Start Em/Sit em - Cardinals v. Packers TNF


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Cardinals


Start 'Em


Kyler Murray - The #3 QB in fantasy scoring this year doesn't need much explanation here. Although his ground game has taken a significant step back this year, he's still putting up points in bunches. The Packers have a middle of the road defense. Set and forget.


James Conner - Conner seems to be the favored back for carries, specifically in the redzone, with 6 scores to his credit, despite averaging 3.8 yards per carry. The Packers don't have a particularly good run defense, however, as they're ranked 30th in DVOA against the run this season. Conner has failed to register 10 touches only once this year, and the nature of his touches will make him a viable fantasy producer again. You can start him as an RB2/Flex play this week against the Pack.


DeAndre Hopkins - Since falling flat against the Jags and Rams, Hopkins has made the most of his last three weeks with 16 catches for 195 yards and 4 scores. The Cardinals offense, however, has a lot of mouthes to feed, and Hopkins has failed to record more than 7 catches or 100 yards this season. Hopkins should continue to be utilized as a WR2 for fantasy, but it's hard to plan on more than that in any given week.


AJ Green - See above note for Hopkins, but less volume. Green hasn't been targeted more than 6 times this season, but has produced 100 yards or scored in 4 of his 7 games. Green merits consideration in deeper leagues as a WR3/Flex type.


Zach Ertz - One week after being traded, Ertz hit the ground running with 3 catches for 66 yards and a score. Ertz profiles to fit into Maxx Williams' vacated role with ease, and should be a solid red zone target for the Cardinals for the rest of the season. The Packers have allowed at least 4 catches to TEs in every game this season, along with 3 scores. With the lack of quality options at TE in fantasy, Ertz is a TE1 this week.


Cardinals D/ST - In the wake of Devante Adams and Allen Lazard being benched due to COVID protocols, a normally high-scoring Packers offense will be short-handed this week. The Cards have the number 2 scoring defense in fantasy making them worthy of a start this week.


Sit 'Em


Chase Edmonds - The other back, Edmonds is certainly the favored pass catcher in the backfield. Though he has fallen out of favor in the run game in recent weeks, he did register 15 carries against the lowly Texans last week. Because of his decreasing volume, it's hard to see Edmonds getting enough touches to be viable in fantasy if the Cardinals are playing from ahead. Edmonds is merely flex worthy this week.


Rondale Moore/Christian Kirk - It's becoming increasingly difficult to see where the many targets in this offense are going week to week, and Hopkins and Green are having a hard time generating volume as the top two options in this offense. As the third option, Kirk presents a stronger upside, but it's difficult to plan on either being more than flex worthy while all of these options are healthy.


Packers


Start 'Em


Aaron Rodgers - Since his week one debacle, Rodgers has averaged more than 20 fantasy points per game while turning the ball over once with 15 passing TDs and 2 rushing TDs in the last 6 games. The Cardinals defense is a solid unit, but Rodgers still presents upside this week with the volume of throws, despite the lack of strong options. Rodgers should be a high-end QB2 this week.


Aaron Jones - Jones is the most obvious beneficiary of the absence of Adams and Lazard. As an RB1 on the season, Jones already sees a bulk of his work in passing situations, and continues to get the lion's share of the carries in the backfield. Look to see Jones involved even more in the passing game, and this should give him a safe floor this week.


Marquez Valdes-Scantling - In the wake of COVID precautions for the Packers, MVS figures to be activated from IR prior to this week's game. While using a WR that hasn't practiced since week 3 is a dicy proposition, he figures to see solid volume with the Packers' depleted WR corps. MVS is worthy of consideration as a high-upside WR3.

UPDATE: As of Thursday afternoon, MVS is trending towards inactive status.


Randall Cobb - If MVS isn't activated, Cobb would see a considerable amount of targets, but would also attract the most defensive attention. Rodgers is still among the league's best though, and in a game where he's no lower than 2nd on the depth chart should give him enough volume to be viable. Cobb is worthy of an upside flex play this week.

UPDATE: As noted above, MVS is trending towards inactive. Cobb is likely to see a majority of the attention from the Cardinals' secondary, but remains an upside play due to volume.


Robert Tonyan - Another option that should see more utilization with the lack of quality options. Tonyan has certainly been a disappointment this season in fantasy, but he should be viable this week. As the most obvious red-zone threat in the passing game without Adams, Tonyan presents an option as a TE1 this week.


Sit 'Em


AJ Dillon - While Dillon has had games where the volume has presented an opportunity for him, it has been hit or miss as he's generated 10 touches only 3 times. Dillon is simply not an option while Jones is healthy.


Packers D/ST - The Cardinals have one of the best offenses in the NFL. Though the Packers have been solid in fantasy over the last 6 weeks, this is not the week to start them.

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