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Week 7 of the NFL season includes an enticing fantasy matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the downtrodden Washington Football Team, which has been picked apart by quarterbacks.

The Packers “Big 3” are all “Rockers” this week. But how about the not so usual suspects?

We sort through eight players, ranging from no-brainers to guys best served to sit on your bench and others with sleeper or boom-or-bust power, in the latest edition of the Packers fantasy guide.

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Here are our picks for Green Bay-Washington:

ROCKERS

Packers WR Davante Adams | Confidence Clip: 200%

Copy and paste. Adams leads the NFL with 668 receiving yards and is tied with Cooper Kupp and Tyreek Hill for the league lead with 46 catches. Sunday could be a monster game, too, after Adams played a reduced role (four receptions, 89 yards) in the Week 6 win over the Bears. Adams caught six passes for 64 yards in Week 4 versus Pittsburgh … then snagged 11 catches for a career-best 206 receiving yards the following game. Nobody has allowed more passing yards than the Washington Football Team (1,857). 

Packers RB Aaron Jones | Confidence Clip: 90%

Jones and running mate AJ Dillon are heating up. Fortunately, one getting hot doesn’t mean the other is cooling off -- they’ve thrived handling backfield duties together. Still, it’s Jones who is our rocker this week, particularly because of his impact on the passing game -- Jones has reeled in 21 passes on 23 targets, while Dillon has caught nine of 10 looks. The former ranks tied for first in the NFL for touchdown catches by a running back with four, and could find the end zone a few more times against a Washington defense that has surrendered eight touchdowns to running backs (five receiving) in the past three weeks.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers | Confidence Clip: 100%

Rodgers has thrown for 1,584 yards, 11 touchdowns and just one interception in five regular-season contests against Washington -- for all you math handicaps, that’s about 320 passing yards per game. Must we say anything else? Again, we’ll remind you about Washington’s horrendous secondary. The Football Team has given up the most first downs through the air (98), the most passing touchdowns (16), the third-most 40+ yard completions (5) and a passer rating of 104.4. Yeah, that’s a favorable matchup. 

MOCKERS

Washington QB Taylor Heinicke | Confidence Clip: 50%

Washington head coach Ron Rivera recently doubled down on Heinicke as the Football Team’s starting quarterback despite a rough two-game skid. But that doesn’t mean you should play him … unless he’s the last resort. Heinicke has completed 55% of his passes for 430 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions since leading Washington to a come-from-behind win at Atlanta in Week 4. The fourth-year player out of Old Dominion actually was a fantasy hidden gem in his first three starts -- he averaged 279 passing yards per game and scored eight total touchdowns, while committing three turnovers. Heinicke seems to have lost some of his mojo, which doesn’t bode well against Green Bay, winners of five straight.

SHOCKERS

Washington RB J.D. McKissic | Confidence Clip: 85%

Running back Antonio Gibson would be the usual play but was dinged up pretty bad in the loss to Kansas City and may wind up sitting this one out. That leaves McKissic and undrafted rookie Jaret Patterson as the top two streaming options in Washington’s backfield. Frankly, both are good alternatives. Patterson, who starred at Buffalo in college, is a hard runner with some wiggle to his game and plenty of potential after contact. The problem with rolling with Patterson is his inexperience -- he’s toted the rock just nine times for 28 yards this season -- which leads us to believe McKissic is in store for starter reps, granted Gibson’s status remains in question. McKissic has totaled 315 yards and scored twice in six outings this year and offers upside in the passing game regardless of his usage between the tackles.

Washington TE Ricky Seals-Jones | Confidence Clip: 75%

With Logan Thomas on injured reserve, Seals-Jones has emerged and proven he’s more than a candidate for red zone touches. The college wideout turned lanky tight end has caught nine passes for 99 yards and one touchdown on 15 targets in Washington’s last two games. Although opposing tight ends haven’t found a whole lot of success against Green Bay as of late -- the Packers defense has given up 12 catches for 102 yards and zero touchdowns to tight ends across their last three games -- Seals-Jones fits the bill of a bigger-bodied receiver rather than a traditional tight end … which means throw out the numbers. The injuries in the Packers secondary that have stacked up in recent weeks are reaching a boiling point. 

TALKERS

Washington WR Terry McLaurin | Confidence Clip: 80%

“Scary Terry” wasn’t very scary in Weeks 5 or 6. But that’s probably more so a reflection of Heinicke’s failure to stretch the field and get the ball into the hands of Washington’s best playmaker than any sort of personal performance decline from McLaurin. He’s the same sticky-handed receiver who turned 27 combined targets into 17 catches for 230 yards and three touchdowns in comebacks against the Giants and Falcons. If Heinicke can rediscover his mojo, best believe McLaurin will catch fire again against a depleted Packers secondary.  

Packers TE Robert Tonyan | Confidence Clip: 60%

Woah, Bobby’s back on our list?? A surprise, we know -- Tonyan’s been quiet this season, collecting just over half his targets (11 of 20) for 92 receiving yards and one lonely touchdown. … Too quiet. Tight ends have compiled 35 catches for 405 yards -- albeit just one touchdown -- against Washington’s NFL-worst pass defense. Tonyan is due to break out. The Packers presumably will uncork the football against the hapless Football Team. In our expert opinion that means there’s a decent chance Tonyan gets involved.