The Packers traded up in the 1st round of the NFL Draft to select Maryland DB Darnell Savage. Listed as a safety, Savage figures to play there primarily but has also been lauded for his ability to cover receivers in the slot. He profiles as an upside IDP option, albeit at 1 of fantasy's most fungible positions.
The Packers spent the 12th pick of the NFL Draft on OLB Rashan Gary. The Michigan product tallied just 9.5 total sacks across 3 seasons with the Wolverines and managed only 23 total tackles for loss. He tested wonderfully at the Scouting Combine, including the 2nd-best speed score among edge players. Gary will be blocked on the edge in Green Bay early, after the Packers signed both Preston Smith and Za'Darius Smith in free agency. It's hard to like Gary's IDP outlook.
The Packers have reached a 4-year agreement with OLB Preston Smith that includes $16 million guaranteed at signing (full value: $52 million), according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. That gives Green Bay a pair of expensive new edge defenders, after the team also reached a deal with Za'Darius Smith. Green Bay will also release OLB Nick Perry, and Clay Matthews would seem to be done as well -- given the signings. (He's an unrestricted free agent.) The new guys should help revamp a pass rush that needed upgrades, but neither Smith has exceeded 8.5 sacks in a season to date. Neither looks like a forthcoming IDP stud, but each has matchup-starter potential for fantasy football purposes.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Packers expect to sign S Adrian Amos when free agency opens. Amos' fantasy points per game fell way off last season from a breakthrough 2017, but he has finished 2 straight campaigns among the top 8 safeties overall in Pro Football Focus grading. Amos will join a Green Bay secondary that didn't get much fantasy wise from safeties after trading away Ha Ha Clinton-Dix early last season. No Packers safety eclipsed 51 total tackles. Amos will clearly lock down 1 of the starting spots. Tramon Williams, Kentrell Brice, Josh Jones and Eddie Pleasant are current candidates for the other. Expect Amos to land in low-DB2 range when our IDP projections hit the site this summer.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Packers are expected to sign OLB Za'Darius Smith when free agency opens Wednesday. Smith delivered a career-high 8.5 sacks in 2018 with the largest playing-time share of his career. He also tied for 14th in pass-rushing grade among all edge players on Pro Football Focus (though Smith graded much lower in run D). Smith's certain to grab a starting role with Green Bay, which has options for how to treat the other outside spot. Remaining a LB for fantasy purposes will limit Smith's IDP upside.
Packers CB Jaire Alexander is inactive for today's game against the Lions. It's no surprise after his groin injury kept him out of practice all week, but Alexander hit the day questionable.
Packers CB Jaire Alexander (groin) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions. He missed practice all week after leaving last week's game early and should not be in IDP lineups.
Packers CB Jaire Alexander left Sunday's win over the Jets in the 1st half with a groin injury and did not return. He previously missed a pair of October games with an injury to the same area. Alexander won't be worth the risk in Week 17 for most IDP owners even if he's active.
The Packers will place DT Kenny Clark on IR with the elbow injury that kept him out of Week 15, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. The injury reportedly won't require surgery, so Clark should be set for 2019. That will be the final year on his current contract. Clark will still be just 23 when next season begins -- continued his statistical ascent this year, scoring as a top 15 fantasy D-lineman. Expect to find him in starter range when our 2019 IDP rankings come out.
Packers DT Kenny Clark is out for today's game against the Bears because of an elbow injury. That's a big blow to both the Green Bay run defense and the interior pass rush. It's also a big blow to IDP lineups, as Clark has been a season-long DL1.
Packers DT Kenny Clark is questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears with an elbow injury that kept him out of practice all week. HC Joe Philbin indicated Friday that Clark doesn't necessarily need to practice to play: "He's played a lot of football ... so he has a good handle on what his job responsibility is and the scheme, etc." We'll check Clark's status Sunday morning. If he's active, go ahead and use him as you would normally for IDP lineups. Clark returned to last week's game (a lopsided win) after sustaining the injury.
As expected, Packers ILB Blake Martinez (ankle) is active for tonight's game against the Seahawks. Use him as you normally would in your IDP lineups.
Packers ILB Blake Martinez (ankle) is questionable for Thursday night’s game against the Seahawks. Martinez played his full snap allotment last week despite the issue and put in limited practices the past 2 days. We’ll check his status pre-game, but expect to have Martinez available for IDP lineups
Packers OLB Nick Perry (knee), S Kentrell Brice (ankle) and CB Kevin King (hamstring) will not travel to Seattle for Thursday night's game, according to ESPN's Rob Demovsky. That will leave the defense without 3 starters against a solid Seattle offense. Green Bay already sits outside the top 12 of our Week 11 team-D rankings.
Packers ILB Blake Martinez (ankle) is active for today's game against the Dolphins. He belongs in IDP lineups if you waited for him.
Packers LB Blake Martinez (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. He managed limited practices all week after an ankle injury that looked potentially serious. We'll check Martinez's status Sunday afternoon. The 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff is problematic, but he seems on track to play. Look to Chargers LBs Jatavis Brown and Denzel Perryman, Seahawks LB K.J. Wright and Eagles LB Nigel Bradham as potential insurance options.
Packers ILB Blake Martinez put in a limited practice Wednesday. That's noteworthy because it followed a Sunday night ankle injury that earned Martinez a cart ride to the locker room. He said earlier this week that he still hoped to play in Week 10. The fact that he took part at all Wednesday is encouraging.
Packers ILB Blake Martinez hurt his left ankle in the 3rd quarter of Sunday night's game against the Patriots. He landed on Tom Brady's foot and rolled the ankle while blitzing the New England QB. Martinez hobbled off under his own power but went to the locker room on a cart after being checked out on the sideline. We'll see how this situation unfolds.
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