Fantasy Football: Game of the Week Preview

What should fantasy owners know about the NFL on FOX Game of the Week between the Packers and Bengals?

With Green Bay's offense boasting fantasy potential at every position, it’s no surprise the Packers are the NFL on FOX Game of the Week feature again.

In last week’s matchup, Aaron Rodgers and Co. produced 24 points in the first half against Washington. Rodgers threw for the 25th-most passing yards in a game all-time by torching Washington’s secondary for 480 yards and four touchdowns.

As for Cincinnati, the world watched their defense suffocate Pittsburgh on Monday night. The Bengals’ seventh-ranked rush defense (62.5 yards per game) makes their opponent one dimensional. Fortunately for Green Bay, they should have no problem focusing on the passing attack.

Players to start:

Quarterback – Aaron Rodgers

I really shouldn’t have to go into detail why you should start Rodgers, right? I didn’t think so.

As for Andy Dalton, I have him ranked 25th this week. I’m aware that Green Bay is ranked 30th in passing defense (359 yards per game), but that was against read-option quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III. Dalton is not that type of QB.

Running back – BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard

If the Bengals want to make this a game, it will take a heavy dose of the running game to keep Rodgers off of the field. With that in mind, I would advise that fantasy owners start both the Law Firm and Gio this Sunday. In Week 1, Cincy ran the ball 21 times compared to 34 snaps in Week 2's win over the Steelers.

Eddie Lacy left last week's game against the Redskins with a concussion.  So, as of Wednesday, Green Bay was still unsure who will start behind Rodgers.  In his absence, James Starks filled in and ran for 132 yards and a score on 20 carries. With Cincinnati only allowing 62.5 rushing yards per game this season, I don’t think it matters who the Packers trot out there on Sunday, their running back isn't worth a fantasy start.

Wide receiver – Randall Cobb, A.J. Green, Jordy Nelson, and James Jones

When Aaron Rodgers is slinging the rock and the running back situation is in flux, any and all receivers should be in your starting lineup this week. Even with James Starks rushing for 132 yards against Washington, two Green Bay receivers (Jones and Cobb) finished with over 100 receiving yards and Nelson scored twice.

As for Cincinnati’s top receiver, Green is a must-start each and every week.

Tight end – Jermichael Finley, Jermaine Gresham, and Tyler Eifert

For the second-straight game, Finley caught at least five balls for 50+ yards and a touchdown. In a PPR league, that is a minimum of 16 points which is plenty enough for a start.

Like the Bengals’ rush attack, there are two tight ends battling for playing time. Against the Steelers, Gresham and Eifert finished with 66 receiving yards. Gresham had double the amount of receptions. Either target is worthy of a start in deeper leagues.