Week 2 of football is upon us and the Packers face the Jets this weekend in what shouldn't be all that close of a game. As we prepare you for kickoff, let's look at some of the players playing in Sunday's game and add some insight on whether or not you should keep them in or out of your lineups this weekend.
Rodgers is a must-start in typical standard leagues and is practically always one when at home. The Jets are decimated at the cornerback spot due to injuries to Dee Millner and others. Even with Milliner likely to give it a shot, it's a young and inexperienced group that Rodgers should tear apart before sending them flying back to the Big Apple.
He's been cleared to play this weekend after suffering a concussion from this brutal hit last Thursday. It's tempting to consider James Starks here just because it's Lacy's second within the last calendar year and Mike McCarthy might be cautious, but you should roll with him over Starks if you decide to go with any Green Bay back.
Regardless, the more concerning factor here is the Jets' front seven, which could present problems for whoever gets the majority of the carries. The Jets held the Raiders to a laughable 25 yards on the ground last week, and although Oakland was mostly ineffective because of who they have running (an aging Maurice Jones-Drew and broken Darren McFadden), they still ranked sixth against the run last year. I say be safe and give Lacy another week, but since you probably drafted him in the first round, he's probably a flex play at worst given your team's depth.
Even though Richard Sherman took a way a whole half of the field last week, Nelson till managed to put up solid numbers (9 catches, 83 yards) in the season opener. It doesn't matter if Milliner will be available in some capacity Sunday because if he were at full strength, it still wouldn't matter. Start Nelson along with Randall Cobb with ease this week.
Brandon Bostick is hoping to return to the field this Sunday, but he's not likely to cut into Rodgers' possible production anyways. Still, at this point, the rookie from Cal shouldn't be inserted into most lineups until he proves himself during games with his quarterback.
Yes, the Packers are facing Geno Smith, a young quarterback that is prone to making mistakes. Yes, Chris Johnsonisn't what he once was. Yes, the Jets don't have any valuable receivers outside of Eric Decker. That all doesn't matter. The reason why I think you should pass this week isn't because I think Smith or Johnson/Ivory will go off, but Green Bay's defensive unit can't be trusted in fantasy as of right now when it comes to stopping the run, and with New York's tandem coming to town, it'll be in your best interest to probably move along. Pass.
Smith isn't typically on rosters in most standard leagues. Even if you're thinking about the possibility, look away for this week.
Chris Johnson/Chris Ivory
The Jets are splitting the carries right now between Johnson and Ivory in their backfield. Between the two, Johnson will presumably get the majority of the work on the ground and on the receiving end, and after the way the Packers looked last week against Marshawn Lynch, don't be surprised if either has a good day. Ivory is a north and south runner, and the Packers are weak in the A and B gaps. I would go with him over Johnson this week who runs mostly east and west, and the Packers are stout on the outside with Clay Mathews and Julius Peppers. Go with Ivory.
There was a lot of concern heading into season about whether or not Decker's production would slip with Smith at quarterback. For the most part, things turned out well last week (five catches, 74 yards on six targets), but that was against a pretty bad Oakland secondary. Green Bay's is another species and should keep tabs on him the entire game with Sam Shields and Tramon Williams. He'll still get his catches, but I wouldn't expect a whole lot from him yardage wise. He's best as a third option or last minute flex.
The only viable option at this position for the Jets fantasy wise is Jeff Cumberland, and he shouldn't be inserted into most lineups.
The real concern with this unit is their less-than-stellar pass defense that's facing the best quarterback in the league on the road. Pass.
Good luck with your teams this week, and remember, we're not perfect (nor is anybody else), so if things don't go as planned, feel free to flood our emails to express your disgust.
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