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Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks: Monday Night Football Fantasy Preview

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks drops back to pass during a game against the Dallas Cowboys at CenturyLink Field on September 16, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. At right is Marshawn Lynch #24. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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Jamal CollierAnalyst IIISeptember 24, 2012

The Green Bay Packers will head northwest to take on the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football. This was originally thought to be a prime-time matchup that featured Matt Flynn facing off against his former team. 

Alas, Flynn’s presumptive starting job was won over by rookie Russell Wilson in the preseason.

Now, the prevailing story is MVP Aaron Rodgers leading his team into hostile territory to confront an NFC West squad led by a smallish rookie quarterback.

It’s too late to make a decision on a starting quarterback now. If you have Aaron Rodgers and an open quarterback position in your lineup, you’re starting him tonight.

The flex positions are more interesting, however.

A wise fantasy owner would, upon making a decision on whom to start earlier in the fantasy scoring period, place a player in a position slot that is rigid.

For example, if you decided to start Andre Brown in Week 3 against the Panthers on Thursday night without being 100 percent sure of how else you wanted to fill your lineup, you should have plugged Brown into the RB slot.

That way, you have freedom to choose between running backs and wide receivers for the flex spot as the Sunday games begin.

For this game, the only running back that is trustworthy is Marshawn Lynch of the Seahawks. I want no part of Cedric Benson in this game for several reasons.

Two of them happen to be the offense with which he plays, and the defense which he will be playing against.

Wide receivers should be more interesting in this game. I detailed the recent statistics compiled by the Seahawks’ defense at home and found a hidden trend: it just hasn’t faced many explosive offenses at home.

The Cowboys’ offensive attack struggled in Week 2 while playing from behind all day. They were unable to remain balanced, which is what made them so successful in Week 1 against the Giants.

The Packers can just throw the running game out and chuck the ball all evening if they’d like.

I have little trepidation (outside of injury concerns) with starting Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, Jermichael Finley or Randall Cobb. It’s tricky to recommend starting a Seahawks receiver, though.

The participating defenses are both worthy of fantasy starts. Rodgers could lead the Packers to an explosive performance, but he has yet to play a turnover-free game in 2012.

Green Bay’s defense was fantastic in Week 2 against the Chicago Bears. That was 11 days ago. They should be ready and rested for Russell Wilson.

I’d rather not start the younger QB in this matchup.

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