Fantasy Football: Packers’ Davante Adams will be Even Better in 2017
The Green Bay Packers just started training camp this week, which means that football is right around the corner. It also means that fantasy football is starting soon and one Packers player you should keep an eye on is Davante Adams.
Adams, a former second-round pick of the Packers, had a solid season in 2014, before injuries and drops caused him to regress in 2015. However, last season, Adams finally blossomed into an impact player, as he hauled in 75 passes for 997 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Jordy Nelson may still be the Packers No. 1 wide receiver, but the gap is closing and this season, it should close even more.
While Nelson is going to see plenty of passes from Aaron Rodgers this season, there is reason to believe Adams may be targeted just as much. When it comes to slants, curls or any quick route around the line of scrimmage, Adams is extremely difficult to cover.
In a short time, the former Fresno State standout has turned into one of the best route runners in the NFL. His footwork is impressive and his ability to get off the line of scrimmage, is getting better and better.
So far, at Packers training camp, Adams has been playing at a high level, which should be a clue to fantasy football owners that he is poised to be just as good or better than he was in 2016. However, there are still reasons to be concerned about his production.
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For starters, Adams caught 12 touchdown passes a year ago, which will be a tough number to match, especially with Martellus Bennett expected to take away from red-zone targets. There has also been talk of Randall Cobb being more involved and of course Nelson, expects to see a big workload as well.
On the other hand, one encouraging thing for fantasy football owners is that Adams is in a contract year. That means he will be highly motivated to have a good season. If he starts fast, the Packers might even reward him with an extension, but if not, he could become a highly sought after free agent following the season.
I expect Adams to be a better overall player in 2017, which could lead to better overall fantasy numbers. But, with Nelson, Bennett, Lance Kendricks and Cobb all likely to see plenty of targets, his value could be compromised simply due a lack of volume.
So when your fantasy football draft rolls around, don’t forget about Adams. Certainly, make sure you don’t reach on him, but if you find him at the right price, in the right round of the draft, he could easily wind up as a steal.