Week 13 Fantasy Football Recap: Packers vs. Giants

Contributed by: Bill Enright
Last Updated: Dec 05, 2011 6:01 PM

                                Green Bay Packers – 38, New York Giants – 35

Along with the Broncos-Vikings game, this was one of the most entertaining games of the week and certainly lived up to the fantasy expectations.  Aaron Rodgers (401 total yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT) started out with a fairly slow first half, but turned it up in the second half to toss another four TDs en route to leading his team to an impressive 12-0.  Eli Manning (347 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT) went blow for blow with Rodgers, but did throw a costly pick six in the second quarter which proved to be more than the difference in the game.

Lots of fantasy goodness to go around here, as Greg Jennings (7-94, 1 TD), Jordy Nelson (4-94), Jermichael Finley (6-87, 1 TD), and even Donald Driver (4-34, 2 TDs) all had fantasy worthy games.  James Jones was nowhere to be seen, as the Packers usually have room for three or sometimes even four fantasy contributors, but never five.

Victor Cruz (7-119) continues to show as one of the top free agents of the fantasy season, once again eclipsing the 100 yard receiving mark and going over 1000 for the season with four games yet to play.  Hakeem Nicks (7-88, 2 TDs) ended up with a very nice game as well, catching a pair of touchdowns to go along with nearly 90 yards receiving.  Travis Beckum (1-67, 1 TD) caught a surprise long bomb pass in the first quarter, but otherwise wasn’t as useful as Jake Ballard (3-47).

The Packers running game continues to be a mess, as James Starks (3 car., 5 yards) got taken into the locker room with a leg injury and he wasn’t that impressive while he was out there anyhow.  Ryan Grant (13 car., 29 yards; 1 rec., 17 yards) will get most of the carries if Starks can’t play, but really… does anyone care?

Brandon Jacobs (8 car., 59 yards, 1 TD) went back to more of a supporting role, and actually looked better for it.  Ahmad Bradshaw (11 car., 38 yards; 2 rec., 9 yards) returned to the lineup after missing a few weeks with a foot injury and looked fairly rusty.  He should end up with a better game next week after a full week of rest.

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