NFC North

NFC North Season Outlooks

Chicago Bears

Season W/L ATS O/U Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass% Run% 3rd D
2017-18 5-11 8-6-2 4-11-1 2,811 1,788 61.50% 38.50% 35%
2016-17 3-13 7-9 8-8 3,598 1,950 60.70% 39.30% 38%
2015-16 6-10 8-8 8-8 3,663 1,851 54.24% 45.76% 42%
2014-15 5-11 7-9 8-8 3,792 1,441 64.68% 35.32% 38%
2013-14 8-8 4-11-1 11-5 4,281 1,828 60.12% 39.88% 42%
2012-13 10-6 7-9 9-7 2,999 1,970 52.95% 47.05% 35%

The Bears offense was outmatched in almost every game they played last season, averaging just 17.4 points per game despite ranking top-15 in passing and rushing yards per game Sure, its difficult to get into tune with a quarterback when three of them on the same team throw for over 1,000 yards, but the Bears are hoping the problem is solved with second-overall draft pick Mitch Trubisky expected to battle for first team reps. The competition for the Bears starting QB position is between 27 year-old unproven QB Mike Glennon and the aforementioned Trubisky, who ranked fifth in the nation with a 68.0 completion percentage while throwing 30 touchdowns against just six picks in his last season of college ball. It's likely Glennon starts as the Bears paid him a fortune this offseason, but don't be shocked to see Trubisky under center at some point. With the departure of Jeffrey, receivers WRs Cameron Meredith and Kevin White become the top two targets for the Bears. White has a plethora of untapped potential and is worth reaching for, but his counterpart, Meredith, has a limited ceiling and is being viewed as a one-hit wonder. Both posted solid stats in 2016 and will look to keep rolling into 2017. RB John Howard was a coveted piece in fantasy last season, finishing second in the league with 1,313 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Being a young and elusive running back certainly gives you an upper hand on the opposition. Teammate Jeremy Langford ranked second in attempts on the Bears with just 62, proving that Howard is the feature back for Week 1. Howard could see north of 20 touches per game, which gives plenty of opportunity for him to match or even surpass his astonishing rookie season. Head coach John Fox will return for a third-year and second-year offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains is expected to continue to run Howard a lot and manage the game on the ground. With that being said, Howard and his backup will be hot commodities in redrafts this upcoming season and could have inflated value ahead of drafts.

Detroit Lions

Season W/L ATS O/U Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass% Run% 3rd D
2017-18 9-7 8-7-1 10-6 4,183 1,221 65.60% 34.40% 39%
2016-17 9-7 8-8 6-10 3,975 1,701 64.32% 35.68% 43%
2015-16 7-9 7-9 9-7 4,212 1,335 65.63% 34.37% 37%
2014-15 11-5 7-9 5-11 4,030 1,422 62.41% 37.59% 39%
2013-14 7-9 6-10 8-8 4,482 1,792 59.62% 40.38% 42%
2012-13 4-12 6-10 10-6 4,927 1,613 66.29% 33.71% 41%

It's difficult to ignore the arm strength of Lions' Matthew Stafford launching footballs eight times a season at the pass-friendly Ford Field. Despite losing his favourite target Calvin Johnson a season ago, Stafford managed to take matters into his own hands crafting together one of his most efficient seasons in recent memory. He posted over 4,000 passing yards for the sixth straight season while throwing 24 touchdowns to just 10 interceptions. Stafford also averaged a stellar 270 .4 passing yards per game and ranked top-10 in almost every passing category. He's a solid QB1 option and a must start every week. Stafford targeted Golden Tate 135 times in 2016 and Tate produced - racking up 1,077 yards on 91 receptions and 46 first downs. He's the top option among Lions receivers with a high ceiling, however, his inability to find the end zone on a consistent basis hinders his fantasy stock to a high-end WR2. WR Marvin Jones Jr. and TE Eric Ebron finished second and third in receiving yards for the Lions last season, posting 930 and 711 respectively. Though Tate, Jones Jr. and Ebron combined for a measly nine touchdowns, their ability to make plays in the open field and a horrific run game add to their fantasy value. Stafford's cannon of an arm also comes into play, which could result in big gains and added fantasy points. After the season-ending injury to RB Ameer Abdullah, three different Lions had over 80 rushing attempts last season. Theo Riddick led the bunch with a porous 357 yards and will return to a backup role. If Abdullah is declared healthy, he's an adequate RB2 option. Offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter won't change his team's offensive scheme and the pass-heavy offense he has continued to tweak after joining the Lions in 2014 with head coach Jim Caldwell. The Lions are a good football team and will win games through the air while racking up a plethora of fantasy points.

