After another wild and exciting Sunday in the National Football League, there is just one game left on the schedule as the Green Bay Packers pay a visit to the Seattle Seahawks on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.
Not only is this game the last game of the week, it is the last chance for fantasy football owners to put points up on the board, as they try to get a victory in week three of the fantasy football season.
We are going to break down all the important players at each key fantasy position, so you can have an idea of what to expect from the players that are going to determine whether your fantasy team wins or loses. Lets start with the quarterbacks.
Aaron Rodgers – Rodgers has been somewhat pedestrian thus far this season as a fantasy quarterback, averaging just 15.5 fantasy points per game. He has thrown just three touchdowns compared to two interceptions in his first two starts and things will not get any easier for him tonight against a talented Seahawks defense. Yet, Rodgers is likely to get wide receiver Greg Jennings back in the fold, which should be a big help. I do not expect gaudy numbers from Rodgers but think 260 yards passing and a pair of TDs (possibly one rushing) is a reasonable expectation.
Russell Wilson – Wilson is not too relevant right now in terms of fantasy value. He has played well for a rookie but has barely cleared 150 yards passing in his first two games and is more of a game manager at this point. He can make some plays with his feet and went over 20 yards rushing in the first two games but unless you are desperate for a starter, Wilson should be on the bench.
Cedric Benson – Benson had a strong week last week against Chicago with 115 total yards and more than 15 fantasy points. It will be key for the Packers to get Benson going at least a little bit in this game but again it will be tough against this physical Seattle defense. Benson still has not scored a touchdown for the Packers and tonight will not be the night he does so, however he will gain around 70 total yards and is an ok flex play.
Marshawn Lynch – Lynch has gone over a hundred yards in his last six home games, so you can expect the Packers to get a heavy dose of Lynch running the football tonight. Head Coach Pete Carroll loves to establish a physical running game and Lynch is the perfect back to do it. Expect him to get at least 20 carries tonight and yes he will reach 100 yards and the end zone for the seventh straight home game.
Greg Jennings – Jennings is looking more and more likely to suit up, which takes the value away from players such as Randall Cobb and James Jones. How will Jennings do tonight? It is hard to say but in my opinion he would not play if he was not 100 percent ready to go, so if Jennings is a go tonight, he will be a solid play.
Jordy Nelson – Nelson has been solid but unspectacular so far this season, netting five catches for 64 yards against the Niners and six catches for 84 yards against the Bears. He has yet to reach the end zone but I have a feeling with the return of Jennings tonight, that will change.
Randall Cobb – Cobb has been limited in practice this week and should not be someone you are thinking about playing unless you do not have a ton of great options or you get points for return yardage. Cobb had just one catch for 20 yards last week and with Jennings back with opportunities will be lessened. He still has the ability to make the big play but comes with plenty of risk.
Jermichael Finley – Finley had 17 points in week one and just six last week but he will need to be a key player tonight if the Packers are going to be successful. The Seattle secondary is very good and it may make it hard for Nelson and Jennings to make big plays, which leaves Finley open to control the middle of the field. The Packers will look to get him matched up on linebackers, safeties and corners and if they can do that, he should have a good night.
Sidney Rice – Rice sat out of practice on Saturday and despite catching a touchdown in week one was held under 36 yards in the first two games of the season. He should draw Tramon Williams and we saw last week how he shut down Brandon Marshall, so I would not expect a big night from Rice tonight.
Braylon Edwards – After catching five passes in week one, Edwards caught none in week two, he is far too inconsistent to play or own in the majority of fantasy leagues, same with Doug Baldwin who is a game-time decision tonight and third-year wide out Golden Tate, who has also made little impact this season.
Packers DEF – The Green Bay Packers defense was absolutely dominant against the Bears in week two, intercepting four passes and notching seven sacks as well as posting a special teams touchdown. This defense is great at forcing turnovers and with a rookie quarterback opposing them, a an interception or two would not be the least big surprising.
Seahawks DEF – The Seahawks defense is very underrated and have done a great job of holding teams under 23 points in almost every single game. They are physical, fast and talented. Their secondary is very strong and the pass-rush is more than capable. The team also returned a blocked punt for a touchdown last week, so despite playing the best quarterback in the NFL, the Seahawks defense is not a terrible start.
I expect tonight’s game to be on the low-scoring side so it could be a good night for kickers Mason Crosby and Steven Hauschka if the offenses have as difficult a time punching the ball in the end zone as I anticipate.
Well that is our Monday Night Football Fantasy Preview. If you need any last minute lineup advice, hit us up on twitter @ThePPRExperts or email me directly - firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for reading and good luck tonight.