The Green Bay Packers have begun to slide and have lost two of their last three games. They’ll look to bounce back in Week 9 on the road against the depleted San Francisco 49ers. The visitors were gashed on the ground in Week 8 but will face a backfield that seems to get thinner every week.
Green Bay’s star battery of Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams have up up some monster numbers as of late. The duo have connected on five touchdown passes in their last two outings. The rest of the receiving corps has been subpar though and struggled since Allen Lazard landed on the IR after his spectacular Week 3 performance. Lazard is working toward making a return on Sunday and Aaron Jones could also return from a calf injury to drastically increase the Packers’ firepower.
San Francisco has been plagued by injuries all season and things somehow managed to get worse after a Week 8 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle, and Tevin Coleman went down with injuries against the NFC West leaders. Deebo Samuel and Raheem Mostert are also on the 49ers’ growing list of injured players. Nick Mullens will have to lead a ragtag group against one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL.
Date: Thursday, Nov. 5
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Packers: #8 Overall — #2 offense, #29 defense, #10 special teams
49ers: #12 Overall — #9 offense, #12 defense, #14 special teams
Packers: -3, -148
49ers: +3, +123
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Aaron Rodgers, QB, $6,500
Rodgers ranks third in passing touchdowns with 20 and has been lighting opposing teams up through his favorite target. The 49ers have been great against quarterbacks but Rodgers, Adams, and Jones are easily the Packers’ most dangerous offensive threats. San Francisco is better against the run than it is against the pass, so I’d bank on Rodgers’ arm and one of the most dynamic pass catchers the NFL has to offer.
Davante Adams, WR, $8,400
Adams has tallied 77.9 DKFP in his last two games and while hauling in 20 of his 28 targets. He’ll continue to be a priority on offense against one of the best run defenses in the league. The 49ers’ secondary is a little banged and will have a tough time covering Adams during his best stretch of the season so far.
Brandon Aiyuk, WR, $5,400
Aiyuk has been the 49ers’ most productive pass catcher for two weeks now and amassed 14 catches for 208 yards and two scores in Weeks 6 and 7 and will be a focal point while Kittle misses time with a foot injury. His price likely dropped by $400 because of Jimmy G’s high ankle sprain but his versatility will keep him involved. Word also came Wednesday that teammate Kendrick Bourne has tested positive for COVID-19, further expanding his potential role in this TNF outing.
JaMycal Hasty, RB, $4,200
Hasty only tallied 29 rushing yards against the Seahawks but managed to score and led the 49ers in rushing attempts. The Packers’ defense ranks 29th against running backs on DraftKings so there’s a good chance Hasty will improve upon his last performance. He’s a bargain at this price because he tallied six more touches than Jerick McKinnon in Week 8.