Green Bay Packers @ St Louis Rams
Green Bay: Shhhh. Those were the words the Aaron Rodgers had on Sunday night, after the Packers pasting of the Houston Texans, when asked if he had anything to say to the critics who said it was time to worry about the Packers. Well now, I guess we won’t worry about 6 TD passes.
Now the Packers head off to face a scrappy Rams team that stands at 3-3 thus far, that has played far better defense than most people anticipated, especially at home. The Rams also seem to be getting better, allowing 28, 13, and 3 points in progressive order at home. The difference is of course, they have yet to face an offense of the Packers’ caliber. The caveat here is Rodgers hasn’t faired well against the NFC West so far, going 0-2 against the Rams division mates, the 49ers and Seahawks.
After seeing the Packers finally hit on all cylinders, I’d start any Packers receivers that you have on your team; yes that includes drop happy Jermichael Finley as well, who is at least a middle of the road consideration. Look for big games from Jordy Nelson, James Jones, and Randall Cobb here.
Good Start: QB Aaron Rodgers, WR Jordy Nelson, WR James Jones, WR Randall Cobb
Middle of the Road: TE Jermichael Finley
Bad Start: RB Alex Green, RB James Starks, WR Donald Driver
St Louis: The Rams played a fairly close game with the Dolphins in Week 6, showing good defensive chops on the road in limiting the Dolphins to just 17 points. Unfortunately, rookie phenom kicker Greg Zuerlein went just 2-5, missing his first field goals of the season, which was the difference in the game.
There isn’t a lot going on fantasy-wise for the Rams, especially for the passing attack led by Sam Bradford. Without Danny Amendola, who’s out with an injury, Bradford has had to turn to Brandon Gibson and Chris Givens, with mixed results. Gibson more than doubled his usual game targets, and ended up with a healthy 7-91 stat line. Chris Givens also turned in a useable stat line, and with the Rams taking shots down the field at the speedy Givens, you could do worse with a shot-in-the-dark bye week replacement.
The running game has become a muddled mess, as Steven Jackson has yet to even get 20 carries in a single game this year, and Daryl Richardson continues to eat away at his carries, making this pretty close to a full blown committee.
Good Start: WR Brandon Gibson
Middle of the Road: QB Sam Bradford, RB Steven Jackson, WR Chris Givens
Bad Start: RB Daryl Richardson, WR Austin Pettis, TE Lance Kendricks