The Green Bay Backers suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 6 and will get a chance at redemption against the struggling Houston Texans in Week 7. Houston squandered its chance to upset the undefeated Tennessee Titans in its last outing and will now have to take on one of the best teams in football for a second consecutive week.
Aaron Rodgers struggled when facing consistent pressure for the first time this season and threw his first and second picks of 2020 in quick succession. He didn’t throw a single touchdown and tallied just 160 passing yards. The Buccaneers’ locked up the usually explosive Aaron Jones, who could dominate a Houston defense that forked up over 200 rushing yards to Derrick Henry on Sunday. Ryan Tannehill threw for 364 yards and four scores against the Texans, so it’s likely we’ll see Rodgers get back to playing like himself in Week 7.
Deshaun Watson was firing on all cylinders against the Titans, but his 335 passing yards and four passing touchdowns weren’t enough to topple Tennessee. His connection with Brandin Cooks is growing and Will Fuller V has played like a legit WR1 when healthy. Houston was have to be at its best to be competitive in this one, as Green Bay is one of the most productive offensive teams in the league.
Date: Sunday, Oct. 25
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Packers: #12 Overall — #4 offense, #30 defense, #8 special teams
Texans: #15 Overall — #8 offense, #27 defense, #16 special teams
Packers: -3.5, -177
Texans: +3.5, +155
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Aaron Rodgers, QB, $7,000
Rodgers manned the highest-scoring offense in the NFL before Week 6. Houston has given up more than 30 points per game this season. Davante Adams might be on the mend from a hamstring injury, but Houston doesn’t have an answer for him in the secondary.
Aaron Jones, RB, $7,200
Jones is among the league leaders in yards from scrimmage and has a good chance to have a ceiling game against the Texans, who have given up more rushing yards per game than any team in the NFL. Jones is a threat on the ground and through the air. He leads the Packers in rushing yards (389) and touchdowns (7). He’s only second to Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling in targets with 28. This a a great opportunity to get a ceiling game from Jones.
Deshaun Watson, QB, $6,800
Jaire Alexander is one of the best cornerbacks in football this year, but Watson has too much upside to pass on. Brandin Cooks is emerging as a viable deep threat and Watson is still capable of getting things done on the ground. Watson threw touchdowns to four different players in Week 6 and should continue to make use of all his resources.
Will Fuller V, WR, $6,800
Fuller has three 100-yard games under his belt. He’s target total is almost identical to Cooks, but his 455 receiving yards put him near the cream of the crop. His speed gives him a chance to make home run plays against any secondary.