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Week 15 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Green Bay Packers vs Chicago Bears

Jason Schandl
Aaron Rodgers in a Week 14 game against the Redskins.
Aaron Rodgers in a Week 14 game against the Redskins. / Dylan Buell/Getty Images
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Now that we're in the heart of the fantasy football playoffs, every single lineup decision you make can be the difference between victory and the end of your season. And since we're done with bye weeks for the year, there are also a huge number of plays to consider at every position. Some matchups carry more weight than others for fantasy production, and this one is no exception.

With that in mind, here is some start 'em, sit 'em advice for Sunday's matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears.

Start Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers: Unheralded while playing behind TD-machine Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams has offered plenty of fantasy value this year. The two split snaps nearly evenly, and Williams has played between 40 and 53 percent in each of his eight games since returning from a concussion. His workload is rarely overly impressive, but he's seen at least 14 opportunities (carries plus targets) in three of the last four games. His usage skews toward the receiving game, with at least five targets in four of the last eight, and that gives him a strong floor in PPR leagues, even against a Chicago defense that tends to make efficiency hard to come by.

Start David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears: It's been an underwhelming rookie season for David Montgomery, averaging just 3.5 yards per carry and 5.2 yards per target. Still, his workload keeps him in play as a viable fantasy option on a weekly basis. Since Mike Davis played his final game with the Bears in Week 9, Montgomery has averaged 17.8 opportunities (16.0 carries plus 1.8 targets) per game .That hasn't even translated to double-digit fantasy points per game, but that stretch included two matchups with teams that rank top-12 in Football Outsiders' run defense DVOA metric, and none against teams in the bottom-12. Green Bay checks in at 26th, and Montgomery should be in for better efficiency here.

Sit Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers is in a fantasy slump. He had a four-TD outing two games ago, but he has thrown for one or fewer TDs in the other four of his last five. A divisional matchup with the Bears isn't exactly a get-right spot, as Chicago sits seventh against the pass in DVOA rankings and has held opposing QBs to the NFL's seventh-fewest fantasy points. Rodgers doesn't crack the top 12 at QB in our Week 15 fantasy football rankings.

Sit Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears: Mitchell Trubisky has been trending in the other direction, with at least 18 fantasy points in four of his last five. Three of those five games were against teams allowing top-eight fantasy production to QBs though. The Packers are giving up the sixth-fewest, and Trubisky's not likely to keep rolling here. We also have him unranked for the week.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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