Fantasy Football 2014: Vikings at Packers 10/2/14 Week 5 Preview
Minnesota Vikings (2-2) at Green Bay Packers (2-2)
Thursday, October 2, 2014 8:25 PM ET CBS
Kicking off the Week 5 NFL festivities, we have a solid matchup on “Thursday Night Football.” The Packers (2-2) are fresh off a big win over their archrival Bears in Week 4, while the Vikings (2-2) surprised everyone with a nice win over Atlanta.
As you might expect, there will be plenty of notable fantasy players out on the field for this one. Let’s take a look at the key contributors from each team so that we can get a feel for what we should be expecting from our rosters.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings: In Week 4, we got a peek as to Bridgewater’s potential. He managed 317 yards on 19-of-30 passing, and also added a rush TD with 27 yards on five attempts.
The bad news is that Bridgewater exited with an ankle injury; We’ll find out more about his status as the week goes on, but it’s certainly concerning. Regardless, despite his ceiling he’s not a recommended play as a fantasy starter thanks to the injury risk--even if he manages to take the field.
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Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers: Rodgers limped out of the proverbial gate this year, frustrating the legions of fantasy owners who took him as a top-shelf QB in the draft. He came back to life in style against the Bears in Week 4, however, posting 302 yards and four touchdowns on 22-of-28 passing.
You weren’t losing faith in Rodgers, were you? Even with a bad game or two under his belt, he’s still an automatic, no-duh fantasy play.
Matt Asiata, RB, Minnesota Vikings: Those owners starting Asiata and hoping he would carry the load in Week 4 were a little let down when he was the second-leading rusher of the game.
That said, the three touchdowns and 78 yards certainly help, but Jerick McKinnon’s 18 carries for 135 yards are an ugly asterisk. Still, if you’re rolling with Asiata, there’s no reason to stop. He’s a flex-level guy, though. Expect a more even workload on Thursday.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: Speaking of top fantasy picks at their respective positions, Lacy certainly fits that bill. He had a decent-but-not-great game against Chicago, with 48 yards on 17 carries and a catch for 11 more yards. Most importantly, he managed to score in the win, giving him a good day overall.
As long as Lacy is flirting with double-digits each time he goes out, owners will have no issue. We see no reason to think he’ll deviate from that trend here.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings: We loved Patterson coming into the season, and he’s responded with a very uneven performance so far. Week 4 saw him getting just two grabs for 38 yards as his role diminished even further.
The sketchy QB situation certainly hasn’t helped Patterson, and he’s relegated to a “blah” flex play these days. Still, he’s capable of a game-breaking run (or catch) at any point, so the payoff is there if you’re up for it.
Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: Nelson was Rodgers’ favorite target in Week 4, posting a nice 10-catch day for 108 yards and two touchdowns. He and partner-in-crime Randall Cobb accounted for all of the receiving scores and the lion’s share of the yardage.
Despite the slow start, this is still one of the most dangerous offenses in football, so you should feel privileged to have Nelson (or Cobb, for that matter) on your roster.
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