Packers vs. Lions: Fantasy Studs to Start and Duds to Avoid in NFC North Battle

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2012

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 24:  Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions shakes hands after a 27-15 loss with Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field on November 24, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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There's plenty on the line this Sunday at Ford Field in Detroit as the Green Bay Packers (6-3) and Detroit Lions (4-6) get together for the first time this season.

Not only is this a pivotal NFC North battle, but it features a number of players who are going to play an integral part in the outcome of your Week 11 fantasy game.

Here's who you want in your lineup and who you need to avoid at all costs.


Stud: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

It doesn't matter that Detroit ranks seventh in the NFL against the pass, surrendering only 213 passing yards per game—Aaron Rodgers is going to put points on the board for both the Packers and your fantasy squad.

He has five career 300-yard passing games against the Lions, including Week 11 last season when he threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns.

Expect more of the same on Sunday in Detroit.


Dud: James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers

Don't be fooled by the fact that Starks has passed Alex Green on the Packers' depth chart and will be the starter, as Tom Kessenich of STATS LLC. notes:

Alex Van Pelt confirms what's been obvious since the Arizona game - Alex Green's been demoted & James Starks is the starting RB. #Packers

— Tom Kessenich (@TomKessenich) November 16, 2012

Green Bay is a passing team first and foremost, and that won't change on Sunday. Starks will get limited touches, be the fourth or fifth option in the passing game and should remain planted firmly on your bench.


Stud: Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions

Green Bay's defense has been shaky and without LB Clay Matthews, the Packers won't be able to generate much of a pass rush against a Lions offense that ranks first the NFL with 307 passing yards per game.

Stafford is going to continue finding success through the air, eclipsing 300 yards for the sixth time this season and finding Calvin Johnson in the end zone at least once.


Dud: Any Detroit Wide Receiver besides Calvin Johnson

Ryan Broyles and Titus Young shouldn't be anywhere near your starting lineup this week.

While the Lions have a potent passing attack and the Packers are allowing 24 points a game to opposing wide receivers, the bulk of Matthew Stafford's looks will go to Calvin Johnson and Brandon Pettigrew, making guys like Broyles and Young largely irrelevant.