As you make your playoff push in your fantasy league, this week's games are likely crucial for many players. Here are the participants in the Lions-Packers game at Lambeau Field worthy of consideration, and how you should use them on your roster.
These two are among the best at their positions, and are truly matchup-proof. If you leave either one on your bench, you should probably be slapped, and you deserve to lose.
Start with confidence:
GB: WR Randall Cobb, Defense/special teams
Cobb hasn't had a big game since the last time the Packers played the Lions, and I have a hunch that he's due. The fact that the team will be playing without Jordy Nelson means that Cobb may have more chances to run deeper routes, racking up a bit more yardage in the process. If you're in a PPR league, start Cobb and enjoy the 8-10 targets he's likely to get. If not, start him anyway. I bet he gets in the end zone again this week.
The Packers' defense should force a few turnovers this week, as Matthew Stafford will likely have to try to squeeze a lot of passes in to Calvin Johnson. Plus, there's always the chance for a return score against Detroit - plus, if you get points for individual players' return touchdowns, Cobb becomes an even better play.
Jennings showed some early signs of life last week, catching four balls for 46 yards. With Nelson re-aggravating that hamstring injury, Jennings is back just in time to contribute heavily. I look at him as a good option at a WR3 or flex spot this week. Jones is still a quandary, but he continues to make highlight-reel catches, often for scores. I just can't feel like he'll get more than 4-5 targets, but you could do far worse. Finley's recent string of success is great to see, and I have a hunch he gets in the end zone this week. But don't be too mad if he doesn't show up - he's a high-risk, high-reward play this week.
LeShoure is in play as a potential RB2 and would be a pretty good Flex option this week. He went for 84 yards and a score in week 11, and that sounds about right to me again this week. Pettigrew didn't do much in week 11, but he's put together two good games since (an 8-catch 74 yard day against Houston and 3 catches for 43 yards and a score last Sunday). Without Ryan Broyles (injured ACL) or Titus Young (injured brain), he immediately becomes the #2 option in the passing game.
Bench if you can:
GB: RB Alex Green
DET: QB Matthew Stafford
As usual, don't touch the Packers running game with a 10-foot pole, especially without James Starks, who finally showed signs of life.
I'd suggest sitting Stafford this week if you can. My bet is that he'll be forcing a lot of balls to Calvin Johnson, which will put the Packers' talented secondary in a position to turn the ball over frequently.