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The Green Bay Packers are back on the field on Sunday, taking on the St. Louis Rams in an early kickoff. As such, you'll be able to make your fantasy football lineup decisions early on, with no fear of injuries affecting your choices.
The game is in Lambeau Field, which has been a recipe for great success for the Packers' offense. It should come as no surprise that we'll advocate starting several Packers once again this week. Here's our advice for this week.
Start with confidence
The Packers are playing at home. If you have Rodgers and leave him on your bench, you're a crazy person. He's also a good option in daily fantasy, even if he is highly-priced.
The Packers' running back appears to be in line for a good day, as the Rams have allowed a lot of rushing yardage - seventh-most in the NFL so far. Their per-play numbers are better, ranking 13th-best in DVOA, but they're still in the bottom 10 in yards per rush against. Lacy should have a good day with the Rams' line trying to focus on rushing Aaron Rodgers, and he should be the beneficiary on some screen passes as well in an attempt to slow down that rush.
Cobb had his most disappointing game of the season against the 49ers, but he still caught 5 passes for nearly 50 yards. The Packers' offense as a whole was off last week, and Rodgers caught three scores the last time the Packers played at home. He's a bona fide number 1 WR this week,
Jones finished two yards short of recording a second-straight 100-yard game, making him the best Packers fantasy receiver last week. He's also starting to see a few more targets lately compared to the first two weeks, and should be a solid WR2.
Even though the Packers have done a masterful job of bottling up running backs over the past three weeks, they're still among the lower-ranked rushing defenses. One way that Gurley can attack the Packers is in the passing game, as he is an excellent receiver out of the backfield. He'll need to be a two-way threat for the Rams to threaten Green Bay this week, and he's got more than enough talent to do it.
That pass rush has been so good lately, and the Rams' offensive line is very young. That should have Dom Capers licking his chops, as he'll likely dial up the pressure on Nick Foles and company and should have a few turnovers to show for it.
The Rams have been one of the better teams defending tight ends this year, allowing just one touchdown total and just four catches per game to opposing players at the position. The Packers' passing game will likely be dependent on the receivers and running backs rather than Rodgers.
Nick Foles, Rams' receivers
By DVOA, the Packers have the fifth-best pass defense in the league. Don't start Foles unless you have no other options. Tavon Austin is the only receiver who should get any consideration, mainly because of his special teams return ability and the slim chance for a return score.