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Lions vs. Packers: Fantasy Sit/Start Advice

Tex breaks down the relevant fantasy players in this week's Lions-Packers game.

Matthew Stockman

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.

No-brainer starters:
GB: QB Aaron Rodgers
DET: WR Calvin Johnson

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.

Worthy of consideration:
GB: WR Greg Jennings, James Jones; TE Jermichael Finley
DET: RB Mikel LeShoure, TE Brandon Pettigrew

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.