- Aaron Rodgers… again. Ya boy. This time, his fantasy matchup is the best in the league. You’re never going to bench him. you shouldn’t ever bench him… ride the wave. Some food for thought, last 2 times these teams met up, produced scores of 44-21 and 33-32.
- Jordy Nelson stayed right on course from 2016, with a great stat line of 7-79-1, and now has Atlanta, where he has a TD in both previous matchups in 2016. Even with Desmond Trufant on Nelson, he still torched him for those stat lines. Must-start as always.
- Davante Adams may have had a stinker last week, but he’s a high-end WR2 for this week. More than likely, he will draw Robert Alford, which could pay big dividends this week.
- As for Randall Cobb, who had the most targets of the Packers offensive players (13) last week, he shouldn’t be expected to rack up double digit targets every week, but he’s certainly more involved than last year when he was hampered by his ankle injuries. High end WR3 and should see plenty of work tonight.
- Martellus Bennett ran more pass routes last week than any other since since Week 5 of 2015. Marty will get more involved and that starts this week, as Atlanta was in the bottom third in the league in 2016 in terms of yards allowed and touchdowns allowed to tight ends. Easy start at TE.
- The touches that Ty Montgomery were very unexpected, considering he was expected to be in a bit of a timeshare, but Monty has the look of a workhorse this year, which the Packers desperately need to keep opposing defenses in check. 23 touches last week and he should see about the same, possibly more given the nature of a shootout. RB1 and should stay at that value for the time being.
- The Packers D/ST showed a lot more in Week 1 than was expected, but in a projected shootout, they shouldn’t be used this week.
- Matt Ryan has had excellent games against the Packers. In the two games last season, he combined for 680 yards and 7 TD. Need I say more? He’s probably the #2 QB this week in fantasy, behind Rodgers.
- Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman could start on almost any team in the NFL, but both are locked into a timeshare. Coleman had more targets in Week 1, but Freeman edged out Coleman in terms of total touches 14 to 12. Both should have opportunities against what could could be a suspect defense. Freeman is a middle of the road RB2 and Coleman is a decent flex play.
- Austin Hooper was ballyhooed as a TE to watch, but he took a broken play 88 yards for a touchdown and only had one other target. Based on his usage, he will have better days ahead as far as participation in the offense. I’d start him this week.
- Julio Jones was pretty much a decoy for everybody else last week, putting up a 4-66 line. He’s torched the Packers in the past, I cannot see him being a decoy for the 2nd week in a row. He has to be started in every league where he is healthy. Mohamed Sanu should be bumped up for this matchup, as he had 2 great games in 2016 against the Pack (9-84-1 and 5-52-1). He’s an aggressive WR3 with upside this week. Taylor Gabriel is a dart throw flex, he can’t be relied on for anything consistent.
- With the shootout looming, I would hold off on Atlanta’s D/ST.
Green Bay Packers Projected Stat Lines:
QB Aaron Rodgers: 26/41. 311 yards, 3 TD
RB Ty Montgomery: 15 carries, 67 yards, TD, 5 catches, 37 yards
WR Jordy Nelson: 7 catches, 102 yards, TD
WR Davante Adams: 6 catches, 80 yards, TD
WR Randall Cobb: 5 catches, 61 yards
TE Martellus Bennett: 4 catches, 71 yards, TD
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