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How to watch, what to watch for Packers vs. 49ers in Week 9

The Packers and 49ers face off in Week 9 of the 2020 NFL season. We break down how to watch the game, odds for the matchup, key injuries, and notable fantasy football start/sit considerations.

Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers throws a pass against the Houston Texans during the second quarter at NRG Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images

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.

TV Info

Date: Thursday, Nov. 5
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
Channel: FOX/NFL
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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

DraftKings Sportsbook odds

Packers: -3, -148
49ers: +3, +123
Total: 51

Fantasy football start/sit advice

Packers

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.

49ers

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.