Fantasy Focus- The Missing Link In Green Bay


Sept 24, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings (85) looks to side judge Lance Easley (26) for an explanation for a call for the Seattle Seahawks during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

Last season as Aaron Rodgers was racking up Madden-like stats with 45 TD’s and only 6 INT’s, it was easy to pretty much auto select any Green Bay Packer you had on your fantasy roster into your starting lineup and hit send.  This year is a whole new animal.  Even Rodgers hasn’t preformed like last season although his fantasy stats are starting to improve the past two weeks, it’s just that their offense has seemed out of sync and it will have to adjust again without Cedric Benson in the lineup for the foreseeable future.  The real missing link in the offense is Greg Jennings.  Jennings will be missing this week’s game and now will have only appeared in half of the Green Bay games while accumulated stats of 12 catches for 78 yards and 1 TD.  Yes, the Green Bay offense has weapons and is starting to evolve using Cobb and Jones in Jennings place, but the entire offense in real football and fantasy stats is hindered by the absence of Jennings. The person feeling the biggest effect without Jennings in the lineup is Jordy Nelson. Last year Nelson was one of fantasy football’s biggest breakout stars, but this year he has been average at best with only one good start against New Orleans.  The Packers get the Texans defense this week so it probably won’t be a, get everyone on track week again.  As stated here in Behind Enemy Lines sometimes these injuries like the one Jennings has seem to linger all year long, and it could effect the Packers offense for an entire season as well.


Stud- Michael Vick- If the offensive line can hold up, Vick should feast on the Lions secondary.

Dud- RG3- The Vikings defense has been good, and I never like starting QB’s after a concussion without a week off.

Sleeper-Brandon Weeden- This selection is based on how bad Cincy D has been more that Weeden, but he will get a lot of chance to throw the ball around.

Running Back

Stud- Doug Martin- The Kansas City run defense has been weak this year, expect the Bucs to run the ball a lot today.

Dud- Shonn Greene- He’s the worst starting running back in the NFL.  Just start Tebow in his place (Sorry watching to0 much First Take must mention Tebow!)

Sleeper- BenJarvus Green-Ellis-He’s been quiet so far this year, he gets at least a TD in today’s game against the Browns.

Wide Recevier

Stud- Julio Jones- This is actually in his Jekyll and Hyde routine his bad week, but he faces the Raiders D so he should go back to back stud weeks!!

Dud- Victor Cruz- Do you think the 49ers watched the tape of him scoring 3 times last week? Don’t you think they will let any other receiver beat them but Cruz?

Sleeper- Dwayne Bowe- You will start him and have to wait to the final two minutes of garbage time to see him score, but it will be worth starting him.

Tight End

Stud- Tony Gonzalez- He’s having a great season even though he’s like 40 years old right? His season continues nicely against the Raiders.

Dud- Dennis Pitta- He continues to burn owners week after week.  He had two good weeks that doesn’t make a auto start!

Sleeper- Scott Chandler- Chandler like Bowe seems to attract garbage TD’s


Stud- Tampa Bay- They get Brady Quinn!! They get Brady Quinn!! They get Brady Quinn!!

Dud- Buffalo Bills- Does anybody play D on this unit? This was suppose to be a sleeper unit not a unit that is asleep each week!

Sleeper- Denver- Rivers or Matthews or both will turn the ball over at least once!

Good Luck in Week 6!!