Fantasy Football 2015: Packers at Broncos Week 8 Preview
Green Bay Packers (6-0) at Denver Broncos (6-0)
Sunday, November 1, 2015; 8:30 PM ET
We’re in for a real treat on the Week 8 edition of “Sunday Night Football” when the Packers take on the Broncos in a battle of unbeaten teams. Green Bay (6-0) is coming off a 7-point win over the Chargers in their last appearance, while Denver (6-0) edged the Browns in Week 6. Both teams were on a bye this past weekend, so they’ll come in rested, healthy and ready to play.
There will be plenty of fantasy players on the field for this one, so let’s take a quick look at a few notable names from each side to see what we should be expecting from our lineups.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers: Rodgers was pretty much the top QB off the board in fantasy drafts, and through the first three weeks of the season he lived up to the hype. That said, he’s got just five touchdowns in his past three games combined. Pretty un-Rodgers-like.
This Denver D will be a tough test for Rodgers and his depleted receiving corps, but if anyone can make it work, he can.
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Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos: Here’s Peyton’s first three games this year: five touchdowns, three interceptions. Here’s his most recent three: two touchdowns, seven interceptions.
Manning is starting to show his age, and the Broncos will have to adjust their play calls to accommodate this recent trend of ineptitude. If you’ve got Manning in fantasy, you’re pretty much stuck with him, though, so just keep hoping they get this issue corrected with the turnovers.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: Lacy is actually being out-gained this season by James Starks, who has four fewer carries and 26 more yards on the season. Both players have one rush TD.
It’s pretty troubling to see Lacy give way to a two-headed-monster rushing attack this year; he hasn’t carried the ball more than 19 times or rushed for more than 90 yards in a game this season. That said, he’s still a fantasy starter unless you have a concrete replacement in mind.
Ronnie Hillman, RB, Denver Broncos: Speaking of two-headed monsters, Hillman has one fewer carry than C.J. Anderson, but has turned that into 323 yards and two scores against Anderson’s 180 yards and no touchdowns.
Hillman has two games with at least 103 yards in the last three, as the Broncos continue to try and win games with their defense and ball control. He’s locked in as an RB2 or flex in fantasy all day long.
Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers: With opposing defenses locked in on a Jordy-Nelson-less Cobb, he’s given way to James Jones in receiving yards (424 to 350) and touchdowns (6 to 4).
Jones has been a stellar add for those owners who had the foresight to pick him up, and Cobb has felt the effects in his stat-lines. He’s got no more than five catches or 44 yards in any of the last three games. Still, if you drafted him you’re stuck with him.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: Thomas is fighting a similar losing battle in the stat columns to Emmanuel Sanders. The two are tied in yardage (527), but Sanders has fewer receptions (38 to 48) while posting more touchdowns (3 to 1).
Denver’s not quite the glut of talent at WR it once was, so Sanders and Thomas lead the charge. The good news on Thomas is that he has seven or more receptions in five of six games this year, and at least 92 yards in four of his last five outings. That should make owners feel a little more at ease.
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