Let's get this out of the way right off the bat: the Carolina Panthers' cornerbacks have struggled in coverage this year. The Green Bay Packers' top two wide receivers have not, and those statements alone should be enough to make you consider Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, and Randall Cobb to be must-start fantasy football options this week. However, we will give you some numbers to illustrate just how favorable Sunday's matchup is for Green Bay's offense.
The Panthers' starters at cornerback are Antoine Cason and Melvin White, and their primary slot corner in recent weeks has been Charles Godfrey, as Bene Benwikere is trying to return from injury to take over the job inside once again.
This unit A week ago against the Cincinnati Bengals, the three corners who saw significant action (the first three names above) earned a combined grade of -8.4 from Pro Football Focus. In that game, they allowed 19 completions on 23 attempts into their primary coverage, totaling 216 yards (103 after the catch) and two touchdowns.
And that was to a Bengals receiving corps without star wideout A.J. Green.
If you want season-long stats, each of these three players has allowed an overall passer rating of greater than 100 in the team's six games, with Benwikere not far behind at about 85.
Flip your attention to the other side of the ball, where Jordy Nelson has abused just about every opposing corner (save for Richard Sherman). His big plays have come against backups, starters, and Pro Bowlers alike (the Bears' Tim Jennings, for example), so he is matchup-proof - but against the struggling corners in this game, he should have a field day.
Randall Cobb should be no different, as he is Aaron Rodgers' new favorite red zone target and should have plenty of opportunities on Sunday.
The one wideout who is probably a big question mark in most fantasy leagues, however, is Davante Adams, who is gradually continuing to emerge as a serious weapon for Rodgers. Last week, Adams was matched up against former All-Pro Cortland Finnegan, and burned the corner for four catches on five targets, totaling 54 yards. With far less talented players across from him, Adams should be front and center on your radar as a very tantalizing WR3 prospect for this week.
And heck - this is just the Panthers' corners we're talking about - we didn't even mention Eddie Lacy, James Starks, and the fact that Carolina's defense is allowing the highest yards per rush of any team in the NFL. I guess that will have to wait for another day.
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