Boy, do the Green Bay Packers miss Aaron Rodgers? Since he went down early in the Week 9 game, the Packers are 0-4-1. Backup quarterback Scott Tolzien led them to three of the four losses. The Packers re-signed Matt Flynn, who led Green Bay to a tie with the Minnesota Vikings in Week 12 and lost to the Detroit Lions last week. They are now 5-6-1 and 2.5 games behind the Lions. If the Packers lose this week, Rodgers may be done for the season.
Rodgers’ status rests on the play of Flynn, who has been taking the first-team reps in practice this week, as they go on the road to face the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons do not have the best pass defense. They allow 22.2 fantasy points to opposing wide receivers and 18.4 to quarterbacks. However, with Flynn most likely under center, the Packers players won’t get anywhere close to those numbers.
In the last two games, with Tolzien and Flynn as the quarterback, the Packers’ receivers have not been the best fantasy options. Jordy Nelson has scored six points, James Jones has scored 15, and Jarrett Boykin has scored 12 (zero last week) over the last two weeks. Boykin is the only one to score in those two games. Nelson still ranks as the 11th-best wide receiver in ESPN leagues, and could be hard for some owners to bench.
The other two, Jones and Boykin, belong on the bench and are one more bad game away from being dropped to the waiver wire. Boykin’s owned percentage has dropped 6.9 percent already, while Jones has surprisingly risen 1.3 percent.
If the Packers’ front office was smart, they would have the better quarterback start against the Falcons. However, Flynn is expected to start, which means leaving all Packers receivers on the bench.