horton, so I would expect this offense to be dominant once again. 

The Core

Aaron Rodgers (QB) - 4250 yards, 35 TDs, 7 INTs.

Rodgers had a down year and was still the 7th highest scoring QB in fantasy football. I expect Rodgers to end as the #1 QB in fantasy in 2016. His ADP is in the third round as of now, and that's a value if you're taking your QB early. Rodgers has been near the 4000 yard mark every year he has started. Long story short, Rodgers is great.

Eddie Lacy (RB-GB) is said to be in the best shape of his life entering the 2016 season. If so, he will be a fantasy football stud.

Eddie Lacy (RB) - 1100 yards, 9 TDs, 30 catches, 250 yards, 2 TDs.

Eddie Lacy had over 1100 yards rushing his first 2 seasons in the NFL (1178 in 2013 and 1139 in 2014). He ended up in the doghouse multiple times in 2015, and Mike McCarthy called him overweight. Now, Eddie Lacy is said to be in the best shape of his life. After seeing photos and hearing from Packers camp, it might be true. Lacy was embarrassed last year, but he could end as the #1 running back in 2016. If he realizes you can put BBQ pulled pork on DiGiorno pizza, he could also be in the same boat as last season. He is currently being drafted in the third round which is just about right.

Jordy Nelson (WR) - 80 catches, 1200 yards, 8 TDs.

Losing Nelson in 2015 was a much bigger deal for this offense than many people anticipated it would be. Nelson is 31 and coming off an ACL tear, so he could run into some issues. Even if he does lose a half step, Nelson is 6'3", 217, which helps with separation. Nelson is a top-10 wide receiver in fantasy and should be drafted as such. In his last two healthy seasons, he had over 1300 yards (1314 in 2013 and 1519 in 2014). I can see Nelson dropping in drafts, especially the closer we get to draft season. If he does, steal him. He's currently going 17th off the board. If that drops much more, he will become a huge value.

Randall Cobb (WR) - 85 catches, 1000 yards, 8 TDs.

One of the benefits of having a player disappoint, is they are draft values the next season. That's exactly how I feel about Cobb. In 2014, Cobb was an absolute stud (1287 yards and 12 TDs). You can argue that Cobb felt the Nelson injury more than anyone else. Opposing defenses were able to key on Cobb and took him out of a lot of games. With Nelson back in the fold, Cobb is back to the versatile player he was before. Cobb is currently being drafted as the 24th WR off the board. He'll end the season better than that.


Whichever Packers wide receiver develops into the consistent third receiver should have fantasy relevance in 2016.

The Third Wide Receiver

I know that this is incredibly vague, but the Packers have a few very interesting options vying for this position. Devante Adams, Jeff Janis, Ty Montgomery, and, last but definitely not least, Jared Abbrederis are all capable receivers and could be the third guy. Adams is the least exciting of the group, but only because he has failed and the others have not. What makes it more interesting is they are not the same type of receiver. Adams and Janis are outside guys, Montgomery is a Cobb clone, and Abbrederis is a slot man. We all know what Adams is: a talented player with a case of the dropsies. Janis is Jordy Nelson-lite, and the Packers sure hope he turns into that. Montgomery showed flashes last season before getting hurt, and he's my favorite of the group. I love versatile players like him. However, the guy getting most of the buzz this offseason is Jared Abbrederis. Rodgers and McCarthy have been raving about him. Pick one and draft them at the end of your draft. There is going to be a relevant WR3 in GB, but picking the right one is the key.


Richard Rodgers (TE).

Rodgers had a great season for a tight end in a GB offense (58-510-8). As a Lions fan, I feel like all of those were against Detroit. Before last season, though, the TE hasn't been part of the offense since Jermichael Finley was healthy. With Nelson healthy and the multiple WR sets GB runs, I believe the TE is going to be a blocking position. The Packers also added Jared Cook. Rodgers will be on my "do not draft" list. I don't expect him to come anywhere close to the 8 TDs from a year ago. I don't even see him getting half of that in 2016.

Very few teams have player that can end as the #1 player at three different positions in fantasy. Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, and Jordy Nelson could do that. At the very least, they should end with a QB1, RB1, WR1, and a WR2. Don't let last season sway your opinion on these guys. Take the value they're giving you this season and win your dang league


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