Packers

  • You can never go wrong in your QB slot if you have Aaron Rodgers, the man is the best fantasy QB in the NFL and he averages roughly 2 1/2 touchdowns per game at home. On a short week, even with the offensive line in flux, there’s no taking him out or plugging somebody else in. Don’t get cute.
  • After netting two touchdowns in last week’s overtime thriller versus Cincinnati, Jordy Nelson‘s injury is a thing of the past. With the Bears’ suspect corners, Jordy Nelson should see some paydirt again this week. Easy WR1. Last matchup against Chicago, Nelson grabbed 7 balls for 124 yards.
  • Davante Adams has been up and down this season, making him a tricky projection to nail down. He had a great Week 2 sandwiched between a couple ho-hum outings. For this matchup, I’d consider Adams a middle of the road WR2 but with upside. So many moving parts in this offense that he should find some stats on Thursday night.
  • With two straight days of full practices and being taken off the injury report, we will see the return of Randall Cobb to the Packers lineup. Cobb should work well in the slot in this matchup as with the offensive line injuries, Rodgers should place a premium on getting the ball out quicker. That bodes well for PPR prospects, as I’d consider Cobb a high-end WR3. Regarding Geronimo Allison, he can be stashed on the bench for now as a speculative play if something were to happen to either of the top 3 receivers.
  • It’s very difficult to take Martellus Bennett out of lineups, especially when he gets the targets and involvement in the offense that he has. He’s still a TE1, but temper expectations.
  • Ty Montgomery had a bit of a stinker (unless you play full point PPR!) last week, registering only 50 yards from scrimmage on 8 catches and 12 carries. Still though, you love to see the usage and with as much talent as he has, good things are bound to happen. Fire him up as a low-end RB1. He could catch 10 passes again like he did in last year’s Thursday Night Football matchup vs. Chicago.
  • Chicago’s offense, even with the two dynamic running backs, could go off the rails at any point, so the Packers D/ST are a low end starting play this week.

Bears

  • Mike Glennon has been a caretaker, holding the reins until Mitchell Trubisky is ready to inherit the QB job, but he really hasn’t done anything spectacular or noteworthy. His wide receivers only put up a grand total of one (ONE) catch last week. Glennon is not recommended in your lineups.
  • The real fantasy options for the Chicago offense are the two dynamic running backs, Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen. Howard, who took the job and ran away with it, has been dealing with a sprained AC joint, that left him questionable for last week’s matchup at Pittsburgh. He played and has his best game of the season, totaling 138 yards on the ground, with 2 scores. He’s since been taken off the injury report, so he will suit up for Thursday. With the AC joint, it’s hit every time he lowers his shoulder, falls down, gets hit, so it’s always taking the brunt of a hit from opposing defenses. There could be times where Howard has to come out for a play or two because of the injury, and a negative game script could force Cohen in the game a bit more, but Howard should get his against a defense that can give up yards on the ground (21st in the NFL in rushing yds. allowed). He’s an RB2 with big time upside this week, depending on the injury. Cohen should see a lot more snaps than he did last week, but even with the limited amount, he still gashed the Steelers with 102 all-purpose yards. He’s a PPR back that should be in your flex every week.
  • Zach Miller caught one ball for 17 yards on 3 targets, so even though he’s had moderate fantasy value in the past, I’d hold off on adding him for the time being.
  • The Packers offense shouldn’t slow down to a crawl even with offensive line issues, making the Chicago D/ST waiver wire fodder.

Green Bay Packers Projected Stat Lines:

QB Aaron Rodgers: 28/44, 341 yards, 3 TD, INT, 19 yds. rushing

RB Ty Montgomery: 13 carries, 95 yards, TD, 6 catches, 46 yards

WR Jordy Nelson: 7 catches, 111 yards, TD

WR Davante Adams: 5 catches, 85 yards,

WR Randall Cobb: 7 catches, 67 yards, TD

TE Martellus Bennett: 4 catches, 34 yards, TD

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