The Green Bay Packers travel to the Georgia Dome on Sunday to take on the Atlanta Falcons. While Atlanta started off on a torrid pace this season, they’ve stumbled in the past two weeks against Seattle and San Diego. Green Bay, meanwhile, hasn’t looked like their old selves on offense thus far.
This game projects as a high-scoring affair for both teams. Atlanta’s defense has struggled to contain the pass, and Green Bay will be down most of their starting secondary. Which players are primed for the biggest days? Let’s take a look.
QB Matt Ryan
Green Bay’s defense is atrocious against the pass, and Matt Ryan is historically excellent at home. With Ryan having a magnificent fantasy season, he’s a start-able option every week. Against an ideal match-up like Green Bay, he has elite upside and is one of the best plays this week.
RB Devonta Freeman
With Coleman out of the lineup, Freeman is poised for a huge workload against the Packers. While Green Bay has been good at stopping the run, the opportunity for Freeman is simply too good to pass up. He’s a high-floor, upper echelon RB2 this week.
QB Aaron Rodgers
While Rodgers hasn’t been nearly as dominant this season, he’s still a high-floor option every week. Against a team in Atlanta that has given up gobs of points to QBs this season, he’s a high-ceiling QB1 as well. It certainly doesn’t hurt that Rodgers has historically played well in the Georgia Dome.
WR Ty Montgomery
Depending on your league, Montgomery might even be considered a WR/RB. It doesn’t matter: you should try to get him into your lineup if possible. He’s received an unreal workload the last two weeks in both the running and passing game. In PPR leagues, he’s an absolute monster.
WR Davante Adams
Adams has been a hot-or-cold fantasy option throughout his career, but the Packers have recently begun to feature him more consistently. He’s caught 5 TDs so far this season and is clearly a favorite red-zone target of Rodgers. Adams is a borderline WR2 for this match-up, with considerable upside.
TE Jacob Tamme and TE Austin Hooper
Tamme started off the season as a quality PPR TE, and Hooper had a few good games early on. But neither has seen much of a role as of late, and there doesn’t appear to be any consistent usage pattern. You’re better off leaving these guys on the bench this week.
The Packers have very few healthy options at RB, and the starter now appears to be Knile Davis. He’s no threat for significant touches, and is likely going to be Montgomery’s backup. None of the names here are going to produce a quality fantasy day for you.
WR Jordy Nelson
It’s truly sad, but it appears that Nelson is simply not fully healthy. He’s clearly lost a step and is no longer a reliable option in the passing game. If the last two weeks are any indication, Nelson is being phased out of the offense at this point. You should try to bench him for someone with better prospects if you can.
Kevin’s Spicy Play of the Week
WR Mohamed Sanu
Sanu has been almost a non-factor for the Falcons over the past two games. Against Green Bay’s depleted secondary, I expect Atlanta will try to spread the ball around to several receivers. Sanu could be a primary target, and his size and physicality could be too much for the Packers’ back-up CBs to handle. He’s also been quietly effective in the red zone, which gives him some sleeper potential.
I hope you all crush your fantasy games this week. Feel free to @ me with any fantasy football questions.