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Week 13 Game Recap: Green Bay Packers 31, New York Giants 13


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Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers beat the New York Giants 31-13 on Sunday to improve their record to 9-3 on the season. Aaron Rodgers completed 21 of 33 passes for 243 yards and four touchdowns. Aaron Jones rushed 11 times for 18 yards, and caught four passes for 13 yards. Jamaal Williams rushed 10 times for 40 yards and caught four passes for 26 yards. Davante Adams caught six passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns, while Alan Lazard caught three passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. Geronimo Allison caught two passes for 20 yards and Marquez Valdes-Scalding was once again held without a catch. Jimmy Graham caught one pass for 16 yards.

New York Giants

1. Jones' turnovers and his turnovers in general are really hurting the production of this offensive unit. It's dragging down the overall value of him and every other Giant player from a fantasy perspective.

2. Kaden Smith and Sterling Shepard are risky plays and only if you are desperate and in a PPR league. It is hard to trust either with Jones as their quarterback.

3. Slayton is the go to guy and probably the most dependable receiver in this offense. He also has big play potential.

Green Bay Packers

QB Aaron Rodgers, 64 offensive snaps, Pass: 21 - 33 - 243 - 4 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 24 - 0
Aaron Rodgers completed 21 of 33 passes for 243 yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing three times for 24 yards. Despite the heavy winds and intermittent snow fall, Rodgers managed to use this as a get-back game after having flat performances over the last several weeks. Rodgers first touchdown pass was set up by a 43 yard pass to Alan Lazard that got the Packers down to the Giants 22 yard line. With the offense facing a second and goal from the eight yard line, Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and despite a collapsing pocket, managed to short-arm a pass to Adams who was wide open at the one yard line. Adams was met by a tackler after catching the pass but was able to extend the ball over the goal line for the touchdown. Rodgers next touchdown pass came with the Packers facing a second and one from the Giants 37 yard line. Rodgers took the snap under center and play action faked to his running back on the drop-back before looking downfield to find Lazard streaking wide open on a post route. Rodgers delivered a perfect ball and Lazard made the catch for the 37 yard touchdown. After a drive that saw Rodgers convert a fourth and 10 from the Giants 35 yard line, Rodgers went into the no-huddle offense while facing a third and goal from the Giants 17 yard line. The Giants had too many men on the field, but the penalty was declined due to Rodgers finding Adams wide open on a post route where he left his defender completely in the dusting. Rodgers threw the ball where only Adams could catch it, which was high up for his receiver in the middle of the end zone. Rodgers final touchdown pass came with the Packers facing a second and goal from the Giants one yard line. Rodgers took the snap under center and play action faked to his running back. The Giants got a solid pass rush on the outside and managed to get a hand on Rodgers before he threw a perfect pass to Mercedes Lewis, who was running and crossing-route to the left side of the end zone. Lewis jumped up and made the catch to cap off the Packers route of the Giants.

RB Aaron Jones, 39 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 18 - 0, Rec: 4 - 13 - 0 (6 targets)
Aaron Jones rushed 11 times for 18 yards and caught four passes on six targets for 13 yards in the Packers win over the Giants on Sunday. The weather set up for a big game for Jones, but the Packers offense was led by Rodgers, who threw for four touchdowns. That didnít leave much for the Packers backfield. Even though he didnít see a full compliment of touches, Jones could have had a solid fantasy outing, but was stopped twice on goal line carries and had a touchdown called back due to a penalty. Luckily for Jones, he gets a Redskins defense next week that is about as good of a matchup as he could ask for. The Packers did sign Tyler Ervin off waivers this week, which could point to Jonesí ankle not being as healthy as we think. Stay tuned for news this week on his health, but barring any setback he is an auto-play for teams heading in to the first week of the fantasy playoffs.

