Heading into the 2021 NFL season, the Green Bay Packers have a plethora of fantasy football-relevant players, many of which have been enjoying success for many years prior. But this year will see a few options enter the frey, making this offense even tougher to stop.
Outside of the big three of Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones, and Davante Adams, there are plenty of other options that certainly can help support a fantasy team this year – last year’s breakout star was tight end Robert Tonyan, who hauled in double-digit touchdowns in his first season of regular playing time.
Likely newbies include RB AJ Dillion, who will be ascending into the RB2 role for Green Bay, rookie WR Amari Rodgers, and QB Jordan Love, contingent on the status of Rodgers this year. Even if Rodgers does come back to the Pack, Love could still be a late-round addition in case there is an injury or just for the long term.
Below are projections for all main offensive players for Green Bay this upcoming season.
343/563 | 4,329 yards | 32 TDs | 8 INTs | 153 rushing yards | 3 rushing TDs
Considering he seems to be trending towards rejoining Green Bay at some point this offseason, a full season of Rodgers at the helm certainly should produce very similar results from his most-recent MVP campaign. With a different emphasis being put on the passing and rushing attacks, he could see a slight downtick in many stats when compared to last season – but still producing top-10 numbers.
Jordan Love (stats are for if he is the starter)
362/591 | 3,893 yards | 22 TDs | 12 INTs | 305 rushing yards | 4 rushing TDs
If Love were to be thrust into the starting role for Green Bay, he likely would need to throw more times than a regular season for Rodgers, just based on the likelihood that the team would be doing worse. While not expecting a complete downfall at QB if Love was forced to start, but lower TD numbers, combined with more attempts and more interceptions for the Utah State product would be expected receipts to show him working through his growing pains.
212 attempts | 951 yards | 9 TDs | 48 receptions | 369 yards | 3 receiving TDs
Add on 25 more rushing attempts if Love ends up being the QB this season – but either way you look at it, Jones is in line for another solid season as the team’s top RB option. Dillon will likely cut into his workload a bit more than expected to at times (hence his sub-1,000 rushing yard projection), but it would help keep Jones healthy and efficient, two areas the team will need regardless of who is QB.
114 carries | 508 yards | 5 TDs | 23 receptions | 222 yards | 1 receiving TD
After having risen to the occasion in last year’s Snow Bowl against the Tennessee Titans, Dillon enters his sophomore season with a lot of expectations on his shoulders. While known as a run-first option with bruiser tendencies, his soft hands will become crucial to his uptick in playing time, something that will actually hurt anybody who is rostering Jones.
118 receptions | 1,315 yards | 15 TDs
More of the same for Adams, who is downright nasty and unstoppable whenever he lines up on the field. Expecting a slight downtick (10-15 fewer receptions, 150-200 fewer yards, 4 fewer TDs) with Love at the helm certainly could temper his outlook, but no one in this league can stop Adams – and his performance will show that again this upcoming season. Adams should reclaim his crown at/near the top of the list of NFL receivers, staking a claim to why he should be the highest-paid wideout in the game.
35 receptions | 458 yards | 4 TDs
The Clemson product was not brought in just to be included in those ‘no WR in the first round jokes’ – his skills speak for themselves, and Green Bay seemed to be extremely happy that they could select him. With a skill set that allows him to fill a Randall Cobb-like role, look for Amari Rodgers to make an impact both on the offensive and the special teams sides of the ball.
62 receptions | 618 yards | 7 TDs
Repeating his double-digit TD season may be tough, but Tonyan certainly has proved his worth to this offense. Through his consistent ability to get open, while also being a formidable blocker in the run game, he has ascended to a level of TE play that Green Bay has so desperately been lacking ever since the days of Jermichael Finley. While producing less than last year, Tonyan may be finally establishing a solid floor for expectations for him moving forward.뿓뿓뿓
Mike Johrendt has been an avid fan of the Packers ever since he can remember. He is now a writer at PackersTalk and you can follow him on Twitter at @MJohrendt23