Description: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is active for Sunday's NFC Championship game against Seattle.
Insight: You were expecting some thing else? Rodgers played just fine with his strained calf last Sunday going 24-for-35 for 217 yards and three touchdowns versus the Cowboys. He'll be put to a much tougher test today against Seattle and some ugly weather.
Description: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was limited in practice Thursday.
Insight: Rodgers played just fine with his strained calf last Sunday going 24-for-35 for 217 yards and three touchdowns versus the Cowboys. He has a much tougher assignment this week against the best defense in football - Seattle.
Description: Packers rookie receiver Davante Adams had a career day versus the Cowboys.
Insight: Adams really only had one good game this season when he had six catches for 121 yards versus the Patriots in Week 13. Adams displayed great route running and the ability to make people miss in space. He could be the key next week against the Seahawks secondary that will likely take away Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson.
Description: Packers wideout Randall Cobb had eight catches for 116 yards against the Cowboys on Sunday.
Insight: Cobb led the Packers in catches and was a yard behind Davante Adams for the team lead in receiving yards. He also caught the game-sealing first down. Cobb and the Packers have a tough matchup against the best secondary in the league next week.
Description: Packers running back Eddie Lacy ran very well in the NFC Division Round versus the Cowboys.
Insight: Lacy had 19 carries for 101 yards. Green Bay stuck to their strategy of running Lacy early on the first drive and then save him for the second half. He has a tough matchup next week, but a Packers Super Bowl appearance may depend on how successful Lacy is in Seattle next week.
Description: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers played just fine with his strained calf on Sunday.
Insight: Rodgers went 24-for-35 for 217 yards and three touchdowns versus the Cowboys. He also led the Packers to a comeback victory to reach the NFC Championship for the first time since 2010. That game, however, will not be at the friendly confides of Lambeau Field and it will be against the top defense in the league.
Description: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (calf) is active as expected and should be started as always.
Insight: It should be noted, however, that the Packers also activated both Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien just in case. Rodgers has played like a fantasy MVP, particularly at home where he will be today.
Description: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers re-injuring the calf in the second quarter and had to be helped to the locker room, according to beat reporter Rob Demovsky.
Insight: He was running out of the pocket and pulled up without being hit. Rodgers was 6-of-9 for 97 yards and a touchdown to Randall Cobb. Update: Rodgers has returned, but his movement will be limited.
Description: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a leg injury in the second quarter and had to be helped to the locker room.
Insight: He was running out of the pocket and pulled up without being hit. We await further word. Rodgers was 6-of-9 for 97 yards and a touchdown to Randall Cobb. Matt Flynn will replace him in the next series.
Description: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is still dealing with a calf injury that limits him movement, but he's going to play Sunday in the showdown with Detroit.
Insight: He was 31-of-40 for 318 yards and a 108.1 passer rating versus Tampa Bay last Sunday. It's a much tougher defense he faces Sunday, but with a lot riding on the game, Rodgers will be in the lineup.
Description: Packers rookie receiver Davante Adams' day in the sun seems to be over.
Insight: Adams caught six of 11 targets for a team-high 121 yards in Week 13, but had just one catch for six yards, on four targets in Week 14 and just one catch this Sunday. Adams can probably be dropped in standard leagues.
Description: Packers receiver Jordy Nelson was a big disappointment in Week 15.
Insight: Nelson has an alright day with five catches for 55 yards, but he dropped a potential 95-yard score, which would have probably more than tripled his fantasy points in standard leagues. Nelson, along with Aaron Rodgers, should get back on track next week.
Description: Packers wideout Randall Cobb caught seven passes for 96 yards and added 15 more yards on the ground.
Insight: Cobb was able to avoid a fantasy dud despite Aaron Rodgers laying an egg. Cobb is a WR1 moving forward and is a safer play than Jordy Nelson on these type of days because Cobb can be involved in other ways besides the vertical passing game.
Description: Packers running back Eddie Lacy was awesome again and should have received more opportunities against the Bills.