Green Bay Packers

Season W/L ATS O/U Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass% Run% 3rd D
2017-18 7-9 7-9 11-5 3,167 1,724 62.60% 37.40% 39%
2016-17 10-6 9-6-1 10-6 4,308 1,515 63.65% 36.35% 47%
2015-16 10-6 9-7 5-11 3,503 1,850 58.71% 41.29% 34%
2014-15 12-4 9-6-1 11-5 4,261 1,917 56.36% 43.64% 47%
2013-14 8-8 6-9-1 9-7 4,268 2,136 56.83% 43.17% 39%
2012-13 11-5 10-6 8-8 4,049 1,702 58.80% 41.20% 42%

As long as Aaron Rodgers is still under center for the Packers, Green Bay will always be a fantasy gold mine. Rodgers is a top-3 QB in the league. He may be the most accurate active quarterback, with an astonishing touchdown to interception ratio of 40:7. Rodgers' success in leading his receiver's to the end zone adds value to WR Jordy Nelson, a WR1 in all fantasy formats. Nelson is Rodgers' favourite target and a lock for 1,000-plus yards receiving and 10-plus touchdowns. In 2016, Nelson hauled in a league-leading 14 touchdowns, the second-best of his career. He just turned 32 and is healthy, so expect another successful fantasy season from him. WRs Randall Cobb and Davante Adams boast big play ability, but rarely got to share the field - as Cobb missed six games with a knee injury. Adams took full advantage to produce in Cobb's absence, recording four 100-plus receiving games and three multi touchdown games. Rodgers' new security blanket Martellus Bennett may be the most intriguing fantasy option out of Wisconsin this preseason. Bennett has proven he can produce top-5 TE numbers by posting a 90/916/6 stat-line in 2014 with the Chicago Bears. After an injury riddled 2015 season, Bennett spent last season with the Patriots, posting 701 receiving yards and seven touchdowns behind starting TE Rob Gronkowski. Bennett has appeal as a TE1 in the Packers scheme. Ty Montgomery was converted from WR to RB mid-season during 2016 and will look to improve on his 457 rushing yards, but with the strength of the Packers offense through the air, it's best to fade Montgomery in redrafts this upcoming season until the later rounds. Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy is entering his 12th season as head coach and it will be business as usual for the Packers vertical offense and their deadly offense.

Minnesota Vikings

Season W/L ATS O/U Pass Yds Rush Yds Pass% Run% 3rd D
2017-18 13-3 11-4-1 7-9 3,753 1,957 67.70% 32.30% 44%
2016-17 8-8 9-7 7-9 3,327 1,711 62.23% 37.77% 38%
2015-16 11-5 13-3 4-11-1 2,928 2,211 51.28% 48.72% 38%
2014-15 7-9 10-6 6-10 3,244 1,804 57.90% 42.10% 39%
2013-14 5-11 8-8 12-4 3,427 2,081 58.24% 41.76% 36%
2012-13 10-6 9-7 7-9 2,758 2,627 51.55% 48.45% 36%

Sam Bradford produced one of the best statistical seasons of his six-year career, leading the league with an astonishing 71.6 completion percentage to go along with an exceptional 20:14 touchdown to interception ratio. However, Bradford wasn't penciled in as the team's starter entering 2015 training camp. Vikings starting QB Teddy Bridgewater dislocated his knee and tore his ACL before the season started and is currently placed on the Physically Unable to Participate (PUP) list. If fantasy owners are looking for a steady production of fantasy points while not using a high draft pick, Bradford's a terrific option. WRs Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs formed an elusive duo for the Vikings last season and were a vast part of Bradford's success. Thielen quietly led the Vikings in receiving yards (967) while averaging 14 yards per reception. Stefon Diggs led the team in receptions with 83, turning those receptions into 903 yards and three touchdowns. Both receivers do most of their damage in the middle of the field, but the lack of touchdown potential Diggs and Thielen possess hinders their respective value to a low-tier WR2. TE Kyle Rudolph was a fantasy monster last season, posting career-high's in yards (840), receptions (83) and a team leading seven touchdowns. He saw the lions share of Bradford's targets ending the season with 132 while leading the team with seven touchdowns. It's uncertain whether or not Rudolph can reproduce his 2016 campaign, but he's worth taking a chance on as a TE1. The Vikings solidified their RB woes this offseason by signing former Raiders' RB Latavius Murray, a reliable RB2 over the past couple of seasons. Murray registered 788 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, which will be welcomed with open arms by the Vikings basement dwelling rushing offense that registered 1,205 total yards. With offensive coordinator Norv Turner fired, Zimmer hired Pat Shurmur and is beginning to piece together a new-look offense, which is likely going to consist of West Coast philosophies with some modern day routes and plenty of deep throws.

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