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Bad weather is ready to invade every game on the slate this Wednesday, including this 8 p.m. ET kickoff between the Packers and Ravens with snow in the forecast in Baltimore. The Packers have been playing a few of these weather games recently with rain failing to slow them down against the Rams and snow falling on their win over the Bears. Can they overcome the elements again in this one and claim a primetime victory? So far in their sims they are a solid 7-5 while the Ravens have picked things up lately and also come in 7-5. How will the snow impact the game and who do I think will come out on top? I’ll give you my pick to win and my thoughts on who should be in your lineup after this quick review of the rules and settings for this simulation.
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Green Bay PackersThe Packers seem to bring the snow wherever they play, whether at home at Lambeau Field or in this one on the road in Baltimore. Aaron Rodgers ($11,000) threw two touchdowns in the snow in Chicago on Monday night and finished with 18.84 DKFP which is just about his average of 17.6 DKFP per contest. He had produced over 22 DKFP in three straight before facing the Steelers and Bears in the snow. Rodgers has an 89 overall rating but does have the X-Factor of “Gambler.” After he makes multiple consecutive passes for five-plus yards in the air, Rodgers cannot be intercepted by AI defenders, which is all of them in this case. He is also loaded with Superstar abilities of “Pass Lead Elite,” “Dashing Deadeye” and “Roaming Deadeye” which help his accuracy and range in specific situations, including when he’s on the run. Rodgers is a solid play, but the elements and the recent form set up better for his counterpart on the Ravens, who we’ll discuss momentarily.
Rodgers has a key advantage with his WR1 since Davante Adams ($10,400) is the highest-priced and highest-rated non-QB available to be rostered. His Superstar abilities are “Red Zone Threat,” giving him a better chance to win contested catches against single coverage in the red zone, and “Double-Move Elite,” which increases his success when running double moves. He has scored six touchdowns in his past five sims resulting in over 24 DKFP of production in three of those games.
The rest of the Green Bay receiving corps have struggled at times and not been as consistent as Adams, which isn’t surprising based on their ratings. Marquez Valdes-Scantling ($5,000) continues to be a very affordable WR2 because of his 73 overall rating. He has boom-or-bust upside due to his impressive 93 speed rating and is averaging 10.9 DKFP. He has reached 100 yards in two of his previous matchups but has been held under 6.0 DKFP in three of his past five games. Allen Lazard ($3,600) is the WR3 with a 70 overall rating while Geronimo Allison ($2,000) is WR4 even though Allison has a 73 overall rating. Allison is the team’s slot receiver and has been an awesome value in several contests, averaging 9.6 DKFP per contest. He has caught six passes for 52 yards and four passes for 31 yards in the Packers’ two past snow games, so going to passes with less distance traveled in the air seems to play to his strength working out of the slot. He’s one of my favorite value plays on this showdown slate as well as in the classic all-day and late slates.
Another play that makes sense if passes are more to the middle of the field and shorter is Jimmy Graham ($7,000), who has a higher overall rating at 80 than any WR not named Davante Adams. He has been a roller-coaster play this sim season with 26.2 DKFP against the Rams and 23.9 DKFP against the Titans in his past eight games but under 9.0 DKFP in the other six of those contests.
One Packer I’m fading is Aaron Jones ($9,600) even though the snow may lead to more running. Despite his 87 overall rating and a few flashes of upside, I can’t get past the fact that he loses so much work in passing formations to Jamaal Williams ($3,000), who is both the third-down RB and the power back. Williams has a decent 78 overall rating but hasn’t gone off for a big number in a while. He’s very reliable to give you something but I like Allison in this matchup as a better value option, who is also a little bit cheaper.
In their dozen sims, the Packers DST ($4,400) has picked up 24 sacks and forced seven turnovers. They had key defensive touchdowns in their rain game against the Rams and their snow game against the Steelers along with multiple sacks in five straight contests. In each of those five games, they have at least five DKFP. They do have a very tough matchup in this contest, but they are worth a look at this price point, although I do prefer Allison at just $2K. You can also take a look at Mason Crosby ($4,000), who is averaging 7.4 DKFP per contest and has at least five DKFP in seven sims in a row.
