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Fantasy Football Week 3 Preview : Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks

Contributed by: Jason Stolberg
Last Updated: Sep 22, 2012 8:34 AM


Green Bay Packers @ Seattle Seahawks

Green Bay Packers:  Aaron Rodgers and the Packers finally got back on track (kinda) against the Bears, showing they can play pretty good defense to go along with their explosive offense. That offense did have its share of misfires, but overall they looked a lot better than they did in Week 1 against the 49ers.  Once again, Rodgers and company faces a tough NFC West defense, and this time on the road in a very hostile environment that will be amped up for Monday Night Football.

Because of where you drafted Rodgers, you almost have to start him; however, I will go out on the limb here and say that if you actually have a good backup with like an RGIII, Andrew Luck, or even Alex Smith, I’d seriously think about going that route.  You probably won’t, and I don’t blame you; Rodgers on MNF has been pretty money.  But I’d also understand if you’re 0-2 starting Rodgers and wanted to shake things up to try to get that first win with Rodgers haven’t a tough matchup.

That said, Rodgers will likely be good for 200-250 yards, probably at least one score if not two, but with the opportunistic Seahawks’ secondary, don’t be surprised if he throws a couple of picks.  It’ll help if Greg Jennings plays, but until Jennings shows he can run routes and not come up lame, I’d proceed with caution.  Jordy Nelson should be a good start, but temper your expectations for both Jermichael Finley and Cedric Benson. 

Good Start:  WR Jordy Nelson

Middle of the Road:  QB Aaron Rodgers, WR Greg Jennings, WR Randall Cobb, TE Jermichael Finley

Bad Start:  RB Cedric Benson, WR James Jones, WR Donald Driver

 

Seahawks:  Wilson did appear pretty jacked up in his home opener last week, but he settled down nicely in the second half and did his part to put the Cowboys away.  The Packers have a pretty good defense, especially against the pass, so look for the Seahawks to limit Wilson’s exposure to that and lean heavily on the running game.  Likely Wilson will throw for 200 yards or less in this one, making him a player you probably aren’t considering unless you’re in a deep two QB league.  He could get upwards of 40-50 yards rushing though if he figures out how to beat the Packers blitz, which could make his numbers at the end of the day fantasy respectable.

For Seattle, the fantasy value mostly begins and ends with Marshawn Lynch, until Pete Carroll decides to unleash Wilson a little more.  Lynch is in the top 5 for carries so far this season, and his back appears to not be an issue.  Again, he’s one of the few backs in the league that gets 80%+ worth of his team’s carries, so start him with confidence, especially on the big stage where he seems to shine.

The Seahawks biggest receiving threat is Sidney Rice, but since he seems to settle around 3-4 catches for 50 yards or less, you can’t really start him, or any of the other Seahawks receivers, for that matter.  The Seahawks Defense is a good play though, even against the Packers.

 Good Start:  RB Marshawn Lynch

Middle of the Road:  QB Russell Wilson

Bad Start:  All the Seahawks receivers

 



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