Insight: Lacy had 15 carries and gained 97 yards with a touchdown. He, however, had five of those carries on one drive which ended with his score, the only touchdown for the Packers on the day. The only reason we can think of as to why Lacy did not get more work is that he was hurt, which is a possibility since he came into the week with a hip injury.
Description: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers picked a horrible time to have his worst game of the season.
Insight: With the fantasy playoffs on the line, Rodgers did not throw a touchdown and threw two interceptions for the first time since Oct. 26. Rodgers completed just 17-of-42 passes for 185 yards. If owners with Rodgers survive this week, he is still a must-start next week.
Description: Packers coach Mike McCarthy is not overly concerned with running back Eddie Lacy's bruised hip according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Insight: Lacy left Monday night's game early as James Starks took over the running duties. McCarthy likely removed Lacy as a precaution, but it is a little concerning for fantasy owners because of the short week. Stay tuned, but we expect Lacy to play versus the Bills in Week 15 and be a solid RB1.
Description: Packers running back Eddie Lacy injured his hip and couldn't finish the Monday night game.
Insight: Now we understand why James Starks saw so much work. He said he thinks he'll be able to play Sunday, but it's worth watching as he's on a short recovery week. He's been an RB1 for most of the second half of 2014.
Description: Packers rookie receiver Davante Adams disappeared as quickly as he appeared last weekend.
Insight: Adams caught six of 11 targets for a team-high 121 yards in Week 13, but had just one catch for six yards, on four targets in Week 14. He's a rookie well down on Rodgers' option list, what did you expect?
Description: Packers running back James Starks ran for 75 yards and a touchdown on just 10 carries and combined for 101 yards from scrimmage.
Insight: Starks saw almost as much work as starter Eddie Lacy and posted excellent fantasy numbers for a backup. It was his best game of the season, but there is no guarantee that this level of work and production will continue.
Description: Green Bay wideout Randall Cobb struggled early, but finished the day with 93 total yards from scrimmage.
Insight: The Packers moved Cobb into the backfield for a number of plays which allowed him some room to run. After seven consecutive games with double-digit fantasy points, Cobb has been held to single digits the past two games. That should end next weekend.
Description: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 368 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's win over New England.
Insight: Rodgers is locked in as a QB1, particularly at home where he's thrown for 20 touchdowns without an interception this season. He'll be at home in Week 13 too against a beatable Atlanta Falcons defense.
Description: Packers running back Eddie Lacy was quiet in the first half as the Packers used an air attack to decimate the Eagles, but the second half he came alive and posted one of his best totals for the season.
Insight: Lacy rushed 10 times for 69 yards and a touchdown and caught three balls for 45 yards and another score. The Packers will always be an Aaron Rodgers led team, but Lacy can be part of the passing game as well as the running game and should be a solid producer.
Description: It's hard to imagine a quarterback having a better day than Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers did against division rival Chicago.
Insight: Rodgers was 18-of-27 for 315 yards and six touchdowns in around three quarters of work. It's the third consecutive weekend that a QB has thrown for six touchdowns in a game. Don't tell me this isn't a passing league.
Description: Green Bay wideout Randall Cobb put up a 70-yard touchdown catch and run on the first series.
Insight: Cobb finished the day with 126 yards and the score on five receptions. Jordy Nelson has been the better of the two receivers for most of the season, but the Saints made an effort to take Nelson out of this game. Cobb has scored in five straight and seven out of eight.
Description: Packers running back Eddie Lacy had 13 carries for 59 yards, but for a change was a big factor in the passing game.
Insight: Lacy caught eight of nine targets for 123 yards. Although he didn't get into the end zone, his combined 182 yards made him a great fantasy play. Now if he can just do it a couple of times in a row.
Description: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was 19-for-22 with 255 yards and three touchdowns against the Panthers on Sunday.
Insight: Rodgers was spectacular again as he spread the ball to all his receivers. Three different wide outs caught the touchdowns, and the running back averaged over four yards per carry. Rodgers is officially back although he didn't really go anywhere.
Description: Packers receiver Jordy Nelson continued his dominant play on Sunday.
Insight: He racked up nine catches for 107 yards and a touchdown, on 16 targets. Randall Cobb chipped in five receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown. However, Nelson is clearly Aaron Rodgers' favorite target, and there is no reason for owners to feel his monster season will not continue.
