Davante Adams has already become a popular choice across fantasy circles, but the young receiver is ready to take his game to the next level this season.
Adams has been a major part of the Packers game plan for the past two years, despite being considered the second and even third option in the passing game. Now, with Jordy Nelson in Oakland, the team is looking toward Adams to take over the alpha role in the offense. Nelson commanded 88 targets in 15 games last year, which will now be up for grabs in a high powered offense.
Aaron Rodgers annually lands at the top of the rankings at the quarterback position. He has finished as a top-two fantasy QB in seven of his past eight full seasons. So naturally, his receiving corps typically performs well at their respective positions as well. With fewer familiar targets at his disposal, Rodgers is expected to put more on Adams’ plate. A lot more.
Still just 25 years old, Adams’ best years are likely still ahead of him. He has developed nicely, into a reliable target for arguably the best pure passer in the league. Adams has quietly scored double-digit touchdowns in back-to-back years. He scored ten times in 2017, following a 12-score season in 2016. What makes this even more impressive is that Rodgers was forced out during Week Six with a season-ending collarbone injury, leaving Adams to catch passes from Brett Hundley. It only makes sense to project Adams for another double-digit touchdown season.
Rodgers generates a top wide receiver almost every year. Nelson handled this role for a while, putting up monster numbers in the process. In his three full seasons from 2013 through 2016, Nelson averaged 93.3 receptions, for 1,363 yards and 11.67 touchdowns. And that doesn’t even include his 15 touchdowns from 2011. If Adams would have matched Nelson’s averages, he would have been the WR3 overall, only about ten points behind Antonio Brown and DeAndre Hopkins. That’s with a full arsenal of receivers at Rodgers’ disposal. Adams can theoretically exceed those numbers, with the team thinner than ever at the position.
With Rodgers at the helm, the sky is the limit for a surging Adams, who I expect to be a locked and loaded WR1, with upside to be one of the top receivers in all of football.