Cecil Shorts Jacksonville: In Week 7, the Jaguars lost Maurice Jones-Drew to a sprained foot, Blaine Gabbert to a shoulder injury, and ultimately lost the game in overtime to the Oakland Raiders. 

MJD’s injury is the biggest concern, as there’s no real time table yet for his return.

Gabbert should be back this week, but really does that matter? Maybe to Gabbert’s mom, but certainly not to fantasy owners. 

The only thing that matters here is who Clay Mathews will get to sack this week.

If you’re going to pick any part of the passing game here to play, the one you want is Cecil Shorts.  Shorts played well last week and is being given the chance to be the playmaker that the Jaguars have lacked in the passing game since, oh… Jimmy Smith? 

If you’re hurting for a flex play this week because of the bye weeks, you could probably do worse than Shorts.

As for the running game, Rashad Jennings will be doing his best MJD impression. He isn’t as talented as Jones-Drew, but he has shown he can get the job done when given the chance. Around 70-80 total yards and a possible score is probably his ceiling this week, so again if you need a flex play, you could probably do worse.

Good Start: None

Middle of the Road: RB Rashad Jennings, WR Cecil Shorts

Bad Start: QB Blaine Gabbert, WR Justin Blackmon, TE Marcedes Lewis

 

Green Bay: The Packers didn’t quite pour it on against the Rams, but Rodgers did get his obligatory 300+ yards and three scores in a 30-20 Week 7 victory that wasn’t as close as the final score. Even without Greg Jennings, Rodgers hasn’t missed much of a beat with Jordy Nelson, James Jones, and Randall Cobb all doing a more than adequate job of catching Rodgers’ rockets. 

The only one not doing a good job is Jermichael Finley. Part of that is the emergence of Cobb as the short to intermediate threat, which duplicates what Finley would do, minus Finley’s spectacular penchant for dropping the ball. Against a Jaguars defense that ranks just 24th against the pass, pretty much any Packers pass catcher is a good option.

Which of course brings us to the much maligned Packers' running game. Alex Green is still the lead dog here with Cedric Benson out, but how much does that matter for fantasy purposes? 

Well, the Jaguars are even worse at defending the run, ranked just 29th in that category. However, the Packers are equally terrible, ranked 24th in rushing offense. With that in mind, I wouldn’t expect a break out game for Green, especially since John Kuhn and Aaron Rodgers to most of the goal line scoring work. 

However, a good yardage game of around 80 total yards isn’t out of the question.

Good Start: QB Aaron Rodgers, WR Jordy Nelson, WR James Jones, WR Randall Cobb

Middle of the Road: RB Alex Green, TE Jermichael Finley

Bad Start: WR Donald Driver