Green Bay Packers: Week 6 Fantasy Profile

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Oct 11, 2015; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers safety Micah Hyde (33) is tackled by St. Louis Rams tight end Jared Cook (89) after intercepting a pass in the first quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports


Last Week: 10 Points Allowed, 3 Sacks, 4 INTs, 1 Defensive/Return TD; 23.00 fantasy point

To break the monotony of underperformance (by fantasy and real-life standards), here’s a group that really stepped up in a major way.

After holding San Francisco to 3 points, the defense had what is perhaps an even better performance against St. Louis.

St. Louis scored only 10 points. Nick Foles — a usually turnover-averse quarterback — threw four interceptions (including one returned for a touchdown). They allowed 3 sacks and 14 quarterback hits.

This defense is playing at a top-quality level, matched by few others right now.

Want some proof? How about being rated 4th in defensive DVOA? Or 1st in pass defense DVOA? Or how outside of a lone 55-yard run they held Todd Gurley mostly in check, as well as doing well against the gauntlet of Marshawn Lynch (pre-injury issues) Jamaal Charles (terrible to see him go down again), and Carlos Hyde (underrated)? Maybe sitting at 20 sacks (#2 league-wide)?

No matter how you break it down, facts are facts: this defense is actually good. Even better, they do their best work in areas that portend to good fantasy production.

Now, San Diego does have the offensive ability to turn this into a shootout; Rivers is still a high-quality quarterback and his offensive weaponry (Keenan Allen, Antonio Gates, and multiple other guys). They can put up points in bunches.

The biggest downfall for them is their offensive line; suffice to say, it is a mess. They just can’t seem to keep anyone on the field there.

The issues there suppress anything this team might want to do on offense. The lacking in blocking ability lets pressure get to Rivers pretty consistently, reducing his opportunities to attack defenses deep (which by the way is when he is most dangerous).

If Green Bay is able to do what they’ve done the past few weeks — aka take advantage of a weak unit — they should absolutely give the Packers more than enough to come away with a win.

Fantasy owners should be more than satisfied too.

Week 6 Prediction: 17 Points Allowed, 5 Sacks, 2 Forced Turnovers (2 INT); 10.00 fantasy points
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