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Green Bay will host Minnesota and QB Teddy Bridgewater on Sunday, who has completed 70.4 percent of his passes for 734 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions over the last three weeks.
Bridgewater threw just eight touchdowns in Minnesota's first 12 games this season, so the turnaround in play is encouraging for the young quarterback. Green Bay allowed 296 yards and a score to Bridgewater in their first matchup in 2015, and are looking to keep the Vikings' quarterback under control on Sunday. The Packers have allowed over 100 rushing yards in five-straight games, so corralling Adrian Peterson will be a concern as well for the Packers D/ST that is off the fantasy radar in Week 17. Wed, Dec 30, 2015 11:39:00 PM

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The Green Bay secondary will be without CB Sam Shields (concussion) in Week 15.

Shields suffered a concussion against Dallas in Week 14 and won't make the trip to Oakland with the rest of the Green Bay team, who will lean on young secondary replacements. "The young defensive backs have done a good job," said coach Mike McCarthy. "They've had a whole week to prepare. We'll be ready to go." The Packers D/ST is a mid-tier fantasy option on the road in Week 15 and could have difficulty stopping Derek Carr without Shields on the field.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 04:22:00 AM

The Green Bay defense will face Dallas QB Matt Cassel in Week 14, who completed just 16 of 29 pass attempts in Week 13 at Washington.

Cassel struggled on Monday night and has thrown five touchdowns and five interceptions in 167 pass attempts this season while filling-in for the injured Tony Romo. Green Bay has been average in most defensive measures recently, but should be a top fantasy option in Week 14 when matched up with Dallas, who has averaged a mere 324.8 total yards of offense in Cassel's five starts this season.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 04:02:00 AM

The Green Bay defense will face the Detroit Lions and their 32nd-ranked rushing attack on Thursday night.

The Lions run for 74.5 yards per game and scrounged up just 45 rushing yards against Green Bay in Week 10. The Packers D/ST will look to repeat the success of their defensive front in Week 13, and is a middling fantasy option against Detroit and QB Matthew Stafford, who threw for 337 yards and five touchdowns in Week 12.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 04:20:00 AM

The Green Bay defense will look to build upon a success full Week 11 performance in which they sacked Minnesota QB Teddy Bridgewater six times.

Green Bay is tied for sixth among NFL defenses with 29 sacks on the season and will face Chicago in Week 12, who has allowed only 18 sacks in 2015. After a three-game losing streak, the Packers turned things around in Week 11 with a 30-13 win at Minnesota and will look to pick on Chicago QB Jay Cutler in Week 12, who hasn't thrown more than one interception in a single game this season. The Packers D/ST is an underwhelming Week 12 fantasy option on a short week.
Thu, Nov 26, 2015 02:36:00 AM

Green Bay cornerback Sam Shields (shoulder) could be ready to return to the field in Week 10.

"I feel pretty good today," Shields said. "I did a lot of moving. Things I thought I wasn't able to do, I was able to do it, going up and getting the ball and things like that." Shields was injured in Week 8 and missed Green Bay's game in Week 9. Shields will be a part of a top-five fantasy D/ST in Week 10, as the Packers face the Detroit Lions who lead the NFL in turnovers and are ninth in sacks allowed.
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 03:26:00 AM

The Green Bay defense will look to stop Carolina QB Cam Newton and the Panthers' rushing attack in Week 9.

The Packers are well aware of the challenges that Newton presents. "It’s like linebacker against linebacker with him when he’s running the read-option. He takes hits but it’s different with a 250-pound guy taking the hit than a 200-pound guy tackling the hit," said Green Bay DC Dom Capers. Carolina leads the NFL is rushing, averaging 144 yards per game and will be a difficult matchup for the Green Bay defense that struggles with opposing rushers. The Packers D/ST is just a borderline top-12 fantasy option in Week 9.
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 03:40:00 AM

LB Julius Peppers is leading the top-notch Green Bay pass rush with 5.5 sacks on the season.

Peppers isn't slowing down as a 35-year-old, registering 5.5 of Green Bay's 23 sacks so far this season and told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "I still feel great." The Packers D/ST is second among NFL defenses in sacks, and will look to get to Denver quarterback Peyton Manning on Sunday. Manning is tied for the NFL lead in interceptions with 10, making the Green Bay D/ST a solid fantasy option this week.
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 02:38:00 AM

The Green Bay Packers are second among NFL teams in sacks, taking down opposing quarterbacks 23 times over the first six weeks of the season.

The Green Bay D/ST is on bye this week and will look to return to their pass-rushing ways in Week 8 as they travel to Denver to face the Broncos. The Packers haven't been great in defending the run and just got torched by Philip Rivers through the air in Week 6, but their success in the sack and turnover categories have made this group a fantasy contributor in 2015.
Fri, Oct 23, 2015 04:17:00 AM

The Green Bay D/ST will look to attack the San Diego offensive line that will be missing two starters in Week 6.

