The Huddle on Facebook Facebook   The Huddle on Twitter Twitter   The Huddle Mobile Mobile Welcome, Guest. You are not logged in.   | Login  |  Help
HOME FANTASY DRAFT KIT IN SEASON ARTICLES NEWS STATS FORUMS TEAMS PLAYERS NFL DRAFT NFL ABOUT myHuddle

FANTASY FOOTBALL IN-SEASON FEATURES

Predictions & Projections
David Dorey
Sortable Player Projections
Game Predictions Summary

Projections by Team
Print this page Print 
WEEK 15
2010
SF at SD *CLE at CIN *KC at STL *DEN at OAK
BUF at MIA *JAC at IND ARI at CAR NYJ at PIT
*PHI at NYG HOU at TEN DET at TB *GB at NE
*UPDATED *WAS at DAL *NO at BAL ATL at SEA *CHI at MIN

Prediction: GB 6, NE 31

Update: Deion Branch was limited in practice but is expected to play without limitation. Aaron Rodgers has not practiced on Wednesday or Thursday and is not expected to on Friday. His status will not be known until Saturday at the earliest. The early speculation by those on or around the team is that he will not play.

Update #2: Aaron Rodgers never practiced this week and is listed as doubtful to play. He is traveling with the team but is not expected to play.

The Packers playoff hopes got pimp-slapped last week when Aaron Rodgers left the game and the Lions beat them. Without Rodgers they scored only three points against a 2-10 team. Now they head to New England where the Pats are 11-2 and playing like they need to be handed a GED and sent to college so all the other teams have a chance.

Green Bay Packers (8-5)
Homefield: Lambeau Field
Grass
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @PHI W 27-20 10 Bye -
2 BUF W 34-7 11 @MIN W 31-3
3 @CHI L 17-20 12 @ATL L 17-20
4 DET W 28-26 13 SF W 34-16
5 @WAS L 13-16 14 @DET L 3-7
6 MIA L 20-23 15 @NE --
7 MIN W 28-24 16 NYG --
8 @NYJ W 9-0 17 CHI --
9 DAL W 45-7 - - -
Packers Report | Statistics | Roster
GREEN BAY at NE Rush Catch Pass
QB Matt Flynn - - 210
RB Brandon Jackson 20 20 -
RB James Starks 30 - -
TE Andrew Quarless - 50 -
WR Greg Jennings - 60 -
WR Donald Driver - 50 -
WR James Jones - 20 -
PK Mason Crosby 2 FG XP -
Pregame Notes: Losing in Detroit wasn't in the plans but now the Packers have a serious problem. There are 8-5 and currently would be out of the playoffs if it ended today. And to try to get back into it, all they have to do is win in New England where the Pats are 6-0 and then beat the 9-4 Giants before hosting the Bears in what may be a game for the division or may be for nothing. The Packers are without Aaron Rodgers at the wrong time.

QUARTERBACK: There is speculation that Aaron Rodgers will return and play this week after suffering a concussion against the Lions - his second one of the year. Simply enough the Packers are not competitive without him though in reality why rush him back to play in the cold of New England in a game that in all likelihood they will lose anyway?

Rodgers will undergo tests and it will not be until Wednesday or Thursday at the earliest that they will make a determination on his playing status. Until then, the assumption has to be that Matt Flynn gets his second start and that it will go even worse than the first one.

RUNNING BACKS: The entire rushing attack fell apart last week once Rodgers was out of the game and James Starks only gained eight yards on six carries and Brandon Jackson had seven runs for 19 yards. This week it matters even less against a Patriots defense that has only allowed two runners to score as a visitor all year. And no runner has more than 88 yards there.

Expect the Packers to fall behind and the rushing game to be abandoned earlier than later in this game.

WIDE RECEIVERS: The Packers may catch a break with the Patriots LCB Devin McCourty nursing bad ribs but it may not matter anyway since last week Flynn was unable to do much playing against the Lions. Greg Jennings had the best game with only four catches for 52 yards and no other wideout totaled more than 30 yards. Barring a return of Rodgers, this group is hands off this week other than taking a shot on Greg Jennings catching a long pass. The Patriots secondary can be beaten but so far Flynn hasn't show he is up to taking advantage.

