Here we are on Thursday of Week 3, coming off a dismal Week 2 that saw Jermichael Finley destroy any shred of credibility that I had in projecting tight end statistics. Seriously, the guy dropped a goose-egg when I had him projected for 14 points or more, but if you think that will stop me from making projections about the relevant fantasy players in the Packers' games, you're sorely mistaken.
With that said, it's a good thing that there aren't many injury concerns to worry about for either the Packers or Seahawks this week. After all, it is a Monday night game and when there are game-time decisions, you really get stuck in a tough spot. Thankfully, Greg Jennings practiced fully this week and appears to be good to go on Monday, which should help prevent any frantic lineup shuffling on Monday afternoon.
GB: QB Aaron Rodgers
As usual, Rodgers will be your starting QB. The Seattle secondary is big and talented, but Rodgers did just fine (from a fantasy perspective) against the 49ers' defense two weeks ago.
Start with confidence:
GB: WR Greg Jennings, WR Jordy Nelson, Defense/special teams
SEA: RB Marshawn Lynch
The Packers' top receivers will get theirs. Only consider benching either of them if you are completely loaded at receiver. Lynch is probably one of your top two running backs, and the Packers' defense hasn't been superb against the run, even last week against Chicago. I like the Packers' D for fantasy purposes though, as sacks and interceptions seem likely this week.
GB: TE Jermichael Finley
SEA: WR Sidney Rice, Defense/special teams
The Seahawks defense hasn't been friendly to tight ends this season, so you may have other better options. Finley will still be targeted, but he needs to be more productive with those passes in his direction. Rice isn't a strong bet for a lot of yardage since Russell Wilson hasn't been throwing much downfield, but he has strong potential for a red zone touchdown. The Seahawks defense could very well convert a few sacks, but they're hardly a lock for huge points with Green Bay's offense on the field. There are playmakers there, though, and a turnover or a potential big special teams play isn't out of the question.
I'll cover players to avoid after the jump.
GB: RB Cedric Benson, WR Randall Cobb, WR James Jones, WR Donald Driver
SEA: QB Russell Wilson, WR Doug Baldwin, TE Zach Miller
Benson goes up against a strong run defense that has allowed fewer than 50 yards on the ground in each of its two games this year. The depth receivers will have a chance to contribute as always, but there aren't any matchups that seem good enough to advocate this week. Cobb especially is a question mark, as he was used much less against Chicago than he was in week one. Rice is really the only receiver worth considering closely this week. Wilson should stay on your bench, since Dom Capers' defenses in Green Bay have not been friendly to rookie quarterbacks.