Monday Night Fantasy Football Versus: Week 3

Taylor SmithAnalyst ISeptember 27, 2010

Rodgers is a weekly start.
Rodgers is a weekly start.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

We could have an old-fashioned Monday night shootout this evening as the 2-0 Green Bay Packers travel to Soldier Field to take on the 2-0 Chicago Bears.

If you're still scrambling with who to start in order to win your fantasy matchup for the week, we have you covered.

Here's a Monday Night edition of our decision-maker column.


Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers) vs. Jay Cutler (Chicago Bears)

This may seem like an easy call in Rodgers' favor, but not so fast, my friend.

Jay Cutler has gotten off to a hot start under new OC Mike Martz this season, having thrown for 649 yards with five touchdowns and just one interception through the first two games.

Rodgers has thrown for 443 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions.

While I love the way Cutler has looked, I still have an extremely tough time sitting Rodgers in favor of anybody.

While the Packers haven't quite dominated on offense, they still have too much firepower to overlook. 

You likely used a first- or second-round pick to get him in your draft, so go with Aaron Rodgers tonight.

Running Backs

Brandon Jackson (Green Bay) vs. Matt Forte (Chicago)

Jackson, while he found the end zone last week against Buffalo, is averaging just 3.2 yards per carry through the first two games.

That doesn't bode well against a Chicago defense that has given up a league-best 1.4 yards per carry and 28 rushing yards per game through the first two. 

Jackson's value also takes a hit with the emerging presence of fullback John Kuhn, who carried it nine times for 36 yards last week.

Forte, however, appears to have rebounded from a terribly disappointing 2009.

While he's gained just 79 yards on 27 carries so far, he's emerged as a major threat in Chicago's passing attack.

He caught seven passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns against Detroit, and caught five passes for 37 yards with a crucial touchdown against Dallas.

Forte has been more productive than Jackson thus far, so start Forte

Wide Receivers

Note: Greg Jennings is the most productive receiver in this game. Start him over everybody else.

Donald Driver (Green Bay) vs. Johnny Knox (Chicago)

Driver has picked up 68 yards on nine catches through two games, but two of those catches have resulted in touchdowns.

He'll likely get a handful of catches tonight, but Green Bay's primary threats are clearly Greg Jennings and Jermichael Finley. Driver is more of a possession receiver.

Don't expect big numbers, but don't be surprised if he scores another touchdown, either. 

Knox, on the other hand, is the Bears' No. 1 deep threat, and has racked up 138 yards on just seven catches through the first pair of games. 

As that deep threat, he has explosive potential, and has to find the end zone at some point.

With the way Cutler looks so far in the Mike Martz offense, I'd recommend starting Knox over Driver.

Tight Ends

Jermichael Finley (Green Bay) vs. Greg Olsen (Chicago)

Finley already has eight catches for 150 yards this season.

Olsen has five catches for 76 yards and a touchdown.

While Olsen is a decent player, his fantasy value can't hold the jockstrap of Finley's value (Was that weird? That was weird. I apologize.).

We know both teams will be airing it out, but Finley is much more integral to Green Bay's attack than Olsen is to that of the Bears.

Start Jermichael Finley every week.

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