Fantasy Football 2014: Falcons at Packers 12/8/14 Week 14 Preview
Atlanta Falcons (5-7) at Green Bay Packers (9-3)
Monday, December 8, 2014; 8:30 PM ET
Finishing up the NFL’s Week 14 schedule this week on “Monday Night Football,” we’ve got an NFC matchup between the Falcons and the Packers. Atlanta (5-7) will head up north fresh off a surprising win over the Cardinals, while Green Bay (9-2) was able to take care of business in a big matchup against the Patriots in Week 13.
There will be lots of notable fantasy players out there on the field for this one, and their actions will take on a new dimension of importance given the fact that this marks the first week of the fantasy playoffs in many leagues. That said, let’s take a closer look at some of the key players and see what we can be expecting.
Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons: Ryan had a nice outing against the Cardinals last week, which was kind of surprising given the matchup. He posted 361 yards and two touchdowns, marking the second straight week he’s thrown for multiple scores.
We probably won’t see the same yardage production here, given the fact that it’s a Lambeau Field game in December. Still, Ryan might be good for 250 and a couple of touchdowns if everything goes well.
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Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers: In the most compelling quarterback duel of the week, Rodgers came out on top. He posted 368 yards and two scores against New England, getting the better of Tom Brady’s team in the process.
Rodgers has now thrown for 13 touchdowns and zero picks in the last four games alone. With the way he’s playing, we doubt that trend will stop anytime soon. He’s got some nice matchups down the stretch, too.
Steven Jackson, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Jackson broke the 100-yard mark on the ground against Arizona, thanks mostly to a 55-yard scamper in the first quarter. It marked the fourth time in the last five weeks he’s put up double-digit fantasy points.
Even with the recent success, don’t go scurrying to lock Jackson into your lineup this week. The Falcons will likely be throwing, and he doesn’t factor much into the receiving game. Owners will have to hope he gets a short touchdown.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: Lacy put up 98 yards on 21 carries against the Patriots, but was able to get over the century mark in total yardage thanks to a couple of grabs for 17 more. That’s six straight double-digit fantasy weeks for Lacy, who is on quite a roll.
Between rushing and catching, Lacy has scored five times in the last four weeks alone. He’s obviously a high-end start here and should continue to do well.
Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: With fellow WR Roddy White out of the lineup, Jones posted a stellar day against Arizona. He managed 189 yards and a TD on 10 grabs, marking the first time he’s broken the 100-yard mark since October 5.
It was simply a good day all around for the Falcons passing game. We’d imagine White will be back for this one, but if he’s not, Jones will be the focal point once again. He’s a start either way.
Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers: Here’s the bad news on Nelson: he only had two catches against the Patriots, marking his lowest total since October 2. The good news? He scored on one of those grabs, giving him 53 total yards and double-digit fantasy points for the third time in four weeks.
Nelson is normally Rodgers’ number-one option, so the low amount of catches is likely just a hiccup. He’s a no-duh start regardless.
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