The 2015 fantasy football season is upon us, and fantasy football owners around the league are scrambling to put together their best fantasy football team yet. The Green Bay Packers’ roster offers some of the best fantasy football players, including 2015’s #1 quarterback, #4 running back, and several key wide receivers that can lead your team to victory. Are you looking into drafting some Packers’ players, here are some of the most influential picks in 2015, and where you can find them in your draft.
Most Valuable Player: Aaron Rodgers
The MVP of the 2014 NFL season and the highest scoring individual in fantasy football, Packer’s quarterback Aaron Rodgers tops the list of Packers’ fantasy football draftees. According to ESPN, last season Rodgers led the league in overall points (342), and was third overall in touchdowns (38). Needless to say, Rodgers is an expensive stock in fantasy football.
According to Matthew Berry’s 2015 fantasy football rankings, Rodgers is regarded as the #1 quarterback in the league, and the #18 overall player. However, pending personal preferences, Rodgers is usually drafted before the #18 overall selection.
With running backs being regarded as the top commodity in fantasy football, the top quarterbacks may have a tendency to fall out of the first round of the fantasy football draft (pending the size of the draft). Rodgers is a reliable target in rounds 1-2, and has a similar cast around him in 2015.
Most overrated: Eddie Lacey
In many leagues, Eddie Lacy is being drafted as the #1 overall selection, even though he is regarded as the #4 overall player. Last year’s sixth leading rushing according to ESPN fantasy football, put up a total of 216 fantasy points, good for 27th in league.
But the real question remains, where will you be able to draft Lacy? Chances are, if you do not have one of the top four picks, you are out of luck. Lacy can often be drafted #1 overall, and rarely falls out of the top 4. But there are better options.
Last year’s leading rusher, and #1 fantasy running back, DeMarco Murray is regarded as the #10 overall fantasy player in 2015, and can often be picked up in the latter half of the first round. There are four running backs that scored more fantasy points than Lacy last year that are being drafted later than him this year.
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t draft Lacy. Lacy provides a powerful rushing attack to a dynamic passing game. Lacy is a talented back that can take advantage of defenses that are too focused on the pass. But then again, it is a passing league.
Most improved: Randall Cobb
Coming off of a new, rich contract, Randall Cobb could be destined for another breakout season. Cobb is regarded as the #2 wide receiver on the Packer’s depth chart, but he would qualify as a #1 for many teams in the NFL, and even your fantasy team. Last fantasy season, Cobb brought in 191 fantasy football points, good for 33rd in the league in terms of overall points.
This season, Cobb is ranked 24th on Berry’s top 200 list, only eight selections back from his teammate, Jordy Nelson. This dynamic duo is destined to rake in fantasy points for their owners this season due to their highly ranked passing offense.
But if you think you are going to get Cobb for a steal, you may be expecting too much. In most leagues, Cobb can be found being drafted in the second round, depending on fantasy owners’ draft strategies. Cobb had an impressive season last year, but he is poised for another big fantasy season.
Rookie of the year: Ty Montgomery
Last season was a huge season for rookie wide receivers in both statistics and fantasy football points. Receivers like Odell Beckham Jr., Kelvin Benjamin, Sammy Watkins, Jarvis Landry, among others struck gold for fantasy owners last season. This season, Ty Montgomery is hoping to make an impact on the field for the Packers.
Montgomery is a rookie receiver whom the Packers drafted in the third round out of Stanford. Montgomery offers a strange skill set to the Packers, in college Montgomery typically lined up outside of the slot, but also as a tailback and even in wildcat packages. Where Montgomery will line up as a Packer remains to be seen, but he has the skill set to earn some fantasy points.
As an unproven rookie, Montgomery likely won’t be drafted in your fantasy draft, unless someone goes out on a limb for him. If Montgomery makes the team and earns himself an expanded role for the Packers, fantasy owners can pick up the rookie from the free agency pool. Montgomery could be a long shot to make your fantasy football team, but he also could be a breakout rookie, among the many we saw last season.
Honorable mention: Packers Defense
The Packers defense has undergone some major transitions since they had a top five fantasy defense just a few seasons ago, but they could be picked up late, or even undrafted for a viable impact on your team. This offseason the Packers cut ties with Tramon Williams, Jarrett Bush, among others, but they also made key signings in B.J. Raji and rookie Damarious Randall.
The Packers defense is regarded as the 16th best defense according to Berry’s fantasy football rankings, a few slots back of where they finished in terms of total fantasy points last season, where they finished eighth. With a healthy Clay Matthews, Raji, Sam Shields and Haha Clinton Dix, the Packers defense could earn another top 10 ranking in fantasy football defense.