IDP Corner: TNF Week 11

In recent history, the matchups between Green Bay and Seattle have produced plenty of on the field and fantasy fireworks. This season both teams have struggled to really catch a stride, and as such fantasy expectations from the beginning of the season have now certainly shifted. Currently, I feel like Seattle are a little closer to know who they are as a team, with that I feel like they are poised to control this game and come out of Thursday with the W.

Here are the players who are likely owned and potentially already getting started in your league: Blake Martinez, Kenny Clark, Bobby Wagner, Frank Clark, and Bradley McDougald.

Defensive Linemen:
Jarran Reed, DT SEA:  While two of his last three games have certainly been quiet, Reed has been putting together a rather nice season. Of late Dion Jordan, who now appears to be fully healthy, has come on nicely so you may wish to consider him. Overall I like Reed’s body of work through the season, if you are in need of DL player to make a push toward your fantasy season’s end, then either of these guys would be worth considering.

Dean Lowery, DE GB: Lowery had himself a decent game last week. There is an outside chance that he might be able to get the mojo to carry over to this week. Seattle is rather decent at protecting the edge for Russell Wilson, so it won’t be an easy fight to work said mojo and previous to last week Lowery’s production was not earth shattering. The reality is that there will be some better options this weekend if you really need a DL to fill in for this week.

Defensive Backs:
Tedrick Thompson, S SEA: The last 5 games Thompson has had a rather good run. More importantly, he’s been both on the field more than and produced more than Bradley McDougald. The other good thing is Thompson is only owned in leagues that are rather deep. Justin Coleman is also worth noting here. He is also seeing more playing time and producing more than McDougald. Both are worth considering this week against Aaron Rodgers who hasn’t been his dominant self as of late. 

Jaire Alexander, CB GB: After a strong 3 weeks Alexander is THE defensive back from Green Bay to have in fantasy. He leads the “pack” of the Pack’s DBs in both tackles and passes defended. Part of the reason Alexander is producing is many of the other DBs who started the season are either no longer on the team or are injured. Alexander has been one of the few constant DB’s for the Packers this year. While Seattle doesn’t typically give up monster fantasy points to Cornerbacks, Alexander will be someone worth targeting for the remainder of the season and fantasy playoffs.

Linebackers:
K.J. Wright, OLB SEA: Currently Wright is listed as doubtful for tonight’s game, if he does play, he’ll be a decent option. As it sits “doubtful” means less than likely to me, and as such, I don’t think anyone else is going to be worth rolling with this week. Barkevious Mingo has seen the next most amount of snaps at LB and hasn’t been able to produce all that much. Austin Calitro could be a sneaky play, but has seen 0 snaps over the last 3 weeks which doesn’t instill confidence in me. Shaquem Griffin is an amazing story, but he’s fizzled after a strong amount of early season hype.

Kyler Fackrell, OLB GB: While I’ve always felt that Green Bay Outside Linebackers tend to get more pomp then they deserve when it comes to fantasy players, Fackrell is not only available in virtually most leagues, but after Martinez, he is currently the most rosterable linebacker. Yes, Clay Matthews has gone off a couple times over the past couple of years, but such performances are horribly few and far between. Fackrell is not going to set the world on fire, but he has been considerably more consistent in his last four games. Nick Perry started the season strong, but his production has been waning as the season has progressed. Again, I feel you will find better both short and long term options for players to add to your team, but Fackrell is the LB worth highlighting here from Green Bay.

Good luck to everyone on your Thursday endeavors. As always if you have any questions feel free to reach out to me via twitter @decoylife or the other gurus @TFFGurus.

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