Fantasy Football 2014: Packers at Saints 10/26/14 Week 8 Preview
Green Bay Packers (5-2) at New Orleans Saints (2-4)
Coming up on the Week 8 edition of “Sunday Night Football,” we’ve got a nice matchup looming between the Packers and Saints. Green Bay (5-2) is coming off a blowout win over the Panthers, while New Orleans (2-4) was shocked by the Lions. The records won’t matter much here, as it should be a high-flying offensive battle.
As you may have guessed, there will be plenty of notable fantasy names out on the field for this one. Let’s take a look at the big players on both sides and see if we can figure out what to be expecting on our rosters this week.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers: Rodgers continued his dominating fantasy run against Carolina, posting three touchdowns and 255 yards in the big win. It was his fouth consecutive outing with at least three touchdowns.
In the last four weeks alone, Rodgers has tossed 13 touchdowns, so he’s pretty much one of the few names you don’t have to worry about at QB.
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Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: Speaking of fantasy quarterbacks you normally don’t have to worry about, Brees falls into that category as well. He had a solid effort in Detroit with 342 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
Brees has had some up-and-down results so far, but on the whole he’s producing pretty good fantasy numbers. He’s still your starting QB, through thick and thin, and will get some better matchups down the road.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: Lacy was able to bounce back from a lousy outing in Miami with a nice line against the Panthers. He put up 73 total yards and found the end zone for the fourth time in four weeks, which should alleviate some of your concerns.
James Starks is still lurking here (and when healthy will get some carries), but Lacy is still a start-him-if-you-have-him back and shouldn’t be out of your lineup here.
Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints: The muddy Saints backfield got a little muddier with the return of Mark Ingram this week, and it didn’t help Thomas much. He posted just 13 yards on six carries, but you can rack much of that up to Detroit’s suffocating defense.
There are no less than four running backs who the Saints can rely on at any given time, which makes fantasy owners hard-pressed to find a reason to start any of them consistently. If Thomas can step it up in the passing game, he’ll be worth a flex spot, but he’s got a lot standing in his way.
Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: There’s no denying who Rodgers’ favorite receiver is--it’s obviously Nelson, who logged 80 yards and a TD on four grabs against Carolina. He’s now got five touchdowns in the last four weeks, and has broken the 100-yard barrier twice in that span.
To say Nelson is a must-start is an understatement. He did his damage early against Carolina, but seeing his final numbers is a testament to how dynamic he can be on any given play.
Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints: Graham was surprisingly active during the Detroit game, leaving many fantasy owners to scramble to add him to their lineups. That didn’t do much good, however, as Graham posted zero catches on two targets in the loss.
It seems Graham was primarily in decoy mode here, but putting him into your lineup was probably the right call. He’s one of the few players who demands to be active whenever he’s on the field, so keep watch on him in practice this week to see how it’s going to go this weekend.
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