Have we had enough time to digest the realities of the season after the Green Bay Packers fell to 4-6-1 on Sunday night?
It’s conceivable that the Packers win out and make the playoffs. They’re still in the hunt, but the loss to Minnesota really hurts their chances. With the Saints and Rams having a clear grip on top of the NFC, it almost doesn’t feel worth it to raise their first-round draft pick into the twenties.
Anything can happen, but miracles feel in short supply this season.
If you’re still in playoff contention in your fantasy leagues, congratulations! Almost to the promised land where Shiva awaits. Let’s take a look at who might be able to help you close and who might give you issues down the final stretch.
Equanimeous St. Brown, WR
In an odd turn, the new go-to rookie for Aaron Rodgers might have switched over to St. Brown. In the past two games, Marquez Valdes-Scantling has only a single catch in each game. EQ registered five targets and a carry on Sunday against the Vikings. It could’ve just been a matchup advantage, but watching St. Brown bring in three catches for 53 yards was promising.
In deeper leagues, he might be worth keeping an eye on if more players hit IR or teams that have clinched start resting players.
Davante Adams, WR
This is becoming redundant, but it just doesn’t matter who Davante Adams is lined up across from. He worked Xavier Rhodes on Sunday, and if it weren’t for the stalling Packers offense, he would’ve continued to eat. He’s officially the third ranked wideout in PPR and standard leagues. For the third straight season, Adams has double-digit touchdowns, but the difference this time is that there are still a possible five games left for Adams to add more end zone visits.
After eclipsing a thousand yards this season, Adams has legitimized himself as a top-five fantasy wide receiver for the season and you can’t change my mind.
Aaron Jones, RB
If there was a positive from the Packers loss this weekend, it was seeing the usage of Jones not plummet from half-to-half. 17 carries for 72 yards and a touchdown is becoming close to a trend for Jones, but receiving five targets in the passing game boosts his value.
Jones now has double-digit points in four of the last five games. Now that McCarthy has finally figured out what we’ve all been saying all year long, Jones will help you win your championship.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR
As stated above, MVS took a back seat to Equanimeous St. Brown this weekend. He hasn’t been amassing the target share he was previously thought to gain. He’s only gotten five looks from Rodgers over the past two road games. After his six catch, 44 yard performance against the Dolphins, he’s only recorded two catches for 11 yards. Not great considering the absence of Randall Cobb.
Jimmy Graham, TE
Graham continues to slide towards fantasy irrelevance in what can only be categorized as a lost season for the tight end. There were always going to be bumps in the road getting used to a new quarterback, but the transition has been more than a little bumpy. The broken thumb doesn’t help, but Graham hasn’t been a factor in the offense by any means. Against the Vikings, he had two catches for 34 yards and failed to find the end zone for the third straight week.
During the primary fantasy playoff weeks from 14-16, the Packers play the Falcons, Bears and Jets who rank 12th, 13th, and 15th in defensive efficiency against tight ends, respectively. It’s looking bleak if you’re relying on Graham in your tight end slot.