This Thursday will be a rematch of the (7-4) Green Bay Packers and the (4-7) Detroit Lions. In the last game between these division rivals, the Lions got the best of Green Bay in a close matchup which is destined to repeat itself. Since then, the Lions have gone on a roll, handedly beating the Eagles on Thanksgiving while Green Bay has wet the bed lately and has gone on a downward spiral. As the Lions fight for what earlier in the year seemed like an improbable playoff spot, Green Bay is hoping to get back on track after losing its first place position in the NFC North to the Vikings. Here are the players who should start and sit in this game:
Start – Matthew Stafford: Stafford seems to have gotten his mojo back since his sluggish start to the season. His 5 TD, 337 yard performance last week is a dream for any fantasy owner. With so many QBs not having great years, Stafford is a definite start for this week. He’s currently averaging a 90 QBR and 65% completion percentage. While indoors at home, Stafford is sure to light up the scoreboard in his attempt to will his team into playoff contention.
Start – Calvin Johnson: On Thanksgiving day, Calvin Johnson reminded people why he’s still considered the best wideout in the league. He pulled in 3 touchdowns on 95 yards. His connection with Stafford is great and should feature heavily in the indoor stadium in Detroit. Green Bay currently ranks 18th in passing defense, giving up 249 yards per game. Johnson and Stafford will be looking to surpass this statistic.
Sit – James Stark: Stark has only had one good game this season and that was against the Chargers in October. The Packers just don’t seem to be clicking lately. Against a Lions defense hungry for a victory, Starks shouldn’t start for fantasy owners, especially with Eddie Lacy taking a majority of the snaps.