Alshon Jeffery snagged seven of 11 targets for 90 yards in the Bears' Week 12 win over the Packers.
Jeffery was consistently a thorn in the Packers’ side, especially after halftime when he caught four passes for 58 yards. Jeffery still found time to mix in a few head-scratchers. He dropped a pass late in the first half and lost focus on an embarrassing offsides penalty in the third quarter. Jeffery nearly made the play of the night with a diving end-zone catch against Damarious Randall but he couldn’t stay inbounds. He’ll be a WR1 against the Niners in Week 13.
Jay Cutler completed 19-of-31 passes for 200 yards with one touchdown and rushed four times for nine yards in the Bears' Week 12 win over the Packers.
Cutler outplayed Aaron Rodgers Thursday in his first career win at Lambeau Field. He was only sacked once and wasn’t phased by Green Bay’s pass rush. The game plan was pretty conservative as Cutler stayed in the intermediate part of the field instead of going for the home run. His lone touchdown pass came against a heavy blitz. Zach Miller was wide open on the play. He didn’t click with Alshon Jeffery right away but their chemistry improved as the game went on with Jeffery hauling in four of his five second-half targets. Cutler has an appetizing matchup against the 49ers in Week 13.
Marquess Wilson secured four of five targets for 44 yards in the Bears' Week 12 win over the Packers.
This wasn’t the shootout we were expecting but Wilson made the most of his limited targets. The lousy weather conditions prevented Jay Cutler from looking deep, so instead he mostly opted for screen passes and short sideline routes. That played to Wilson’s strength as he proved very explosive whenever Cutler put him in space. Alshon Jeffery is still the go-to guy but Wilson does carry some sleeper value, particularly while Martellus Bennett and Eddie Royal are out with injuries.
Aaron Rodgers completed 22-of-43 passes for 202 yards with one touchdown and one interception and rushed four times for 33 yards in the Packers' Week 12 loss to the Bears.
The dreadful weather conditions in Green Bay prevented either team from establishing much of a vertical presence. Rodgers did the best he could under the circumstances, using the intermediate part of the field for screens and check-downs. He didn’t get much cooperation from his receiving corps as the Packers dropped a number of wide-open passes and struggled to get open. Davante Adams was the worst offender with three drops. Rodgers hurt his left wrist while trying to recover a botched snap but was back for the next series. His first-quarter touchdown pass to Eddie Lacy was the 250th of his career. Rodgers will be a top-five option against the Lions in Week 13.
Eddie Lacy delivered 105 yards on 17 carries and caught four of five targets for 34 yards and a touchdown in the Packers' Week 12 loss to the Bears.
This was easily Lacy’s best performance of the year. In his second game back from a groin injury, Lacy looked spry, dodging tackles and showing a nice burst. As he usually does when he’s on his game, Lacy got low and bullied his way to extra yards. Lacy’s 29-yard run on his first carry of the game was his longest of the season. Later he added a touchdown on a 25-yard catch-and-run from Aaron Rodgers, though he almost blew it by letting go of the ball right as he reached the goal line. Lacy was benched after fumbling at the end of an 18-yard run in the second quarter but was back out for the start of the second half. Now that he’s been reinserted into the starting lineup, fantasy owners can safely pencil Lacy in as an every-week RB2. He’ll get the Lions in Week 13.
James Starks contributed 39 yards on seven carries while catching four of five targets for 41 yards in the Packers' Week 12 loss to the Bears.
Starks got some run late in the first half after Eddie Lacy lost a fumble and was featured again on the team’s final possession. Starks’ longest gain came late in the fourth quarter on a screen pass that went for 18 yards. He didn’t get the start this week but it looks like Starks can expect around 10 touches a game going forward. The Packers will head to Detroit next Thursday to take on a Lions team that has won three straight.
Randall Cobb hauled in six of seven targets for 74 yards in the Packers' Week 12 loss to the Bears.
It was a quiet night for Cobb. He did have a few highlights though. At the end of the first half, Cobb did a nice job to elude rookie Bryce Callahan on a 23-yard catch-and-run. He moved the chains again with a 32-yard pickup on Green Bay’s final possession. Cobb’s high touchdown rate has been his saving grace in fantasy though he couldn’t deliver an end zone visit in Week 12. He’ll look to get back on track against the Lions next Thursday.
Davante Adams caught two of 11 targets for 14 yards in the Packers' Week 12 loss to the Bears.
Adams was horrific on Thursday night. He began the game by dropping a pass that should have gone for a 47-yard touchdown. Adams had at least a step on Tracy Porter. The Packers went away from Adams for a while, opting to use Jeff Janis on three wide receiver sets. Adams resurfaced with two more drops in the second half and was the intended receiver on Rodgers’ only interception of the night. He’ll have a chance to rebound against the Lions next Thursday. Adams caught 10 passes for 79 yards against them in Week 10.