Fantasy Player Projections

 
Packers
Lucas Oil Stadium
Sunday , Oct. 07 | 01:00 PM EST (FOX)
Colts
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBAaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

325 pass yards, 4 pass TDs, 17 rush yards

Rodgers was able to feast on a porous Saints secondary last weekend, and he should be able to do the same against the Colts. It's not that the Colts' secondary is bad -- in fact, it might be the most experienced unit on the team -- but it has suffered from the front seven failing to generate any major quarterback pressure. Rodgers is (by far) the best quarterback to line up against Indianapolis this season, but the Colts have done a good job limiting big plays this year.

RBCedric Benson

Cedric Benson

86 rush yards, 2 rec, 7 rec yards

Benson's workload has remained pretty constant since Week 2, and the Packers will probably want to work him since they are playing a road game in the typically loud Lucas Oil Stadium. Benson has been consistent if unspectacular. The Colts' weakness is certainly in their front seven and the team has allowed 131.3 yards per game on the ground. Benson should get more work than usual this week.

WRJordy Nelson

Jordy Nelson

8 rec, 82 yards, 2 rec TDs

Outside of a disappearing act against Seattle, Nelson's output has been consistent and reliable. Expect a similar performance against the Colts. He'll be there in his favorite places -- in the flats and over the middle and grabbing a lot of first downs.

WRRandall Cobb

Randall Cobb

7 rec, 105 yards, rec TD

This should be a big weekend for Cobb. With Greg Jennings likely limited by injury and an experienced Colts secondary across the line of scrimmage, the Packers may use their most versatile weapon in a litany of ways. This is an audacious prediction for Cobb (he does only have 162 yards receiving on the season), but the Packers used him creatively against the Saints and want the ball in his hands.

WRJames Jones

James Jones

2 rec, 19 yards

Jones has looked far more comfortable the past two weeks, and he is certainly another candidate to turn it up this weekend. The problem with Jones has always been consistency, and even if Greg Jennings is out, Randall Cobb feels like the more dynamic threat.

TEJermichael Finley

Jermichael Finley

4 rec, 54 yards, rec TD

Finley's yards per catch total was low (8.9) entering last week, but he was able to stretch the field like his usual self in Week 4. Aaron Rodgers likely will engineer some extended drives, and Rodgers usually throws to Finley on first down or second-and-short. Finley probably will be targeted in the red zone as well, even though he hasn't caught a touchdown since Week 1.

KMason Crosby

Mason Crosby

4 PATs, FG

The Packers charged down the field last week and found the end zone easily for the first time all season. They should probably do the same against a defense that has not seen the quality of the Packers' receiving arsenal. Playing in the dome means Crosby, already highly reliable, will probably convert if the Packers ever get into field goal range.

DEFENSE

INT, 3 Sacks

The Packers were carved up for 446 yards by Drew Brees, but that might not reflect any glaring deficiencies in the Green Bay pass defense. The Packers still sit 10th in total defense and have picked off four balls (not including M.D. Jennings' debated interception at the end of their loss at Seattle). The Colts probably want to establish Donald Brown if they don't fall down early, but the offensive line has protected Andrew Luck admirably. The hawkish Green Bay secondary should probably pick one ball, but Luck has remained efficient since struggling in his first game against Chicago.

Pos.PlayerProjection
QBAndrew Luck

Andrew Luck

224 pass yards, pass TD, INT, 19 rush yards

It's hard to determine the adjustments the Colts will make without head coach Chuck Pagano, who was diagnosed with a treatable form of leukemia and is out indefinitely. Luck was a de-facto offensive coordinator in his final year at Stanford (the position at the school is named after him), and projects so highly in part because of his ability to read defenses. It's hard to foresee Luck being lost, but he's facing a speedy defense that will probably try to swarm him. Much of his performance will depend on whether the Colts are able to establish Donald Brown and the run game early.

RBDonald Brown

Donald Brown

91 rush yards

The Colts have increased Brown's workload in every game this season, and they'll likely want to try to get to the Packers on the ground. Green Bay has protected the goal line well, but is still surrendering almost 4.5 yards per carry. The Packers have also not yet forced a fumble, so the Colts may be more comfortable bumping up Brown's workload to avoid too much pressure on Andrew Luck.

WRReggie Wayne

Reggie Wayne

8 rec, 90 yards, rec TD

Wayne still manages to catch a ton of passes regardless of who the quarterback is. The veteran has emerged as Luck's favorite target, has caught at least six balls in every game and remains a dependable downfield threat. Wayne will probably be targeted often.

WRDonnie Avery

Donnie Avery

4 rec, 41 yards

Avery has emerged as a dependable target for Andrew Luck, even if it looked like T.Y. Hilton was going to be that player early in the season. After Avery's nine-catch, 111-yard outburst against Minnesota, it appeared he would be an excellent complement to Reggie Wayne. That still may be the case, but Avery only had two catches in the Colts' Week 3 game against the Jaguars. He will get his catches, and if Luck has to throw often, Avery may see plenty of targets.

WRT.Y. Hilton

T.Y. Hilton

3 rec, 31 yards

Andrew Luck established a good connection with Hilton in the preseason and he unleashed for 113 yards last week. Hilton will get looks; it will all depend on whether or not the Packers are able to effectively pressure Luck.

TECoby Fleener

Coby Fleener

4 rec, 51 yards

Tight ends are playing an active role in the Colts offense and Fleener's chemistry with Andrew Luck already spans four years. Fleener is one of the most-targeted tight ends in the NFL and he will get several short-yardage looks since the Packers will be bringing plenty of pressure.

KAdam Vinatieri

Adam Vinatieri

PAT, 2 FGs

He's still got the boot and he's still in a dome, so Vinateri is a good bet for points should the Colts be able to get into field-goal range. Vinateri has missed two field goals between 30-39 yards, though, and he did have a critical miss against Jacksonville.

DEFENSE

2 Sacks

The Packers clearly struggled with pass protection against Seattle two weeks ago, and the Colts haven't been great at getting to the quarterback. Packers' lineman Bryan Bulaga is probable, and if he plays the Colts should have even more trouble getting to Aaron Rodgers.

 
 
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