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Holding Brock Osweiler and Ronnie Hillman to 12 points was an admirable accomplishment for the Raider defense, but with Aaron Rodgers and Co. coming to town on Sunday, they better be ready for an even bigger fight.

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Thank goodness Oakland won the game last week against Denver, because the fantasy production was a nightmare from all sides.

With Green Bay and their high-powered offense coming to town, however, there's reason to believe this Sunday will be more exciting. Both teams feature below-average defenses and offenses that love to be aggressive, so let's hope for some fireworks.

Last week, most of our picks were (understandably) bad. We identified Derek Carr (135 yards, 2 TD), Emmanuel Sanders (2 catches, 17 yards) and Demayrius Thomas (10 catches, 95 yards, 1 fumble) as studs.

Our sleepers were once again our strong suit — giving you Seth Roberts (2 catches, 20 yards, TD), Clive Walford (3 catches, 47 yards), Vernon Davis (7 catches, 74 yards) and Brock Osweiler (308 yards).

Likewise, our snoozers were worth listening to: we gave you every running back, and none of them had more than 27 yards rushing or a touchdown.

On to Green Bay...


Aaron Rodgers — Duh. He's a must-start no matter what, and if the Packers can slow down Khalil Mack, Rodgers has enough weapons to exploit what is still a suspect Oakland defensive backfield.

Derek Carr — He regained his form during the second-half of Oakland's win against Denver, and that sort of momentum should carry over to Sunday's home game. I see this being a game with upwards of 60 points scored, and I don't see either team really establishing much of a running game.


Richard Rodgers — He gained just three yards last week, but the week before he caught eight passes for 146 yards. And, you know, the whole "can't stop tight ends" thing for Oakland.

Michael Crabtree — The slump continued for Crabtree on Sunday, with his fifth-straight game under 55 yards receiving. I think that streak ends Sunday — he's still had 35 passes come his way over the past four weeks, so it's just a matter of time until he breaks one.

Latavius MurrayHe carried the ball 16 times on Sunday (yay!), but gained just 27 yards (boo) last week. That, however, was against one of the best run defenses in the league. Last week, the Packers gave up 162 yards to Robert Turbin and Darren McFadden on just 16 carries. Murray has struggled, but like Crabtree, I think this Sunday could be a slump-buster.


Raiders Defense — They'll be a hot add this week in leagues that give points for sacks, but I have to assume the Packers devise a game plan to slow down Mack. Aside from sacks, I think Rodgers has a big day in what will be a high-scoring affair, so I'd steer clear.