Shark Bites

Packers RB Jamaal Williams limped off the field during Thursday night's preseason game agains the Steelers with an ankle injury. We'll look for an update on the severity. Williams has been in the driver's seat for Green Bay's starting job for at least the first 2 weeks of the season with RB Aaron Jones suspended. If this ankle injury gets in the way, the Packers would be left with Ty Montgomery atop the depth chart.

Packers RB Aaron Jones (hamstring) returned to practice on Sunday. He ended up missing about 2 weeks. We'll see if he can avoid a setback and build some momentum in the next couple of preseason games. Jones will open the regular season on a 2-game suspension but is still capable of eventually emerging as Green Bay's lead ball-carrier. His recent ADP is sitting in the late 8th round.

Packers RB Aaron Jones has missed over a week of training camp with a hamstring injury. We haven't heard a timetable for his return from the Packers or the media. It's been a rough month for Jones, who was slapped with a 2-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy in early July. He's still capable of carving out a role when he returns in Week 3 -- but he obviously needs to get over this hammy issue first. Jones is overvalued at his current 8th-round ADP.

Packers WR Randall Cobb revealed on Friday that he had surgery about 6 weeks ago to remove a small piece of cartilage from his ankle. That explains why he was spotted in a walking boot in late June. Cobb avoided the PUP list to open camp, though, and told reporters that he "feels great" after experiencing pain in that ankle this spring. "I feel much better than I did before," he said. "I feel like I can move a lot better. I'm not having that throbbing pain that I had, so definitely looking forward to this year." We'll keep an eye on him, but it doesn't sound like the ankle will be an issue. Cobb remains a nice value at his 8th-round ADP.

ESPN's Rob Demovsky considers Geronimo Allison the "best bet" to win the Packers' #3 WR job. Green Bay added 3 WRs in this year's draft -- J'Mon Moore, Equanimeous St. Brown and Marquez Valdes-Scantling -- but Allison holds edges in NFL experience and chemistry with QB Aaron Rodgers. The 24-year-old has flashed in spots over the past 2 seasons, including lines of 4-91-1 and 6-122. Green Bay's #3 WR has finished among the top 50 in PPR points in just 3 of 10 seasons since Rodgers took over, so Allison is unlikely to be a standalone value. But an injury to Davante Adams or Randall Cobb would certainly change that.

Packers WR Randall Cobb is out of the walking boot he was spotted in last month, according to WBAY Green Bay. Cobb wouldn't go into detail about his reported ankle injury but told WBAY's Chris Roth that he'll be ready for the start of training camp. "I look great. I feel great," Cobb said. We'll keep an eye on him when Packers camp opens next week, but this looks like a non-issue for now. Cobb remains an excellent value at his WR39 ADP.

Packers RB Aaron Jones has been suspended 2 games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. This is the result of his arrest last October for marijuana possession. Jones will be allowed to participate in training camp and the preseason but will miss Green Bay's first 2 games against the Bears and Vikings. The suspension gives RB Jamaal Williams a shot to grab the lead role and run with it. RB Ty Montgomery should also see significant action those first 2 games. Depending on how those 2 fare, Jones might struggle to get much playing time when he's reinstated for Week 3. We'll see what happens to his ADP, which is currently sitting in the 8th round, but he now looks like just a later-round flier.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Michael Cohen recently spotted Packers WR Randall Cobb with a walking boot on his right foot. Cobb called the boot "temporary," and a team source told Cohen that there's no concern about his availability for the start of the season. This obviously bears monitoring, though, with training camp about a month away. Cobb has been a nice value in early drafts, with an ADP sitting in the 8th round. For now, we'd still be comfortable taking him there.

Update: Cobb's injury is to his ankle and might limit him at the start of training camp, Cohen reports.

Ty Montgomery disappointed in his chance at lead-back duties for the Packers last year. He averaged just 3.8 yards per carry and missed 8 games with injuries. But he's still set to play a significant role in Green Bay's 2018 offense, ESPN's Rob Demovsky confirms. Montgomery showed well in OTAs and "didn't appear to lose any ground" to RBs Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams, according to Demovsky. Montgomery averaged 5.9 yards per carry and caught 44 balls in more of a change-of-pace role back in 2016. He finished that season 33rd among RBs in PPR points. There's certainly room for him to return to that type of production this season. And Montgomery is being selected just 47th among RBs in recent best-ball drafts.