Description: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers led Green Bay to a last second win on Sunday.
Insight: He found Andrew Quarless with three seconds left, to steal a victory in Miami. Rodgers finished the afternoon with 264 yards and three touchdowns. Another solid outing for the Packers' star quarterback.
Description: Packers receiver Jordy Nelson caught a team-high 10 passes on 12 targets, also a team-high, for 108 yards and two touchdowns.
Insight: Nelson is racking up the fantasy points through four weeks of the season. He and Rodgers have a clear connection and with fewer weapons to throw to for Rodgers, Nelson is going to be involved every week.
Description: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers rebounded in a big way on Sunday against the Bears.
Insight: Rodgers completed 22-of-his-28 pass attempts for 302 yards and four touchdowns. Rodgers targeted his two big guns, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, and they were open all day. Not that we can expect four touchdown passes per week, but this is closer to the production Rodgers will have the rest of the year. In his first three games, he played three tough pass defenses in Seattle, New York Jets and Detroit.
Description: Green Bay wideout Randall Cobb was kept out of the end zone for the first time this season.
Insight: Cobb and the Packers' passing offense struggled all day. He finished with three receptions for just 29 yards. Without his touchdown work, Cobb would be disappointing fantasy owners because he's yet to crack the 60-yard receiving mark in the first three games.
Description: Packers running back Eddie Lacy rushed just 11 times for 36 yards in Week 3 against Detroit.
Insight: Did Lacy forget he's supposed to be a fantasy stud? A first-round selection on draft day? After a fumble on the second play from scrimmage (which was returned for a touchdown by the Lions' Don Carey) and being tackled for a safety in the second quarter we saw too much of James Starks (eight carries).
Description: Packers rookie receiver Davante Adams was targeted seven times Sunday against the Jets.
Insight: Adams is still learning the offense and getting Aaron Rodgers to trust him, so this many targets is encouraging. Jordy Nelson saw 16 targets, Randall Cobb had six. Adams finished with five receptions for 50 yards.
Description: Green Bay wideout Randall Cobb didn't get the yards fellow wideout Jordy Nelson produced, but he did find the end zone twice last Sunday against the Jets to satisfy his fantasy owners.
Insight: Cobb caught five balls for just 39 yards and the pair of short touchdowns. He's got three scores in two games, though he's averaging just 48.5 ypg receiving. That's a bit scary, to be so dependent on getting into the end zone.
Description: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers struggled early, but got it going just before halftime with a 97-yard drive for a score.
Insight: Rodgers & Co got rolling in the second half too, including an 80-yard catch and run by Jordy Nelson that left Dee Milliner spinning in futility. Rodgers finished with 346 yards and three scores.
Description: Packers running back Eddie Lacy did not practice Wednesday, instead watched from the sidelines.
Insight: Lacy is working through the concussion program. he seems to be on the road to a return for Week 2, but its a situation which requires more information. James Starks is the handcuff for Lacy owners should the starter not be able to go against the Jets in Week 2.
Description: Packers running back Eddie Lacy has already passed the initial step toward his return from a concussion he suffered Thursday night.
Insight: Lacy took a hard hit late in the game against Seattle and left the field. He was a workhorse last season (319 touches) and is likely to be one again in 2014, but he did miss one game last season due to a concussion so if this is another concussion its worrisome. James Starks is the handcuff for Lavy owners should the starter not be able to go against the Jets in Week 2.
Description: As expected, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers struggled against a stout Seahawks defense on the road.
Insight: Rodgers threw for just 189 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Almost all his targets were within 10 yards of the lineup scrimmage. Its not "breaking news" that fantasy owners should avoid starting players against Seattle in the Pacific northwest.
Description: Packers tight end Brandon Bostick will miss a "couple of weeks" according to coach Mike McCarthy.
Insight: Bostick is probably the best receiver of the group, but with him on the sidelines the team will likely go with Richard Rodgers and Andrew Quarless. We don't see much fantasy value for any of the three and they should be avoided on draft day. Even when Jermichael Finley was in Titletown the position was largely ignored.
