Fantasy Player Projections

 
Packers
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Sunday , Nov. 18 | 01:00 PM EST (FOX)
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Pos.PlayerProjection
QBAaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

319 pass yards, 3 pass TDs, 22 rush yards

Rodgers has thrown 22 touchdowns over the past six games. He is winning fantasy games for his owners. In his last game against Detroit, he tossed a pair of scoring strikes to go with his 307 yards passing. Look for another sterling showing.

RBAlex Green

Alex Green

30 rush yards, 3 rec, 28 rec yards

Green's opportunity to win the Packers' feature job has passed; now he is sharing carries with James Starks and would need a monster week (or two) to change minds on the coaching staff.

RBJames Starks

James Starks

39 rush yards

Starks was given more carries in Week 9, but Alex Green is clearly the more versatile player. Fantasy owners should label this a lose-lose situation and avoid both backs.

WRJordy Nelson

Jordy Nelson

6 rec, 89 yards, rec TD

At least for now, Nelson remains Aaron Rodgers' No. 1 receiver. Nelson's hamstring is well rested and should not hinder him this week in an important divisional matchup. Prior to suffering his injury, Nelson had gained 120-plus yards in Weeks 7 and 8.

WRJames Jones

James Jones

5 rec, 67 yards, rec TD

The Packers' best red-zone weapon will try to take advantage of a Lions secondary that has allowed 14 touchdowns. Jones had 94 yards and a touchdown in his last trip to the Motor City.

WRRandall Cobb

Randall Cobb

4 rec, 56 yards, rec TD

Green Bay has agreed it will do whatever it takes to get the ball into Cobb's hands –- as a rusher, receiver or return man. It makes sense. Cobb currently leads the club in receptions (45) and has scored five touchdowns in the past three games.

WRGreg Jennings

Greg Jennings

2 rec, 29 yards

It's still not clear if Jennings will return this week, but the veteran receiver wants to get back on the field. Fantasy owners should plan for modest results if Jennings returns.

TEJermichael Finley

Jermichael Finley

3 rec, 42 yards

It takes a lot to rub the Green Bay faithful the wrong way, but fans want Finley gone. Too many dropped balls and missed opportunities. Fantasy owners feel the same way.

KMason Crosby

Mason Crosby

3 PATs, 2 FGs

Crosby is barely on pace to reach 100 points, which is unacceptable for a kicker in this offense. He has missed a field goal in four of the team's last five games. His days in Green and Gold are numbered.

DEFENSE

INT, Sack

Clay Matthews (hamstring) has joined the long list of Packers defenders on the mend. If he misses this contest it could have a domino effect on the rest of this unit.

Pos.PlayerProjection
QBMatthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford

317 pass yards, 2 pass TDs, INT

Some wondered whether Stafford could match last year's success, but he has eliminated any doubt with two recent three-touchdown games. Stafford should do well this week against a Green Bay defense that is almost unrecognizable from the team's Week 1 starting lineup.

RBMikel Leshoure

Mikel Leshoure

68 rush yards, rush TD, 2 rec, 12 rec yards

Since reaching 100 yards in his 2012 debut, Leshoure has not gained more than 70 yards in any of the following six games. Beyond his three-touchdown game in Week 9, Leshoure has done little to earn automatic-start status. He should get into the end zone against the Packers this week, though.

RBJoique Bell

Joique Bell

23 rush yards, 5 rec, 58 rec yards

Bell has caught 17 passes over his last four games. Still, the combination of his touches as a rusher (44 carries this season) and receiver don't make him a back worth starting outside of the deepest leagues.

WRCalvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson

6 rec, 105 yards, rec TD

Johnson has caught 10 touchdowns in nine career games against Green Bay, and in Week 17 last year he caught 11 passes for 244 yards against the Packers. Simply put: Johnson owns this defense.

WRRyan Broyles

Ryan Broyles

3 rec, 46 yards, rec TD

The rookie's involvement in the passing game will fluctuate week to week, as Detroit has worked more weapons into the attack and Calvin Johnson has finally begun demanding a bigger slice of the pie. But this could be a week for fantasy owners to get excited, as Green Bay's secondary is a tad thin.

WRTitus Young

Titus Young

4 rec, 49 yards

Young's average yards per catch has dwindled over the past month, and last week Joique Bell and Brandon Pettigrew both saw more looks. Young is too inconsistent for fantasy owners to trust.

TEBrandon Pettigrew

Brandon Pettigrew

3 rec, 40 yards

The Lions' passing game has taken flight, but left Pettigrew back in the terminal. Last week he scored a touchdown (his first since Week 2) but gained just 32 yards. He hasn't put it all together yet, and doesn't appear close.

KJason Hanson

Jason Hanson

3 PATs, FG

It's been a tale of two seasons for Hanson -- lots of field goals and points in the first five games, lots of extra points and few field goals in the last four. The "bad half" continues into Week 11.

DEFENSE

3 Sacks

The Packers' offensive line still has holes, and the Lions can afford to dismiss the running game. Detroit will make a run at Aaron Rodgers, trying to disrupt one of the league's best passing attacks.

 
 
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