Last week, we took a look at which prominent Green Bay Packers were set to have a huge fantasy season. This week, it’s time to analyze who on the Green Bay Packers’ roster fits the classic fantasy “Sleeper” model. Green Bay had one of the best offenses in the league last year, and with Aaron Rodgers back, the expectation is to continue that success into the 2021-2022 season. Obviously the stars, like Rodgers, Davante Adams and Aaron Jones, will garner the most attention to fantasy players, but the guys who fly under the radar are the ones who are going to win the league for you.
Green Bay Packers Sleepers
Sleeper candidates don’t come without a little baggage, and Sternberger’s red flag is obviously his two-game suspension to start the season. The tight end is entering his third season in the NFL and has been somewhat lackluster throughout his career. The talent and confidence pour out of this kid, but the only issue is staying on the field. Sternberger has admitted his shortcomings that led to this suspension and believes that those issues are in the past, but he still has to stay healthy — something he couldn’t do last year.
The other hindrance is Robert Tonyan’s emergence last year. Many will look at the Green Bay Packers’ roster and dub Tonyan as the Packers pass-catching tight end. However, I don’t believe that necessarily will be the case. We have seen the past few years that Matt Lafleur loves two, and even three, tight end sets, so why should that change next season when he has his full array of weapons in Josiah Deguara, Marcedes Lewis, Tonyan and Sternberger?
Of those four, it isn’t a question who has the brightest upside as a pass catcher. Sternberger is a wideout in a tight ends body, and has reportedly gotten even bigger and faster this offseason. The Texas A&M product will likely go undrafted in a majority of leagues, and you may be able to wait to claim him off waivers when the suspension concludes, but if you don’t want to take the risk of waiting he would be a great final-round sleeper target.
Valdes-Scantling is a interesting case study. The dude absolutely decimates defenses, but he struggles consistently catching the ball. If you recall, the current best wideout in the league, Davante Adams struggled with some similar issues to start his career too. Coming off (probably) his best performance of his career against his hometown Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Championship Game, I think MVS is ready to carry that momentum into a career year with the Green Bay Packers Packers in 2021-2022.
Valdes-Scantling is currently ranked outside the top 200 wideouts with fellow Green Bay Packers Allen Lazard and Amari Rodgers. ESPN projects Valdes-Scantling to record 400 yards and three touchdowns on the season. I call BS. Last year, he finished with nearly 700 yards and 6 touchdowns. Snagging MVS with one of your final picks will give you one of the more prolific FLEX options in the league as I expect him to have a few massive games for the Green Bay Packers this season.
After contemplating selecting the shifty wideout from Clemson in the second round, before ultimately drafting Josh Myers, the Packers thought they lost their man. However, the Green Bay Packers, and their fans, couldn’t have been happier when Amari Rodgers started to slip in the third round. They executed a trade with the Titans to move up and nab their next Randall Cobb. However, then the Packers actually went out and signed the real Randall Cobb, and the anticipation for Rodgers started to dwindle.
While I believe that it is true that Cobb will take a few snaps away from the rookie to start the season, I don’t think it’ll impact Rodgers bottom line all that significantly. I anticipate Rodgers playing more in the gadget role that we saw Tyler Ervin and Tavon Austin in the last few season, while Cobb’s role will be more of prototypical wideout’s role. In my opinion, this benefits Rodgers’ fantasy upside rather than degrades it. My reasoning is solely based in Lafleur now having to design plays specially to get Rodgers involved. Any time the No. 1 scoring offense in the NFL is designing plays specifically for a player, that player should probably be rostered in most fantasy leagues.