NFC North Fantasy Picks and Preview

Updated: Aug 18, 2020

When comparing the different divisions in the NFL from a fantasy perspective, one thing is certain, the NFC North is not nearly as exciting as some of the other divisions. Having said that, there are definitely some gems in this division that could help you win your fantasy league. Here is my fantasy breakdown by position.


Quarterback

1. Matthew Stafford: Lions

2. Aaron Rodgers: Packers

3. Kirk Cousins: Vikings

4. Mitch Trubisky/Nick Foles: Bears


The casual fantasy player will look at these rankings and see Aaron Rodgers at #2 and wonder how one of the best QB’s of all-time could be in that position. While there are few QB’s you would rather have on your team, with the game on the line, Rodgers’ fantasy production has slipped greatly over the past few seasons. Rodgers doesn't sling it down the field like he used to and it seems like the Packers have turned into a run-first team under Matt LaFleur.


Matthew Stafford on the other hand, plays on a team that has struggled to run the ball, since the beginning of his career. Stafford was a top 10 QB in 5 of his 8 starts last season, before a back injury ended his campaign. The Lions have attempted to shore up their running game this season, but I don’t see any reason for Stafford’s numbers to decline in 2020. Consistency is the name of the game and Stafford will bring that to your team.

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Kirk Cousins is one of the harder quarterbacks to figure out in the fantasy world. Some weeks he can light the world on fire with 300 yards and 3-4 passing TD’s, while at other times, he will look like no more than a backup. I like Cousins as no more than a spot starter if the matchup is right.


As far as the Bears QB spot goes, it has been a hot mess for the last few years under Mitch Trubisky and I don’t see that changing in 2020. The Bears have added veteran QB Nick Foles to help shore up the position, but he is not a guy that you ever want to play in fantasy. He was a disaster in Jacksonville last season and is a stay away for me.

Running Back

1. Dalvin Cook: Vikings

2. Aaron Jones: Packers

3. David Montgomery: Bears

4. D’Andre Swift: Lions

5. Kerryon Johnson: Lions

6. Tarik Cohen: Bears

7. Alexander Mattison: Vikings