Rodgers got back on track last week, passing for 227 yards and two TDs in the win over Chicago. He gets a dynamite matchup on Monday Night this week against a New Orleans pass defense that gives up 235.2 yards a game. The Saints are struggling defensively and there's no reason to believe they'll slow down the Packers' offense this week. This looks like it will be a shootout between Rodgers and Drew Brees with fantasy owners everywhere rejoicing. Start Rodgers with extreme confidence.
Grant is starting to warm up at just the right time of the fantasy season. He rushed for 145 yards and a TD last week against the Bears and has rushed for at least 75 yards in each of his past six games. He also has scored twice in the past three games. The Saints allow 111 rushing yards a game so Grant is set up to do well again. He's back to being a strong fantasy starter.
Jackson got 10 carries for 50 yards last week but don't expect that to be the norm. He got a lot of work with the game out of hand but this game figures to be much closer. That means Jackson will get a few carries and will primarily be involved as a receiver in passing situations. He isn't worth starting in any league this week.
Jennings had a productive outing against the Bears last week, catching five passes for 64 yards and a TD. He essentially vultured a TD away from Grant as his score came from the 1-yard line. The Saints' secondary lacks talent and is prone to giving up big plays. Dwayne Bowe scored twice on them last week and Jennings should have a big game against them on Monday Night. He's an elite receiver who will put up elite fantasy numbers this week.
Driver had a solid game last week, catching four passes for 60 yards against Chicago. He has caught at least four passes in each of his past five games and has scored twice in his past six. This game will feature plenty of passing on both sides, so Driver is a quality fantasy option. He'll be money for receptions in PPR leagues with a good chance to score against a weak New Orleans secondary.
Nelson has officially passed James Jones as Green Bay's No. 3 WR. He only caught one pass last week, though, as the Packers aren't getting their complementary receivers as involved this season as was the case last year. So even though this is a sweet matchup, Nelson is too risky to start in any league.
Lee had his best game of the season last week as he caught six passes for 33 yards and a touchdown. He hasn't been consistently involved in the passing game so he's just a reach in larger leagues despite the very tantalizing matchup.
Crosby had a big game last week, drilling all three of his FG attempts, including one from 53 yards out. In what should be a high-scoring affair, Crosby's value rises even more this week. He's a quality kicker backed by a potent offense facing a poor defense. You can't ask for anything more at this position this week.
The Packers just keep rewarding their fantasy owners. They scored their sixth defensive touchdown of the season last week and throttled the Bears, holding them to only three points. They face a much tougher test this week against Drew Brees, but this unit has produced at such a high level you know by now you start them against anyone. Don't be surprised if they score again.
Brees had another strong game last week, passing for 266 yards and a TD in the win over the Chiefs. He completed 69 percent of his passes but faces a much tougher test this week against a Green Bay secondary that has choked the life out of opposing passing games lately. Brees, though, is an elite QB and when push comes to shove I bet on the elite QB to come through even when the matchup looks difficult. It won't be easy at times but Brees is simply too good to sit so he'll find a way to deliver as usual.
The Saints hope to have Bush back after missing the past month with a knee injury. He nearly played last week and that has the team confident he'll be ready to face Green Bay. If he's healthy, his speed and receiving skills will cause problems for the Packers. It's best not to expect a huge game in his first game back but the Saints need him bad so he will be active if he plays.
McAllister may be playing his final game for awhile this week as his suspension for violating the league's drug policy is reportedly set to kick in soon. He hasn't looked all that good in place of Bush but he did score again last week so he's providing marginal RB3 production at least. That's the best role for him again this week if you need to start him.
Thomas saw extended playing time last week after Aaron Stecker got hurt, finishing with 144 total yards and a touchdown. If Bush returns as expected and McAllister avoids his suspension, Thomas will have no fantasy value. However, should either of those things not come to pass, Thomas is definitely worth a look in a flex role. He's a good runner and receiver and he's done nothing but produce whenever he's gotten an opportunity. For now, keep him benched but pay close attention to the developments in the Saints' backfield this week and react accordingly.
Colston came up real small last week, catching only three passes for 30 yards against the Chiefs. He'll have his hands full this week against Charles Woodson and Al Harris, arguably the best CB duo in the league. The Packers have been choking the life out of opposing WRs lately so while Colston is talented and has a great QB, it's smart to lower your expectations for him this week. He's certainly capable of a big play or two but he'll have to really work for everything on Monday night.
Moore continues to be a PPR owner's dream. He had another big game in Week 11, catching 8 passes for 102 yards and a TD. Of the Saints' WRs, he has the best chance to be successful this week as he'll work out of the slot and likely avoid a lot of matchups with Woodson or Harris. Brees will lean on him heavily and Moore will again deliver. He's a fine starting option this week despite the tough matchup.
Henderson had a typical Devery Henderson game last week -- two receptions for 22 yards. As I've explained many times, if he doesn't catch a big pass downfield, he's worthless. Don't expect him to catch one this week.
After being on the receiving end of some harsh words from both Drew Brees and head coach Sean Payton lately, Shockey's production was much better last week. He caught six passes for 39 yards in the win over the Chiefs. He faces a Green Bay defense that will struggle against TEs (Greg Olsen caught four passes against them last week and Bo Scaife was all over the place against them in Week 10). Shockey will be needed if the Saints' outside WRs are shut down so this is a good matchup for him and a good week to start him.
Hartley has been perfect so far for the Saints, converting all five of his FG attempts the past two games. This game will feature plenty of offense so Hartley is a strong fantasy option. Start him with confidence this week.
The Saints don't offer much defensively. They rank 24th in the league in total defense and give up 24.9 points per game. Their secondary is weak and that doesn't bode well going against the Packers and their multitude of weapons. Aaron Rodgers will throw a pick or two every once in awhile but this isn't a good matchup for this defense. They are not a recommended fantasy start this week.