COMMENTARY | The Green Bay Packers are heading into a week that is very important to their playoff hopes. They are facing a red hot New York Giants football team that has won three straight and is trying to make their own push back to playoff contention. There are three players in particular that you must start this week, and a couple that you should consider in certain leagues.
Eddie Lacy, Running Back
The Packers are once again without Aaron Rodgers this week, which means that you can expect to see Mike McCarthy pound the ground once again with Eddie Lacy receiving the bulk of the carries. He has been very consistent throughout his rookie season and that won't change this week. New York's defense is the 29th ranked defense against the run, which certainly bodes well for Lacy and the Packers. All of the factors add up to Green Bay giving the football to Lacy and asking him to be a workhorse quite often. He is a must start in every league that you have him.
Jordy Nelson, Wide Receiver
Jordy Nelson is one of the most consistent wide receivers in the NFL and will be asked to make plays for quarterback Scott Tolzien who will be starting his first NFL game on Sunday. Tolzien has a decent deep arm, so you may see Nelson used a couple teams as a shot down the field, but he will also be used across the middle and in quick wide receiver screen plays as well. Green Bay is going to do everything that they can to make Tolzien feel comfortable, and you can bet that Jordy Nelson will be used a lot in whatever their gameplan ends up being.
Jarrett Boykin, Wide Receiver
Boykin and Tolzien showed great chemistry last week, connecting on eight passes for 112 yards in the loss to the Eagles. You can expect to see that chemistry again this week and perhaps in an even bigger way. Boykin is a great playmaker in the open field and assuming the Packers use a lot of short throws, could be able to break a couple big gains. Fantasy football owners have been pleasantly surprised by the way that Boykin has filled in for injured wide receiver Randall Cobb and he'll have yet another good game against the Giants this week.
James Jones is a risky play this week, but could come up with a decent performance. He caught just four passes for 44 yards last week, but was targeted seven times. If you don't have a better option, you should throw Jones out there this week. James Starks on the other hand is a very intriguing play that could pay off for you. He's a great flex play and has put up good numbers for the most part this season. He had a very disappointing outing against the Eagles last week, rushing for just five yards on four carries, but has had great success for the most part when he receives a good number of carries. In their Week 8 and Week 9 performances against the Vikings and Bears, Starks rushed 13 times for 97 yards and two touchdowns. He's not necessarily a great play, but if he's your best option, don't be scared to play him.
The Green Bay Packers defense is something that you will want to stay away from this week. They gave up multiple big plays to the Eagles last week and Eli Manning is hoping to have yet another big game for the Giants on Sunday. Andre Brown being back will force the Packers to stay honest to the run as well, so avoid them at all cost this week.
Evan Massey lives in Indianapolis and has followed the Green Bay Packers for the past 16 years. He has written for many sports websites including ProSportsExtra.com, Hoops-Nation.com, ProFootballSpot.com, and NaptownsFinest.com. Follow Evan on Twitter at @massey_evan.
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