LT King Dunlap and C Chris Watt will miss Sunday's game for San Diego. The Chargers' offensive line woes have resulted in 14 sacks allowed and just 92 rushing yards per game from the San Diego offense. The Packers D/ST has been solid this season in all facets except run defense, so this could be a nice week for this group with San Diego struggling to run the ball. Fantasy owners can trust the Green Bay D/ST as a top-10 option this week.
Sat, Oct 17, 2015 06:02:00 PM

The run defense of the Green Bay Packers has improved in recent weeks, with the last two Packers opponents averaging just 76 yards rushing.

The first two weeks of the 2015 season were rough on the Green Bay defense and continued a trend from 2014 with the Packers unable to stop the rushing attack of opposing teams. The last two weeks have been far better for the Packers, holding Jamaal Charles to 49 rushing yards and Carlos Hyde to 20 yards on eight carries. The Green Bay D/ST will need a solid front-line performance this week with St. Louis rookie Todd Gurley emerging in the Rams backfield. Playing at Lambeau Field this week, the Packers D/ST will be a top-12 fantasy option against St. Louis.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 03:54:00 PM

The Green Bay Packers travel to San Francisco in Week 4 to face the struggling offense of the 49ers.

San Francisco is last in the NFL in scoring offense, averaging a paltry 15.0 points per game this season. Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers offense are also coming off a terrible offensive performance against Arizona in Week 3, where they registered just 156 total yards and turned the ball over four times. The Green Bay D/ST has not been the most productive fantasy defense so far this season, but this group is certainly worth a look as a top-12 option in Week 4 with a solid matchup.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 10:57:00 PM

Green Bay DC Dom Capers has used multiple defensive schemes like the "Bear" defense to help deal with personnel changes due to injuries.

"You better have enough different packages because you might have to put different combinations of people out there. That's why you've got to have a large menu to pick from," Capers said about his defense. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal's Bob McGinn noted that the Packers "Bear" defense has held opposing quarterbacks to 2-8 passing and just eight yards on 12 dropbacks this season. With defensive injuries mounting, the Green Bay defense will likely keep a wide array of defensive packages at their fingertips. The Packers D/ST is a mid-tier Week 3 fantasy option against Kansas City.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 03:32:00 AM

Rookie linebacker Jake Ryan will see an increase in playing time in Week 2 with ILB Sam Barrington (foot) out for the season.

Green Bay linebacker Nate Palmer will also fill the void left by Barrington, but the rookie will have plenty of chances to contribute against the defending NFC champions. LB Julius Peppers spoke about the situation saying, "I feel like they’re coming along well. We’re asking a lot of those guys, with a little bit of inexperience, a little bit of playing time." The inexperience at linebacker could provide Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch with a big opportunity for production, as Green Bay allowed Matt Forte to run wild for 141 yards in Week 1. The Green Bay D/ST is a risky Week 2 start in fantasy leagues.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 01:14:00 AM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel tabbed the Packers run defense as the key to Week 1 success for Green Bay.

The report identified late-season improvement from the Green Bay run defense as a big factor in the strong finish to the 2014 season for the Packers. Now, DC Dom Capers will be tasked with carrying over that success into the 2015 season, which starts with a matchup against the Chicago Bears. New Chicago head coach John Fox will likely build the Bears offense around Matt Forte and the running game, so success from the Green Bay defensive front will be important this week. The Green Bay D/ST will be a top-ten Week 1 option among fantasy defenses as they travel to Soldier Field.
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 11:03:00 PM

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PosRoleName
QB1Aaron Rodgers
2Brett Hundley
3Ryan Williams
RB1Eddie Lacy
2James Starks
3John Crockett
GLB1Eddie Lacy
2James Starks
3RB1Eddie Lacy
2James Starks
FB1Aaron Ripkowski
WR11Jordy Nelson
2Jeff Janis
3Ty Montgomery
4Jamel Johnson
WR21Randall Cobb
2Davante Adams
3Jared Abbrederis
4Trevor Davis
5Ed Williams
WR31Davante Adams
TE1Jared Cook
2Richard Rodgers
3Justin Perillo
4Kennard Backman
5Mitchell Henry
LT1David Bakhtiari
2Jason Spriggs
3Jeremy Vujnovich
LG1Josh Sitton
2Lane Taylor
3Matt Rotheram
C1Corey Linsley
2J.C. Tretter
RG1T.J. Lang
2Josh Walker
3Vince Kowalski
RT1Bryan Bulaga
2Don Barclay
3Kyle Murphy
K1Mason Crosby