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The Packers have re-signed RB Christine Michael. We didn't hear of any other teams showing interest in the 26-year-old. Michael appeared in 8 games for Green Bay last season (including the playoffs), mustering just 3.7 yards per carry on 47 totes. The Packers' backfield currently sports just Michael, Ty Montgomery and Don Jackson -- so there's opportunity here. But Michael has mostly disappointed since entering the league in 2013. It seems unwise to bank on that trend changing in 2017.

The Packers on Saturday reached a deal with former Rams TE Lance Kendricks. That came a day after the team signed TE Martellus Bennett to a 3-year deal. Kendricks proved to be a reliable, low-ceiling part of the Rams offense through his 1st 7 seasons. His arrival doesn't challenge Bennett's spot atop the Green Bay depth chart. It does suggest the Packers aren't in love with Richard Rodgers. He and Kendricks could be fighting for a 2017 roster spot. Bennett's the only member of the crew worth your fantasy football attention

The Packers signed TE Martellus Bennett to a multi-year deal. It's the 1st unrestricted free agent from another team the Packers have inked since 2012. Bennett, who turned 30 today, finished 10th among TEs in PPR points last year -- despite battling ankle and shoulder injuries. It was his 4th top-12 finish in the past 5 seasons. Bennett joins a loaded pass-catching corps in Green Bay, but Aaron Rodgers' efficiency means there are fantasy points to go around for everyone. Bennett will sit safely inside TE1 territory in the 2017 fantasy rankings.

The Rams released TE Lance Kendricks late Thursday night. Kendricks had spent all 6 of his NFL seasons with the team, totaling 204 catches and 17 TDs while averaging a pedestrian 10.5 yards per catch career. His departure clears the way for 2016 rookie Tyler Higbee to take over the lead TE spot for the Rams. Higbee averaged 15.5 yards per reception over his college career and caught 12 TDs over his final 2 seasons.

Packers HC Mike McCarthy said this week that Ty Montgomery will stay at RB moving forward, even getting a RB jersey number for the 2017 season, according to the team website. “Talking with Ty in his exit interview, he’s a running back,” McCarthy said. “He wants to change his number and that’s the way we’re going. He’ll spend the whole offseason clearly working at the running back position.” Montgomery averaged a terrific 5.9 yards per rush after making the position switch during the year. An offseason of prep there should help his consistency, in both production and workload. The latter, though, might depend significantly on whether Green Bay re-signs RB Eddie Lacy, who is headed for unrestricted free agency.

Packers WRs Jordy Nelson (ribs), Davante Adams (ankle) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) are active for today's game against the Falcons. All 3 guys are risk/reward DFS plays at their respective price tags.

Packers WRs Jordy Nelson (ribs), Davante Adams (ankle) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) are all expected to play against the Falcons today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Adams and Allison seemed likely to suit up all along, but Nelson's availability just 2 weeks after breaking 2 ribs is a surprise. He'll reportedly play with military-grade kevlar padding to protect his ribs. All 3 of these guys are risk/reward DFS plays at less than 100% in a plus matchup.

Packers WRs Jordy Nelson (ribs), Davante Adams (ankle) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) are all listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons. Adams and Allison didn't practice all week. Nelson put in limited workouts on Wednesday and Thursday before sitting out on Friday, reportedly due to an illness. HC Mike McCarthy said Friday morning that all 3 guys could be game-time decisions. We'll find out their statuses by 1:30 pm ET on Sunday.

Packers WR Jordy Nelson (ribs) practiced without pads on Thursday. As ESPN's Rob Demovsky confirms, it likely means Nelson has yet to be cleared for contact. He still has 3 days to get there, but we're not holding our breath. WRs Davante Adams (ankle) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) have yet to practice this week but seem to have a better chance than Nelson of playing against the Falcons this weekend.

