The Green Bay Packers defense was the talk of Week 1, but that does not give us much in terms of fantasy sports. The Packers were in a slug-fest with a tough defense and Atlanta found itself fighting in a close contest with the Chicago Bears. While the Bears defense is decent, they are not the sort of team that would have slowed the Falcons last year. The Packers and Falcons are both looking to get their offenses on track.
There is very little to write here. Rodgers tends to start a little rusty, especially when he does not get many preseason snaps. Still, that did not stop him in terms of his fantasy value last week. He should have more success against the Falcons defense. Still, this will be the second year in a row the Packers will be the first team in a brand new stadium.
Ryan had a good game last week on the road and will be heading home to his brand new stadium. This will be a better test for the Packers defensive backfield. The reigning MVP is still a clear start.
Montgomery did something that Eddie Lacy was not able to do last year... carry the ball 19 times. This is something that demonstrates the Packers have a good deal of confidence in Montgomery and the running game. He put up 54 yards against the Seahawks and Atlanta will be an easier task. Consider him an RB2 this week.
Devonta Freeman / Tevin Coleman
The two back split 20 carries and six catches. Freeman led in rushes and Coleman led in passing receptions. Freeman is still an RB1 at this point. Coleman is valuable as a Flex consideration. Neither were particularly valuable in their regular season match up with the Packers last year. Playing back on turf (instead of the Soldier Field grass) will help.
Jordy Nelson / Davante Adams / Randall Cobb
Cobb led all the Packers receivers in targets last week. That was more of a product of playing the Seahawks than anything. The Packers focused on attacking underneath and using their third wide out. Adams and Nelson will have better games this week. Cobb is going to be a Flex option until he can show this is a permanent change in philosophy by the team. Jordy Nelson is a top five WR. Adams should get more targets and the passing game should pick up. Expect Adams to take back his WR2 role this week.
Julio Jones / Mohamed Sanu / Taylor Gabriel
Gabriel is the player people are waiting on. He is still just a Flex option at this point and might have great upside, but until he starts pushing for more time, he is only that. Sanu led the Falcons in receptions and targets last week and seems to have a strangle hold on the number two spot in Atlanta. He definitely has had success against the Packers. Julio Jones is a sure fire starter if you have him.
Martellus Bennett / Lance Kendricks
Kendricks did not show up much and Bennett seems to be the only one of fantasy value. He is a second tier TE with upside. Packers should score more this week and Bennett should be part of the goal line package.
Hooper is one of my favorite under-owned players. He had two receptions last week, but they went for a total of 128 yards. He has athleticism and will be taking on a lot of the red zone targets that went to Jacob Tamme last year. Hooper is a fantasy starter and a great DFS selection.