RB Jamaal Williams, 28 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 41 - 0, Rec: 4 - 26 - 0 (4 targets)
Jamaal Williams rushed 10 times for 41 yards and caught four passes on four targets for 26 yards. As mentioned above, Rodgers big game didnít leave much on the bone for the Packers backfield, but Williams continues to be involved heavily in the Packers offense despite Jones having a breakout season. Heís been solid in the passing game, catching at least four passes in five of his last seven games, and has five receiving touchdowns on the season. Williams is a flex play going forward with his role cemented in the Packers offense, as well as Jones health in question.

WR Davante Adams, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 64 - 2 (10 targets)
Davante Adams caught six passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns on 10 targets in the Packers win over the Giants on Sunday. Adams saw double digit targets for the fifth straight game and had a big role in the outcome of the game despite the snowy conditions in New York. Adams first touchdown catch came on the Packers initial drive, with the offense facing a second and goal from the eight yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and after looking around was met with a collapsing pocket. Rodgers looked like he might try and split the line and take off running but saw Adams wide open in the middle of the field. Adams ran a crossing route from the left side of the formation and stopped dead in the middle of the field after finding a soft spot in the Giants zone defense. Rodgers hit Adams at the one yard line where Adams was immediately hit in the back by a defender. Adams managed to shake off the defenders hit, stand his ground and extend the ball over the goal line to put the Packers up 7-0. Adams final touchdown catch came with the Packers facing a third and goal from the Giants 17 yard line. Rodgers took the snap quickly under center and didnít take long before throwing to Adams in the end zone. Adams ran a double move post-route from the left side of the formation and faked his defender so hard he turned him around before jumping up to make the catch for the 17 yard touchdown.

WR Allen Lazard, 37 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 103 - 1 (3 targets)
Allen Lazard caught three passes for 103 yards and a touchdown on three targets in the Packers win over the Giants on Sunday. Lazard came up big in this game, catching a 43 yard pass on the Packers opening possession which set up an Adams touchdown. It was a beautiful catch for Lazard, who ran a straight go-route down the field, but had to run nearly 15 yards across the field and lay out completely to make the diving catch. Lazardís touchdown catch came on a second and one from the Giants 37 yard line. Rodgers took the snap under center and play action faked to his running back. Rodgers danced in the pocket for a quick beat and then unleashed the deep pass to Lazard who was streaking wide open in the end zone. Lazard ran a simple deep post-route, but he was wide open because he made a quick fake to the outside which turned the Giants defender around, giving him no chance to recover before Lazard made the 37 yard touchdown catch. Giants defenders have been beat repeatedly this season to the inside of the field, as they are trying to protect against an outside route but the safeties are not on the same page and have not been giving help to their corner and nicklebacks.

WR Geronimo Allison, 42 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 20 - 0 (3 targets)
Geronimo Allison caught two passes for 20 yards on three targets in the Packers win over the Giants on Sunday. In a game where Rodgers threw for four touchdowns, Allison was once again very seldomly involved in the offense, having been passed by Alan Lazard as the Packers #2 wide receiver. Allison did come up big on a fourth and 10 play where he gained 15 yards and made a nice catch as Rodgers was in the process of being sacked.

TE Jimmy Graham, 28 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 16 - 0 (1 targets)
Jimmy Graham caught one pass for 16 yards on one target in the Packers win over the Giants on Sunday. Graham was once again a non-factor in the Packers offense and he was targeted the same number of times as Marcedes Lewis, but failed to catch a touchdown like Lewis did. Heading into the fantasy playoffs, Graham cannot be counted on as a starting tight end, especially with injuries occurring at the position and much better options becoming available.