Description: Packers rookie Richard Rodgers is challenging Andrew Quarless for the starting tight end spot.
Insight: It was Rodgers who was on the field for the first drive of the game and stayed out there as the team went no-huddle all the way for the score. Even if Rodgers wins the job, he doesn't appear to be a fantasy-worthy tight end, as he's doing more blocking than catching.
Description: The Packers backup quarterback spot, between Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien, is still up in the air, according to a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel report.
Insight: Where have we heard this before, that Flynn could be losing his spot in training camp/preseason. Oh, that's right - Seattle and Oakland. The winner of the battle is the handcuff to Aaron Rodgers and could have value if called upon because of the team's top-quality receivers.
Description: According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Packers could "use a bevy of tight ends in more specified roles this season."
Insight: Rookie Richard Rodgers started the first preseason game, but Brandon Bostick is having a great camp and Andrew Quarless is the best blocker of the bunch. Whoever wins the starting job will likely split time and won't be more than the fifth option behind Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Jarrett Boykin and Eddie Lacy.
Description: Packers receiver Jordy Nelson missed Saturday's preseason opener with a hamstring injury but returned to practice Tuesday.
Insight: Nelson likely won't play in the second preseason game either, but he should be ready for the third one. Hamstring issues caused Nelson to miss four games in 2012, but he's bookended that season with two years as a WR1.
Description: Packers receiver Jordy Nelson missed Saturday's preseason opener with a hamstring injury and hasn't returned to practice.
Insight: Nelson is day-to-day and likely won't play in the second preseason game either, but he should be ready for the third one. Hamstring issues caused Nelson to miss four games in 2012, but he's bookended that season with two years as a WR1.
Description: Packers running back Eddie Lacy will sit out the preseason opener.
Insight: Lacy was a workhorse last season (319 touches) and is likely to be one again in 2014, so no need to overwork him in preseason. He will be joined on the sidelines by Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson.
Description: Packers rookie receiver Davante Adams has all the tools to be a solid fantasy option down the road, but probably not in season one.
Insight: Adams is still learning the offense and getting Aaron Rodgers to trust him. He'll likely start the season at No. 4, but could pass inconsistent Jarrett Boykins at some point. Barring injury, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb will be the only fantasy-worthy receivers on Green Bay in 2014, but Cobb is in the final year of his contract.
Description: According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Packers running back Eddie Lacy "couldn't have looked any better" in the first week of camp.
Insight: Lacy touched the ball 319 times last season (284 carries, 35 receptions) even though he really played just 14 games (he left after one carry due to a concussion in Week 2). Green Bay probably won't have him run the ball 20 times a game again with Aaron Rodgers healthy, but he could catch more passes. Over 16 games, Lacy should handle the football at least 320 times. He's going fifth among running backs in fantasyfootballcalculator.com mock drafts.
Description: According to ESPN.com, the Packers wants Eddie Lacy to be able to stay on the field for all three downs to maintain a quick pace.
Insight: Lacy touched the ball 319 times last season (284 carries, 35 receptions) even though he really played just 14 games (he left after one carry due to a concussion in Week 2). Green Bay probably won't have him run the ball 20 times a game again with Aaron Rodgers healthy, but he could catch more passes. Over 16 games, Lacy should handle the football at least 320 times.
Description: Packers coach Mike McCarthy and QB Aaron Rodgers both want to run 75 plays a game in 2014, according to ESPN.com.
Insight: The Packers ranked 11th in the NFL with an average of 67.125 plays per game last year and the Broncos were first with 72.25, so 75 plays is ambitious. Still, we like that Green Bay plans to push the pace. That will help Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Eddie Lacy all live up to their lofty ADPs.
Description: Former Packers tight end Jermichael Finley has yet to find a landing spot in 2014.
Insight: Finley has had trouble finding a new team since undergoing offseason neck surgery. Fantasy owners know he's never lived up to the hype, but he should find a job somewhere this season, though he may have to wait until training camp injuries take their toll.
Description: According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Packers coaching staff "would like to lessen the burden" on Eddie Lacy in 2014.
