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Fantasy Football: Which Green Bay Packers Receiver Should We Target in Drafts?

Skyler Carlin
Skyler Carlin@skyler_carlin
Fantasy Football: Which Green Bay Packers Receiver Should We Target in Drafts?

The Green Bay Packers possess one of the most ambiguous wide receiver rooms in the fantasy football landscape entering the 2024-25 NFL season. There was a plethora of skill players who played roles in Green Bay's aerial attack a season ago, and the same could be said for the upcoming campaign.

At the moment, Jordan Love is tied with Lamar Jackson for the fifth-shortest odds to win NFL MVP (+1400) in 2024-25. Provided that information, there is certainly confidence in the Packers' passing game moving forward.

With fantasy football drafts getting underway, deciding on which wideout to select from Green Bay's offense could be vital. Let's discuss the outlook and ADP (average draft position) of each notable wideout on the Packers to help discover which one could be the best option.

Green Bay Packers WRs Fantasy Football Outlook

Jayden Reed's Outlook

The Packers took Jayden Reed with the 50th overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, and it didn't take him long to carve out a role in the offense. Reed would lead Green Bay's offense in receptions (64) and receiving yards (793) while tying Romeo Doubs for the most receiving touchdowns (8) in his rookie campaign.

Among the pass catchers on the Packers who appeared in eight-plus games last season, Reed led the way with 2.15 yards per route run (YPRR) despite logging just the fifth-highest snap share (55.8%), via NextGenStats. Given Reed's production when he saw the field, it's easy to see a path for more snaps in 2024-25.

Due to the uncertainty surrounding Green Bay's receivers, Reed holds an overall ADP of 62 and is the 34th wideout taken, according to FantasyPros' consensus half-PPR ADP. Across a 17-game frame, numberFire's fantasy football projections predict Reed to finish as WR38 in half-PPR formats in 2024-25 with 69.35 receptions for 849.71 receiving yards and 5.66 touchdowns on 111.71 targets.

Christian Watson's Outlook

Injuries -- specifically of the hamstring variety -- have hampered Christian Watson to begin his career in the NFL. Watson has suffered three hamstring injuries in his first two seasons, making him a boom-or-bust player when he's available for the Packers.

The boom is undoubtedly there for Watson as he led the Packers in air yards share (33.6%) and average depth of target (16.3) in 2023-24 while garnering the second-highest route percentage (76.9%) across the nine games he was active in. A career 15 yards per reception and 12 touchdowns in 20 starts through two seasons makes Watson an enticing option, but his inconsistencies and injury concerns add risk to his profile.

Watson isn't too far behind Reed with an overall ADP of 82 while being the 40th receiver selected in fantasy football drafts. numberFire's projections have Watson concluding the 2024-25 campaign -- assuming he remains healthy for 17 games -- as WR46 with 55.78 receptions, 765.59 receiving yards, and 4.98 touchdowns on 94.07 targets.

Romeo Doubs' Outlook

As mentioned above, Reed and Doubs tied for a team-high eight receiving touchdowns for the Packers a season ago. Doubs had the highest route percentage (82.5%) and second-highest air yards share (25.1%) among Green Bay's pass catchers a season ago, so he was on the field often in two-receiver sets.

The concern with Doubs is his production tailed off toward the end of the season. In the first 11 weeks, he had three games of 50-plus receiving yards and seven touchdowns. But in the final seven weeks of the regular season, Doubs had just two games of 50-plus receiving yards and one receiving touchdown.

Currently, Doubs is carrying an overall ADP of 123 and is the 54th wide receiver off of the board. With a 17-game season in mind, numberFire's model anticipates Doubs to be WR67, accumulating 46.39 receptions, 519.88 receiving yards, and 3.84 touchdowns on 76.46 targets.

Dontayvion Wicks' Outlook

Another rookie who stood out for the Packers in 2023-24 was Dontayvion Wicks . Wicks -- a fifth-round pick in last year's draft -- tallied 39 receptions for 581 yards and 4 touchdowns on 58 targets.

Production wasn't an issue for Wicks despite having just a 49.9% route percentage last season as he earned the second-most YPRR (2.14) on the Packers, putting him only behind Reed. Wicks became more of an integral piece of the offense down the stretch, hauling in three of his four touchdowns in the last two games he was active in.

Ahead of his sophomore season, Wicks has an overall ADP of 151 and is the 63rd wideout taken in drafts. With plenty of mouths to feed in Green Bay's passing attack, numberFire's model projects Wicks as WR62 with 44.70 receptions for 594.23 receiving yards and 3.61 touchdowns on 70.56 targets.

Which Packers WR is the best option?

Everyone is going to have differing opinions when it comes to Green Bay's wide receivers for the 2024-25 season. There are cases to be made for each wideout, but one does happen to stand out among the rest -- considering ADP and talent.

Of the four notable receivers on the Packers, Wicks is the one who interests me the most. Wicks has the latest ADP but has the skill set to earn a role in two-receiver sets, potentially giving Doubs fewer snaps on the outside moving forward.

It's going to be tough for the Packers to keep Wicks off the field given the flashes he showed in the latter part of the regular season and in the playoffs. When ranking the four receivers in Green Bay's offense, I'd have them Wicks, Reed, Watson, and then Doubs when factoring ADP and projected roles.


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