DETROIT MI - DECEMBER 12: Matt Flynn #10 of the Green Bay Packers throws a fourth quarter pass while playing the Detroit Lions on December 12 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
QB Aaron Rodgers. All his fantasy owners just got coal in their stocking. Just in time for the fantasy football playoffs, he's officially out with a concussion. It's been obvious all week he was still feeling the effects of his concussion, and I didn't want him to play if he hasn't been able to practice or watch game film.
QB Matt Flynn. Will he salvage the fantasy playoffs (and the Green Bay Packers own playoff chances) with a big game against the Patriots? It's certainly possible, but he currently sits with zero career passing touchdowns. While the Patriots have only allowed 10 points over their previous two games, they averaged 28 points allowed during November. It might not matter how he plays if his offensive line doesn't block better then they did last week. The risks here are great, but the potential for a Rodgers-like passing game does exist.
RB James Starks/Brandon Jackson/John Kuhn. If the Packers are forced to throw the ball while playing from behind, then Jackson will play a lot. However, Mike McCarthy has been playing Starks early in their last two games, and likes to use Kuhn in a power running set. Just a complete mess of split playing time, and none of them are a good fantasy play.
WR Greg Jennings. His stats weren't dazzling last week, but he had three near touchdown receptions. He remains the focal point of their offense and a must start.
WR Donald Driver/James Jones/Jordy Nelson. Last week with Flynn as quarterback, Driver had the most passes thrown to him while Jones and Nelson were more effective on fewer attempts. As a result all three ended up with a couple catches for 20 to 30 yards. None of them are good options at this point.
TE Andrew Quarless. He had an early fumble, and then five receptions as the Packers checkdown option against the Lions. There are more consistent tight end options, but he's a high risk/high reward player who could have a breakout game at any time.
Packers defense. They've been great, but a weak fantasy option in recent weeks with few interceptions and few sacks. Now they've got to go up against QB Tom Brady (actually the entire Patriots offense is playing great) with a first time starter as their own quarterback. Start at your own risk.