Kickoff: Sunday, November 14th, at 4:25 PM EST
Location: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Betting Odds: SEA +3.5, 49.5 total via Oddsshark
Russell Wilson (Start, QB1)
In dramatic fashion, Russell Wilson took to social media to announce his clearance to return from finger surgery that has had him sidelined since Week 6. He’s rehabbed ‘ahead of schedule’, and immediately lines up to QB1 status. Wilson returning is an immediate boost for the run game and his receivers alike. Geno Smith ended up winning only one of four games started in Russ’ absence. The GB defense has been middle-of-the-pack against QB’s this year, allowing the 15th fewest fantasy points to the position.
Alex Collins (Sit), Rashaad Penny (Sit)
With the return of Mr. Unlimited, could the Seattle run game come back to life? So much so, that Pete Carroll even suggested that Chris Carson would “be on the field” this week at practice, but it’s quite frankly hard to trust anything Carroll ever says. The Seahawks did designate him to return from the IR on Wednesday, but a neck injury is not one to ever normalize, and I truthfully do not see how Carson plays in this one. Alex Collins has taken over the backfield in his absence, but has not been able to get much going considering Wilson has been out as well. I would consider Collins a start if you must this week, but would prefer sitting him in this spot.
Wide Receivers/Tight End
DK Metcalf (Start, WR2), Tyler Lockett (Start, WR2), Gerald Everett (Sit)
There likely aren’t any two players who are happier to see Wilson back than DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. Both have struggled some – especially Lockett – with Smith under center these past few weeks, and a returning Wilson elevates them back into WR2 conversations. Metcalf has been the better of the two in this span, scoring three times in the last two games. The Packers defense has been strong against WR’s this season though, as they have allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points to the position on the year.
Gerald Everett, even with Wilson returning, is not a viable TE to stream.
Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers (Start, QB2), Jordan Love (Sit)
Not without drama, Aaron Rodgers missed the game against the Chiefs last week due to testing positive for COVID-19. He has until this Saturday to clear the protocol in order to play this Sunday. Assuming he’s a go, he’s back in the QB2 fold. If he were to miss this one again, Jordan Love, who was not great against KC, is an easy sit here.
Aaron Jones (Start, RB1), AJ Dillon (Sit)
It was a down week for Aaron Jones, who turned 12 carries into 53 yards and had no targets in the passing game. In all reality, it’s been an up and down year for Jones this season. A returning AR12 will be a boost for Jones, and you can consider him a low-end RB1 in a matchup against a Seattle defense that’s allowing the third-most fantasy points to RB’s this season. AJ Dillon saw all of the pass game work against the Chiefs, catching all four of his targets for 44 yards, and had 46 on the ground on eight carries. Dillon is still a viable bench stash, but I wouldn’t be pressed to start him on a weekly basis. His IRL outlook is far better than his fantasy relevancy, and ironically enough, his production is hindering Jones’ fantasy output.
Wide Receivers/Tight End
Davante Adams (Start, WR1), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Start if you must, FLEX), Allen Lazard (Sit), Randall Cobb (Sit)
Davante Adams saw a whopping 14 targets from Love against Kansas City, but only caught six balls for 42 yards. Surely if Rodgers is back, Adams is the WR1 we know he can be against a weak Seahawks secondary. It’s his supporting cast that you’ll need to think about starting or not. Marquez Valdes-Scantling returned from a hamstring injury that sidelined him since Week 4, but only caught both of his targets for 19 yards. He’d be the start for me over the likes of Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb who take a backseat with MVS in the fold again.
Marcedes Lewis and Josiah Deguara, in the absence of Robert Tonyan, are not fantasy relevant tight ends.
-Matthew Cava (@cavaM_ Twitter & Reddit)