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Packers-Vikings Fantasy Reaction: Adams, Graham set the tone on offense

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Jimmy Graham looked like the player the Packers were hoping to see when they signed him this offseason. Also, Aaron Jones is on his way back to the field.

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

It was a game marred by bad penalty calls and bad field goal kicks. After missing out on chances to ice the game, the Green Bay Packers tied with the Minnesota Vikings after an offensive shootout.

The Packers tied, but hopefully they helped you capture a fantasy win. Aaron Rodgers may be injured, but his fantasy value remains high and that showed with the performances the pass catchers were able to have. There were points all around so let’s take a look at whose stock is rising and whose took a dip after Week 2.

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Jimmy Graham, TE

After a down opening week, Graham was active in the passing game and valuable in PPR leagues. He saw eight targets and brought in six of those for 95 yards. Those targets were second on the team in Week 2. He hasn’t found the end zone yet in a green-and-gold jersey (he had a TD called back due to penalty), but if he maintains that target share, they could be coming.

Packers Defense

Despite allowing a ton of points, the Packers defense (and special teams, for fantasy purposes) continue to look like they’re piecing things together. They scored a touchdown early in the game on a blocked punt. However, they’ll need Kevin King back on the field or to take more chances with the rookie corners. King went down with an injury before the second half which altered the secondary. In the second half, Kirk Cousins proceeded to throw for 293 yards and three touchdowns. Stefon Diggs scorched Davon House and Kentrell Brice failed to make a key play on a lucky touchdown pass to Adam Thielen. I’m not saying they were perfect, but they already look better than last year and more games together could make this defense start to look very interesting in fantasy. Flag them on a watch list.

Davante Adams, WR

Adams has been averaging 20 points per game over the first two weeks and doesn’t appear to be slowing down. He brought in eight targets for 64 yards and a touchdown on 12 targets. He continues to lead the team in targets, averaging 10 per game, and again proved that the Vikings defense isn’t going to be a roadblock in his fantasy value. He’s currently in the top-10 of WR for fantasy points and will likely move up on that list given some of the outlier players who’ve scored more than him in two weeks.

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Randall Cobb, WR

This isn’t panic mode for Cobb yet and by no means should you drop him to the waiver wire. He just had a low-production week and compared to last week’s performance he struggled to break anything big. He saw only six targets bringing in four of those for 30 yards. In order to protect Rodgers, the Packers are going with quicker routes and quicker passes which should benefit Cobb. However, a large target share going to Graham and Geronimo Allison emerging as a WR2, Cobb’s fantasy relevance could start to be touchdown dependent.

Jamaal Williams and Ty Montgomery, RBs

Neither have done much to separate themselves in the running back battle while Aaron Jones’ return from suspension looms. Williams’ 3.4 yards per carry has made it difficult to take the pressure of Rodgers to pick up big chunks of yardage. Montgomery is also only averaging five fantasy points per game so his value with dip even further with the return of Jones and short yardage targets going elsewhere. Aaron Jones provides the most explosion in the run game for the Packers and the highest upside going forward.