Baltimore RavensThe Ravens have gotten great play from their X-Factor Superstar Lamar Jackson ($11,600), who posted over 21 DKFP in seven straight sims. Jackson was given the X-Factor of “First One Free” in a mid-season update and also has the Superstar traits of “Escape Artist,” “Fastbreak” and “Juke Box.” He has used those running abilities to pick up over 50 yards on the ground in each of those seven contests and run for seven touchdowns in his past 10 sims. His running ratings are outstanding, highlighted by a 96 speed rating, an 86 elusiveness rating, a 90 juke move rating and a 94 throw on the run rating. He has even reached the 100-yard bonus in two of his past four games and put up 82 and 86 yards in the other two. He hasn’t thrown for 200 yards in any of his past four games but has still connected for six passing touchdowns making him a very solid dual-threat. With the snow, Jackson should again be the focus of everything the Ravens do on offense. There’s very little risk in running him all the time since the ball is already in his hands, and I think he’ll keep right on rolling even in a tough matchup against an under-rated Packers defensive front.
When Jackson has aired it out, he’s often locked in on TE Mark Andrews ($7,800). Andrews has an 85 overall rating, which is higher than any WR on the team, along with an 85 catching rating, which is tops among starters. His 86 speed rating isn’t elite, but it is solid for a TE and gives him enough ability to make things happen after the catch. He has caught a touchdown in each of his past two games and is now up to four on the sim season with 12.4 DKFP per contest. He hit the 100-yard bonus twice but hasn’t in his four most recent games. The snow may force Jackson into shorter throws when he does pass which would continue to play right into Andrews’ strength.
The WR are led by rookie Marquise Brown ($8,400), who has an incredible 97 speed rating and 84 elusiveness which make him a dangerous option any time the ball is in his hands. He has been very limited, though, since he isn’t catching a ton of passes. He hasn’t had more than two catches in any of his past four games and hasn’t reached 10 DKFP in those games despite a pair of touchdowns. While Brown remains high-risk with a high ceiling, Willie Snead IV ($5,600) is a little bit safer in his role as a possession-style receiver out of the slot. The option I actually like the most due to his value is Seth Roberts ($4,600), who is averaging 9.0 DKFP and has over 11 DKFP in three of his past five contests. Robers has a 90 speed rating along with an 85 spectacular catching rating, which is higher than both Brown’s and Snead’s rating in that category.
In the backfield, the Ravens use almost exclusively Mark Ingram II ($9,000), who is their third-down back and power back as well as their starter. He has an 86 overall rating and serves as a grind-it-out style back with an 82 strength rating and 93 awareness making up for his so-so 88 speed rating. He is worth considering since he gets all the RB work in the backfield and has posted double-digit DKFP in three straight, but he’s still a little pricey for a play that is pretty touchdown-dependant.
The Ravens DST ($3,400) has only 11 sacks and 2.8 DKFP per contest, so I’d go with the Packers if you want a DST option. Justin Tucker ($4,200) hasn’t been quite as productive as Crosby at 5.3 DKFP per sim, but he does have a very high 87 overall rating due to 98 kick power and 98 kick accuracy ratings. Roberts is still my favorite Ravens value play, but Tucker comes in a close second.
THE OUTCOMEDue to his recent run of success and his steller overall ratings, Lamar Jackson ($17,400 CP) can definitely be locked into your Captain’s Pick slot. The snow game may play even more to his strengths, so he has an even higher ceiling than normal. If you want to pivot from Jackson, I do like Mark Andrews ($11,700 CP) and Marquez Valdes-Scantling ($7,500 CP) as cheaper Captain’s Picks who can help you stock your flex with higher-priced options. My top value play is Allison, but I also like the Packers DST and both kickers in this sim, leaning slightly toward Crosby over Tucker.
With this dual-threat version of the MVP, it’s hard to see the Ravens losing especially in the snow. Things can get exciting with turnovers, but I still think Jackson has enough to overcome the elements and any roadblocks in his way. I’ll go with Baltimore at home in the snow.
Final Score: Ravens 28, Packers 20
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