Fantasy Football 2015: Packers at Lions Week 13 Preview
Green Bay Packers (7-4) at Detroit Lions (4-7)
Thursday, December 3, 2015; 8:25 PM ET
TV: CBS, NFL Network
Kicking off the Week 13 schedule on “Thursday Night Football,” we’ve got an NFC North matchup looming between the Packers and the Lions. Green Bay (7-4) lost to the Bears on Thanksgiving, while Detroit (4-7) gained some traction with a big win over the Eagles in Week 12. These two teams have been going in opposite directions over the past month or so.
There will be some notable fantasy football players on the field for this one, so let’s check out some of the key names and see what we might be expecting from our rosters in Week 13.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers: Rodgers wasn’t very Rodgers-y in his team’s Week 12 loss to the Bears. He put up 202 passing yards, one TD and one pick. He did rush for 33 yards, however, which softened the blow a little.
Prior to that stinker, Rodgers had put up eight touchdowns through the air in his last three games. He’ll put up a bad game every so often (like against the Broncos and the Niners), but is obviously a must-start fantasy candidate.
USA TODAY Sports
Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions: Stafford paid off for his owners big-time in Week 12, posting 337 yards and a whopping five touchdowns against the Eagles.
This was a great bounce-back for Stafford, who did nothing through the air against Oakland. He’s turned himself into a nice lower-level fantasy start, putting up at least two passing touchdowns in four of the last six games. The Lions are 4-2 in that span.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: As recently as a couple of weeks ago, we had given up on Lacy. He proved us wrong with his Thanksgiving performance, however, with 17 rushes for 105 yards and 34 yards with a score on four catches.
It seems Lacy has gotten himself back into the coaching staff’s good graces. He has at least 17 carries and 100 rush yards in the last two games. He’s once again a safe play in fantasy, as long as he can hold onto the ball.
Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions: Here’s the bad news on Bell: he was out-carried by Ameer Abdulah in Week 12, 16-7. The good news is that he logged a rush touchdown and 57 yards through the air on two catches.
Abdullah has been the main guy out of the backfield rush-wise over the last couple of games, but doesn’t seem to be much of a receiving threat. Bell will get more catch opportunities, but neither guy is much more than a low-level flex play due to the timeshare here.
Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers: Cobb didn’t get into the end zone on Thanksgiving, but still came away with a decent game. He led the team with six catches, coming up with 74 yards.
Cobb has been on something of a downward slide lately. Week 9 was the last time he hit double-figures in fantasy, a feat he’s accomplished just three times so far this year. He’s becoming something of a risk-reward fantasy play, but if you’ve got him he’s got to be in your lineup due to his capabilities.
Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions: Johnson looked like the unstoppable Megatron of old in Week 12, exploding for eight catches, 93 yards and three touchdowns.
Those were Johnson’s first scores since Week 7, and he doubled his TD output in one afternoon. He’s still a huge part of the offense, and has put up at least 81 yards in his last six games.
For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.