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Green Bay Packers 2022 fantasy football outlook: Can Aaron Rodgers thrive without Davante Adams? | sports betting

The Green Bay Packers have had one of the most reliable offenses for fantasy managers over the past decade-plus with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback.

Rodgers is still the man under center signing a contract extension this offseason, but there was an unexpected shakeup after All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams was traded to the Raiders.

With Adams no longer around as Rodgers’ reliable go-to target, the question has arisen if the offense will shift to more of a run-first approach with an inexperienced receiving corps and Rodgers getting up in age.

Rodgers is someone I won’t be targeting in drafts for those reasons, but he’s a two-time defending NFL MVP and should still put up enough numbers to remain a top 12 fantasy quarterback.

The running game is expected to be leaned upon even more this season with a two-headed monster of Aaron Jones other AJ Dillon leading the way.

Jones excelled as a receiver out of the backfield last season as well as a runner and should see the majority of the touches, but Dillon’s role increased as the season went on to where he should see plenty of quality touches as well.

Jones is still the go-to fantasy option since his receiving ability boosts his upside in PPR leagues, but Dillon’s ability to break tackles and being a threat near the goal line make him a value pick in the middle rounds.

The receiving corps has 169 vacated targets left behind from Adams, and the incumbent veteran receiver who’s expected to see the most looks this season is Allen Lazard.

Lazard established himself as a reliable secondary option for Rodgers, but he’s in line for a career season as the primary target in what should still be an above-average passing attack.

It’s safe to assume Lazard won’t receive the amount of volume Adams did, which opens up opportunities for rookies Christian Watson other Romeo Doubs to make an immediate impact.

Watson has missed all of the training camp so far after a knee scope and likely won’t start until the second half of the season, but Doubs has been flashing with the first team in camp and could find himself as a starter right away if continues to build trust with Rodgers.

Watson and Doubs are worth targeting in the later rounds, as they should be able to beat out veterans Sammy Watkins other Randall Cobbbut Watkins could have value early on depending on how the rookies develop.

Rodgers has never targeted the tight end position heavily, but Robert Tonyan has established himself as a go-to red zone target and makes for a potential bounce back candidate.

Tonyan is coming off a torn ACL, but he’s expected back for Week 1 and is a decent dart throw as second tight end late in drafts as someone who could catch double-digit touchdowns.

the Packer’s defense should be a solid fantasy option with added reinforcements this offseason, but kicker Mason Crosby isn’t worth targeting since he isn’t as reliable as he once was.

The Packers schedule appears favorable, ranking 22nd in the league with a .478 strength of schedule rating, and their fantasy playoff schedule consists of the Rams in Week 15, the Dolphins in Week 16 and the Vikings in Week 17.

TOP DRAFT DAY TARGET/AVOID/SLEEPER

Consensus ADP data from FantasyPros for PPR leagues

My top draft day target: RB AJ Dillon (5.05 ADP, 53rd overall)

My top draft day avoid: QB Aaron Rodgers (8.12 ADP, 96th overall)

My top draft day sleeper: WR Romeo Doubs (14.05 ADP, 161st overall)

PREVIEW SCHEDULE / LINKS

AFC EAST

July 12: Buffalo Bills

July 13: Miami Dolphins

July 14: New England Patriots

July 15: New York Jets

NFC EAST

July 19: Dallas Cowboys

July 20: New York Giants

July 21: Philly Eagles

July 22: Washington Commanders

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AFC WEST

July 26: Denver Broncos

July 27: Kansas City Chiefs

July 28: Las Vegas Raiders

July 29: Los Angeles Chargers

NFC WEST

Aug 2: Arizona Cardinals

Aug 3: Los Angeles Rams

Aug 4: San Francisco 49ers

Aug 5: Seattle Seahawks

AFC NORTH

Aug 9: Baltimore Ravens

Aug 10: Cincinnati Bengals

Aug 11: Cleveland Browns

Aug 12: Pittsburgh Steelers

NFC NORTH

Aug 16: Chicago Bears

Aug 17: Detroit Lions

Aug 18: Green Bay Packers

Aug 19: Minnesota Vikings

AFC SOUTH

Aug 23: Houston Texans

Aug 24: Indianapolis Colts

Aug 25: Jacksonville Jaguars

Aug 26: Tennessee Titans

NFC SOUTH

Aug 30: Atlanta Falcons

Aug 31: Carolina Panthers

Sept 1: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sept 2: New Orleans Saints

Spencer ‘the Guru’ Urquhart (@spencertheguru) has been a fantasy football analyst since 2014, founding a community of over 6,000 followers on Instagram

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