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Fantasy football projections, Week 3: Lions-Packers featuring Theo Riddick, Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, and more

We break down the Week 3 matchup between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers.

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The Week 3 matchup between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers features two teams that are no strangers to facing off in a shootout. We've got the fantasy projections courtesy of numberFire.

Detroit Lions

Fantasy owners who own the rights to any of Detroit’s running backs better strap on their seat belt this week because Ameer Abdullah is on injured reserve. The fact that he will miss the game against the Packers is why savvy fantasy owners are on the waiver wire this week grabbing Dwayne Washington. The coaching staff has already confirmed that Washington will see an expanded role in the offense. However, teammate Theo Riddick may very well and up with the better fantasy totals just for the simple fact that he has been around longer and can catch passes out of the backfield. In a game that should feature lots of points and lots of passing, it would be Riddick and not Washington that would be more likely to surpass his fantasy point projections this week. Washington however would make for a solid value play in deeper leagues.

Hopefully, wide receiver Golden Tate can find a way to be more of a contributor and help out the running game. His fantasy owners could certainly use it as Tate has posted two straight weeks’ worth of subpar numbers in the box score. He was likely drafted well ahead of what his current production levels would warrant. Things have simply not been played out for him. He has just nine catches for 54 yards on the season. His ability to corral receptions and see a high number of targets all year long gives them some value in PPR leagues, but another small yardage total without a touchdown against the Packers will get fantasy owners looking elsewhere for a receiver.

Green Bay Packers

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers hasn’t exactly looked like himself to start the season and last week it caught up with him in Minnesota, as the Packers took a tough loss. He’s thrown for just 199 and 213 yards, respectively, in the first two games of the season and last week he offset his only touchdown pass with an interception. While A-Rod hasn’t been that great, he has an awesome opportunity to dominate the Lions this week, a team that has been scorched by fantasy quarterbacks this season. Don’t be surprised if Rodgers puts together a big-time performance heading into his team’s bye week in Week 4.

Hopefully some inspired play at quarterback helps to boost the confidence levels of wide receiver Jordy Nelson. After missing all of last year due to injury, Nelson is still fine tuning his timing and working on rebuilding chemistry with his quarterback. He did however manage to hold his own against the Vikings last week catching five passes for 73 yards and a touchdown. It’s good to see that even though Rodgers isn’t exactly in top form, Nelson is still producing. If his numbers continue to trend upwards like they have been to start the year, the Packers’ top receiver could regain his elite fantasy status by midseason.