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Fantasy Football: Examining the Additions to the Packers Offense

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Fantasy Football: Examining the Additions to the Packers Offense

As part of our partnership with Crown Royal, we're analyzing the game of football through a fantasy perspective here at Cheesehead TV this season.

Earlier this month, we took a look at each player on the Packers roster that had the opportunity to make a fantasy impact.

That was before the injury bug hit Green Bay and down went Randall Cobb, James Jones and Jermichael Finley, at least temporarily.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been forced to work with a makeshift corps of receivers the past couple games and perhaps some of them going forward as well.

Here's a look at what value the new additions to the Packers offense could bring to your fantasy team.

Wide receiver Jarrett Boykin

It looked as if Boykin might struggle when he made his first extended appearance in Week 6 at Baltimore when he and Rodgers weren't on the same page, but that game appears to have been an aberration. Since that time, he had the first 100-yard receiving game of his career and a touchdown in Week 7 against the Browns and then followed that up with 89 yards in Week 8 at the Vikings. Even when Jones comes back, Boykin has played well enough to warrant a prominent role. As long as Cobb remains out, Boykin at least deserves to be on most fantasy rosters.

Tight end Andrew Quarless

As long as Jermichael Finley is out, Quarless is the de facto starter at tight end in Green Bay and has been getting the most work in Finley's absence. However, Quarless is nowhere near the receiving threat that Finley was. Statistically, his best game this season had him catching three passes for 21 yards and he has yet to find the end zone. If your tight end is on a bye week, Quarless may not be the worst option for a one-week replacement, but don't expect him to put up big numbers.

Wide Receiver Myles White

White has only been active for two weeks, and he's done a nice job considering he was an undrafted rookie. He had just one catch for nine yards in his professional debut Week 7 against the Browns but improved to five receptions for 35 yards in Week 8 at the Vikings. As long Cobb remains out, White figures to have a some sort of role as a slot receiver, but once Jones returns, his opportunities may become more limited.

Tight end Brandon Bostick

He has yet to grab so much as a single reception this season, but if there's any tight end on the Packers roster whose skill set resembles that of Finley, it's Bostick. He played a career-high 26 snaps last week at Minnesota, so his role is growing. He's probably not worth carrying on a fantasy roster for the time being, but he is worth monitoring.

Tight end Jake Stoneburner

Stoneburner has played only two snaps in each of the past two weeks and has yet to catch a pass. And it's possible he may not seen any time on offense once Ryan Taylor returns from knee injury that's kept him out the past couple weeks. The only way Stoneburner figures to make a fantasy impact is if the Packers were to suffer more injuries at the tight end position.

Wide receiver Chris Harper

Harper has played in the past two games exclusively on special teams since being claimed on waivers by the Packers from the San Francisco 49ers. Obviously he's behind the eight ball in terms of learning the Packers' offense, but as a fourth round draft choice, his talent level can't be denied. Don't expect him to become a top target anytime soon, but it will be worth watching to see if he can carve out some kind of role in due time.

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Longshanks's picture

Excellent article Brian!! I like this sort of stuff since I play with my great grandson on a fantasy team after he showed me how to play. Agree with you on these guys. Not much to work with with those guys except maybe Boykin. Not expecting much of Quarless since he's just in there to block and expect that to continue. I don't expect much out of White but he did have a nice burst on that quick pass against the Vikes. Again, I see a skinny Johnny Knox when I see Miles White.

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chicago hooligan's picture

Boykin looks pretty good. Not really polished as a route runner and maybe a tough fantasy start vs. Tillman/Jennings, but looking like a guy who can contribute 40 catches per year even in a reserve role. We may see James Jones leave after 2013 and Boykin step in as a starting outside WR in 2014.

Stroh's picture

I've been predicting they let Jones go this year and insert Boykin in his spot since early in the offseason. They aren't that much different really. I just don't see Jones coming back. We'll need his salary for others and Boykin is pretty good as a #3 WR. That said, I do think they would still draft a WR fairly early.

markinmontana's picture

These guys bring real-world value to the Packers, but you'd have to be a really desperate fantasy owner with a pathetic team to start any of these guys. That said, I wonder which one I'm going to pick up....

larry valdes's picture

James jones is very good wr if the desision was my i definely i will extend jones contract for sure.

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