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Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers ($11,200) is coming off one of his best games of these simulations, throwing for 292 yards and four touchdowns, good for 29.7 DKFP. It ended a fairly average stretch of games for him, as he scored no more then 16 DKFP in four straight games. Rodgers enters this game with the better ratings than Philip Rivers, boasting an 89 overall and a 91 awareness. While Rodgers has the advantage with the ratings, I think I still give a slight edge to Rivers, who has the weapons.
Davante Adams ($10,400) is by far the most expensive receiver in this game, as he’s $800 more than Keenan Allen of the Chargers. To be fair, Allen has actually been outperforming Adams by a slight margin and they’re only separated by two points in overall rating. With Adams at a 94 overall, he’s averaged 4.2 receptions, 71.8 receiving yards and has scored 17 times, which is a huge lead over the other Packers’ receivers. No other receiver on this team is even sniffing double-digit touchdowns at this juncture. Marquez Valdes-Scantling ($5,600) is a very cheap WR2 and is tied with numerous others for the best speed in this game at 93. He’s simply not a consistent option though, averaging three receptions, 50 receiving yards and six touchdowns scored. Jimmy Graham ($7,000) is a bit expensive for his lack of volume as the TE1, averaging 2.8 receptions, 32.8 yards and six touchdowns scored. He hasn’t posted double-digit fantasy points in eight-straight games, making him a hard sell to throw $7K down for him. If anything, you can consider the extremely cheap Geronimo Allison ($2,200) who blew up in the Packers’ last game for 33.5 DKFP. Allison loaded up on receptions in that game, making eight of them for 74 yards and three touchdowns, which doubled his touchdown total in one game. He’s not usually that busy and is still averaging just 3.3 receptions and 37 yards per game but at his salary, it’s much easier to use him than others.
With rain in the forecast, people could look toward Aaron Jones ($8,800) more than they normally would. I’m not crazy about using him even in this situation as he’s simply too expensive for the lack of output. He’s nearly $9K and is averaging 6.7 DKFP with nine touchdowns scored and 38.6 rushing yards. I’d much rather use Jamaal Williams ($2,600) at a much cheaper salary and averaging almost the same number of DKFP at 5.9. At least Williams will catch out of the backfield.
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Los Angeles Chargers
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The Chargers have been a very strong offense in these simulations and Philip Rivers ($10,800) is a huge reason for that. Averaging a game-high 18.6 DKFP, Rivers has 251.7 passing yards and 49 touchdowns thrown through 24 games. He’s thrown at least two touchdowns in five straight games and exceed 300 passing yards in two of them. While I think both quarterbacks are viable in this game, I lean toward Rivers in this spot.
Mike Williams ($6,400) has become a fantasy juggernaut in these simulations and is just below Rivers in terms of fantasy output with his 18.5 DKFP average. Williams has been seeing WR1 type volume, averaging 4.4 receptions for 76 yards per game and 18 touchdowns. He’s not that close to Keenan Allen ($9,600) in terms of overall rating but you could sure fool me. At his salary, I feel like he’s a free square and you need to use him. As for Allen, he’s doing mighty fine himself but he’s $3,200 more expensive. If choices have to be made, Williams is the easy pivot. Allen is seeing heavy volume himself, averaging 5.5 receptions and 75.5 yards per game with 15 touchdowns. He’s scored over 21 DKFP in three of his last five games, topping out at 39.4. After these two, however, the quality of receivers drops off dramatically. Hunter Henry ($7,400) has scored only two times to go with his 3.7 receptions and 43.3 yards. I would use him over Graham but I truly don’t have a strong lean on the two of them.
With Rivers doing so much through the air, as you can imagine, the running game hasn’t been much of a factor. Melvin Gordon ($8,000) is cheaper than Jones but the production is about the same. Gordon is averaging 7.2 DKFP with 51.3 rushing yards and five touchdowns scored. He’s made a whopping nine receptions in 24 games, so forget about relying on that. Austin Ekeler ($3,000) is handling the passing down work and is starting to see his salary creep up. Ekeler is seeing 2.2 receptions per game for 13.2 yards and has scored a total of five times.
The best bang for your buck when it comes to the captain spot is Mike Williams ($9,600). For the guy with the highest DKFP average in this game to be less than $10K in the captain spot is just a steal. The rain will certainly be a deterrent but I am still ok with using him here. I would also use Philip Rivers ($16,200), if you want to try and soak up all the touchdowns on the Chargers side and pairing him with his top two receivers. Finally, if you really want to go cheap, Marquez Valdes-Scantling ($8,400) is an option.
Final Score: Packers 17, Chargers 27
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