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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.

Washington spent the 13th pick of the NFL Draft on DT Da'Ron Payne. He joins a D-line that added Alabama's Jonathan Allen in last year's draft. Washington sports a nice front 7 that could lead a defensive turnaround. Payne -- after tallying 3 total sacks across 3 college season -- isn't likely to make an IDP impact, though.

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.

Packers RB Aaron Jones was knocked out in the 1st half of Saturday's game against the Vikings with a knee injury. It's unclear if this is related to the MCL injury he suffered in mid-November. We'll look for an update.

The Packers will be without their starting OLBs against the Vikings tonight. Nick Perry (ankle) entered the weekend doubtful. Clay Matthews (hamstring) was questionable but will also not play. That can only make the matchup comfier for Vikings QB Case Keenum.

Jets HC Todd Bowles refused to say Friday whether DE Muhammad Wilkerson will return to the lineup for Sunday's game against the Chargers. He practiced in full every day this week after getting benched for a rules violation in Week 15, but reports that Wilkerson saw "very little work" in practice and "wasn't involved in the game plan." We'll see about his active status Sunday morning, but we can't bet on Wilkerson playing if you're weighing him against a Saturday player.

Packers WR Davante Adams (concussion) has been ruled out for Saturday night's game against the Vikings. Dealing with his 3rd concussion in the past 14 months, he's probably no better than 50/50 to be cleared for Week 16. Adams' absence this weekend means WR Jordy Nelson will likely see a lot of Minnesota Pro Bowl CB Xavier Rhodes. WRs Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison will be in better matchups, but neither is a trustworthy fantasy play with Brett Hundley under center.

Packers WR Davante Adams (concussion) did not practice on Wednesday. Dealing with his 3rd concussion in 14 months, Adams is a long shot to get cleared in time for Saturday night's game against the Vikings. That'd leave Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison as Brett Hundley's top 3 WRs.

The Packers have placed QB Aaron Rodgers on IR, ending his season. HC Mike McCarthy said the QB was sore coming out of Sunday's return at Carolina, and then Atlanta's Monday night victory eliminated Green Bay from playoff contention. So Brett Hundley should start Saturday night against the Vikings and then at Detroit in Week 17. Hundley means an upgrade for both opponent defenses in fantasy.

Packers HC Mike McCarthy was non-commital on QB Aaron Rodgers' Week 16 status. "Rodgers is sore, and rightfully so," McCarthy said Monday. "He was hit too many times. Took two big hits. We're working through that and we'll see what tomorrow brings." Green Bay would be eliminated from the playoff picture if the Falcons beat the Bucs on Monday night -- and have no reason to play Rodgers against the Vikings on Saturday at less than 100%. We'll continue to monitor the situation.


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