The Packers added Notre Dame WR Equanimeous St. Brown in the 6th round. This is much later than he was projected to go, but it’s unclear what caused the slide. St. Brown emerged as QB DeShone Kizer’s top target in 2016, leading the Irish with 58 catches, 916 yards and 9 scores. But his numbers tumbled alongside the Notre Dame passing game this past season, with St. Brown finishing with a 33-515-4 line. He’s an intriguing prospect from a size and athleticism perspective: 6’5, 214 pounds with a 4.48-second 40 time and a 63rd percentile SPARQ score. The tape shows a fluid route runner with dangerous after-the-catch ability. But St. Brown doesn’t play to his size, losing far too often in contested situations. He lands in an intriguing spot with an elite QB and an opening at the #3 spot on the WR depth chart. Of course, Green Bay drafted WRs J’Mon Moore and Marquez Valdes-Scantling ahead of St. Brown.

The Packers added Missouri WR J’Mon Moore in the 4th round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Moore topped 1,000 yards both of the past 2 seasons, averaging 16.5 yards per catch with 18 total TDs. He goes 6’3, 207 pounds with a strong 78th percentile SPARQ score. Green Bay has a good track record when it comes to drafting WRs, so Moore will certainly be climbing our rookie dynasty rankings. There’s room for him to carve out a 2018 role with Jordy Nelson gone. Moore and Geronimo Allison will compete for the #3 WR spot behind Davante Adams and Randall Cobb.

After moving down from 14th, the Packers jumped back up to the 18th pick in the NFL Draft to select Louisville CB Jaire Alexander. The former Cardinal played just 6 games last season while dealing with multiple injuries. The year before, however, he grabbed 5 INTs. Alexander also served as a primary and productive punt returner over his 1st 2 seasons. There's big-play upside here.

The Packers on Tuesday agreed to a terms with DE Muhammad Wilkerson, according to ESPN's Rob Demovsky. Wilkerson struggled through arguably his worst pro season in 2017, dealing with shoulder and foot injuries and losing late-season time to attitude issues. But he'll still be just 28 when the 2018 season begins and will reunite with new Packers DC Mike Pettine, the Jets DC for Wilkerson's 1st 2 pro campaigns. Wilkerson retains plenty of IDP upside for 2018 and beyond.

TE Jimmy Graham has agree to a deal with the Packers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Despite a sluggish final quarter of the season, Graham rebounded for 10 TDs and top-7 finishes across fantasy football formats last year. Green Bay certainly won't hurt his TD potential. Volume could be on his side, too, after Jordy Nelson's 2017 decline and a tough couple of years for Randall Cobb. Of course, Graham's ADP will also likely be top 5 among TEs now that he's teaming up with Aaron Rodgers. We'll see exactly where he lands on that front and in our 2018 projections. This looks like a good opportunity to look into selling the 31-year-old Graham in dynasty leagues.

The Browns have unloaded QB DeShone Kizer on the heels of dealing for Tyrod Taylor. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Cleveland has agreed to trade Kizer to the Packers for CB Damarious Randall. There might not be a better spot in the league for Kizer to spend a couple of years developing and for Green Bay to see whether he can turn into NFL starting material. Randall, meanwhile, adds talent to a Browns secondary that already seemed headed in the right direction over the past year or 2. For fantasy purposes ... there's really not much value/intrigue here.

The Browns have hired Todd Haley as their new OC. He's expected to take play-calling duties from HC Hue Jackson. Haley butted heads with QB Ben Roethlisberger but helped the Steelers to top-10 finishes in both total yards and points in each of the past 4 seasons. He wasn't as successful in previous stops in Kansas City and Arizona, posting 3 top-12 finishes in total offense but 3 others in the bottom 8. He obviously won't be working with nearly as much talent in Cleveland as he had in Pittsburgh.

Packers OLB Clay Matthews (hamstring) is active for today's game against the Lions. He's not a strong IDP candidate but helps the team D -- albeit in a spot you shouldn't be using it anyway. OLB Nick Perry is already out with an ankle injury.

The Packers have signed WR Davante Adams to a 4-year extension worth $58 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Adams was set to hit free agency in March but is now locked up in Green Bay through the 2021 season. The 25-year-old has emerged as the Packers' top receiver, scoring 22 TDs over his last 30 games. The extension is good news for his fantasy value, keeping him tied to QB Aaron Rodgers.

Packers RB Aaron Jones (knee) is out for this weekend's game against the Lions. Jamaal Williams will serve as a feature back in a plus matchup vs. the league's 31st-ranked RB defense.

Packers RB Aaron Jones (knee) is "likely out" for Sunday's game against the Lions, HC Mike McCarthy said. That means a feature role for RB Jamaal Williams vs. the league's 31st-ranked RB defense.

 
 
 

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