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Packers Fantasy Football Recap: Ups and Downs from Week 12 loss to Steelers

There are plenty of good take-aways from the Packers’ game this week, as the offense showed signs of life again.

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We have plenty to review from the tough Week 12 loss in Pittsburgh. Yes, it was a difficult loss in a game where no one expected the Packers to win, yet there was some growth and some sustained successes that could bode well for your fantasy teams. As we approach fantasy playoffs time, many of these players are interesting situational plays... depending where your team is currently sitting.

Brett Hundley

He went 17 of 26 for 245 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Through the first ten games of the year, the Steelers had only given up more passing yards in three games (Alex Smith-246, Marcus Mariota-306, and Matthew Stafford-423). The Steelers were the third best pass defense in the league heading into this game. Make no mistake, this was a step forward for a young quarterback and he made more quick throws to extend drives in this game as well. You are still not starting Hundley in a traditional ten team league, but in a 2QB format, Hundley is now startable. He should fall in the range of 18-20 among QBs. Remember that he has Tampa Bay and Cleveland coming up.

Jamaal Williams

Jamaal Williams had 135 total yards from scrimmage this week. The two touchdowns also helped his cause. He should continue to get good touches going forward. His 21 carries this week was a rather high number for a Mike McCarthy offense. Williams showed great versatility with 69 yards receiving and 66 yards rushing. He entered the week as a low-end RB2 and should move up some. So long as Aaron Jones is out, expect Williams to shoulder the bulk of the load, and all the load when Ty Montgomery is out. Williams should be somewhere around RB15 going ahead. Note, however, that there is a chance that Jones returns this week so watch the injury report.

Davante Adams

Another great game. Led the team in targets again with nine. He also led in receptions and yards. His long touchdown in the second half got the Packers ahead. Adams has been good on deep routes and in the short game. Adams is a WR1 still and has retained his value very well even with Hundley going through growing pains.

Jordy Nelson

Jordy Nelson has struggled without Aaron Rodgers. Some of it might be the natural hand off to the younger Adams and some of it might be a difference in chemistry. Nelson has also been facing more of the top corners of some very good pass defenses in the last several weeks. Still, until you start seeing some change, you cannot trust Nelson’s production. Just three catches for eleven yards this week on five targets. Randall Cobb was able to turn four targets into four catches, 58 yards and a touchdown. Nelson is a Flex option with a high ceiling at this point.

Randall Cobb

Randall Cobb has been getting about four to six targets a game in the last several weeks. he was able to make all his targets count this week, but the yards have been streaky and it has been hard to predict what his actual output will be. He is a bench player at this point. If you are on the edge of the playoffs here at the end of the season, Cobb could be a desperation Flex start that could pay off. As Hundley grows and the competition is less pass dominant, Cobb could see more yards. Still, if you are looking for a safe start, Cobb is not where you are looking. This was his highest yard output in quite a while.

The Rest

There are other fantasy players here who just are not worth keeping on your roster at this point. Lance Kendricks has not been consistently targeted enough to keep him. Ty Montgomery is worth holding onto if you have the roster space, but know that his value decreases with every good Williams start. The Packers Defense is still not startable. Just too many yards and surrendering points at terrible times.