TIGHT ENDS: What Flynn did do was to rely on his old second-team buddy Andrew Quarless for a team high five catches for 62 yards last week. I will include Quarless in the projections this week since Flynn seems to prefer him but that was just one game and should not be considered reliable.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points GB 2 32 5 21 17 4
Preventing Fantasy Points NE 29 21 25 21 7 1
Advantage(+) or Disadvantage(-) GB 27 -11 20 0 -10 -3


New England Patriots (11-2)
Homefield: Gillette Stadium
FieldTurf
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 CIN W 38-24 10 @PIT W 39-26
2 @NYJ L 14-28 11 IND W 31-28
3 BUF W 38-30 12 @DET W 45-24
4 @MIA W 41-14 13 NYJ W 45-3
5 Bye - 14 @CHI W 36-7
6 BAL W 23-20 15 GB --
7 @SD W 23-20 16 @BUF --
8 MIN W 28-18 17 MIA --
9 @CLE L 14-34 - - -
Patriots Report | Statistics | Roster
NEW ENGLAND vs GB Rush Catch Pass
QB Tom Brady - - 300,2
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis 80,1 - -
RB Danny Woodhead 30 20 -
TE Aaron Hernandez - 30,1 -
WR Brandon Tate - 30 -
WR Deion Branch - 70,1 -
WR Wes Welker - 90 -
PK Shayne Graham 1 FG 4 XP -

Pregame Notes: The Patriots are getting that mean look in their eye again and rolling over all opponents by embarrassing amounts. They even catch a break this week if Aaron Rodgers is out - not that they likely needed it. The Pats are turning into a speed boat and swamping everyone they go past.

I like one defensive score in this game.

QUARTERBACK: Tom Brady has been ridiculous lately - facing the top defenses in the league and walking away with 300+ yards and multiple touchdowns every week. He has not thrown an interception since week six and only had four so far against 29 touchdowns. He faces an aggressive Packers defense that has only allowed 12 passing scores all year and never more than one since week six. And by this point, you have to assume that it does not matter because the Patriots are on fire and Brady is holding the flame thrower.

RUNNING BACKS: BenJarvus Green-Ellis has scored in each of the last five home games and rolled up solid yardage in each. Danny Woodhead has been less effective as the change of pace back but has rushed in four scores this season and has been a factor as a receiver in most games as well.

The Packers have been outstanding against the run though and only allowed four players to rush in a touchdown. Expect Green-Ellis to make that five this week and even Woodhead could get into the game more if Flynn plays and the Packers fall far behind. Consider Green-Ellis a safe start this week against a normally stout rushing defense.

WIDE RECEIVERS: It was brutally cold and windy last week and the Bears had a top ranked pass defense so naturally both Wes Welker (8-115) and Deion Branch (8-151, TD) had their biggest yardage games of the season. For the past month the duo has been almost unstoppable and combined for eight touchdowns in those games. The Packers are bringing their top ranked secondary to the game that has only allowed two passing scores to a road opponent wide receiver this year. But both Branch and Welker are every week must-starts. And so far the Colts, Jets and Bears could not stop them. I'll credit Branch with the score but it could end up with either wideout.

TIGHT ENDS: Rob Gronkowski scored last week and he has seven touchdowns on the season but Aaron Hernandez has four scored and has been used a bit more lately. There is no relying on either tight end because the way they alternate use. But one should catch a score this week against the weakest part of the Packers defense.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points NE 8 7 10 2 5 3
Preventing Fantasy Points GB 5 3 4 24 9 6
Advantage(+) or Disadvantage(-) NE -3 -4 -6 22 4 3

WEEK 15
2010
SF at SD CLE at CIN KC at STL DEN at OAK
BUF at MIA JAC at IND ARI at CAR NYJ at PIT
PHI at NYG HOU at TEN DET at TB GB at NE
  WAS at DAL NO at BAL ATL at SEA CHI at MIN
Other Features
Fantasy Statistics
Tuesday Injury Report
Free Agent Forecast
Commentary From the Edge
Under the Numbers
Game Recaps
Tunnel Vision
a d v e r t i s e m e n t