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2024 Fantasy Preview: Green Bay Packers

2023 Season Recap


Record: 9-8

Points For: 383 (12)

Points Against: 350 (10)


Off-season Roster Recap


Added: 

S Xavier McKinney, RB Josh Jacobs, OL Andre Dillard, K Greg Joseph


Lost:  

OL David Bakhtiari, RB Aaron Jones


Draft Recap Offense


(25) OL Jordan Morgan, (88) RB MarShawn Lloyd, (163) OL Jacob Monk, (202) OL Travis Glover, (245) QB Michael Pratt, 


Draft Recap Defense


(45) LB Edgerrin Cooper, (58) S Javon Bullard, (91) LB Ty’Ron Hopper, (111) S Evan Williams, (169) S Kitan Oladapo, (255) CB Kalen King


2024 Outlook


Overview

Momentum is on the Packer’s side as Titletown, USA looks to capitalize on a big 2023. The biggest development was that of Jordan Love and his first season as starting QB. His play surged from the beginning of the season to the end where they won a playoff game (in convincing fashion for that matter). 


Passing 

Jordan Love is ascending quickly into a tier where many may place him around the top 10. He is athletic, accurate and smart in the pocket. He took all the time to learn behind Aaron Rodgers and it seems to be paying off. He is elevating the play of those around him and could really show to be something special in his second full season of being the starting QB for the Packers.


Rushing

Out goes long-time leading rusher Aaron Jones and in comes 2022 rushing champion Josh Jacobs from the Raiders. He presents a potential upgrade to the Packers rushing attack that saw a decline in the production from Jones. While both Jones and Jacobs missed several games last season, Jones has 3 more years on Jacobs. We may have seen Jones’ best years so the Packers decided to get younger at RB while their offense is still on the rise.


Receiving

The riches in youth in the receiving room is many in Green Bay. As of today, all of their top 5 wide receivers and both of their top tight ends are 25 years old or younger. The problem with this group is the fact that there is no de-facto #1 option. Christian Watson was projected to be the #1 option last season but injuries derailed his second season in the NFL. Romeo Doubs is a steady presence to remain in the starting cast. Dontayvion Wicks has come on strong after a solid rookie outing and could see more of a role this upcoming season. The one that may stick out after a stellar end to the campaign is Jayden Reed who finished as WR25 overall but was a sure-fire top-15 option the second half of the season. It remains to be seen if Reed will continue to act as the #1 option in the passing game. Also, don’t forget about TE’s Luke Musgrave and Tucker Kraft. Both acted as starters to some degree; Kraft played when Musgrave was injured and played well. Both offer fantasy upside with Musgrave having the advantage despite injury concerns.


Defense

The Green Bay defense continues to be chock-full of playmakers from top to bottom. To go with lockdown CB Jaire Alexander in the defensive backfield, they signed stud S Xavier McKinney to aid in the secondary. That’s just the guy they needed to shore up what may have been the biggest weakness to a stout defense. Young mainstays in Quay Walker, Devonte Wyatt and Rashan Gary teaming up with veteran monsters in Kenny Clark and Preston Smith will help develop a pair of high-pedigree rookies in S Javon Bullard and LB Edgerrin Cooper who both have a chance to make an immediate impact.


Fantasy Impact

Jordan Love will be no lower than a Top-15 QB this year. He will push to be a consistent Top-10 QB over several years if he can maintain his progress he had in his first year as a starter. Josh Jacobs always has potential to be a Top-10 RB and can be drafted that way. Jayden Reed is looking like the most likely to succeed in the Packers passing game. He’s being drafted around WR35 with Doubs and Watson going around WR45-50. Wicks is a great late-round sleeper to target with potential breakout written all over him. Musgrave is a nice late-round backup TE who could be beneficial later in the season at full strength.



Schedule


Week 1 vs Philadelphia (BRAZIL)

Week 2 vs Indianapolis

Week 3 at Tennessee

Week 4 vs Minnesota

Week 5 at LA Rams

Week 6 vs Arizona

Week 7 vs Houston

Week 8 at Jacksonville

Week 9 vs Detroit

Week 10 BYE

Week 11 at Chicago

Week 12 vs San Francisco

Week 13 vs Miami (THANKSGIVING)

Week 14 at Detroit (TNF)

Week 15 at Seattle (SNF)

Week 16 vs New Orleans (MNF)

Week 17 at Minnesota

Week 18 vs Chicago


Strength of schedule: .526 (T-4th)


DraftKings Projected Wins - 10.5


#Drock313’s prediction 11 wins - 6 losses.


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