Thursday Night Football Fantasy Versus: Bears vs. Packers
With Week 2 of the NFL season set to begin tonight, there will be many fantasy implications in the game between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers. Both teams had several fantasy players last week that had great games, and only a few who didn’t deliver like they were drafted.
Greg Jennings (groin) remains the biggest name that is in doubt tonight. He is being called doubtful but there still remains hope that he will be able to suit up tonight. If not James Jones, Randall Cobb, and Jordy Nelson could be in-line for huge games.
Here is Week 2′s Thursday Night Football Fantasy Versus:
Aaron Rodgers (Packers) vs. Jay Cutler (Bears)
Rodgers was drafted as the number one quarterback in most leagues, and was drafted No. 1 overall in many leagues, so you’re obviously starting him over Cutler. I do think Cutler will have a nice game however, but you’re not starting him over Rodgers in any leagues.
Matt Forte (Bears) vs. Cedric Benson (Packers)
The San Francisco 49ers had some success against the weak Green Bay rush defense in week 1, as they rushed to the tune of 186 yards on only 32 attempts, so they can be run on. Chicago gave up a lot of rushing yards last week as well against the Colts, so Benson does have some value this week, unlike last week.
You’re starting Forte over Benson, but I do like Benson as a solid flex play this week. Also the Bears back-up running back, Michael Bush should see plenty of looks in the red-zone once they get down there. Consider him a low-end flex option this week.
Brandon Marshall (Bears) vs. Jordy Nelson (Packers)
Nelson had somewhat of a quiet game last week with only 5 catches for 64 yards and zero touchdowns, but he could see a lot more targets if Greg Jennings is indeed out for tonight’s game.
Jay Cutler was happy to have Brandon Marshall back, and so was Marshall. Last week against the Colts, Marshall recorded 9 receptions for 119 yards with one touchdown, which is very similar numbers they put up in Denver together.
This is really a close call, and it could all come down to if Jennings plays. I think Jennings will be active, but his snaps will be limited. Nevertheless I’ll roll with Marshall.
James Jones (Packers) vs. Randall Cobb (Packers) vs. Alshon Jeffery (Bears)
All three of these receivers should have big roles in tonight’s game. Jones’s status will rely on the health of Jennings, although I still think he will get plenty of opportunities regardless. Cobb was a sleeper for a lot of experts this season and he didn’t disappoint in week 1, as he caught nine balls for 77 yards, while also adding 153 return yards.
Jeffery wasn’t all that impressive during the preseason, but last week he broke out for 80 yards and one touchdown. He has all the talent in the world, he’s just still a little raw.
I’ll rank them Cobb, Jones and Jeffery tonight.
Jermichael Finley (Packers) vs.Kellen Davis (Bears)
Finely could be a top 5 TE this week, while Davis should be left alone in all formats. Last week, Coby Fleener had a good game against the Bears, so look for Finely to have the same kind of game, but with more upside.
Robbie Gould (Bears) vs. Mason Crosby (Packers)
You know Crosby is going to get you points regardless, since he’s on one of the best offenses in the NFL. Gould is a top 12 kicker this week and should be starting in 12-man leagues and deeper. It’s Crosby, but not by much, and both are solid starts.
Chicago Bears D/ST vs. Green Bay Packers D/ST
The Bears scored the sixth most fantasy points last week, while Green Bay came out of Week 1 ranked 12th overall in fantasy points. I could see that both defenses could started this week, but I wouldn’t recommend it. For tonight I’ll take the Bears over the Packers, but only slightly.