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Friday, September 29, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WRAPUP: PACKERS/ BEARS

-Make it four brilliant games out of four to begin the season for Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers who had the most of his 179 yards passing by tossing four touchdowns.  Overall Rodgers was 18-of-26 and came out early in the blowout which hurt the yardage total some.  He gets the secondary challenged Dallas Cowboys next week which should certainly add to the fun.

Meanwhile on the other side, it could be time for a change as Mike Glennon was brutal in completing 21-of-33 for 216 yards with 1 TD and 2 INT's.  It looks like Brock Osweiler for the Houston Texans 2016 all over again as the Bears opened up the vault this past winter for the guy and he seems like he can't operate as a starter.  Rookie Mitch Trubisky has a world of talent and big-time accuracy but the suspect receiving corps of the Bears making quarterbacking the team quite the challenge.

-The Packers are losing players left and right as they went into the game without their two starting tackles and by the end of it, lost their top two backs and second-best wideout.  The real scary one was Davante Adams taking a shot to the helmet that knocked him out and required removal via stretcher.  All reports are good so far though so Adams luckily avoided disaster.  Not so lucky was Ty Montgomery who broke some ribs on a first quarter carry and was done for the day.  No word on whether Montgomery will try a flak jacket but this is a brutal blow to his fantasy football owners who were enjoying a big start to the season. 

Following quickly behind Montgomery on the injury train was backup RB Jamaal Williams who suffered a knee injury which led to fellow rookie Aaron Jones getting play.  Jones was decent enough in rushing for 49 yards and a score on 13 carries and he is worth adding for Week 5 if you are a Mongtomery owner as yours truly is. 

-Jordan Howard hit paydirt with a score for the second week in a row which saved his night but overall he was ineffective running the ball in picking up just 53 yards on 18 carries and adding two catches for another 10.  So far just one good game out of four for Howard who really is testing the patience of his owners.  His counterpart Tarik Cohen did his PPR thing catching four balls for 22 yards and rushing six times for 24 more but he is not doing enough to justify a starting spot right now. 

-All Jody Nelson does is catch touchdowns.  Simply put, no receiver is better at it than Nelson who caught 4 balls for 75 yards and two scores and narrowly missed a third.  The bets news as well is that there were no problems with his previously injured quad.  Nelson also received some help from tight end Martellus Bennett who cauled in six passes for 39 yards.  Very modest yardage numbers but Bennett still works as a low-end starter in PPR.  Finally Randall Cobb returned from a one-week absence by catching four passes for 44 yards and a score.  Cobb should step up into more receptions if Adams has to miss next week's game. 


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