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As we move closer to the football season let’s take a look at the fantasy options in the NFC North.
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Five Stars
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears
Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers
Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
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Four Stars
Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers
Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay Packers
Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions
Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions
Blair Walsh, K, Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings Defense
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Three Stars
Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions
Jared Cook, TE, Green Bay Packers
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears
Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions
Robbie Gould, K, Chicago Bears
Marvin Jones, WR, Detroit Lions
Jeremy Langford, RB, Chicago Bears
Matt Prater, K, Detroit Lions
Kevin White, WR, Chicago Bears
Green Bay Packers Defense
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Two Stars
Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings
Charles Johnson, WR, Minnesota Vikings
T.J. Jones, WR, Detroit Lions
Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears
Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions
Richard Rodgers, TE, Green Bay Packers
Eddie Royal, WR, Chicago Bears
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings
Laquon Treadwell, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Chicago Bears Defense
Detroit Lions Defense
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One Star
Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears
Jarius Wright, WR, Minnesota Vikings
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Adrian Peterson delivered once again despite playing on the Vikings’ sinking ship. He ran for 1298 yards and 12 touchdowns. He added 36 catches for 341 yards and another score. After being dogged by fumbles, he improved his ball control by coughing up just one fumble all year. Peterson is once again in the conversation for the first overall pick in fantasy leagues. He shouldn’t slip by the top four or five picks even in PPR leagues. With a rookie quarterback he’ll likely be called upon to take some of the pressure off. Toby Gerhart showed he was capable towards the end of the year, and should see an increase in touches this year. He remains strictly a handcuff though.
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Matt Forte bounce back from a somewhat disappointing 2009 season by running for 1069 yards and six touchdowns. He averaged a career high 4.5 yards per carry. Forte also added 51 catches, his third straight year with 50+, for 547 yards and three more scores. Forte figures to be a high-end RB2 in non-PPR leagues and a low-end RB1 in PPR leagues. Chester Taylor will keep Forte fresh and provide veteran insurance should Forte go down, but isn’t a hot fantasy commodity.
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Jahvid Best will operate between the 20s, but rookie Mikel Leshoure will get the touch carries near the goal line as well as closing out games. Best deal with turf toe last year which sapped his explosiveness, but injuries have been commonplace for Best. He has the ability to put up huge numbers, but is a fantasy risk even as an RB2 because of his injury concerns and Leshoure’s presence. It’s possible that both Best and Leshoure could each have weekly fantasy value.
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Green Bay has a bit of a mess at running back. For starters, we already know that they are first and foremost a passing team. We also know Aaron Rodgers always steals a few rushing touchdowns per year. With Ryan Grant and James Starks sharing carries, there may not be a reliable weekly option barring injury. The Packers added Alex Green in the draft who will likely handle third down duties and further muddy the water.
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Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers is by far the best in the division. The writing was on the wall the wall he handled the Brett Favre situation while still delivering on the field. A concussion cost Rodgers from reaching 4000 yards for a third straight year, but fantasy owners can live with the 3922 yards, 28 TDs (11 INTs), 356 rushing yards, and four rushing TDs. If he’s not the best fantasy quarterback in the league, he is certainly a top three choice.
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Chicago’s Jay Cutler cut his interception total from 26 to 16. His yardage (3274) and touchdowns (23) also dipped, but the Bears were winning and more committed to the run. He doesn’t have great weapons around him, but he makes do. The Bears drafted Gabe Carimi to provide some much needed improvement on the offensive line. His toughness may have come into question, but his arm strength never will. He’s a solid QB2 that is really hit or miss.
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Detroit’s Matthew Stafford just can’t seem to stay healthy. The Lions did not invest heavily in their offensive line, as their play was actually not that bad. They did give him some complimentary weapons in the form of Titus Young and Mikel Leshoure to add to Calvin Johnson, Brandon Pettigrew, Nate Burleson, and Jahvid Best. Don’t look now, but the Lions are on the rise. If the injury bug bites again, Shaun Hill has shown that he’s more than capable to step up.
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The Vikings finally addressed the quarterback situation with a long-term solution. Christian Ponder is a good fit for the offense and has the experience to play right away. The team will likely add a veteran to mentor Ponder, but it appears he’ll get his shot. If Sidney Rice does not return, the Vikings will need to give Percy Harvin some help at WR. Adrian Peterson will make the life of a rookie quarterback easier.
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