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Through the first half of the season, the Green Bay Packers have struggled to find a solid footing. After a miraculous win in Week 1, Aaron Rodgers' crew has stumbled to a 4-4-1 record in third place behind the 6-3 Chicago Bears and 5-3-1 Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North.
They've struggled with injuries, especially at wide receiver. Geronimo Allison has been placed on IR and oft-injured Randall Cobb continues to struggle with a hamstring issue that's held him to only five games this year.
However, while the injuries make it harder for the Packers as a team, they open up opportunities for other players in the offense to shine.
Given the injuries that the Packers have suffered, both Davante Adam and Marquez Valdes-Scantling have had solid-to-great seasons in 2018. Valdes-Scantling has 23 receptions for 402 yards and two touchdowns on the year. Adams, the team's clear No. 1 wide receiver, has racked up 94 targets, 62 receptions, 787 yards and nine touchdowns.
Adams only stands to benefit more with Cobb unable to play. Last week with Cobb out, Adams had four receptions for 44 yards and two touchdowns. In the other three games Cobb has missed this year, Adams combined to see 42 targets and grab 27 balls for 353 yards and three touchdowns. Over that stretch, Valdes-Scantling tallied 11 receptions for 203 yards and a touchdown.
The Packers have gotten the running game going behind Aaron Jones of late, but they're still going to need to throw the ball on Thursday night to beat the Seahawks. With Cobb sidelined yet again, it's up to Adams as a WR1 and Valdes-Scantling as a WR2/3 to reap the benefits in fantasy.
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