The Packers and Saints will match up against each other at 8:20 P.M Sunday night. Fantasy football owners have to wait all day to see some of the biggest names perform. Who will shine in Prime-time?
Football is a unique sport in which you need all of the players working together to have a successful team. It’s this success that will propel a team to victory and allow individual players Fantasy football stardom.
The late coach thought working together was rather important..
“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses or problems of modern society. Individual commitment to a group effort- that is what makes teamwork, a society work, a civilization work.”Vince Lombardi
I agree with the coach, the team is very important; but let’s be honest this is Sunday Night football, and it’s Rodgers vs Brees! Legacy’s are on the line.
Rodgers vs Brees
Aaron Rodgers has started 2020 off hot! He has six touchdowns and zero interceptions. Through just two weeks he’s thrown for 604 yards and has looked like the Rodgers of old.
On Sunday night he’ll be expected to keep the Packers offense rolling without his top target in Devante Adams. Adams is hampered by a hamstring injury that won’t allow him to take the field for this contest.
Drew Brees hasn’t looked like himself. He’s thrown for three touchdowns and one ugly interception. His 472 yards after two games look fine on paper, but to the eye, he looks ready for retirement.
Brees needs to turn back the clock on Sunday night and push the ball down the field for the Saints to have any chance at victory. He’ll also be without his best receiver in Michael Thomas. Thomas suffered a high ankle injury in the first week of the season and hasn’t been available since.
Fantasy football Starts
Look for Rodgers to continue his hot start against a Saints defense that allowed Derek Carr to throw for 282 yards and three touchdowns. Being without Adams shouldn’t dampen expectations for a signal-caller who spreads the ball around as well as Rodgers.
Prediction: 29-36 311 yards-passing, 35 rushing-yards, three TD’s
Speaking of “Hot Starts,” Kamara is off to a blistering pace. He’s tallied four touchdowns in two games and is the only bright spot on a struggling Saints offense. Since Brees has become a check-down quarterback, Kamara’s value has grown exponentially. Kamara is a “must start” this Sunday!
Prediction: 18 rushes 87-yards, 7 receptions 92-yards, 2 TD’s
Lazard is 6’5″ and a matchup nightmare. Rodgers likes to take advantage of things opponents don’t do well, and the Saints can’t cover tall receivers. Last week they let Darren Waller 6’6″ gather 12 receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown. I expect Lazard to have a nice impact on this game.
Prediction: six receptions 80-yards, one TD
New Orleans needs to get Brees comfortable early, and the best way to do that is to get cook involved early and often. Cook, like Lazard, is another large target; he stands at 6’5″ and will help the Saints move the ball against a Packer’s defense that is far too kind to Tight-ends.
Prediction: six receptions 67-yards, one TD
Fantasy Football Sits
Brees used to be an automatic start in the world of Fantasy football, but over the last few seasons, he’s showed slippage, and can no longer be counted on as a set-it and forget-it player.
I know we want to believe that Brees is still a top-tier quarterback that can deliver when the lights are brightest, but the truth is far from that.
Look for Brees to try and recapture some of his youthful vigors as he continues to lose his battle with “Father Time,” only to fall short.
Prediction: 30-42 238 yards-passing, two TD’s, one Int, one Fumble
This is more about expectations than the player. Jones went crazy last week for Fantasy football owners. He totaled 236 yards from scrimmage and gave you three touchdowns against Detroit. But that was the Lions and this is the Saints- a team which held Josh Jacobs under 100-yards.
In fact, the Saints only allow 88.6 yards rushing per game and haven’t permitted a 100-yard rusher since the 2017 season.
Although my expectations for Jones ground-game are lower against this Saints defensive front; I believe Rodgers will target him more in the passing game without Devante Adams.
Prediction: 16 rushes 42-yards, six receptions 56-yards, 0 TD’s
Valdes-Scantling is the hot waiver wire pick-up of the week since the news of the Adams injury broke, but I would be cautious. Being the number one Wide receiver has its disadvantages, and this week he’ll have to deal with a top-tier cornerback in Marshon Lattimore all over him.
Prediction: five receptions 48-yards
Sunday Night Football
This matchup of Green Bay against New Orleans will be a fun watch. It showcases two veteran signal-callers in Brees and Rodgers, and a slew of talent they make better by being in the huddle.
The end result of this matchup won’t do much to tarnish a legacy or make-it for that matter. However, it will give bragging rights to the winner whenever they meet after football is in their past; and bragging rights in the real world are just the same as in the Fantasy football world- They are awesome!
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