Packers fantasy focus

Posted Dec. 10, 2010 @ 1:28 p.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

With their offense cranking out 410 yards against a normally decent 49ers defense last week, the Packers appear to be firing on all cylinders at the moment. There are four Green Bay fantasy weapons worth noting in particular — QB Aaron Rodgers and WR Greg Jennings, who have been the hottest players at their respective positions for the past month; rookie RB James Starks, who suddenly has become an intriguing fantasy sleeper; and veteran WR Donald Driver, who came alive last week after a prolonged lack of productivity.

Rodgers completed 21-of-30 passes for 298 yards and three TDs against the Niners and added four carries for 39 yards. In his last four games, Rodgers has completed 73.8 percent of passes and registered an 11-0 TD-interception ratio. He actually didn’t have all that great an outing in the first game against Detroit this season in Week Four, offsetting three TD passes with only 181 yards passing and a pair of interceptions.

As for Jennings, the numbers don’t lie. Jennings was no match for the Niners in Week 13, catching six of the seven passes thrown his way for 122 yards and a pair of TDs. Jennings has registered three 100-yard performances in a row and has 43-761-8 in the past seven games.

You certainly have to keep a close fantasy eye on Starks after his extremely impressive pro debut against the Niners last Sunday (18 carries for a team-high 73 rushing yards). With good size and fresh legs, Starks could be a surprising fantasy force.

Driver returned from the dead last week with a beautiful 61-yard TD catch in which he broke numerous tackles. It was his fourth score this season, but only his first since Oct. 3 against Detroit. Driver had three catches for 89 yards and a TD in the earlier meeting with the Lions.