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Who to target and avoid in fantasy football from the Green Bay Packers.  

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Warren Sharp’s Strength of Schedule and a brief note: Warren Sharp projects the Packers to face the 10th-hardest overall offensive schedule and the 2nd-hardest slate of run-defenses.

Although HC Matt LeFleur seems caught up in antiquated notions about the effectiveness of the run game, he is—without question—an improvement over former HC Mike McCarthy. In an interview last year, Greg Jennings shared two points after watching 2018 film: 1) McCarthy was still using the same playbook that he started his head coaching tenure with, back in 2006 and 2) In Greg Jennings’ final season as a Packer, 2012, opposing teams were able to call out the Packers’ offensive plays while on the field, before the snap because McCarthy refused to change even a single aspect of his system. This sort of thing cannot be overlooked. No matter how bad LeFleur may or may not be—and there’s some reason for optimism—it is impossible for him to be as detrimental as Mike McCarthy was to this team’s winning capabilities.

Must Draft

Although the end of the 4th Round is early for a quarterback, it’s possible we see Aaron Rodgers return to Hall of Fame form in 2019. Rodgers did have a down year in 2018, however, he suffered a tibial plateau fracture and MCL sprain in Week 1—and played all 16-games with said ailments.

Davante Adams retains overall WR1 in most formats, and deservedly so. The wideout has developed into one of the best in the league and is the apple of Rodgers’ eye.

Both Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Geronimo Allison belong on post-draft rosters with MVS assuming the deep threat role on the outside, opposite Adams and Allison taking over the slot. The latter could be a game-changer as Rodgers has always heavily targeted his slot receiver.

Aaron Jones was finally unleashed after toiling away in Mike McCarthy’s doghouse, with a preference given to the lumbering, albeit strong pass protector Jamaal Williams. Jones should see back-end RB1 usage as LeFleur routinely smashes him into stacked boxes on 1st and 2nd-down -- a suboptimal, if voluminous strategy.

Good Values

N/A

Monitor

Rodgers has always liked Jake Kumerow.

It’s worth monitoring if Jimmy Graham has anything left in the tank -- not worth drafting though.

Avoid

Jamaal Williams, Equanimeous St. Brown, J’mon Moore, and Dexter Williams.