Fantasy Football 2015: Vikings at Packers Week 17 Preview
Minnesota Vikings (10-5) at Green Bay Packers (10-5)
Sunday, January 3, 2016; 8:30 PM ET
Coming up on “Sunday Night Football” in Week 17, we’ve got a great matchup for the league’s regular-season finale. The Vikings will be traveling to visit the Packers, with the winner taking the division. Minnesota (10-5) dismantled the Giants to clinch a playoff berth in their last appearance, while Green Bay (10-5) got blown out by the Cardinals in Week 16. This should be a fun game to watch.
We’ll have plenty of notable fantasy football names on the field for this one, so let’s check out the recent numbers of a few key players to see what we might be expecting here.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings: Bridgewater didn’t have to do a whole lot against the Giants; he simply let his running game do the work. He’d finish 15-of-25 for 168 yards and a TD.
Despite all the Vikings’ successes, Bridgewater simply is not a reliable fantasy quarterback. Since Week 8, he has exactly one game in which he threw more than one touchdown, a 4-score effort against the Bears. Expect more of the same in a run-heavy game here.
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Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers: Rodgers sputtered in fantasy championship week against the Cardinals, posting a 15-of-28 line for one TD and one pick. He rushed three times for 19 yards, but that hardly helped anything.
The Packers passing attack is in dire straits these days. Rodgers hasn’t thrown for more than two touchdowns since Week 9, and has put up just one score three times in that span. He’s not getting any help from his receivers, and is probably looking at two passing scores max here.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings: Peterson did most of the heavy lifting against the Giants in Week 16, logging 22 rushes for 104 yards and a TD. He also caught a 15-yard pass.
Peterson had a bad game against the Bears in Week 15, but other than that he’s been money in the bank. Since Week 8, he has double-digit fantasy points in all but two games. He’s an automatic start in every league.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: Lacy has been one of the biggest fantasy busts this season, but he had an okay game considering the circumstances in Week 16. He put up 60 yards on 12 carries, adding one 28-yard TD through the air that saved his fantasy day.
Lacy has at least 11 rushes in each of the last three games, and it seems the Packers are leaning toward run-first these days. He’s actually a decent flex option in this final week.
Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings: The Vikes passing game was pretty flat in Week 16, and Diggs didn’t do a whole lot. He caught four passes (a team-high), but they turned into just 19 yards.
Aside from his 55 yards and two touchdowns in Week 15 (which seemed to be an aberration), Diggs has zero scores and a high of 66 yards since Week 8. The Vikes are a run-first team, obviously, and he’ll suffer for that statistically.
Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers: Cobb caught just three passes for 15 yards against the Cardinals, continuing a decline that’s gone on the past month or so.
Cobb doesn’t have a receiving TD since Week 11, and hasn’t gone over 100 yards since Week 2. It’s pretty unbelievable, but he’s no longer a must-start in fantasy.
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