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Packers-Cowboys Fantasy Recap: Week Five Ups and Downs

There’s plenty to talk about with the return of Davante Adams and the emergence of rookie Aaron Jones.

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It can be heartbreaking to have Packers receivers on your fantasy team sometimes. You find yourself pulling for just that one guy to make the play over others. You also find that Aaron Rodgers might play favorites, but not as consistently as you might like. There were new heroes this week too. But does that mean they are now fantasy studs? Let’s take a look at the reactions from Sunday’s win over the Dallas Cowboys.

Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers seems to be starting to reach that point in the year where he is going to start games on a hot streak rather than waiting until halftime. He got out there early and led the Packers on a touchdown drive to start the game. Rodgers did not get giant yards (ending with 221), but finished with three touchdowns. He had a 122.9 passer rating. It will be Rodgers and Brady all year in the mix for the top QB spot, with apparently Alex Smith as well.

Jordy Nelson

Nelson led the in targets last week against the Bears, but had just four targets this week. He did not get a target until late in the first half. Jordy also missed the final drive with an injury that he would not discuss. He seems to think it will not be an issue, but it just leaves doubt. He moves down to a low-end WR1. This is mostly due to usage recently and the unknown injury.

Davante Adams

Great game on a come back game. You had to have a feeling that Adams would get the first target near the end zone after leaving the Chicago game early. Still, he had 11 targets (Cobb was second with five). Adams had five targets a week earlier. He had more receptions than Cobb and Nelson combined. Through five games, Adams leads the team in targets, receptions and yards. At this point, consider Adams to be a low-end WR1 as well.

Randall Cobb

Cobb's target share has decreased the last few weeks. After 13 targets in Week 1 and nine more in Week 2, he has had just nine over the last two games. Just 29 yards and no touchdowns against Dallas. Cobb will be a decently safe flex play from here on out with the occasional WR2 week.

Aaron Jones

Not the name you expected perhaps. I mean, we thought he might start, but he moved way up the list. Aaron Jones gave the Packers their first 100+ yard rusher since Ty Montgomery had 162 against the Bears in Week 15 of 2016. Still, Mike McCarthy is a fairly loyal coach and you have to figure Montgomery will have his starting role back next week if he is healthy. Still, he should continue to have a role after the 49-yard game filling in against the Bears and now 125 yards against Dallas. Still, Dallas has the worst DVOA run defense. Jones is a stash at this point and a possible flex in deeper leagues.

Martellus Bennett

Bennett might finally feel comfortable in the system. He caught all three of his targets this week and was second on the team with 53 yards. He is starting to hold on to passes now and that will make him far more valuable. He could very well be somewhere in the range of TE 6-9 if he can keep this up. He still does not have a touchdown, which should change.