Packers fantasy focus

Posted Dec. 31, 2010 @ 9:46 p.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

With your fantasy championship likely taking place this Sunday if it hasn't happened already, you couldn’t go wrong with any one of five Packers players who figure to go all out with their season on the line against a Bears team that has already clinched the No. 2 seed and could choose to take it easy.

For starters, QB Aaron Rodgers is red-hot at just at the right time. Rodgers’ 404 passing yards against the Giants last week were his most ever in a regular-season game. He completed 25-of-37 passes to nine different receivers and threw four TDs to four different receivers with zero interceptions. He also ran effectively as usual, scrambling for 26 yards on two carries. Heading into the regular-season finale, Rodgers has a 27-10 TD-interception ratio and needs 307 yards to reach the 4,000-yard mark for the third straight season. Sounds like decent motivation for a high-powered fantasy effort, don’t you think?

You also must make way for burly Packers RB John Kuhn as a surprise fantasy option after his three-TD performance against the Giants last week. Kuhn, who in his last year at Shippensburg was the NCAA Division II co-leader in scoring with 22 TDs, has suddenly become quite a red-zone force with four TDs the last two games (two each rushing and receiving).

Pro Bowl WR Greg Jennings did not have any TD catches against the Giants last week after managing seven in the previous six games, but he was the best receiver on the field, catching seven passes for 142 yards (both team highs) matched up against a very good cornerback in the Giants’ Corey Webster.

Packers WR James Jones could be a very interesting fantasy option against the Bears. Jones had a 66-yard TD two weeks ago. Last week he had a three-yard score and could have had a 71-yard TD had he not flat-out dropped the ball.

Finally, it’s hard to overlook WR Jordy Nelson after his very productive outing against the Giants last Sunday (four catches for 124 yards, including an 80-yard TD catch that got Green Bay’s offense off to a blazing start on an afternoon in which it racked up 515 total yards).