Who to Start/Sit in Thursday’s Game: Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks
This Thursday’s NFL opening game between The Packers and Seahawks will have plenty of fantasy implications. Both teams come in with serious contenders to make plays on your fantasy team. Decisions will have to be made, usually everyone owned on the Packers is a must start, but how will those players fare against the feared Seattle defense? How will the Seattle defense fare against the dangerous Green Bay offense? Below I break down who to start and who to sit in this greatly anticipated opening game. START
Aaron Rodgers (GB)- Rodgers obviously is a must start every week, that is why he is being drafted in the top two rounds of most fantasy drafts. However, this is a matchup that you dread as a Rodgers owner, and it is quite possible this will be his lowest fantasy output of the year. Better to be in week one than week 15. If I were a Rodgers owner I would be happy if he can reach 250 yards and two touchdowns, but either way his upside is too great not to start week one.
Eddie Lacy (GB)- I predicted earlier in training camp that I believe Lacy will end up leading the NFL in rushing this season. Green Bay will need to focus on the running game in order to open up the passing game against the “Legion of Boom.” If there is a weakness on the Seattle defense, it is against the run, and I expect the Packers to try and exploit that early and often. Look for Lacy to near the century mark in yards and add at least one touchdown.
Jordy Nelson (GB)- When a quarterback is under pressure (I expect Rodgers to be under quite a bit) he usually throws to who he is most comfortable with. When looking at Aaron Rodgers his go to guy is Jordy Nelson. I expect Nelson to see the most targets on the Packers team in week one due to Rodgers looking for his security blanket with the Seahawks pass rush barreling down often. Nelson is the Packers most physical receiver which will be needed against the Seahawks secondary. Nelson should win a few battles on his way to a decent fantasy week.
Russell Wilson (SEA)- It has been well documented on this site that I think Wilson we be a huge quarterback sleeper, and that will be no exception week one against Green Bay. Wilson and the Seattle offense looked unstoppable in the preseason as Russell passed for over 400 yards and three touchdowns without throwing one interception. I think the Packers will focus on shutting down the Seattle running game, allowing Wilson to air it out often. With the Packers secondary questionable at best I see Wilson having a great fantasy week through the air, but Wilson’s legs make him a must start as he can scramble his way to fantasy points.
Percy Harvin (SEA)- If Harvin can stay healthy, Seattle has designed their offense to utilize Percy as an offensive weapon, whether it be in the passing game, running game, or even the return game. I know it has been over a year and a half since we have seen production out of Harvin, but I am going to be optimistic on Harvin, until I see otherwise. Start Harvin as he will be a focus of Wilson in the passing game.
SIT Randall Cobb (GB)- Many pundits believe Seattle defensive back Richard Sherman will focus solely on Jordy Nelson, I believe otherwise. Sherman will look to shut down multiple Green Bay receivers, including Randall Cobb. The physicality of the Seattle secondary is not conducive to Cobb’s finesse game. I expect to see Cobb be manhandled by the Seahawks defensive backs, taking him out of the Packers game plan. Be careful when having Cobb in your starting lineup.
Any Green Bay Tight End- Andrew Quarless is expected to be the starting Green Bay tight end. Whoever is in the lineup will have a long day against the Seattle defense. The speed the Seahawks safeties possess eliminates many tight ends from the offensive game plan. Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor shut down opposing tight ends last year, as that position ranked dead last in fantasy points against the Seattle defense. I look for that trend to continue in 2014.
Marshawn Lynch (SEA)- Heading into 2014 the Green Bay Packers wanted to focus on improving their defense, especially their run defense. What a better time to focus on your run defense than to go against one of the best running teams in the NFL. The Packers defensive game plan is going to be designed around shutting down Lynch. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers has said that stopping the run will be a must in order to win the game. While I don’t think they will ultimately be successful in winning the game, the Packers can shut down Lynch. With Lynch coming off a lackluster preseason, I feel he will still have some rust and not come out of the gate looking in prime form. If you are deep at the running back position, look elsewhere on your roster to start this week.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/who-to-startsit-in-thursdays-game-green-bay-packers-at-seattle-seahawks/FF AnalysisFootballNews and UpdatesThis Thursday's NFL opening game between The Packers and Seahawks will have plenty of fantasy implications. Both teams come in with serious contenders to make plays on your fantasy team. Decisions will have to be made, usually everyone owned on the Packers is a must start, but how will...Dan SchalkDan Schalkmyfantasysportstalk@gmail.comAdministratorDan Schalk is a sports enthusiast with degrees in Sports Coaching and Sports Management. He founded MyFantasySportsTalk in July of 2014 to bring a new platform to the sports media industry and allow various sports fans across the country have their voices be heard. Hailing from Buffalo, NY the land of the real chicken wing, you can stay up-to-date with Dan on Twitter @ffsportstalk You can also check some of Dan's work at Fantasypros.com, as he covers the Houston Astros as a team correspondent.MyFantasySportsTalk