Insight: Lacy carried the ball 284 times and caught 35 passes in 2013 even though he really played just 14 games (he left Week 2 after one carry due to a concussion and missed Week 3). He played through a badly sprained ankle late in the year. Even if his carries are cut down by three to four per game, he'll still end up in the 250-270 range while catching 30-40 passes.
Description: The Packers OTAs and minicamp have given ESPN's Rob Demovsky the impression that rookie Richard Rodgers could have the inside track to be the team's starting tight end. Rodgers was the 98th overall pick this year.
Insight: Andrew Quarless hasn't practiced at all this offseason for an undisclosed reason after finishing last season healthy and Rodgers has taken advantage. If he can prove to be an effective blocker in training camp, Rodgers could take the job. However, he wouldn't be more than a low-end TE1 in 12-team leagues because Green Bay spreads the ball around so evenly.
Description: Packers running back Johnathan Franklin's career is over due to a neck injury. He suffered the injury in Week 12 last season.
Insight: Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Franklin will "not be back with us," and Franklin went on Twitter later to announce he has been ruled out from playing in the NFL again. Franklin was a fourth-round pick last year and rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in Week 3 last year while Eddie Lacy was out with a concussion. However, he had just four rushing yards in his other 10 games.
Description: Former Packers tight end Jermichael Finley visited with the Patriots last week. SOURCE: Adam Caplan, ESPN
Insight: Finley has had trouble finding a new team since undergoing offseason neck surgery. The Patiots are known to be looking for tight end depth after hosting Dustin Keller earlier this offseason. This could be a good fit if Rob Gronkowski (torn ACL) has to miss the start of the season.
Description: The Packers have re-signed backup quarterback Matt Flynn. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL.com
Insight: Flynn spent time with three different teams last season before settling in as Green Bay's starter when Seneca Wallace went out with a groin injury. Now that Aaron Rodgers is fully recovered from a broken collarbone, Flynn doesn't figure to see much playing time in 2014.
Description: The Seahawks were apparently close to signing Jermichael Finley but backed out when he failed his physical. SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette
Insight: Finley is still on the mend following spinal fusion surgery. As productive as Finley has been throughout his career, teams tend to avoid players who are serious injury risks. If teams aren't convinced he's healthy, it could be a while before Finley signs his next contract.
Description: B.J. Raji is returning to the Packers on a one-year deal. SOURCE: Tom Silverstein, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Insight: Raji will earn $4 million next season. A Pro Bowler in 2011, Raji was ineffective last season (just 17 tackles in 16 games). Hopefully returning to his old position at nose tackle will help Raji get back on track.
Description: Green Bay re-signed tight end Andrew Quarless.
Insight: Given that Jermichael Finley is gone, Quarless could get a full season of work with Aaron Rodgers. Quarless caught 32 balls for 312 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Its also possible that he'll time-share with Brandon Bostick, so there is a limit to how much he can produce even with a great QB who likes to throw to his tight end.
Description: We've heard conflicting reports about free agent nose tackle B.J. Raji. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday that Raji was close to accepting a one-year deal with the Packers. Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says Raji is still weighing his options.
Insight: The one-year offer from Green Bay is reportedly worth $4 million. Raji wasn't much of a factor last season, recording just 17 tackles in 16 games. He's played his entire career with the Packers.
Description: Impending free agent Jermichael Finley should be fully recovered from spinal fusion surgery in about 4-to-8 weeks. SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Insight: Finley suffered a very serious spine injury last season and some wondered if he would ever play again. Assuming Finley is able to get back to full health, he'll be a decent fantasy option for owners who miss out on Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski or Vernon Davis.
Description: Packers running back Eddie Lacy has been named the NFL's 2013 Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Insight: Unlike some years, this was a pretty easy choice. Lacy led all rookies in rushing yards (1,178) and touchdowns (11) and finished the year as a top-five fantasy running back. San Diego receiver Keenan Allen garnered 12 of the 50 first place votes to come in second. Lacy is the first rookie since Anquan Boldin in 2003 to win Rookie of the Year after not being drafted in the first round. Boldin and Lacy were both second-round picks.