Packers WR Davante Adams was held out of Wednesday's practice due to an ankle injury. He appeared to roll the ankle in the 4th quarter of last weekend's win in Dallas but returned to the game. "We'll see," Packers HC Mike McCarthy said when asked about Adams' status. "I'm curious to see him move. I don't think he'll practice until Saturday." We're expecting Adams to play against the Falcons on Sunday, but his status can't be taken for granted.

ESPN's Rob Demovsky hears there's "only a small chance" Packers WR Jordy Nelson (ribs) plays against the Falcons on Sunday. Broken ribs generally take about 6 weeks to heal, so it's tough to see Nelson getting cleared just 2 weeks after his injury. "Can't tell you if Jordy's going to practice Wednesday, but he did all the work in the [regeneration] workout today," HC Mike McCarthy said Monday. "So that's a good sign." Perhaps Nelson could return if Green Bay reaches the Super Bowl, but look for Davante Adams, Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison to serve as the top 3 WRs in Atlanta. TE Jared Cook should also continue to play a big role in the passing game.

Packers HC Mike McCarthy on Friday ruled out WR Jordy Nelson for this weekend's game against the Cowboys. This was the most likely outcome all along considering Nelson broke 2 ribs in last Sunday's win over the Giants. We'd consider him no better than 50/50 for the NFC Championship if Green Bay gets there. Nelson's absence leaves Davante Adams and Randall Cobb as the Packers' top 2 WRs. Geronimo Allison figures to be next in line for snaps, with Jeff Janis as the #4 WR. TE Jared Cook and RB Ty Montgomery could also pick up extra targets with Nelson out.

Packers WR Geronimo Allison was caught with marijuana in September and charged in December, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Michael Cohen. He has a court appearance scheduled for January 23. Allison is still expected to play against the Cowboys this weekend but could face league discipline during the 2017 season.

Packers WR Jordy Nelson fractured 2 ribs in Sunday's game against the Giants, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "Will take an incredible effort to play" vs. the Cowboys this weekend, Rapoport adds. HC Mike McCarthy said that Nelson will spend the week rehabbing before potentially practicing on Saturday. At this point, though, we're assuming he won't play in Dallas. That'll leave Davante Adams, Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison as Green Bay's top 3 WRs. TE Jared Cook could also pick up extra targets.

The Packers didn't have an update on WR Jordy Nelson's rib injury after Sunday's win over the Giants. But HC Mike McCarthy admitted that he Nelson's availability for the Divisional Round in Dallas is in question. "I obviously have concern for Jordy," McCarthy said. Nelson was in obvious pain after taking a shot to the ribs in the 2nd quarter. He ended up taking a cart back to the locker room and was ruled out at halftime. We should learn more about his status over the next few days. Nelson's absence would leave Davante Adams, Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison as Green Bay's top 3 WRs.

Packers WR Jordy Nelson is questionable to return to Sunday's game vs. New York with a rib injury. Nelson took a shot from Giants DB Leon Hall in the first half. If he remains out, it'll give a boost to guys like Jared Cook, Randall Cobb, Geronimo Allison and Jeff Janis.

Update: Nelson was ruled out for the game at halftime.

Packers WR Randall Cobb (ankle) is active for today's game against the Giants. He was limited in practice all week and could very well be limited today. Cobb is a high-risk, moderate-reward fantasy play. His presence does put a dent in WR Geronimo Allison's target projection.

Packers WR Randall Cobb (ankle) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants. It sounds like he'll suit up, but he's clearly still not at 100%. Cobb is a risky fantasy play on Wild Card Weekend.

Packers WR Randall Cobb (ankle) is inactive for tonight’s game against the Lions. Geronimo Allison has been filling in as Green Bay’s #3 WR but is just a fantasy flier.

Packers WR Randall Cobb (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game against the Lions. He didn’t practice all week. Cobb will try to give it a go with the division on the line — ESPNs Rob Demovsky calls him a game-time decision — but he can’t be trusted in fantasy lineups.

 
 
 

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