Week 5 brought another comeback at AT&T Stadium, with the good guys prevailing 35-31. Let’s run down the fantasy performances from the men in green and gold.
QB Aaron Rodgers: 19/29, 221 yds., 3 TD, 32 rushing yards (24 FPTS)
Honestly, what more can you say about Aaron Rodgers that hasn’t been said already? Rodgers had a solid day at the office, but his biggest play of the game wasn’t through the air, it was on the ground, with an 18 yard pickup which led to a Davante Adams touchdown 2 plays later.
Rodgers Fantasy Trend – EVEN – The best in the game, there’s slight pullback considering his matchup with the Vikings in US Bank Stadium, but you shouldn’t ever sit Rodgers.
RB Aaron Jones: 19 carries, 125 yds., TD, 1 rec., 9 yds., 1 TGT (19.9 FPTS)
If Aaron Jones didn’t announce that he’s a force to be reckoned with, his line from Sunday certainly put a few exclamation points on that. One wondered if he would show the same burst and vision he showed against Chicago, and he did and then some. For the second straight week, he produced double digit fantasy points. The only problem is that he may mix in at times with a returning Ty Montgomery moving forward. Jones has definitely put a stranglehold on the backup running back job for the Packers.
Montgomery Fantasy Trend – UP – Montgomery by all accounts should be good to go for the divisional showdown in Minnesota, but keep tabs on his status as the week progresses. Right now, a high end RB2 until he gets going and back into his pre-injury usage.
A. Jones Fantasy Trend – DOWN – It’s tough to downgrade somebody who just ran for 125 yds. and a TD, but if Montgomery comes back this week, Jones would only be a change of pace for the Packers. He is however a bench stash unless something happens to Montgomery.
WR Jordy Nelson: 2 rec., 24 yds., TD, 4 TGT (9.4 FPTS)
WR Randall Cobb: 4 rec., 29 yds., 5 TGT (4.9 FPTS)
WR Davante Adams: 7 rec., 66 yds., 2 TD, 11 TGT (22.1 FPTS)
Davante Adams made his return to game action following a brutal hit in Week 4 and he had his best game of the season against Dallas. Adams played like he had something to prove to everybody, catching two touchdowns, the last one a game winner from 12 yards out. Bottled up most of the game, Randall Cobb caught 4 balls but could not make anything of them, only netting 29 yards total Sunday. A “mystery injury” put Jordy Nelson on the sidelines for the final deciding plays on Sunday, an injury that until the Wednesday injury report surfaces, everybody has been left in the dark. He did catch an early 4th quarter touchdown to salvage his pedestrian fantasy day.
Cobb Fantasy Trend – EVEN – Cobb couldn’t find any running room with his 4 catches, but things do not get easier with a game in Minnesota looming. Cobb should be a solid WR3 for that matchup.
Nelson Fantasy Trend – EVEN – With Nelson’s “mystery injury”, we will see what his status becomes this week, but as of now, he’s a pretty clear cut WR1 every week until further notice.
Adams Fantasy Trend – UP – Adams was a man possessed on Sunday, and we really hope he can become a more consistent playmaker for the Packers going forward. He’s clearly shook off the effects of the hit he sustained in Week 4, and he should be a high end WR2 for this week’s tilt with the Vikings. He should see lots of Trae Waynes, which should equal fantasy paydirt.
TE Martellus Bennett: 3 rec., 53 yards, 3 TGT (6.8 FPTS)
Martellus Bennett once again didn’t find the end zone, but had a long 33 yard reception. Through 5 games, Bennett is a complementary piece of the offense, not a heavily targeted focal point.
Bennett Fantasy Trend – DOWN – With his targets and usage, it’s difficult to not find the end zone. Bennett’s fantasy value has been sinking like a stone, and I don’t blame you if you start other options than Bennett until he proves something.
Green Bay D/ST: 31 pts. allowed, INT, 2 FR, 1 sack, TD (12 FPTS)
Damarious Randall led the way with an interception return for a touchdown in the 4th quarter to put the Packers ahead 28-24. Nick Perry and Quintin Rollins each picked up a fumble recovery and Perry chipped in with the lone sack for the Packers D/ST.
Green Bay D/ST Fantasy Trend – EVEN – Case Keenum has proven quite effective for Minnesota, and with their cast of playmakers, best to sit the Packers D/ST this week.
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