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Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers offense highlighted the Divisional weekend for fantasy owners, while those who expected repeat performances from Marshawn Lynch and James Starks were greatly disappointed.
Rodgers proved once again why he was picked so high in fantasy drafts, guiding his seemingly-unstoppable offensive machine in a rout over Atlanta that looked easier than what General Sherman did in 1864.
Rodgers missed on only five of his 36 passes, throwing for 366 yards and three touchdowns while also running for a fourth score. His 31 fantasy points led all scorers for the week.
Jay Cutler finished a close second after throwing for 274 yards and two scores and running for two touchdowns while racking up 30 fantasy points.
Both Rodgers and Cutler outscored consensus No. 1 selection Tom Brady, who just wasn't very accurate on Sunday afternoon. Brady's respectable, but unspectacular day (19 points) was saved by a late garbage-time touchdown drive and pass to Deion Branch in the final minute.
Meanwhile, there wasn't much of a ground game to speak of in any of the four contests. Not a single runner cracked the 100-yard mark, with Matt Forte getting the closest at 80 yards.
Michael Turner was the highest draft choice of this week's running class, but after a first quarter score he was rendered useless by a Packers' offensive onslaught. Down 28-14 at the half and 42-14 after three quarters, Turner had just one second-half carry.
Turner was likely picked ahead of Rashard Mendenhall and Ray Rice because fantasy owners have learned to respect the Ravens and Steelers run defenses -- and with good reason. The Pittsburgh run defense was best in the NFL, yielding just 62.8 yards per game and Baltimore yielded 93.9 ypg which was fifth best.
But Rice did manage to get into the end zone one time and along with seven receptions totaled 12 points. Mendenhall finished with 46 yards on 20 carries and scored twice from close range for 17 points. Both numbers were likely more than their owners expected when they were selected.
Meanwhile, Lynch was a complete non-factor, which was not a huge surprise to those who analyzed last week's game. Taking away his highlight-reel 67-yard touchdown run, Lynch had just 64 yards on 18 carries against a mediocre Saints run defense. That makes his two yards on four carries against Chicago look even more silly.
At least Starks showed a little more life, with 66 yards on 25 carries.
Greg Olsen led all pass catchers, with a long touchdown reception and 113 yards on three grabs, but it was a tough day to predict at the wideout position. Most fantasy players expected big days from Mike Wallace and Roddy White, but it was Antonio Brown and Mike Jenkins who led their respective teams in receiving yards. Also disappointing were Seattle's Mike Williams, Jets wideout Santonio Holmes and New England's Wes Welker, although Holmes did have a nice fourth-quarter touchdown reception.
All in all, the Divisional Round was a tough one to predict for fantasy owners, leaving many of us with low point totals for the week.