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With the Green Bay Packers in Minnesota to play the Vikings this week, your fantasy teams may be in for a relatively uninspiring performance this week. Only one player is a sure-fire starter in all formats on Sunday, and though there are a handful of Packers who are worth consideration, we can't say with confidence that any of them should have an impressive game this week.
Here's how we think the key fantasy players will perform.
Start with Confidence
The second-ranked running back in standard formats this year, Peterson has been extremely consistent since the first week of the season, with double-digit points in all but one game. Furthermore, his workload is assured, as he has at least 20 touches on offense in each game since week one. The Packers' defense has been decent against mediocre running backs this year, but they have allowed big games to some good backs, and the bet here is that they'll have plenty of trouble with Peterson.
Startable in a pinch
The Packers' QB has the potential every week to return to form, but the Vikings have done a very good job against opposing signal-callers this season, never giving up 20 points in a game this season. A 15-18 point day seems likely for Rodgers - something around 250 yards and 1 or 2 touchdowns.
The Vikings are among the best in the NFL at defending against slot corners, with Captain Munnerlyn manning the slot position. Cobb can break out with the occasional big play, as he did against Carolina, but he's a low-floor/high-ceiling option.
The Packers clearly feel that they have some good matchups with Adams, as his 32 targets in the past two weeks indicates; however, his reception rate is abysmal, catching just 17 of those passes. The volume gives him the possibility of a good game, but it's not assured that he'll do any better against a Minnesota secondary that is better than the Lions' corners he matched up with a week ago.
The Vikings have allowed four tight end touchdowns this season, and Rodgers has scored in two straight games. He's got a good chance to find the end zone again this season, but 40 yards is probably his maximum.
Better off benching
Though the Packers are middle of the pack in allowing fantasy points to opposing QBs, Bridgewater is clearly not the focus of the offense, as everything runs through Peterson first. With the Green Bay secondary back at full strength (pending the hamstring issue that apparently flared up for Damarious Randall on Saturday), Minnesota will probably focus even more on the ground game.
See Bridgewater, Teddy.
Packers' Running Backs
With Eddie Lacy back healthy again, the breakdown of snaps between him and James Starks remains to be seen. All that we know is that Starks will get the first series and Lacy the second, while the rest of the workload will likely be dependent on who is the more effective runner early on. Unless you have no other choice, we recommend holding off on playing either back this week.
No sacks in the last three weeks and a matchup against one of the best runners in the league should give you more than enough pause to keep the Packers on your bench this week.
Meanwhile, the Vikings are a top-ten D mainly because of a few big plays. And even though Rodgers isn't playing well, he still is not turning the ball over, which limits the prospects for the opposing unit.
Perillo had a huge breakout last week, catching five balls for 58 yards and a score. He looks like more of a deep threat at tight end than Richard Rodgers, as he was used over the seam quite a bit. The fact that he found the end zone a week ago could make him a sneaky touchdown-seeking play this week.