The Green Bay Packers and the flying ball of fire and fury that is Aaron Rodgers travel to take on Tom Brady and the Bucs this week. The Bucs are fresh off a depressing loss to the Chicago Bears that saw them make a few mistakes that would have been nice to avoid. The Packers are fresh off a nice bye week and domination of the rudderless Falcons.
In their loss to their Bears, the Bucs lost yet another key player for the year. Now, O.J. Howard and Vita Vea are out for year. The good news here is that there is obvious room for improvement. The Bucs were penalty ridden with 11 penalties for 109 yards. To have a shot against the Packers, they can’t beat themselves.
The Packers should be getting some reinforcements in the receiving core. Although, against the Falcons it didn’t look like they needed any. Rodgers and Aaron Jones have been incredible thus far, leading the Packers offense to the top of the league and making them easy favorites against the Bucs.
Date: Sunday, Oct. 18
Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Packers: #6 Overall — #1 offense, #29 defense, #8 special teams
Bucs: #2 Overall — #11 offense, #2 defense, #20 special teams
Packers: -2.5, -137
Bucs: +2.5, +120
OUT: RB Tyler Ervin (wrist)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Montravius Adams (neck), LB Rashan Gary (ankle), CB Kevin King (quadricep), LB Za’Darius Smith (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: CB Carlton Davis (abdomen), DT Khalil Davis (ankle), RB Leonard Fournette (ankle)
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Davante Adams, WR, $8,000
Keep a close eye on the injury reports heading into this game. If Devante Adams is able to play you should throw him in. He was excellent before injuring his hamstring and returned to practice earlier in the week. If he’s probable, he might be worth a risky start for the upside.
Aaron Jones, RB, $7,600
The Packers are obviously talented in the passing game. There isn’t much doubting or debating that. Aaron Jones has been equally as impressive in the running game and keeping defenses honest. He’s averaging 5.8 yards per carry on the ground on 374 yards and only 65 carries. He’s producing without even getting the ball all that much. He deserves a start.
Ronald Jones II, RB, $6,000
Jones has been the excellent running back the Bucs have needed since Doug Martin. The one thing Brady needs besides a solid offensive line, is a running back to take the pressure off him. Jones has been just that, picking up back-to-back 100 yard rushing performances to cap on averaging 4.9 yards per carry on the year.
Buccaneers, Defense, $3,100
If you’ve relied on the Bucs defense in past weeks, you might want to punt. The Packers probably won’t be doing much punting since they’re the highest scoring offense in the league and second highest passing offense. Rodgers should scare any opposing defenses and their fantasy owners. BENCH EM.