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Fantasy Football Week 3 Recap: Ups and downs for Packers’ players

Ty Montgomery remains a versatile weapon who will get you solid touches weekly.

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In week three against the Bengals, we saw another week of the Packers starting off slowly and then rolling through a big second half. Without Randall Cobb there were some other interesting points to consider. Here are the ups and downs for each fantasy relevant player on the Packers.

Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers has been scaring fantasy owners all three weeks. Through three first halves, Rodgers has completed 57.9% of his passes for 340 yards and a passer rating of 59.1. This week was first time Rodgers threw a touchdown in the first half. He has always rebounded though. In his second halves (and overtime) he has completed 72.7% for 627 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. That would be a rating of 118.3. Rodgers still gives you the final totals that carry your teams.

Ty Montgomery

Montgomery has been effective as a receiver and is far more valuable in a PPR league than a standard league. When the Packers have trouble running the ball, Montgomery is still a valuable pass catcher. Montgomery led the Packers in targets this week, as he caught eight of twelve targets. He only totaled 50 yards this week, but he has been getting goal line carries. He had 20 touches and continues to get 20+ touches consistently. Montgomery is still an RB1.

Jordy Nelson / Davante Adams / Geronimo Allison

Nelson had nine targets and remains a WR1. Adams had 60 yards and was third among the WRs in terms of targets. Cincinnati has been pretty good at stopping WRs. Only six teams have given up fewer fantasy points to WRs. Adams remains a WR2, but probably a lower end one. Geronimo Allison will be an interesting streaming option. He will not be the Packers third wide out when Randall Cobb gets back on the field. Allison is a good choice for dynasty leagues. He seems ready to be a viable option in a year or two.

Martellus Bennett / Lance Kendricks

Bennett is still out-targeting Kendricks. Yet, Bennett has not been pulling his targets so far. He is catching passes at about a 50% clip. Bennett is hanging on the bottom end of TE1 range at this point. Kendricks had a great week, a 51 yard catch and a 1 yard touchdown. You do not start him unless you think he can do it again next week.

Defense/Special Teams

In terms of fantasy, the Packers have been tenth in points scored by opposing QBs and ninth in points scored by opposing WRs. In terms of total yards, the Packers are eighth in total yards. While people on the internet have been rather vocal about going after the Packers passing defense, they are surrendering just 183 passing yards a game (seventh in the NFL). The problems are that the Packers give up points and they do not force the turnovers you need to produce fantasy points. They are a middling fantasy defense and have streaming value for now, but not much more.