Nov 15, 2015; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers tight endJustin Perillo
(80) catches a pass between Detroit Lions safetyGlover Quin
(27) and linebackerTahir Whitehead
(59) in the end zone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Rodgers – 5 catches, 32 receiving yards, 1 TD; 9.20 fantasy points
Perillo – 5 catch, 58 yards, 1 TD; 11.80 fantasy points
Where the receivers have failed and flailed, the tight ends have flourished.
Well, maybe not flourished per se, but the group did put up a decent performance this past week.
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This combo was crucial in the comeback attempt against Detroit, combining for 10 catches, 90 yards, and both of Aaron Rodgers’ touchdown passes.
Before you get too excited at their prospects, remember that neither of these two is exactly a world-beater; they can each work spaces well and act as big targets, but nobody should expect them to beat people deep or gain consistent separation.
Still, each of these guys — especially Richard Rodgers — work well as red-zone targets. If there is a weakness to be exploited in the Vikings’ pass defense, it likely will be somewhere in the middle of the field rather than outside where the receivers roam.
I think in the coming weeks, we may see more and more usage of these two together on the field; they can produce and are bigger targets, which helps make up for the issues of separation the offense has experienced this year.
I wouldn’t expect either to have a particularly huge game, but something along the lines of last week’s yardage output for each?
That isn’t out of the question.
The only change would be that I’d say it isn’t particularly likely for both to score in two straight weeks. Seeing one of them do so isn’t a stretch however, and I would give the advantage in that situation to the player more likely to see more opportunities for targets — in this case, Rodgers.
Week 11 Predictions:
Rodgers – 4 catch, 30 receiving yards, 1 TD; 9.00 fantasy points
Perillo – 3 catch, 35 yards; 3.50 fantasy points
Verdicts: Red-Zone Targetee (Rodgers), Over-The-Middle Option (Perillo)
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