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- With the toughest matchup so far in the young season, Aaron Rodgers will have his work cut out for him against a defense that has allowed only one top 10 fantasy finish among the quarterbacks it has faced in 2017. It still should in no way deter you from starting Rodgers in any way.
- Jordy Nelson can avoid shut down corner Xavier Rhodes if he works out of the slot, where he runs roughly 1/4 of his routes on the season. He’s had a lot of success against the Vikings in the past, so he should be an easy start no matter what.
- The most intriguing matchup from a fantasy perspective is Davante Adams drawing coverage from Trae Waynes, who has been awful to start this season. Adams had a great return game against Dallas with two touchdowns and looks to build on that this week. He’s a WR2 with upside.
- Randall Cobb‘s target share has tapered off since a 13 target opening week, and with all of the mouths to feed in this prolific Packers offense, it’s hard to sustain three wide receivers with fantasy viability. That said, Cobb should be started in a majority of leagues as talent tends to win out. Consider him a high end WR3.
- The targets and red zone looks, but will this be the week Martellus Bennett finally gets into the scoring column? Some owners have cut bait with him, but in a fantasy position where targets and opportunity are valued way more heavily because of position scarcity, he should still be started in most leagues. He’s too talented and the looks are plentiful enough that he should hit paydirt sooner rather than later. He’s a borderline startable TE, but if you have a better option, by all means.
- Aaron Jones won’t have the game he had last week, not only because of the much tougher environment and opponent, but because it looks as though Ty Montgomery should suit up for this week’s matchup. This isn’t set in stone, as Monty is listed as questionable on the injury report, but if both are active, I’d give a slight edge to Jones for volume, Montgomery in pass catching. Jones for me would be a middling RB2, while Montgomery would be an excellent flex while he mends his broken ribs.
- I’d consider the Packers D/ST a shaky streaming option this week, even with Diggs and Bradford hurt.
- Case Keenum starts this week for the Vikings, but it should be a more run heavy approach seeing as top receiver Stefon Diggs will be inactive for Sunday’s tilt. Keenum is an okay streaming start, but not much confidence in that.
- The backfield tilted in the favor of Jerick McKinnon last Monday, who should get the majority of touches going forward. McKinnon is much more dynamic and multi-faceted than Latavius Murray and should be able to hold him off. McKinnon is a solid RB2 with upside against an average Packers defense.
- With Diggs out, the top pass catchers for Minnesota will be Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph. Rudolph saw a slight spike in targets and scored last week. The Packers were very good against opposing tight ends until Jason Witten hung 8 catches on them last week. Rudolph should be started in most leagues. Thielen, who won’t match his ridiculous line from Week 16 last year (12-202-2), should get most of the volume from Keenum on Sunday, he’s elevated to a high end WR2 for this matchup. Arizona Cardinals castoff Michael Floyd should start on the other side, but is a dart-throw flex if that.
- Hard to confidently start any defense going up against Aaron Rodgers and company, so the Vikings D/ST isn’t an advisable start.
Green Bay Packers Projected Stat Lines:
QB Aaron Rodgers: 29/41, 292 yards, 2 TD, 36 yds. rushing
RB Aaron Jones – 12 carries, 43 yards, TD, 2 rec., 12 yds.
RB Ty Montgomery – 8 carries, 37 yards, 6 rec., 36 yds.
WR Jordy Nelson: 5 catches, 70 yards
WR Davante Adams: 8 catches, 76 yards, TD
WR Randall Cobb: 4 catches, 38 yards
TE Martellus Bennett: 3 catches, 45 yards