Week 1: TNF Breakdown Packers v. Bears


It’s here! Real football is here! Hooray! The NFL did not let us down in the season opener with the Green Bay Packers visiting the Chicago Bears in Week 1 TNF.

I could bring up how historic this rivalry is, but since you’re here, I am assuming you have watched football for more than one year and you most likely already know this. For real football, this matchup is absolutely amazing.

For fantasy football… this absolutely sucks.

Let’s take a look at the defenses and get a feel for what we are up against tonight.

 vs QBvs RBvs WRvs TE
Chicago Defense2nd2nd21st12th
Green Bay Defense21st15th28th13th

So, for the Packer’s offensive side of the ball, this does not look good for Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones, or Jimmy Graham in Week 1 TNF. Now, can you really sit Aaron Rodgers? If you are in a super shallow league you might be ok with it and not throw up in your mouth (like I would). But, if you’re not, you’re starting Rodgers. Just remember, that guy named Khalil Mack still plays for the Bears and still really, really good at sacking quarterbacks.

You can take some solace in the fact that the Bears weakest aspect of their defense is against the wide receiving position. Feel good about firing up Devante Adams, but only start Marquez Valdez-Scantling if you have to.

If you drafted Aaron Jones as your RB1, again, can you really sit him without having a massive panic attack? The answer will come down to the same situation. Do you have other stud RBs such as Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara, and even Nick Chubb? If you do, benching Aaron Jones may be in your best interest in a 2 RB league.

On the other side of the ball, we’re looking at a significantly different defensive landscape with the Packers, yet an equally different offensive team in the Chicago Bears.

Honestly, I don’t hate Mitchel Trubisky this week. Are there better options? Sure. Lamar Jackson comes to mind, but you may not have the opportunity to grab a QB in a better matchup. Especially considering Trubisky is healthy again, he will have the opportunity to make some plays with his legs.

Until I know more about how the Bears’ will utilize their WRs, I am staying away from them this week. You should have better options on your team but I also don’t hate firing up Anthony Miller if you don’t have better matchups. Would I personally do this? No. Mostly because I don’t have him in any leagues I am in. Not helpful, sorry.

I also really want to see what David Montgomery will do, but the matchup is risky due to his rookie status, in my opinion. If you plan to start Montgomery, understand you may have to change your lineup to guys with high upside/risk to make up points if Montgomery underperforms.

Finally, stay away from the Bears’ tight ends. Trey Burton is hurt, and his backups will be used (most likely) by committee. Like the Jimmy Graham situation, there are better options.

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