The Lions of Detroit are the NFC North team on a bye this week Youth Jaire Alexander Jersey , but there are still three other NFC North games to keep eyes on. The Bears come back fresh after a Week 5 bye to face the Dolphins in Miami, the Vikings host the Cardinals, and the Packers host the 49ers on Monday Night Football. There are plenty of opportunity for each team to put up some numbers on the opposing defenses. While we wait for Kenny Golladay to come back off a bye, let’s look into what other NFC North players are worth starts and who might be best left sitting for your fantasy team.Bears @ DolphinsStart: Tarik Cohen, RBCohen is a great flex option this week especially if he builds off his Week 4 performance. Per Football Outsiders, the Dolphins are number one against WR1s and number 5 against WR2s, but where they have trouble in the passing game is against running backs. They’re ranked 23rd there and have relinquished the third most fantasy points per game to running backs in PPR formats.Sit: Mitchell Trubisky, QBThe Bears exploded against the Buccaneers before their bye week, but they did so against the worst pass defense in football that is starting two rookies. So I’m pumping the brakes on Trubisky. He’s worth keeping on your watch lists, but if you’re looking for a streaming option then look at some other available players. Sam Darnold has a juicy matchup against the Colts (6% owned in ESPN leagues). The Dolphins have allowed only six passing touchdowns on the year to go along with 10 interceptions. They’re the 5th ranked team in DVOA for total defense.Cardinals @ VikingsStart: Kyle Rudolph, TEThe story of the fantasy season has been the league-wide attrition at viable fantasy tight end options. Rudolph has been a steady start, though, averaging a solid 11 points per game. He only has two touchdowns on the season so far, but his consistent play speaks back to what I wrote before the season: he’s just going to be available. He feels like a lock for at least six catches in this matchup and hopefully one of those is in the endzone. Sit: Dalvin Cook, RBThe Cardinals have allowed the most fantasy points per game to running backs so far this season, but I’m still hesitant. Cook is only averaging 5.5 fantasy points per game this season and oddly Latavius Murray has been doing more. The offensive line still isn’t great which makes me want to see Cook string together a few good games before I lock him back into a starting lineup. Niners @ Packers Start: Davante Adams, WRLast week, Adams torched Lions DB Darius Slay despite having a calf injury. It hasn’t mattered who’s been covering Adams and San Francisco is ranked 23rd in pass defense DVOA, allowing 12 passing TDs to only one interception on the season. According to Pro Football Focus Womens Tramon Williams Jersey , Richard Sherman is playing 146.0 coverage snaps per reception allowed, which is insane. Part of that is because quarterbacks are only 1-for-8 when throwing Sherman’s way through four games. However, Sherman is still working one side of the field. Fully expect to see Adams continue to line up all over the field and still see the most targets on the day. Sit: C.J. Beathard, QBAn interesting streaming option with Drew Brees and Matt Stafford on bye, but not this week. Green Bay ranks 2nd to Jacksonville in passing yards allowed and rank 5th in sacks with 16 on the season. Last week, Beathard was sacked 4 times, had 2 picks, and 2 fumbles against the Cardinals. There’s also the Monday Night Football factor which will shine a spotlight on a player that I don’t think is ready for a coming out party. This also might make the Packers Defense a sneaky start.Packers-Lions Fantasy Reaction: Injuries force youth into action What a tough pill to swallow. It seemed like nothing was going to go right for the Packers from the get-go when an early call got overturned on a punt to say that Kevin King had touched the ball (he didn’t) and gave possession back to the Lions deep, deep in Packers’ territory. It was a proverbial snowball effect thereafter as the Packers were on the losing end of various penalty calls and one of the worst place kicking performances of all-time. That’s not hyperbole either. Mason Crosby was one of the first kickers to miss 4 field goals and an extra point since 1980 when Rolf Benirschke of the Chargers did it. (Go figure a Chargers kicker was bad at making field goals at one point).It wasn’t an entirely lost trip to Detroit, however. Some players saw their value go up and these repetitions were valuable to earning more trust with Aaron Rodgers moving forward as Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison work their ways back from injury. Let’s take a look at whose stock rose after the game and whose might have fallen:Stock UpDavante Adams, WRDespite being the only receiver with solid experience playing with Rodgers and therefore warranting a lot of attention, Adams had himself a great fantasy day. He was targeted 12 times (which, frankly, felt like too little) and brought in nine catches for 140 yards and a touchdown. The ever agile Adams was displaying his knack for gathering yards after the catch despite being heavily shadowed by Lions defenders. Of course, you probably shouldn’t bench Adams in any format. With four touchdowns in five games, being Rodgers’ go-to is as close to fantasy gold for a wide receiver as you can get. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WRDespite an early mental hiccup where MVS failed to drag his feet on an out route, Valdes-Scantling displayed his field stretching ability quite well when called to more action. His 10 targets are a little inflated because of Green Bay’s large halftime deficit and their need to start airing it out more than I’m sure they’d like, but the reps are quite welcome. His seven catches for 68 yards and an easy red zone touchdown are enough to make any fantasy owner tilt towards starting him in the flex next week. But if Cobb and Allison get good news Womens Antonio Morrison Jersey , MVS is nothing more than a flier for the bench. Jimmy Graham, TEGraham received the second most targets (11) and hopefully began to build a long-lasting trust with Rodgers. He let a touchdown slip right through his fingers, but his six catches for 76 yards are fairly promising given the league-wide attrition for fantasy-viable tight ends. It’s his second highest yardage output for the season, but the weeks that Graham finds the end zone, you’ll be grateful. Stock DownMason Crosby, KOh my. Where to begin? Crosby was 1/5 and missed an extra point earning most fantasy owners negative points for the week. And the four missed field goals weren’t 50-yard bombs either. They were chip shots that made even the most intoxicated Packer fan at the local tavern convinced that he could make at least one more of those than Crosby. A tough look for the veteran. I’m not certain of his job status at this point, but that’s hard to come back from. His veteran status could save him, but one hopes that the mental toll doesn’t linger too long. He was kicking in a dome, too! Okay, I’m done. Moving on to the next player. Ty Montgomery, RB/WRDespite being featured heavily in the Packers turn to a pass-heavy offense during the second half of the game, Montgomery was largely ineffective. He tallied four carries for a measly 15 yards, and one catch on 3 targets for 23 yards. With the absence of Cobb, one would kind of expect Montgomery to pick up some of that short yardage slack, but he really just made you yell at your TV for Aaron Jones to get back in the game. Montgomery’s fantasy relevance is all, but gone. In fact, he’s still 40% owned in ESPN leagues which makes me ask: why?
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