The Green Bay Packers host the Seattle Seahawks on Friday night in the third preseason game of the year. The narrative will be dominated by last year's infamous "Fail Mary" play that ended the referee lockout, but the game has plenty of fantasy intrigue as well, and two of the most talented teams in the NFC will be playing their starters for most of the night.
The Seahawks finally found their quarterback of the future in Russell Wilson. The dual-threat was one of the top fantasy scorers down the stretch last season, and he shouldn't miss a beat after an offseason with most of the supporting cast intact.
Marshawn Lynch remains the feature back and elite fantasy pick, but there is a major camp battle happening behind him. Rookie Christine Michael has been one of the stars of training camp, and is pushing Robert Turbin for the backup job. Michael missed last week's game, but he shined against the Chargers in the preseason opener. He's the favorite to be Lynch's fantasy handcuff this year.
Percy Harvin's loss will sting, but the biggest beneficiary could be Golden Tate. Entering a contract year, Tate was a camp standout and could end up leading the team in fantasy receiving numbers. Sidney Rice remains an injury concern and likely won't see much action in this game. Jermaine Kearse had an impressive performance against the Broncos and could sew up a roster spot by next week. He's a potential flier in Dynasty leagues.
As for the Packers, most of the starting offensive positions are set. Aaron Rodgers is still Aaron Rodgers and will be one of the first QBs off the board in most drafts. Randall Cobb is looking to build on a breakout 2012, and James Jones is out to prove that his 14 touchdowns last year weren't a fluke. The team is still deep at WR despite losing Greg Jennings.
The position to watch is running back. Eddie Lacy is lighting up the preseason and could be the workhorse back the Packers haven't had since Ahman Green. He's the safest fantasy bet among rookie RBs with Le'Veon Bell's foot a major concern. DuJuan Harris is technically No. 2 on the depth chart, but the Packers are still trying to sort out this position, so pay attention to the pecking order in the final preseason games. Johnathan Franklin has been a disappointment and probably won't be a fantasy factor in his rookie year.
Jermichael Finley, as always, is an enigma. He has way more talent than he's shown on tape and has been an annual fantasy disappointment. Will the light come on in his contract year? Time will tell. He's the ultimate boom-or-bust pick in a weak year for TEs.