Packers fantasy focus

Posted Dec. 17, 2010 @ 10:46 a.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

Memo to fantasy owners of Aaron Rodgers who were hoping for a big finish in the fantasy playoffs from the Packers’ star QB: We’re sorry for your loss.

While Rodgers’ status for the prime-time game Sunday against New England remains up in the air until an announcement by the Packers some time on Saturday, PFW’s sources were placing the odds late Thursday of Rodgers starting at 33 percent after suffering his second concussion of the season last week in the loss to the Lions.

Those odds are actually better than many onlookers might suspect, considering that Rodgers was not expected to practice at all in the days leading up to the game. But Rodgers has started games before with minimal practice time and still could get the call if cleared to play with the Packers’ playoff hopes in such peril at the moment.

More than likely, though, backup Matt Flynn, who performed unevenly in place of the injured Rodgers last week, will start against New England. Flynn is a totally unproven commodity in a fantasy context, but he is a tough-minded cuss who hardly will be overwhelmed by having to match up against top league MVP candidate Tom Brady.

The Packers’ best chance to pull off an upset in New England would seem to be with a more straightforward run-oriented attack that does not lend itself to big fantasy numbers. On the other hand, Flynn offers a similar extra fantasy dimension to Rodgers with his impressive running ability that not too many people are aware of.