29-Year-Old Defensive Tackle – Green Bay Packers
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
Raji returns to the field after missing the entire 2014 season with a torn biceps. The veteran defensive tackle is essential to the Packers run defense, which finished 23rd in the league last season. ...
2015 ADP: –
Bye Week: 7
B.J. Raji Contract Information:
Agreed to a one-year contract with the Packers in March of 2015.
Raji (groin) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Chargers, the Packers' official site reports.
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B.J. Raji: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The Packers' worst fears were confirmed Saturday afternoon after tests revealed Raji suffered a fully torn biceps during Friday's preseason contest against the Raiders. He'll likely undergo surgery in the near future and begin a lengthy recovery process with the goal of returning in 2015. Green Bay could look to bring in a veteran to fill Raji's massive - both literally and figuratively - void on the defensive line.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Raji suffered the injury in Friday's exhibition game. He might be done for the season if the biceps is fully torn. Mike Pennel is the backup nose tackle, though defensive end Josh Boyd replaced Raji on Friday.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Raji signed a one-year deal to remain with the Packers this offseason. He will be the team's top nose tackle but figures to be subbed out often on passing downs, limiting his IDP value.
Raji will start on the defensive line in the Packers' 3-4 defensive scheme.
Raji's 2011 numbers fell from the numbers he put up in 2010 as the Packers' defense struggled as a unit. If they want to turn it around, Raji will play a key role wreaking havoc in the middle. But while he's an important part of the Packers' defense, his role is not one that will generate the statistics of other positions.
Raji is unlikely to make a big statistical impact as the nose tackle in Green Bay’s 3-4, but he also figures to be more productive than most 3-4 noses due to his standout talent. The former ninth overall pick was disruptive in his second season last year, finishing with an impressive total of 6.5 sacks. If he can hold onto that pass-rushing production while improving his tackle totals a bit (he finished last year with just 39), he should be a decent late-round target in deep leagues.
The 2009 first round pick was plagued by injuries to start the season, but showed flashes of why he was a top-10 pick later in the year. He'll be part of the defensive line rotation in 2010.