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Fantasy Football 2013: Packers at Vikings Week 8 Preview

Green Bay Packers (4-2) at Minnesota Vikings (1-5)

Sunday, October 27, 8:30 PM (ET)

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Looking ahead to the Week 8 installment of “Sunday Night Football,” we’ve got a pretty significant NFC North matchup in store. The Green Bay Packers will be visiting the Minnesota Vikings, and the outcome could hold some very important ramifications when it comes to divisional positioning at the end of the season. The Packers (4-2) are coming off an explosive win against the Browns in Week 7, while the Vikings (1-5) will be playing their second prime-time game in a row after Monday’s loss to the previously winless Giants.
There are important fantasy players everywhere in this one, and they’ll serve to decide games in many a league out there. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the key players and see if we can predict what will happen on our rosters.

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers: Rodgers was working with a severely depleted receiving corps in the Week 7 victory over the Browns, but he still posted some great numbers. He managed 260 yards and three touchdowns on 25-for-36 passing, which should serve to calm the nerves of his fretting fantasy owners. That was Rodgers’ first multi-TD performance since Week 2, and was much more like his usual line. We’re admittedly a little concerned about his lack of receivers, but hopefully he’ll at least get James Jones back for this one.

Fantasy Football 2013: Packers at Vikings Week 8 Preview

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Josh Freeman, QB, Minnesota Vikings: Freeman’s debut for the Vikings was a miserable failure. He was incredibly inaccurate against the Packers, posting a 20-for-53 line for 190 yards and a pick. There’s no word yet on what the Vikings are planning on doing at the QB position, so it remains to be seen what will happen to Freeman. He may not even start Sunday. Fantasy-wise, he’s near the bottom of the barrel and shouldn’t be trusted in any league whatsoever.

Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: Lacy has been crushing over his past three games, giving a nice return on investment for fantasy owners smart (or fortunate) enough to draft him. He posted 108 total yards and a score against the Browns, which was his second straight double-digit fantasy performance.
Lacy figures to factor into the Green Bay attack even more on Sunday night, considering the fact that they’re lacking in receivers. He’s a very strong start here.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings: Peterson was something of a disappointment in Week 7, much to his owners’ chagrin. He managed just 28 yards on the ground, then added another 28 through the air. That’s two weeks in a row that he’s failed to hit double-digits in fantasy points. The uncertainty at the QB position is wreaking havoc on Peterson’s fantasy stats, but there’s really not much owners can do. As the consensus number one pick, you pretty much have to start him every week and just hope for the best.

Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: Depending on your pessimism level, Nelson’s fantasy performance in Week 7 is up for debate. He managed a one-yard touchdown catch, but also had a season-low in yardage (42) to go along with it. The good fantasy news is that Nelson is the man now when it comes to Packers wide receivers, so he should see plenty of action. He’ll also get plenty of attention from the Vikings defense this week, however, so it’s a give and take. Regardless, he’s an automatic start for Week 8.

Jerome Simpson, WR, Minnesota Vikings: As the Vikings’ major deep threat this year, Simpson has logged some fantasy value on the lower end. The problem is this: he plays for Minnesota--that explains why he has no touchdowns yet this year. Still, Simpson is getting targets; he saw nine balls in Week 7 but could only turn those into three catches (and a big drop of a sure-fire TD). He’ll work if you’re in a deeper league and hurting for bodies this week.

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