ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 09: James Jones #89 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 9, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
When looking for the sleeper of the week in a game that the Green Bay Packers are favored by 15, my first thought was that it's time to look for a running back. Both James Starks (started on only 44% of teams in Yahoo) and Ryan Grant(21%) are good candidates for points as the Packers build a lead and then run out the clock. However, the Packers haven't been running out the clock on the ground lately.
In their last blowout win against the Broncos, they kept the ball in the air and even let Aaron Rodgers rush for two touchdowns (instead of giving either running back a goal line opportunity). Against the Falcons, their defense consistently expected the Packers would run the ball. Instead the Packers used play action to beat the linebackers, gain yards, and run out the clock. I don't expect the Packers will take their foot off the gas until late in their game against theRams.
That would leave a Packer wide receiver as a good sleeper option against the depleted Rams secondary. WR Randall Cobb is a tempting choice who could threaten score as a kick returner too (and he's only starting for 10% of teams in Yahoo). But WR James Jones is an even better option (only starting for 27% of teams). He's clearly ahead of Cobb on the depth chart, and at times he's even ahead of WR Jordy Nelson in opportunities on the field. Jones is an inconsistent receiver and not someone who can be counted on every week, but he might look pretty good on the bye week.