Stock Watch: Donald Driver up, Jets D down 

December, 7, 2010
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his top wide receiver, Greg Jennings, are money in the bank; they either lead their respective positions in fantasy scoring or are close to it, depending on your scoring format. But in Week 13, another pair of Packers stepped up with interesting performances. One player is virtually forgotten, the other relatively unknown, but their performances are certainly worth noting for those in the fantasy playoffs.

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Mike DiNovo/US PresswireDonald Driver scored 13 points in Weeks 5-12 combined, but he matched that number Sunday.
Wily veteran receiver Donald Driver, long a fantasy asset, got off to a decent start in 2010, with touchdowns in three of four games. Then he hurt a quad and missed Weeks 7-10, and when he returned, he still ceded targets to James Jones. On Sunday, Driver scored on a 61-yard pass play from Rodgers, doing much of the work downfield to get into the end zone himself, and showing renewed speed and agility. Driver is no kid (he's 35), and his string of 1,000-yard seasons will end at six consecutive seasons, but he remains a worthy WR3 in the No. 20-25 rankings range among receivers. Hey, the Detroit Lions are the opponent this week!

At running back, time finally seemed to run out on the Brandon Jackson experience, as rookie James Starks made his debut -- season and career -- and ran with authority, gaining 73 yards on 18 carries. OK, so Arian Foster he wasn't, but the last time Jackson had that many rushing yards in a game was way back in Week 5. Jackson replaced Ryan Grant and made it into double digits in (standard) fantasy scoring three times. He wasn't particularly valuable, but he was usable and did his best work catching passes. Now it appears Starks, who spent months on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, becomes the main running back. He's clearly worth adding, as this is a prime NFL offense, and the wise fantasy owner knows surprises emerge at all times of a season, even in Week 13 and beyond. Plus, in case you weren't aware, it's cold in Green Bay, and that generally means more running opportunities. I'll rank Starks just outside my top 20 running backs this week.