We leave the wild, wild, West to head North in our 2020 Fantasy Football Projections. A lot has changed in the NFC North this offseason. All of that is accounted for in our 2020 Fantasy Football NFC North Projections.
The Green Bay Packers look to return to the NFC Championship Game for the fourth time in seven years. As has become tradition, the front office did little to help Aaron Rodgers on offense in the offseason. Instead, they drafted quarterback Jordan Love out of Utah State in the first round and running back A.J. Dillon out of Boston College in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
As I am writing this, Dalvin Cook is threatening to hold out. We are still projecting him to play an entire season. Stefon Diggs was traded to the Buffalo Bills by the Minnesota Vikings and with the 22nd pick in the NFL draft, they drafted wide receiver Justin Jefferson out of LSU. The offense could operate a bit different this season with Gary Kubiak taking over at offensive coordinator. Kevin Stefanski is now the Head Coach of the Cleveland Browns.
The Chicago Bears traded for quarterback Nick Foles and have created an unnecessary QB controversy with Mitchell Trubisky. They also added free agent tight end Jimmy Graham and drafted TE Cole Kmet out of Notre Dame with the 43rd overall pick in the NFL Draft.
2020 Fantasy Football NFC North Projections
Green Bay Packers
It's crazy to think we live in a world where Aaron Rodgers is not Fantasy relevant. He hasn't thrown for 30 touchdowns since 2016 and he just barely broke 4,000 passing yards last year, the first under Head Coach Matt LaFleur.
The Packers did win 13 games last year, the most since 2011, largely due to a breakout season from Aaron Jones. Jones more than doubled his career touchdown total with 19 total touchdowns! He is entering the final year of his contract and by drafting A.J. Dillon Green Bay's front office has made it clear they have no intention of signing him to any long term, expensive, contract.
Davante Adams missed four games last year and still managed to gain 997 receiving yards on 83 catches (127 targets) with five touchdowns. He finished as WR24 overall but on a per-game basis was the WR5 at 14.3 half-PPR Fantasy points per game.
Jimmy Graham's tenure with Green Bay was not great (just five touchdowns) and his departure opens the door for Jace Sternberger. He saw limited action last year due to an ankle sprain in the preseason.
Kirk Cousins saw a drop in pass attempts per game from 37.9 in his first season with the Vikings to just under 30 pass attempts per game last year. The move to Kubiak from Stefanski should see that tick back up a bit, but it's unlikely we see Cousins reach 600 pass attempts again.
Adam Thielen battled hamstring injuries last year, limiting him to just 10 games, 48 targets and 30 receptions. In the two years prior, he needed 140 and 150 targets to be a top-10 Fantasy WR.
The Vikings are yet another offense that has transitioned to two-TE sets. After averaging 98 targets over the previous three seasons, Kyle Rudolph was limited to just 48 targets in 2019. However, he did catch 81% of those targets and scored six touchdowns.
In his rookie season, Irv Smith Jr. saw one less target than Rudolph. This could be a breakout year for the second-year tight end out of Alabama, who was the 50th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
This offense could be great if they had a true starting-caliber NFL QB. The choice between Foles and Trubisky is going to ruin the offense yet again. That being said they still have some valuable Fantasy options.
David Montgomery only rushed for 889 yards on 242 carries in his rookie season. However, his seven total touchdowns helped him to the 14th best Fantasy rookie season by a running back in the last five years. Remember, volume is king in Fantasy, just ask Leonard Fournette! In all seriousness though, if Montgomery can average better than 3.6 yards per carry
Allen Robinson has proven himself to be quarterback proof, catching passes from the likes of Blake Bortles and Mitch Trubisky his entire career. He is a best owned as a WR2 option that can be had in the third round in Fantasy Football drafts, who ranks as a top 10 WR!
Jimmy Graham's Fantasy days appear to be behind him. Cole Kmet has been compared to Kyle Rudolph, Martellus Bennett and Vance McDonald and is a solid Dynasty option at tight end. Chicago spent the 43rd pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to take Kmet as the first TE, over his Notre Dame teammate and WR Chase Claypool, who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers six picks later.
A healthy Matthew Stafford has always been a valuable Fantasy option. He is the perfect candidate for those who want to be the last owner in the league to draft their starting QB. He was averaging over 300 yards per game last season before the back injury. Stafford ranked QB6 through nine weeks before his season was ended.
Adding D'Andre Swift to Kerryon Johnson in the backfield is great for real life, but a brutal one for Fantasy purposes. Johnson hasn't been able to stay healthy through his first two NFL seasons.
Kenny Golladay has proven himself to be one of the top wide receivers in the NFL. Even without Stafford for half the year Golladay finished as WR5 in half-PPR scoring.
A healthy Marvin Jones is a very valuable Fantasy option.
Believe it or not, Danny Amendola had three games with 100+ receiving yards last year, twice with Stafford!
T.J. Hockenson was one of the most hyped rookie tight ends in recent memory last year. He battled numerous injuries after going off for 131 yards and touchdown in his first NFL game. Look for him to rebound nicely. He is one to target if you pass on some of the top tight ends that cost you those early-round picks.
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