Fantasy Football: Green Bay Packers 2017 depth chart

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The 2017 Pro Football Weekly Fantasy Football magazine is on newsstands now and available online at www.ProFootballWeekly.com/magazine. In addition to rankings, mock drafts and loads of player reports, it features 32 team fantasy depth charts. Here's a small taste of the Packers information you'll get by purchasing your copy today. (Mark Busch - mbusch@shawmedia.com)

QB1: Aaron Rodgers — Willing the Packers to “run the table” to the postseason coincided with him storming to the head of the fantasy table with a league-leading 44 total touchdowns, many of the “wow variety.” Of course, at or near the head of the fantasy table is a familiar place for Rodgers — he’s been QB1 (four times) or QB2 (three) in seven of his eight seasons including at least 15 starts. (Mark Busch - mbusch@shawmedia.com)

RB1: Ty Montgomery — After an in-season move to running back, he averaged an impressive 5.9 yards per carry en route to RB38 overall in standard leagues. What can Montgomery do with a full workload? The Packers intend to find out after averaging just 9.6 attempts with Montgomery in six-regular season starts, including just one double-digit day — a 16-162-2 demolition of the Bears that showcased Montgomery’s natural running chops. (hbamman@shawmedia.com)

RB2: Jamaal Williams — The first pick of their backfield trifecta from April’s draft, Williams is a no-nonsense, not nifty runner, and that powerful approach could pay off near the goal line, where Rodgers accounted for four of the club’s 11 scores. In fact, Rodgers’ 369 rushing yards was not only a career-high but second only to Montgomery’s 457; there’s immediate opportunity for Williams and fellow rookies Aaron Jones and Devante Mays behind the also unproven Montgomery. (H. Rick Bamman - hbamman@shawmedia.com)

WR1: Jordy Nelson — All he did last year, one removed from a lost 2015 due to ACL reconstruction, is lead the NFL in receiving touchdowns (14) and finish second in wideout scoring for the third time (2014, ’11). Entering his 10th season, at age 32, Nelson didn’t make the same impact downfield (13.0 YPC lowest since 2010), but three of his four top yardage games came in December as his knee strengthened. As WR8 overall in July MFL leagues, Nelson is a proven and relatively safe fantasy commodity, but the arrival of Martellus Bennett likely signals a touchdown regression and reemphasis on the run game. (H. Rick Bamman - hbamman@shawmedia.com)

WR2: Davante Adams — In his third season, Adams was one of the NFL’s more improved players, tallying 12 touchdowns, which trailed only Nelson amongst NFL wideouts. In a contract year, he still has some inconsistency issues — seven games below 35 yards — but Adams has emerged as Rodgers’ best vertical threat on the perimeter. Even more so than Nelson, however, Adams (WR7 in standard scoring in 2016) will have to offset his gaudy scoring production with more volume. (Sarah Nader - snader@shawmedia.com)

WR3: Randall Cobb — First, the bad news: Cobb’s 610 yards and four TDs were his lowest since 2013, and his 10.2-yard average was a career low. The good? He’s entering just his age-27 season, looked as dynamic in the postseason as he did all year and will be less of a focal point for defenses in the middle of the field with Nelson thriving inside and the arrival of Bennett. Cobb’s average draft position of WR36 (MFL) and WR41 (Fantasy Pros) may represent the best way to secure an affordable slice of the Packers’ fantasy goodness. (sbressner@shawmedia.com)

WR4: Geronimo Allison — Trivia time: who led the Packers in receiving yards in Week 17 with the NFC North on the line? That’d be Allison, the then-undrafted Illinois product whose size and hands endeared him to Rodgers as a rookie, when he logged a modest 12-202-2 receiving. Cobb’s injury track record, paired with Allison’s impressive start places him on the sleeper periphery. (mbusch@shawmedia.com)

TE1: Martellus Bennett — The Packers haven’t had a tight end like Bennett, built to do the dirty work in-line similarly to Mark Chmura in addition to being a formidable Jermichael Finley-like receiver. TE10 in PPR leagues last year in New England and TE4 in his final full season (2014) in Chicago, Bennett has the potential to explode in the Packers offense. Unfortunately, the presence of Lance Kendricks, who lacks Bennett’s blocking chops but can be a similar receiving threat, could cap the fantasy value of the “Black Unicorn.” (sbressner@shawmedia.com)

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