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Rosters to Target For Instant Fantasy Impact: NFC North

During the free agency period and rookie draft season you’ll see many write-ups about how a player ended up in the perfect “Landing Spot.” Even if you’re an advocate of talent over landing spot, you have to admit that landing plays a role in a players production. DFF has decided to take a look at every team, broken down by division, to see which teams roster lend themselves to instant production or at least the speculation for instant production at specific positions. We can target players that land on these rosters either for short-term fixes, immediate production or as flip candidates.

NFC North:

Chicago Bears:

Position looking for instant impact:

Wide Receiver

Why this Roster:

This might be the easiest to identify team need in all of football. Just take a quick peek at their depth chart and try not to vomit. The Bears need to attack the position in both the draft and via free agency. If they have any hope for Mitch Trubisky not to regress and fall on his face, they need to get him weapons. Lots of them. Fast. Kendall Wright, Josh Bellamy, Dontrelle Inman and Markus Wheaton are not the answer. It’s not a particularly deep class of incoming rookies, nor do most of the free agent names jump off the page, but there is plenty of depth available with the potential for upside if they make some shrewd offseason moves.

Detroit Lions:

Position looking for instant impact:

Running Back

Why this Roster:

Ameer Abdullah is not what the Lions (or most of the fantasy community) thought he was going to be as a pro. I’ve contended for years that he would be best suited for the Theo Riddick role in the Motor City, but sadly for him, Theo Riddick does that better than he would anyway. This free agent class of running backs is poor, to say the least, with a couple of known names at the top and a huge pile of meh role players after that. Luckily for the Lions, this year’s draft is stacked full of talent at the position, and they can easily find a talented lead back even in some of the later rounds this year.

Minnesota Vikings:

Position looking for instant impact:

Quarterback

Why this roster:

Not too often do you see a team fresh off a loss in a conference championship game in need of a signal caller, but here we are. Teddy Bridgewater, Case Keenum, and Sam Bradford are all free agents heading into the offseason. I wrote about why I think Keenum is the man for the job here, but early indicators make it look like the team wants to hand the job to Bridgewater. In that scenario, you’d assume that both Bradford and Keenum leave for greener pastures elsewhere, the Vikes will be in need of a backup and a possible quarterback of the future if Teddy B falls flat on his face or cannot stay healthy.

Kirk Cousins has been a name thrown around connected to Minnesota and there a few later round prospects available in the draft who might be able to develop after a year or two on the bench if Bridgewater shows he isn’t “the guy” in Minnesota.

Green Bay Packers:

Position looking for instant impact:

My initial thought was tight end, but it’s wide receiver

Why this roster:

In a vacuum, the answer is a tight end. Look through the Packers’ history with Mike McCarthy at coach and Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, and you’ll see this team has historically not featured or used tight ends under this regime. Everyone thought Martellus Bennett was going to change that last year, but I was not fooled and didn’t buy into that narrative. Jordy Nelson will be 33, and Randall Cobb has been regressing leaving only Davante Adams, who I’m not completely sold on yet either. It shouldn’t be too difficult to get a top free agent to play with one of the best quarterbacks in the league and any of the rookies with upside can hit their upside quicker with Rodgers throwing him the ball.

jdibari

Chicagoan living in Las Vegas. Fantasy Football writer & Director of In-Season Analysis for Dynasty Football Factory, blogger for USFantasy and contributor to TheFakeHockey. Member FSWA.

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