Green Bay Packers Week 5 Fantasy Profile

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Sep 28, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Rashad Ross (13) is tackled by Green Bay Packers cornerback Jarrett Bush (24) during the second half at Soldier Field. Green Bay won 38-17. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports


In real-life, the Packers seem to be turning into their 2011 selves: giving up tons of yardage all day, but making key stops and forcing a few turnovers to preserve their efforts. It is a dangerous but exciting way to play.

Fantasy-wise, they have not been great, but the past couple performances give some hope for the future. They have put up 12 and 6 points respectively in the past two weeks (Yahoo! league scoring), which is not a bad output in actuality.

Of all positions, the most unreliable week-to-week is probably defense; when you take into account blown plays, garbage-time yardage and meaningless scores allowed, it can fluctuate greatly even if the matchup goes perfectly for the end result. That means unless you have the top defenses that always prevent scoring and have offenses attached that don’t blow teams out, you cannot trust them to give you a consistent point total.

For this week, the matchup looks bad in some aspects but good in others. They are either starting an injured rookie at QB or Christian Ponder, which should have anyone licking their chops in anticipation. But despite not having Adrian Peterson they still are able to run the ball with aplomb, which any fan knows is the biggest issue for Green Bay on defense by a mile.

Expect them to put up another pretty strong game on the ground, but with some errors by the QB (whoever ends up playing) the damage won’t mean much to the end score while also giving them a fantasy output worth risking a start on.

Prediction: 20 points allowed, 2 forced turnovers
Verdict: Start