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Packers Week 6 Fantasy Advice: How are the matchups against a strong Vikings defense?

The immovable object and the unstoppable force meet. Minnesota’s defense should slow Packers’ fantasy points.

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This Sunday, the Packers will face the best defense they have seen since Week One. By traditional standards the Vikings are the seventh best defense in the NFL right now (20th against the pass and seventh against the pass). In DVOA the Vikings are 16th (11th against the run and 21st against the pass). It could be a game of tough match ups for the Packers. Here are some of the players of fantasy relevance this week:


Aaron Rodgers

No need to say much here. Rodgers is playing great right now and he should be able to make things work again. The Vikings are allowing a 90.8 rating to opposing quarterbacks (15th worst in NFL). Oddly, the Vikings are tied for 12th in sacks as well (behind Chicago, Atlanta, Cincinnati and Dallas). If David Bakhtiari is back, this could be a really good game for Rodgers.

Case Keenum / Sam Bradford

It seems unlikely that Bradford will play this week. Keenum has been a solid backup, if unspectacular. He is capable. Keenum definitely looked like the better option after he came in for Bradford against the Bears. However, other than a big game against Tampa Bay, Keenum has failed to throw for 220 yards in his other three games and just one touchdown. He will only have value in a 2QB league.

Wide Receivers

Jordy Nelson / Davante Adams / Randall Cobb

Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams will both be top 15 WRs this week. Cobb will have some value because of the Vikings’ top corners. Minnesota will have Xavier Rhodes moved around for match ups, but Trae Waynes is less of a threat and beyond that Cobb should see favorable match ups in the slot. It will be a good week to start Cobb in your slot. In deeper leagues he might reach WR2 range.

Stefon Diggs / Adam Thielen

Diggs has a large home-road split. In his two road games, he has had just one catch against the Bears and two catches against the Steelers. He has had no games with less than five receptions in the three home games. Diggs should be a WR1 and will likely have a very good game if he does not have major issues with his groin injury. Thielen is amazingly consistent — really. He has had five catches in each of his last four games. However, Thielen has not caught a touchdown yet. The Vikings have not been targeting him in the red zone frequently. Thielen is a good solid start and a good, low-end WR2 at this point.

Running Backs

Aaron Jones / Ty Montgomery

I would think Ty Montgomery will be the starter and get the bulk of the carries, since he has been a full participant in practice this week. It sounded like he was very close to going against the Cowboys. If so, Montgomery should be a RB2. Jones would be around there too, if he were to get the start. The Vikings run defense is too good and these will be rough starts. The only good thing is McCarthy seems to consistently go with a lead back getting the bulk of the carries and they should buoy their standings by volume.

Latavius Murray / Jerick McKinnon

McKinnon had the big game against the Bears, but he has not been particularly productive over a good run of games. Without Dalvin Cook, the Vikings' running game is not scary. McKinnon is the more athletic back. Either could be a low-end flex, but rank McKinnon a bit higher.