Packers-Falcons fantasy breakdown

Posted Jan. 13, 2011 @ 10:35 a.m.
Posted By Michael Blunda

Here is a look at how Saturday's Packers-Falcons divisional playoff game could unfold from a fantasy perspective:

When the Packers have the ball: QB Aaron Rodgers was very efficient at Philly last week with 180 yards and three TDs, but he'll probably have to throw it more than 27 times Saturday at Atlanta. In Week 12 vs. the Falcons, he tossed 35 passes for 344 yards and a score, and he also ran a team-high 12 times for 51 yards and a TD. WR Greg Jennings was a nonfactor last week but will be much busier this time around; he had 5-119-0 against the Falcons last meeting. Rodgers will also spread the ball out to WRs Donald Driver, James Jones and Jordy Nelson. Jones scored on his lone reception vs. the Eagles, and Nelson had 5-61-1 at the Georgia Dome. After barely using him since his Week 13 breakout, the Pack rediscovered rookie RB James Starks last week, as he had 23 carries for 123 yards. He might not see as big a workload in the divisional round, but Green Bay could lean on the bruiser if it gets a lead. Former lead dog Brandon Jackson is back to being mostly a passing-down specialist, while John Kuhn could get goal-line carries.

When the Falcons have the ball: The Atlanta offense starts with RB Michael Turner, who had another monster season and ran for 23-110-1 vs. the Packers in Week 12. Green Bay gave up 4.7 yards per carry in 2010, so expect "The Burner" to crank out plenty of yardage. RB Jason Snelling should also get some touches as a pass catcher. QB Matt Ryan completed 86 percent of his passes (24-of-28) for 197 yards and a TD against Green Bay, an impressive effort considering the tough pass "D" it possesses. He's unlikely to have a huge night, but a couple of scores are very possible. His production will obviously depend on his ability to get the ball to WR Roddy White, who led the league in receptions with 115. The Packers held White to one of his quietest games of 2010 last time (5-49-0), but that probably won't happen again. When Ryan isn't throwing the ball his way, he'll be looking for TE Tony Gonzalez, who caught a TD against the Pack and is difficult to defend in the red zone.