Everybody loves to play fantasy football. It adds a little spice to each and every Sunday while pushing for a little fiercer competition between friends, family, and co-workers. I know for myself I always have to get a few players from my beloved Green Bay Packers. Here are my do’s and dont’s for a few key Packers in the fantasy football realm.
1) Aaron Rodgers Projected stats: 320 yards, 3 TD’s, 0 INT
The only reason Aaron Rodgers should even find your bench in fantasy football is A) He is on a bye week or B) You have Peyton Manning. The latter should NEVER occur that you have both and he’s already played his bye. Expect Aaron Rodgers to return to fantasy supremacy this weekend. Drops and a new-found dedication to the run have stymied his numbers. Hang tough. He’s still averaging 332 yards passing per game. He will return to elite Aaron this Sunday.
2) Jordy Nelson Projected stats: 6 rec, 90 yds, 1 TD
Jordy Nelson has become Mr. Dependable this year. He is Aaron’s go-to guy when a big play is needed. He may draw coverage from Ladarius Webb all day, but Jordy still seems to shake the best of coverage. Expect this Sunday to be no different. And also expect a highlight, tight rope catch.
3) James Jones Projected stats: 5 rec, 120 yds, 1 TD
James Jones always seems to draw the weaker starting corner of the defense. My guess is that he relishes it. The wiley vet is strong and catches everything in his radius now. Expect a matchup against Jimmy Smith of the Ravens. And if that is the case, look for Jones to continue putting up his double digit fantasy output.
1) Jermichael Finley Projected stats: 4 rec, 50 yds
Nothing against Finley but if you have a better option go with it. A concussion can change a player’s game, redistribute his mental focus. I think Finley may be a few weeks away from getting back to himself. Seems like McCarthy protected him last game. Expect the same against hard hitting Ravens linebackers.
2) Eddie Lacy Projected stats: 15 rush, 65 yards; 4 rec, 30 yds
With injuries to the Packer defense this one could see a lot of passing for the offense if the Ravens get going. That doesn’t bode well for the Packers rushing attack to be established. Plus the front of Suggs, Ngata, and Canty make it really difficult to gain domination for running lanes.
3) Packers defense Projected stats: 2 INT’s, 280 yards passing, 120 yards rushing
Key injuries just don’t seem to want to let the Packers’ defense get better. Ray Rice presents a tougher back than Reggie Bush. Joe Flacco will make a few mistakes allowing the Packers’ offense to open up the game. If that should happen, expect the defense to give up yards in a hurry not helping your stats.
Additional MUST PLAY!!!
Mason Crosby is ROLLING! The kicker with a golden leg was fantastic last Sunday along with all season. Offensive struggles lead to his opportunities and he’s cashing in. Cha-Ching!