New York Giants

QB Daniel Jones, 67 offensive snaps, Pass: 20 - 37 - 240 - 1 TD / 3 INT, Rush: 5 - 6 - 0
Daniel Jones had some bad conditions to work with on the field and wasn't able to provide his team with a spark on Sunday against the Packers. Jones struggled again with turnovers and has a reckless mentality for interceptions. Jones looked comfortable early on as he was converting 4th downs on the ground and made some nice throws on the run. He had an incredible touchdown to Shepard, leading his receiver in stride on a deep pass into the endzone. This was the highlight of the day for Jones unfortunately as turnovers crept into this game at this point. He forced a late ball to the outside and the defensive back was waiting for it and easily picked it off. Jones did have an accurate completion deep to Slayton wiped off the board due to offsetting penalties which was unfortunate to see. He managed to connect with Latimer on a post pattern, placing the ball just inside so his target could snag the ball away from the defender and this big play got the Giants moving. Jones was not able to maintain momentum unfortunately and he turned it over with wildly inaccurate ball to the sideline that possibly slipped out of his hands. Jones was picked off for the third time as he forced another pass down the sideline and the Packers defender turned into the intended target on the play as he had better positioning. Jones struggled with the lack of running game and with the Giants quickly resorting to a "pass happy" offense as their defense gave up many points to the Packers. He was a bit loose with the ball when throwing down the field but his interceptions should surprise nobody who has been watching the film, it's one of his worst habits as a rookie quarterback.

RB Saquon Barkley, 64 offensive snaps, Rush: 19 - 83 - 0, Rec: 3 - 32 - 0 (7 targets)
Saquon Barkley had a bit more success this week against the Packers but is still falling way short of expectations and compared to his 2018 season. Barkley was able to find space on the outside occasionally and made the first defender miss for several first downs. When he was given the chance to build up some speed, Barkley was able to knock back Packer defenders and push the pile for extra yards after initial contact. Barkley even leapt over a defender in his own half, achieving a dramatic first down through the air. Barkley got a big play towards the end of the game in garbage time as there was more space to work with but the Packers had the game in hand and were playing soft to preserve the victory. Barkley and the Giants in general get few redzone opportunities as the team struggles with turnovers and has a hard time finishing off drives. This lack of redzone touches really has hurt Barkley's fantasy value in 2019 and this is unlikely to change.

WR Darius Slayton, 63 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 44 - 0 (9 targets)
Darius Slayton made a terrific catch on the sideline and did well to keep his feet in bounds as he displayed excellent body control. The play was even challenged but upheld. Slayton got a key conversion on 4th down as he read the defense, saw the soft spot in zone coverage and showed his numbers to the quarterback. Slayton made another clutch conversion on deep in pattern over the middle, showing consistency and very dependable hands. He made the first tackle attempt miss later in the game and managed to secure extra yards. Slayton hauled in an excellent pass from Jones along the sideline later in the game but this play was negated by offsetting penalties from both teams, which clearly hurt his production somewhat as it was a big play. Slayton couldn't quite get the big play and didn't sniff the redzone as the Giants were hardly near the redzone throughout the game. He is a staple in this offense and has excellent chemistry with Jones but the struggles of the young quarterback are obvious and will make any Giants play very inconsistent.

WR Sterling Shepard, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 40 - 1 (7 targets)
Sterling Shepard didn't contribute too much on Sunday in terms of catches but did manage a big touchdown early on. Shepard got enough separation from his defender on a go route and made a nice diving catch in the back of the endzone for the score. Shepard also had a big conversion on an out route, using his route running to get open. He is always a good target over the middle and tends to get a lot of yards after the catch but the targets weren't there on Sunday. His quarterback Jones struggled to string drives together and they were often cut short due to turnovers. Shepard would not be the primary receiver in many of Jones' progressions. He belongs on the waiver wire despite this decent production, it is just hard to trust the Giants offense.

TE Kaden Smith, 61 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 70 - 0 (8 targets)
Kaden Smith was the leading receiver for the Giants on Sunday but most of this came from a big play as time was expiring in the fourth quarter. Smith got open and hauled in a big pass from Jones and managed to escape the defense momentarily for a big play. Smith showed good chemistry with Jones on the run and caught several checkdown passes in times of pressure. Jones used Smith over the middle when the pass rush almost got there. Smith has been forced into the role as primary tight end due to the injuries sustained by the Giants to the position. Considering this, he has performed well and shown a decent connection with the rookie quarterback. It is tough to recommend him as a fantasy play however as the Giants entire offense is so inconsistent and gets mediocre production in the passing game.